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The Qur'an: A Translation [Mass Market Paperback]

Abdullah Yusuf Ali
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Nov. 13 2001
This English translation of the Qur'an is a compilation of the Muslim faith's Final Revelation from God to mankind through the last Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him. The Qur'an has a wealth of information--both worldly wisdom and intellectual concepts--providing a code of life for humankind generally and Muslims in particular. Indeed, the Qur'an's miracle lies in its ability to offer something to non-believers and everything to believers. This edition is fully indexed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Authentic Oct. 8 2001
By Umber76
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This translation is considered the most authentic by Muslim scholars. It is the one that is supported by the government of Saudi Arabia and is most widely read by English-speaking Muslims. A translation of the Qur'an can never fully transmit the meaning or reflect the beauty of the original text. But the reality is that many people who seek to understand the message of the Qur'an will not be able to learn Arabic. It should be kept in mind that though the Arabic word may have multiple meanings, only one of those meanings gets translated to English (imagine what would happen to one of Shakespeare's puns if it was traslated to Arabic). But for English-speakers, this is the best option (though Mohammad Asad's translation is also very respected). The caveat is that to truly understand the Qur'an, it is important to read not only the text itself, but to understand it in context of the time it was revealed. Though Muslims consider the Qur'an to be timeless, many passages relate specifically to events occuring in the prophet's life or in the young Muslim community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent commentary. Nov. 14 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a western convert to Islam through Sufism who is not fluent in Arabic I cannot speak about the translation. However the approach and commentary offered are very in line with what I believe to be the basic tenets of ISlam: fundamentally a kind, peaceful, loving religion which says "look inside for your jihad, pharoah and Moses." The truth lies within you and Islamic guidelines are the path to lead you to this truth. A wonderful book and one of two versions that I recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Truth Jan. 2 2004
By Sara
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The Qur'an brought me closer to the mystical nature of human kind, and Abdullah Yousef Ali did a wonderful job in shedding light on the mystic and poetic nature of Islam. Only those who are natural, who love this Earth and are also willing to believe in miracles will see the true nature of this book.
Qur'an comes from the Arabic word Iqra'=read(verb). Therefore, Qur'an=that which is read upon you. The texts in the Qur'an carry symbols and signs that fall upon believers everyday to guide them onto righteous and noble paths.
I was raised a muslim, so thankfully I didn't have to break through all the obsantites that the unbelievers spewed about Islam. I am a firm believer of the Day of Judgement, and a firm believer that Islam has unfolded the true histories of humanity's struggles on Earth from the creation of Adam and Eve up untill the last prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Unfortunately, the Bible's texts aren't accurate because they've been ill-treated after Jesus's ressurection, and they were also changed and handed down from one corrupt authority to the next.
This case isn't true for the Qura'an because the prophet recited the Qura'an once a year during the month of Ramadan with the Angel Gabriel in order to protect the verses from being distorted, and then he recited them from memory and muslims wrote it down to preserve the symbolic words of Allah. Don't be alarmed, there are thousands of muslim children today who know this book off by heart.
The Qura'an carries symbolic texts which reveal the true sacrifices and hardships that all the prophets went though to pass on God's message. Jesus is not the son of God he was only his prophet, endowed with the knowledge of healing and magic. God has his own singular nature and owns a kingdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first introduction to Islam Oct. 8 2001
By A Customer
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If one believes in existance of God (Allah: proper noun for God in Arabic), then surely he did not leave mankind (with so much capacity for intellectual or savage acts) without a manual for treading through this life. Therefore, readings in Divine revelation has to be approached with a sense of humility. Qur'an is that revelation (code for living) that is the last revelation to mankind since Taurah, Talmood, Psalms, and Bible. Qur'an is also a revelation that came in stages via Angel Gabriel to Prophet Muhammed to deal with the situations he faced with pagan Arabs of the time. It is an elliptic revelation, therefore, one has to read this translation in conjunction with another explanation, such as, The Message and Meanings of the Qur'an, by Khurram Murad, The Islamic Foundation, Leicester, UK. Nonetheless, this is a great transliteration that Westerners can relate to, as it makes references to other ideologies/philosophies.
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I am, as my title says, not a Muslim. Actually, I am a Wiccan. But I find in the Qur'an, more so than in any other holy script, a call for us to care for ourselves and others equally.
Many believe that the Qur'an is the source of the hatred that some Muslims have for the West. I do not feel this is true. The text calls, not for the (lesser) ... (holy war) on the Western world, as it is currently being practiced by some misguided folks, but to cleanse one's own heart of hatred and impurity first. ...
Every passage I have read calls for love. Love of Allah, and love of your fellow man. How can people turn such a loving book into their (proclaimed) guidebook for hatred? There are things I will never understand. That, perhaps, is first amongst them.
Again I say, I am not a Muslim; I am a Witch. But nonetheless, I think, were the Qur'an practiced as the law of our land, this would be a great nation....
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only one god and Allah isnt his name.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Informative, Necessary to know WHY!
After the constant ruckus with terrorist I decided to read the Qur'an for the simple reason that Sun Tzu taught in his Art of War writings... Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2002 by J. P. Ledbetter
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very similar to the Bible
First off, let me say that I am a Christian who read this book out of curiousity, in other words to see how similar the religions are. Read more
Published on July 14 2002
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indescribable!
Ah, the Holy Qu'ran. There is nothing, absolutely NOTHING that compares to it's magnificence, it's glory, it's simple message that humanity's creator is ONE. Read more
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