Al-Qur'an, the Guidance for Mankind - English Translation of the Meanings of Al-Qur'an with Arabic

The Institute of Islamic Knowledge
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 Al-Qur'an, the Guidance for mankind, is a unique translation of the Holy Qur'an in contemporary American English. It includes the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, his mission as a Prophet, his ranking as in the human history. Text is paragraphed by theme and theme is written in the margins on each page for easy reference. Its features include - 

(1) Field Testing the Communication of Divine Message: The unique feature of this translation is its field testing for over 3 1/2 years to improve the communication and understanding of the Divine Message. Translation passages were given to the New Muslim and Non-Muslim high school and college students for reading under the supervision of various Ulema (scholars). After reading, the person was asked to explain as to what he/she understood from the passage. If his/her understanding was the same as is in the Arabic Text of the Holy Qur'an then we concluded that we have been successful in conveying the Divine Message properly. If his/her understanding was different than what the Qur'anic verses were stating, we kept on rewording the translation until those verses were understood properly. It was tremendous patience on part of the participants. May Allah reward them all. 

(2) Simplicity: In this translation Simple Language and Direct Approach is used for appealing to the common sense of scholars and common people. 

(3) Understandability: There are no foot notes to refer and no commentary or lengthy explanations to read. All necessary explanations have been incorporated right there in the text with italic type setting to differentiate from the translation of the meanings of Qur'anic Arabic Text. 

(4) Outline of Pertinent Information: Before the start of each Srah, information relating to its Period of Revelation, Major Issues, Divine Laws and Guidance has been presented as an outline. Then a summary of the preceding events has been tabulated for the reader to understand the histo! rical background to grasp the full meaning of the Divine Message. 

(5) Reviews, Input and Approvals: This project was started in 1991 and initial draft completed in 1994. Then the Translation was sent to different Ulema (Scholars) in Town and throughout United States for their review and input. After their reviews and input it was sent to Jme Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Egypt, Ummal Qur in Saudi Arabia and International Islamic University in Pakistan for their review, input and approval. This translation was published after their reviews and approvals.

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About the author

 Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik is the Chairman of Board of Trustees and Dean of The Institute of Islamic Knowledge -


B.A. Honors - Islamiat and Arabic Language - 1963.

LL.B. - Islamic Law (Shari'ah) -1965.

M.A. - Economics - 1966.

M.B.A. - Accounting/Auditing - 1975. -

Worked as a Lecturer for 3 years, as an Attorney for 5 years and Audit Management for 18 years in a major U.S. Corporation. Now he has dedicated his life for conveying the Message of Allah. -

During his residence in Pakistan he started an organization called Anjaman-e-Islh-e-Mushra (Social Welfare Society - 1959) to reform Aqeedah and fight against the un-Islamic local customs. This organization worked in all the surrounding villages and was successful in achieving most of its objectives. He also started Tarjama-tul-Qur'an (Translation of the Holy Qur'an- 1963) sessions at various Masjid. During his residence in New York he started Dars-e-Qur'an (Qur'anic Study Sessions - 1970) at Bronx and Manhattan. Al-Hamdulillah, most of his Dars-e-Qur'an participants are the founding members of different Islamic Centers. He is among the pioneers of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

After moving to Houston in 1975 he was elected three times as a Treasurer of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH). As treasurer, he organized Accounting and Check-o-Matic systems. He was then elected twice as the Director of Religious Affairs and one time as the Director of Education. In these positions he organized the Zonal system of ISGH for children's Islamic Education and Qur'anic Tajweed. Then he was elected as the President of ISGH. In that position he lead the community in buying the Zonal facilities at the North, Southwest, Southeast, Northwest and Bear Creek areas and putting these facilities in Owqf (Trust) with North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). He also accomplished the amendments to the ISGH Constitution and Bylaws for the future unlimited growth of the Muslim Community in Greater Houston area. He also served as Chairman of the Planning and Administration Committee and developed short term and long term plans for the ISGH. He is a founding member of the Islamic Education Institute of Texas (IEIT) and the Institute of Islamic Knowledge (IIK).

At the National Level he has worked as Vice Chairman of the Islamic Coordinating Committee (ICC) and has been a member of Board of Advisers to the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). 

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Dec 31, 2001
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 This Booklet is available in English as well as in Spanish. It is full color and is especially designed as a Da‘wah tool to built the bridge between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is an excellent effort to promote the understanding about Muslims and Islam and has been declared as one of the best Da'wah material available. Booklet carries the following topics:


What is Islam? Is Islam a new Religion? What is the distinctive Feature of Islam? How does Islam relate to Mankind?


Who are the Muslims? What are the Pillars of Faith? Why Muslims use the word ‘Allah’ instead of ‘God’? How does someone become a Muslim?


What is Prophethood in Islam? Who is Muhammad? What is Sunnah? What does Islam say about Torah and Bible? How Islam views Judaism and Christianity? What does Islam say about Original Sin? What does Islam say about Jesus?


What is the Qur'an? Does Islam recognize Science and Technology?


What is Worship in Islam? What are the Five Pillars of Islam? What is the Ka'bah?


What are Human Rights in Islam? What is Jihad in Islam? What is Islamic Dress Code? How does Islam view Family Life? What is the Status of Women in Islam? What is Marriage in Islam? Why is More than One Wife permitted in Islam? What does Islam say about Parents and Elderly? What does Islam say about Food? What does Islam say about Intoxicants and Gambling? What Islam say about Business Interaction?


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The Holy Qur'an EBook version
English Translation and Commentary
- Detailed commentary with extensive references to standard authorities, both classical and modern
- Comprehensive introduction deals with Islamic teachings and the collection and arrangement of the Holy Qur'an
- Extensive Index
"There is no other translation or commentary of the Holy Qur'an in the English Language to compete with Maulvi Muhammad Ali's Masterpiece."
-- Al-Haj Hafiz Ghulam Sarwar, translator of the Holy Qur'an
"To deny the excellence of Maulvi Muhammad Ali's translation, the influence for good it has exercised and its proselytizing utility would be to deny the existence of the light of the sun."
-- Maulana Abdul Majid Daryabadi, leader of Orthodox Muslim opinion in India)
...has all the merits of what is desired in a translation."
-- The Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam, Lahore, Pakistan
..".By far the best text currently available in the English language...incontestably one of the finest interpretations of the scared scripture of Islam. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this translation to students and others seeking to understand the essence and epitome of the Quranic message."
-- Prof. T. Hargery, Director, African Studies, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville
..".an austerely faithful translation in English...based on a close study of commentaries of the Qur' an - the work of my learned name-sake Maulvi Muhammad Ali of Lahore...The translation and the notes...all demonstrate the labour of love and devoted zeal."
-- Late Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar of "The Comrade"
"It is certainly a work of which any scholar might legitimately be proud."
-- The Quest, London
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