The Qur'an is a complete and original compilation of the Final Revelation from God to mankind through the last Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. It is a continuation of the earlier Revelations made to Abraham, David, Moses and Jesus, thus certain accounts in the Qur'an and other Revealed Texts are remarkably similar. Finally, the Qur'an was revealed not to distinguish Islam as a separate religion, but the Revelation of God came as a final message that embodies a universal message for people of all times.
This new bilingual edition, approved by Al-Azhar University, the chief center of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world, offers a comprehensive and accurate rendering of the Qur'an into modern English. The clear, rigorous translation, one of the only English translations available by a native Arabic speaker, is laid out here in dual column format directly opposing the Arabic text to allow the reader to make careful verse by verse comparisons.
• approved by Al-Azhar University, Cairo
• easy-to-read translation into modern English
• index of surahs (chapters)
• English and Arabic headers
• verse numbers within text in English and Arabic
• explanatory footnotes in English
The book is the first guide of its kind. Readers interested in a variety of topics, from faith and culture to politics and current events, will find much to learn from “A Basic Guide to Understanding the Qur’an,” giving them the content and the context needed to reevaluate preconceptions or gain a newfound understanding of subjects that may have been unfamiliar or foreign to them.
Some of the subjects included: Creation of heavens and earth, the purpose of life & death, creation of Adam & Eve, Noah and the flood, Abraham, Moses & the Israelites, virgin Mary’s birth, Jesus’ birth, life and death, destruction of Jerusalem, family law, treatment of women, marriage & divorce, inheritance law, social & moral commands, Jihad, treatment of prisoners of war, apocalypse events, paradise, hell, and science in the Qur’an.
The Quran, a book which brings glad tidings to mankind along with divine admonition, stresses the importance of man’s discovery of truth on both spiritual and intellectual planes.
Every book has its objective and the objective of the Quran is to make man aware of the Creation plan of God. That is, to tell man why God created this world; what the purpose is of settling man on earth; what is required from man in his pre-death life span, and what he is going to confront after death. The purpose of the Quran is to make man aware of this reality, thus serving to guide man on his entire journey through life into the after-life.
The main themes of the Quran are enlightenment, closeness to God, peace and spirituality. The Quran uses several terms, tawassum, tadabbur, and tafakkur, which indicate the learning of lessons through reflection, thinking and contemplation on the signs of God scattered across the world. The present translation of the Quran and its explanatory notes are written keeping in mind these very themes.
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