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Holy Quran
 
Subject:  Quranic Studies
The Original Language:  Arabic
Translated By:  M.H.Shakir
Publisher: WOFIS
Size:  15x22 cm
Pages:  949
 
 
 

While we are reprinting this translation, we first appreciate the valuable work performed by the respected translator of the Holy Quran. God is pleased by this manhood and religious action and also Muslim brothers and all who are seeking the truth for the sake of truth. We tender our thanks and pray to God for him a remarkable reward and success.

It was about six years since we were seeking to obtain a compre­hensive and fair translation of the Holy Quran, till at last and fortu­nately we could achieve this desirable translation. Meanwhile, we think necessary to point out the following facts:

 

1.            "The Kalãmu ’Allãh (the Qurãn) is a wonderful piece of poetry and Arabic Literature;' says the translator in his introduction. Perhaps this must have quoted without any intention; because the Holy Quran is not a poetry. It is not reasonable for any investigating Muslim or non-Muslim to have this opinion.

 

2.            The translator has made some foot-notes: In many cases these brief and short explanations are not quite sufficient to give the real meaning; see the foot note 2, 3, - page 7 and pages 73, 232 and 902.

Among these notes, you will find on the fasting verse, Chapter 2, this sentence:

"It is clear that the fast should be completed till night' Per­haps he is pointing out to the diversity of opinion among Islamic learned men, regarding the sunset and the time, which according to religious laws, one can break his fast and can fulfil his night prayer.

The difference of opinion is whether, according to religious law, the sunset (Magrib or Gurũb) is when the sun is descended below the horizon and is disappeared or when the eastern redness in the sky is vanished.

Some foot-notes are not suitable to the high aim and sublime purpose of the Holy Quran as mentioned on Page 362.

 

3.            Some English words are not the right equivalent of the Arabic’s, e.g. on page 23, the equivalent of the word "Ãyah" No. 106, Chapter of the Cow, the word communication is used instead of Signs.

On page 267 the translation of "ANFÃL" is made by "WIND-FALL;' whereas the words Spoils, or Accession, used by others could show a better sense.

On page 174 the word friend or Guardian is used as the equi­valent of "Walee"  وَلیّ  (Sureh Mã’edeh ‘Chapter food’ the verse No.56) The first word friend does not seem to be the right equivalent of Arabic word of Walee, the right one may be Guardian.

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