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The New York City Progressive Muslim Meetup Group Message Board › Translations/Resources: Qur'an

Translations/Resources: Qur'an

A former member
Post #: 11
During our discussion yesterday (15-Jul), several references were made to Muhammad Asad’s translation (English) of the Qur’an, as well as other resources.

For those interested, copies of this text are readily available through Amazon.com in hardcover and an electronic version, priced at USD 41.66 and USD 10.00, respectively:

Hardcover : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1904510000/­
E-Book* : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E8N67W/­

Please note: Electronic book version requires Adobe® Acrobat which may be obtained free of charge at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/­

In addition, a six volume softcover version is available through other booksellers:
Softcover (Six volumes) : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1904510019/­

For reference purposes, you may access the aforelisted translation (verses only; no commentary) at “AlTafsir.org,” a free service provided by Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought:

http://www.altafsir.org/ViewTranslations.asp?Display=yes&SoraNo=1&Ayah=0&Language=2&TranslationBook=7­

Please note: AlTafsir.org provides several other translations in a variety of languages. The Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought may be refereced via the following link: http://www.aalalbayt.org/4/indexen.htm­

There are unofficial versions of the text available via the following:

http://www.geocities.com/masad02/­
http://hambra.blogspot.com/2006/03/muhammad-asad-message-of-quran-aka.html­

For information regarding Muhammad Asad, please refer to the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Asad­

Please use this post to provide any additional resources and/or share your questions/concerns.

Thanks.
A former member
Post #: 115
Amazing contribution to our group! Thank you, Moin.

Thought I might add another link or two for those interested:

Here is a link to a searchable translation... it is searchable only in english and requires that you enter the word or phrase exactly as written in the translation; therefore, is of limited use in searching for general topics:

M.H. Shakir Searchable Translation

Here is another... this one provides four searchable translations of both the Quran and Hadith. Tricky to navigate at first, but you can simultaneously view all four translations along with transliteration and original arabic if you choose. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the Asad translation...

Searchable Quran and Hadith

One more that Riz recently pointed out to me and Dega... this one requires some knowledge of arabic to fully realize its utility, as it allows you to click on any word in the original arabic text and bring up all words derived from the same root. You can then click on any of these, and it brings up all verses in the Quran that contain this word. Very interesting:

Searchable Arabic Root Words

Please share any other interesting Quranic links... I'm sure there's more!
Roxanne
roxie78
Brooklyn, NY
Post #: 8
Thanks Moin,
I appreciate this! I actually came online for this and there it was! Thanks a BILLION!!!

Roxanne
A former member
Post #: 3
We sell Yusuf Ali (English) and Jolio Cortes (Spanish) translations for $1 + shipping ($1.59 Media Mail).

You can either send money to my Paypal account or give it to a charity of your choice. :)

Here are some other handy Qur'an resources:

http://www.islamicity...­ for phonetic search in Arabic though transliteration.

http://www.laneslexic...­ for free Lane's Lexicon.

http://www.understand...­ for free Qur'anic Arabic literature.

http://www.studyquran...­ for Word-for-Word translation from Arabic to English. Links for surahs 31-114 are being created. Links to specific verses are being created.

http://www.islamawake...­ for multiple translations.
A former member
Post #: 106
Compare with other translations/commentaries, and ponder/pray :)
sample words:
'KHAATAM' ('Seal of Perfection' of Prophethood - 33:41*) (answer: 4:70* - All 4 blessed categories will be found in the followers of the Holy Prophet (pb)
'SHUBBIHA LAHUM' ( made to appear like [one crucified] - 4:158*)
'RAFA'A' (elevated in spiritual status - 4:159*) (compare to: 19:58*)
Nobody 'rises up bodily' (3:186* 21:36* 29:58*)

http://www.alislam.or...­
http://store.alislam....­

*All 'Bismillah hir Rahmaan nir Raheem' verses are counted in.
A former member
Post #: 3
in the Name of the Most High
assalam o 'alaykum

there is also a word by word translation of the Quran

Mohar Ali, http://www.onlineisla...­
A Word for Word Meaning of Quran

it is not a Commentary - but helps in breaking down the meaning - though i will agree that Muhammad Asad's short 1 volume Commentary is un-equivocally the most useful of all. you can order it from this site, which has a rather cheaper price

http://www.bahoo.org/...­

on the subject of 'thematic' approaches to under-stand the Quran, one work that definately stands out is from the late (prof) Fazlur Rahman,

Major Themes of the Quran

it also has a certain flavore where he does respond to Orientalist assumptions about the Quran.

another titles worth pursuing is from Fathi Usman, also a Topical or as we may call it a Thematic reading.

Concepts of the Quran : A Topical Reading
http://www.onlineisla...­]

this is a very volumnious work and splits it-self (you can get a sample of the TOC from the link) into the primary topics covered within the Quran. it is definately a resource worth investing in - since his work, combines a traditional as well as progressive response to the many questions raised within the Quran, i.e religious plurality, war, human rights and even mis-conceptions surrondging shariah. i would encourage his other works as well, which i happen to have in word format, if any one is interested

regards, ali.q

p.s: i have no association with any of the book-sellers above, other than the fact, that what-ever money i have left over after buying books goes for family support
riz h.
user 2394490
Kew Gardens, NY
Post #: 52
Amazing contribution to our group! Thank you, Moin.

Thought I might add another link or two for those interested:

Here is a link to a searchable translation... it is searchable only in english and requires that you enter the word or phrase exactly as written in the translation; therefore, is of limited use in searching for general topics:

M.H. Shakir Searchable Translation

Here is another... this one provides four searchable translations of both the Quran and Hadith. Tricky to navigate at first, but you can simultaneously view all four translations along with transliteration and original arabic if you choose. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the Asad translation...

Searchable Quran and Hadith

One more that Riz recently pointed out to me and Dega... this one requires some knowledge of arabic to fully realize its utility, as it allows you to click on any word in the original arabic text and bring up all words derived from the same root. You can then click on any of these, and it brings up all verses in the Quran that contain this word. Very interesting:

Searchable Arabic Root Words

Please share any other interesting Quranic links... I'm sure there's more!
Latest on Quran resources. This will interest Quran scholars and very intrested laymen. It is the Quranic Arabic Corpus corpus.quran.com. Quranic morphology, ontology and syntax are explored in a way that is truly remarkable. A magnificent effort. MUST SEE.
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