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The Holy Qur'an Translations of Selected Verses: Martin Lings
[#1902 1R1 PB 256pp 978-1903682531,ITS Shaykh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din 99 Names of Allah Incl. Arabic]

The Holy Qur\'an Translations of Selected Verses: Martin Lings

The Holy Qur'an  (Arabic-English)
Translations of Selected Verses (
accompanied by the original Arabic text on facing pages).
By Dr Martin Lings (Shaykh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din)
Paperback 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1903682531
© The Islamic Texts Society 2002-2006
Appendix: The ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God

The renowned scholar and Sufi master, the late Dr Martin Lings (Shaykh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din) was working on a full translation of the Qur’an when he passed away. The Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, who had commissioned Dr Lings to translate the Qur’an, and the Islamic Texts Society were granted access to his papers. The Publishers extracted from these previously unpublished writings, and from all his other publications, his translations of verses from the Qur’an. These are here presented as The Holy Qur’an: Translations of Selected Verses accompanied by the original Arabic text on facing pages.

Among the translations are the all-important first chapter of the Qur’an (al-Fatihah); full translations of the Chapter ‘The God of Mercy’ (ar-Rahman) and ten other Chapters including the often-repeated last three; the Verse of Light (ayat an-Nur); verses from the Chapter entitled Ya Sin which is regarded as ‘the heart of the Qur’an’; and numerous other verses from seventy-six other Chapters.

In addition, there is an appendix of Dr Lings’ translation of the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God with the original Arabic and transliteration; and a cross-referenced index which is intended to work as a minor concordance.


For all those wishing to learn about the Qur’an, for non-Arabic-speaking Muslims, for students of Arabic and translation, for scholars of Islamic studies, The Holy Qur’an: Translations of Selected Verses is a short and accessible introduction with the additional benefits of the profound learning of an eminent scholar and the beautiful language of a published poet. Dr Martin Lings is the author of among others Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, What is Sufism?, A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century, The Book of Certainty and Sufi Poems.

Dr Martin Lings (Shaykh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din) was born in Lancashire in 1909. After a classical education he read English at Oxford where he was a pupil and later a close friend of C. S. Lewis. In 1935 he went to Lithuania where he lectured on Anglo-Saxon and Middle English and subsequently he went to Egypt and and lectured mainly on Shakespeare at Cairo University. In 1952 he returned to England and took a degree in Arabic and in 1955 he joined the staff of the British Museum where from 1970–73 he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts. For the following year he held the same post in the newly founded British Library.
In addition to writing many books he is also the author of the chapter ‘Mystical Poetry’ in Abbasid Belles-Lettres, which is Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature, and the chapter on ‘The Nature and Origin of Sufism’ in Vol.19 of World Spirituality, as well as articles for Studies in Comparative Religion, Sophia, The New Encyclopaedia of Islam and the Encyclopaedia Britannica
Abu Bakr Siraj Ad-Din better known as Martin Lings passed away in the year 2005 

THE HOLY QURAN: SELECTED VERSES 2
An Excerpt

Al-F ãtihah (I)

1. In the Name of God, the Clement, the Merciful. [UM]
1. In the Name of God, the Infinitely Good, the Ever-Merciful. [uM]
1. In the Name of God, the All-Merciful, the Merciful. [SS
1. In the Name of God, the Infinitely Good, the All-Merciful. [M] [SQCI]
1. In the Name of God, the Infinitely Good, the Boundlessly Merciful. [SA]
2. Praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds. [SS] [M]
3. The Infinitely Good, the All-Merciful. [MI
4. Owner of the Day of Judgement. [UM]
4.. Master of the day of judgement. [M]
5.. Thee we worship and from Thee we seek help. [UM]
5. It is Thee we adore, and it is in Thee we seek refuge. [Ii
5. Thee we worship, and in Thee we seek help. [M}
6. Lead us on the straight path. [uM]
6. Guide us upon the way of Transcendence. [UM]
6. Lead us along the straight path. [Os] [SS]
6. Guide us up the ascending path. [WS] [RSI
6. Guide us upon the straight path. [N] [sA]
7. The Path of those to whom Thou accordest Thy Grace
not of those who incur Thy wrath, nor of those who go
astray. [UM]
7. Those upon whom is Thy Grace, not those upon whom
is Thy Wrath, nor those who go astray. [uM]
7. The way of those on whom Thy Grace is not those’
deserve anger nor those who are astray. [UM]
7. The path of those on whom Thy grace is, not
whom Thine anger is, nor those who are astray. [M]

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