The Meaning of The Glorious Qur'an
An Explanatory Translation With A Brief Index
Translation By Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall
New Modern English Edition
By Dr. Sahib Mustaqim Bleher
Paperback 400 Pages
ISBN : 9781910432006
Publisher : Islamic Dawah Centre International (IDCI)
About The Book
The Qur'an is no ordinary book. To Muslims it is the eternal word of God (Allah), dictated to the prophet Muhammad - peace be with him - via the angel Gabriel (Jibreel). Originally revealed in Arabic, its style is unrivalled, its language eloquent, its meaning deep.
It is beyond any translation to render all this richness of expression in another language. Yet, the Qur'an is primarily a book of guidance and must, therefore, be accessible to those who seek the truth contained in it.
Whilst a translation cannot be an authoritative replacement of the original, it can make the meaning of its verses available to a non-Arabic speaking readership. The verses (Ayahs) of the Qur'an were revealed throughout the 23 years of prophet Muhammad's prophethood, often in connection with events of the time.
They were then memorised, recorded in writing, collected and arranged into chapters (Surahs). Within those verses we find narratives describing the creation of the world from earliest times or recounting the missions of earlier prophets, we come across general exhortation to belief and righteous conduct, we are given the tools and principles for reflection and sound judgement in a multitude of life's situations, and we receive detailed rulings on important aspects of criminal and civil law.
Thus the Qur'an is not only a text of inspiration but also the foundation of the legal and social structure of Islamic society.
About The Translator
Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall (English) was born in 1875 in London, to an Anglican clergyman, and spent his formative years in rural Suffolk. He was contemporary of Winston Churchill at Harrow, the famous private school. During intervals from living a sedentary life in Suffolk, Pickthall travelled extensively in the Arab world and Turkey.
In 1917, Pickthall reverted to Islam. A strong advocate of the Ottoman Empire, Pickthall studied the Orient, published articles and novels on the subject, best known for the English translation of the Qur'an ' The meaning of the Holy Qur'an' While under the service of the Nizam of Hyderabad. In India he became a champion of independence and a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi and served as editor of the Bombay Chronicle, served as an Imam.
About The Editor
Dr. Sahib Mustaqim Bleher is a professor of applied linguistics and translation and works as a commercial translator and interpreter through his own translation company in the UK. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Linguists and of the Chartered Institute of Journalists in the UK.
Born in 1959 in Heidelberg, Germany, he worked as a journalist before turning to translation and publishing. He has translated several titles of Islamic Literature from Arabic to German and authored several books in English through his own small publishing enterprise in the UK
Sahib Mustaqim Bleher is known for his dynamic lectures at universities and other events throughout the UK and abroad, as well as numerous pamphlets, dealing with topics on education, Islamic economics, politics, Muslim strategy and other issues of contemporary interest. He is a regular participant on various radio and television shows.
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