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"Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know."

The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1,400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in the history of literature. 

Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to listen to while retaining its powers of eloquence. Archaisms and cryptic language are avoided and the Arabic meaning preserved by respecting the context of the discourse. The message of the Qur'an was directly addressed to all people regardless of class, gender, or age, and this translation is equally accessible to everyone. 

About the series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

©2004, 2005 M. A. S. Abdel Haleem (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Listen to this translation

I like his voice especially the pace of how he reads the English translation of Allah’s words the final message for mankind with slight emotions when needed.
If you struggle to find time to read the Quran- you must listen and now with Audible you have no excuses!
Translation has been confirmed by traditional scholars who have connections to traditional or conservative schools of thought as a sound good translation.
Now to restart another reading from chapter 1!
Enjoy.

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Loved it

Would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about Islam not just Muslims. Kinda wish it was longer. For sure will listen to it again along side with the Arabic Version.

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Excellent translation, easy to follow

Excellent introduction on the history of the Qur'an and history of english translations. Introduction explains the benefit of this translation over others.

Each chapter is prefaced with a brief informative introduction on the context, meaning, and content of the chapter.

Highly recommend this translation.

Audio is beautiful and narrator has smooth and easy to hear voice.

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If you were ever curious PLEASE listen to this book.

I think I might already have a bias but this is definitely the greatest book on the planet. I’m incredibly thankful to the translator Abdel Haleem for translating this text into English and the narrator is also amazing. I’ve come across other English versions but this has to be the easiest to digest being that the English is much like what we speak today. I found those other copies to be similar to old English whereas this is very easy to understand and follow along. I’d like thank everybody that has contributed towards this book. I pray that Allah swt grants them mercy and this weighs heavy on the scale. As it has increased my iman and brought a better understanding of the Quran. As the Quran is a blessing and truly a miracle thank you for allowing me this access to such a great translation.

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  • KAM
  • 2022-05-06

Great!

The translation is easy to understand and reading very clear. It was well presented. Loved it.

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educational

non-religeously studying historical texts so that I may have knowledgable diologues with peers and colleagues about subjects covered within these kinds of books.

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Most powerful book I’ve read in my life

I’ve been looking for something like this, as I don’t understand the original Quran’s translation. Very grateful to have found this. This book is life changing.

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Amazing!

Listening to this audiobook laid down the foundation for me to convert to Islam, mashaallah!

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exceptional!

this is my first experience with the qur'an and I absolutely loved it and keep listening over

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Powerful and enlightening

This was the first time listening to the translation of the Quran in simple English. The easy translation along with the authors voice made it very easy to follow along. The words themselves really made you question the meaning of life and our true purpose. I will def be reading again to catch what I missed the first time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-29

Missing chapter 44

The Surah 44 is missing (smoke). How can this be rectified? The rest appears to be intact.

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  • Youssef Mosallam
  • 2018-11-30

Excellent Recitation

The recitation is clear and the pre-chapter (Surah) explanations make it easier to identify the purpose of the message. The English translation makes it easier to follow and understand. Also, the introduction to the full Quran gives a clear and understanding of the historical significance and background of the Quran. I truly like the fact that the author explains that people who wish to villainize and/or use passages for their own personal agendas, pull specific lines (Ayats) out of the whole Chapter (Surah) which does not support the Islamic teachings. Each set of lines (Ayats) are supported by other lines (Ayats) which give a full description of the meaning of the whole Surah (Chapter).

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  • A Person With An Opinion
  • 2021-04-23

The Qur’an Review

I choose to read the Qur’an to judge for myself its meanings and to know what it said as opposed to listening to different combative sides determining if it was a book of peace or not. I found it very interesting in its diversion of ethical moralities. One minute talking of mercy and the next minute discussing torments. It went on through out the Qur’an flip flopping back and forth reiterating god’s mercy to the believer and hell’s fires and damnation to the unbelievers. It reference many biblical characters such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Noah, Jonah, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Jesus and others. It was prefaced in the Old Testament and subscribed God as the one and only god. It reference such notions as biblical scripture of God being a jealous god with repeated references to not worshipping two gods. It did create a new notion in the belief that all that worshipped God would go to heaven. This group of believers included Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Qur’an distinctly states that Muhammad was just a man with no special talents other than being a messenger of God. It did not identify him as the messiah. It decisively indicated that he was not the Messiah. Muhammad was an ordinary man the the angels departed God’s words to according to the Qur’an. The Qur’an did indicate on multiple occasions who the messiah was. It stated multiple time that Jesus was the messiah that God sent. There was a chapter in the Qur’an that spoke of how women should dress which seemed a little out of place in considering that neither the Jews or Jesus required the covering of women. But the passages in my opinion were sort of vague in the description of what was required. It just talked about women covering their charms. But then later said it was alright to not cover them later in the same chapter if they weren’t intending to use them. One the things that struck me most of the Qur’an was how it went against the teaching of Jesus, who it identified as the messiah. Particularity in reference to how to treat sinners and especially women that committed adultery. It talked about the wrath of punishment to these people and showing them mo mercy. This is in stark contract to the parable referring a woman that committed adultery and Jesus said anyone without sin cast the first stone then Jesus forgave her and told her to sin no more. The Qur’an strays from the teaching of Jesus teaching malicious to toward non-believers. According to the Qur’an, Muslims have the right to attack anyone attacking the Mecca. Neither God or Jesus, created any thing that was worthy of war, not even the temple mount. Muhammad spends most of the time speaking as from the angels about the treatment of the unrighteous. He goes as far to say that God only loves the believers, but Jesus said, “Love your enemy, bless them that curse you, di good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” The Qur’an which recognizing Jesus as the messiah is in stark contradiction of the teaching of Jesus. Muhammad also creates by virtue of his dreams of angels a different set of rules for himself that allows him to do as he pleases. He owns slaves and gives himself the privilege to use them sexually as he sees fit. In the Qur’an, Heaven is described as a garden, but in the Bible Heaven is said to be a city with pearly gates, streets made of gold and mansion in my fathers house. There might be a garden in the preverbal heaven but it is not described as a garden in the Bible. This should create many questions about the origin of the Qur’an if one is a Christian, Muslin, Hebrew or non-believers with interest about the religion itself. One of the thing of interest to be was although I don’t know much about Sharia Law was the foundation of it. I assumed it was from the Qur’an, but have mot found much in terms of a set of laws defined in it. Even though the Quran recognizes Jesus as the messiah, it does not recognize him as the son of god, but the son of Mary Jesus not the son of god. It also does not accept the theory of the trinity (God the father, the son and Holy Ghost). I perceive the Qur’an as sort of a bible companion, or an interpretation thereof. It makes one think about biblical concepts, and allows one to see the bible in a different light with a new vantage point on old testament stories. It has conversations in a contextual sense that aren’t part of Holy Bible, but go along with it that supports it’s text. There was some oddities that I had never imagined were things that needed disputing like the angels being the daughters of god. I not sure where this originated from but in ancient religious aberrations it is easy to understand how alterations based on one groups believes can alter to fabrications. It was interesting to know like Moses, Elijah and Jesus that Muhammad was said to have ascended to heaven. It slso refered to God as the Lord of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Like Egyptians, I wonder if Islam depicts heaven a location in the sky, the star of Sirius. It goes on to further describe heaven as having four gardens, two on top and two below. It seems to make some correlation with the number two with two fruits, two animals, two rivers, two people in regards to rejection of God from a heavenly realm. Apparently in heaven, which seemed by the connotation of the wording, a paradise made for the pleasure of men, there would be all the fruit, drink, and young virgin maidens that ones heart desires. It talk in many places about no free will stating that God hardens the hearts of the non-believer. In this same sense it also talks about the twelve apostles as being superior believers as it dictates a multiple level of believers and the heavenly rewards based on ranking. Some of ghis bring me round circle to the apostle Paul who was one of the most abhorrent disbelievers before his conversion. According to the Qur’an, he would have never been converted because God would never have forgiven him. The Qur’an also talked about when its alright to divorce a woman that is menstruating or pregnant. This seems to be more in contradiction of any biblical teaching as biblically God would never indicate that a man’s responsibility was to any one other than God and his family. I found the parable of a field and tornado in line with anything that relates to abnormal easily attributed to a higher power when in reality it was explainable through nature, cycles for jet streams and the earth’s rotation around the sun. The Qur’an also talks of the seven heavens and how the Sun and moon are in heaven. It talks about the building of the Tower of Babel. We now know that no one could have build any building that could have reached heaven nor are the sun and moon located in heaven. It continually reiterates not witnessing to the non-believer which is a stark contrast to the teaching of Jesus. There is no doubt why this book is hard to find in an English version, because it can easily be discounted for its contrast to scriptures that it supposedly is an additional prophecy. Overall, I found the Qur’an repetitive, good or bad, and disingenuous to the Old and New Testaments‘ teachings. As a religious book, I have a hard time rating it or them in the same context of other books, because they aren’t of the same nature. The read was interesting and considering a comparison to the Holy Bible which was well written, it was truly lacking in fluidity and content. It is worth read however to get a better understanding of the origins of Islam. And for theses reason, I considered it an generically average read not depicting on it as a holy book but contextual book based on the quality of the writing and story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-14

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YouTube has better. This coming from a American Vet in Iraq that's studying all religions

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  • venkata raghava b v
  • 2020-02-23

Peace the Primary Divine Purpose

This is my third english version of the Qur’an and by far the most meaningful.
I have also read the Bible, done some theology and have some understanding of Hindu and Buddhist faith.
The Prophet brought an end to the internecine quarrels among the Arab tribes and the faith that He brought forth became the medium. Similarly Christianity could be credited with the Unification of Europe over a longer time frame.
However Peace is surely not the result in the later interactions of the major populations of the world to the present day. In fact faith seems a hinderance than a help in the Divine Purpose of Peace.
The primacy of Faith over Peace I believe is the cause of all strife in the world. The exact opposite what we believe the Prophets lived for.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-29

confusing to follow

I thought this was the actual book and it's not. it jumps around a lot and is hard to follow.

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  • 靖南
  • 2018-11-01

Serviceable English edition.

Sura 43, 44 are combined. Helpful introduction at the start of each sura. Clear narration.

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  • Firass
  • 2020-11-03

Amazing

A beautiful translation of the sacred text. The narrator is always excellent. This is a must have.

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  • Fredonna Walker
  • 2020-07-05

A lot more repetitive than I was expecting.

People have spent thousands of years fighting over this? Wow. Why? It seems innocuous enough and is basically just the same few stories repeated over and over in only slightly different ways.

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  • Ahmad A.
  • 2019-08-24

Good translation

Good translation of Quran, it is simple and easy to understand, and dose give the general meanings.

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