This is an English Translation without the Arabic text.
2012 Edition - with a brief index of subjects.
New Modern English Edition with Brief Explanatory Notes.
The most widely distributed translation published by IDCI.
About the Translator Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall (1875-1936) was an English traveller, novelist, polemicist and educationist who embraced Islam in 1917. His travels throughout the Muslim world formed the basis of several novels set in the Middle East and allowed him to become fluent in Arabic, Turkish and Urdu. After his conversion, he served as the acting Imam of the London Mosque (Notting Hill), worked for 15 years with Muslims in the Indian subcontinent as the editor of Islamic Culture (Hyderabad, Deccan), and served as the Nizam's advisor and publisher.
The Meaning of the Glorious Qur'an: An Explanatory Translation is his best-known work. While familiar with European Qur'anic criticism, he also spent time in Egypt with various traditional scholars to acquaint himself with their views. In later years, his works served as the basis for the Portuguese (Mozambique) and Tagalog (the Philippines) language editions.
About the Qur'an 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.
The text of the Qur'an has not changed since the days the prophet Muhammad - peace be with him - received this revelation, yet its content retains its relevance, validity and dynamics and continues to inspire believers of every generation as well as challenge the status quo of human society. The convincing observations of the Qur'an which, after all, are a communication from our Maker, are a powerful call to action and a rebuttal of complacency. They appeal to both the mind and the heart of the reader or listener, they call for justice and compassion, they decry and defy falsehood, pretence and oppression. They represent an uncomfortable truth for those who would like to banish the courage of one's conviction and do not want us to use our intellect and power of reflection to guide us along our path in life.