The Quran is the direct word of God, sent down through the Angel Jibril (Gabriel), to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him ﷺ). The Prophet ﷺ recited it word-for-word to the people, and it was recorded shortly thereafter as the Quran. This was spread universally, and remains the same Quran today, letter-for-letter, in the same language of the time of the revelation. Thus, the Quran is unique being the only book in existence which can connect you, with no intermediary, directly to God.
The revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ began in the month of Ramadan 609 CE and continued over a period of 23 years. The Quran consists of 114 chapters (surahs) and each chapter is comprised of verses (ayat).
2. Reading the Quran in English
1. Saheeh International: - One of the closest translations to the original Arabic text in terms of original meanings.
2. The Clear Quran (Dr Mustafa Khattab): - One of the smoothest and clearest-to-read translations, but rarely at the expense of slightly less direct translation.
We would recommend loading at least two translations while reading the Quran, to attain a more encompassing and comprehensive understanding of each verse. Steps which we would recommend to read the Quran online:1. Load Quran.com2. Click on the desired chapter3. Select the 'Settings' icon in the top right4. Scroll down to 'Translation' where the default is Dr Mustafa Khattab.5. Add Saheeh international, as well as any others which you would like, or your native language if not English.
3. Arabic Recitation
Because a large part of the unparalleled beauty of the Quran is in it's linguistics, we urge new Muslims and non-Arabic speakers to experience and submerge themselves in listening to the Quran in Arabic alongside your native language. We liken it to a masterpiece painting; no matter how many words are used to 'translate' the image to someone far away, no amount of words can capture the original image and its beauty. This same challenge is found when translating God's original Word into another language; although it is certainly a means by which non-Arabic speakers can understand Allah's guidance, it can never match the original and pure words of God Himself.
Therefore, practically speaking, for new Muslims who do not speak Arabic, we would strongly recommend that parallel to reading the English translation, one should also listen to the Arabic recitation. Below are a selection of eight beautiful reciters (Qari); please click on the audio-bar for a sample of the first chapter (Surah Fatiha) to get a taster of their recitation style. To access their recitation of the whole Quran, just click on their image.
4. Arabic Recitation - Selected chapters Find below hand-selected excerpts of chapters of the Quran with English translations:
5. English Recitation
6. Quran Apps
7. Tafseer of the Quran
A note for new Muslims; do not get overwhelmed with tafseers. The Quran is so rich in content and meaning that scholars can often write chapters about a single verse. This means that tafseers usually exist in large volumes, akin to encyclopaedias rather than direct reading material.
Therefore, particularly if you are still in the early stages of learning about Islam and interested in reading parts of the Quran, we would suggest starting with the Quran itself, and having a tafseer at hand for verses which you would like to examine more. Some tafseer recommendations:
1. Ibn Kathir (born 1300): One of the most famous scholars in this field. - Visit Quran.com- Load a chapter and verse- Click on "..." on the left-hand side of the verse- Click tafsirs
2. Nouman Ali Khan (born 1978): 👉 Audio: Extensive breakdown of each chapter👉 Written: Summarised here by a student 'The Thinking Muslim'. - Scroll to the bottom to view the PDFs. Regularly updated.
3. As-Sa'di (born 1889): An excellent tafseer collection in ten volumes:👉 Written 👉 Audio
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