Translator's Note  
الحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبُّ الْعَاَلَمِينَ وَالْصَّلاَةُ وَالْسّلاَمُ عَلَىَ أَشْرَفِ الأَنْبِيَاءِ وَالْمُرْسَلينِ 

Praise and Gratitude be to Allah, The Lord of All Worlds. And Prayers and peace and greetings upon the most noble of the prophets and messengers.

Why this translation

Having read or attempted to read many English translations of The Quran and books of Hadeeth and Islamic literary writings, we came to the conclusion that many of the translations did not replicate the beauty or the exact spiritual meaning of the Arabic text, and many of the best writings were never translated. Non Arabic speaking Muslims outnumber much more the Arabic speakers, and they either have access to unsatisfactory translations or do not have access to some of the best spiritually stimulating and venerating texts that are available in Arabic. 

This is a modest attempt to translate some selections of the best Islamic "pearls" of literature and thought, hoping we can present the many hundreds of millions of Muslims who do not speak or read Arabic some of the beauty of the texts available to us Arabic speakers. Although several of these texts are available in more than one translation, I did not find that they fully conveyed the essence or the beauty of the original texts, and pray to The Great Lord to help me do a little better. 

Arabic is very difficult to translate, and we are neither scholars of Arabic or English languages. Most words have more than one meaning, and many words can be used alternatively and repeatedly for the same meaning. In addition, many Arabic words have no translation, and many phrases if literally translated will end up having no meaning or a different meaning. Rather than using an Arabic-English dictionary, we looked up English translation for Arabic words in the following translations of the Quran:

  • Muhammad Taqi al-Din al-Hilali and Muhammad Muhsin Khan: The Noble Qur'an in the English Language
  • Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought: The Holy Qur'an: A new English translation of its Meanings
  • Saheeh International: Translation Of The Meanings Of The Glorious Quran
  • Muhammad Taqy Uthmani: English translation of "Tafseer-e-Uthmani"
  • Marmaduke Pickthall: The Meaning of The Glorious Qur'an
  • Abdullah Yusufali: The Qur'an: Text, Translation & Commentary
  • Arthur John Arberry: The Koran Interpreted: A Translation
  • M. H. Shakir: The Quran Translation
  • Muhammad Asad: The Message of the Qur’an

    Many words had many translations in the various versions of Quran translations, and we used the one that we thought served the meaning and spirit of the text better.

    In addition, we also kept the Arabic text on the website and will do so in the free manuscript for 2 main reasons:

    1. Whoever can read Arabic will find the original meaning and the original beauty of the text, which cannot be translated. Most of the texts are arranged in melodic, rhythmic language that repeat meanings to rhyme at the end of sentences, which gives poetic beauty to the text, and is appreciated more whent the text is read aloud, and I was not able to do anything close in the English translation.

    2. To ask whoever can correct any errors in the translation or whoever can convey a better meaning or better language to please forward his/her suggestions which will be seriously considered and modified.

    If you have any comments, suggestions, corrections or additions, please e-mail us and they will be seriously considered.