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Discussion about the “quranguide” blog

Monday, July 19th, 2021

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Ramadan Daily Quran Studies, 2021

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

Welcome to the Ramadan Daily Quran Studies for 2021

The theme for this year’s Studies is the life, work, mission and qualities of the Holy Prophet Muhammad as depicted in the Quran.

For these studies, which are added daily during Ramadan, please visit:

www.aaiil.uk/ramadan-2021

Vinicunca (or Rainbow Mountain), Pitumarca District, Peru

Monday, January 11th, 2021

وَ مِنَ الۡجِبَالِ جُدَدٌۢ  بِیۡضٌ وَّ حُمۡرٌ  مُّخۡتَلِفٌ اَلۡوَانُہَا وَ غَرَابِیۡبُ سُوۡدٌ ﴿۲۷﴾ وَ مِنَ النَّاسِ وَ الدَّوَآبِّ وَ الۡاَنۡعَامِ مُخۡتَلِفٌ اَلۡوَانُہٗ  کَذٰلِکَ

“And in the mountains are streaks, white and red, of various colours and (others) intensely black. And of mankind and beasts and cattle there are various colours likewise.” (The Quran, 35:27–28)

See more such photos of these mountains at this link.

At this link, you may read in this connection the article The Philosophy of Colours in the Holy Quran by Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi.

— Zahid Aziz

Translation of verse 3:186

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

From Abdul Momin

Pickthall translates the verse numbered as 3:186 of the Holy Quran as:

“Assuredly ye will be tried in your property and in your persons, and ye will hear much wrong from those who were given the Scripture before you, and from the idolaters. But if ye persevere and ward of (evil), then that is of the steadfast heart of things.”

The same verse translated by Maulana Muhammad Ali reads:

“You will certainly be tried in your property and your persons. And you will certainly hear from those who have been given the Book before you and from the idolaters much abuse. And if you are patient and keep your duty, surely this is an affair of great resolution.”

The translations “But if ye persevere and ward of (evil)” (Pickthall) and “And if you are patient and keep your duty,” (Maulana Muhammad Ali), can convey different meanings.

Which translation is more prevalent, the one by Maulana Muhammad Ali or the one by Pickthall? Thank you.

Ramadan 2020

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Welcome to the Ramadan Daily Quran Studies for 2020

For these studies, added daily during Ramadan:

Please visit www.aaiil.uk/ramadan-2020

or see embedded page below (and use its scroll bars).

Ramadan 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Welcome to the Ramadan Daily Quran Studies for 2019

(Note: Any new posts during Ramadan will be filed below this post.)

As an introduction, here is a short article (English translation / Urdu original) by Maulana Muhammad Ali containing some humble prayers, which he published for the Ramadan of the year 1948.

  • Fast 1 — Fasting
  • Fast 2 — Fasting: Its purposes
  • Fast 3 — Fasting: Developing good qualities
  • Fast 4 — Fasting: The month of Ramadan
  • Fast 5 — Fasting: Further information
  • Fast 6 — Prophets Isaiah and Buddha
  • Fast 7 — The Quran: called an honoured book and a guide right at the beginning
  • Fast 8 — The Quran: “No doubt” in the Quran
  • Fast 9 — The Quran: “No doubt” in the Quran — the challenge of the Quran
  • Fast 10 — The Quran is for all times
  • Fast 11 — The Quran as a guide
  • Fast 12 — Guidance for those who make efforts
  • Fast 13 — Having belief requires knowledge
  • Fast 14 — Another verse sheds more light
  • Fast 15 — Belief in the Unseen
  • Fast 16 — The Unseen
  • Fast 17 — Prayer
  • Fast 18 — Prayer (continued)
  • Fast 19 — Prayer (continued)
  • Fast 20 — Night prayers and simple life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad
  • Fast 21 — Heart-felt nature of prayers in Islam
  • Fast 22 — Other fundamentals of Islam, and charity
  • Fast 23 — Charity (continued)
  • Fast 24 — Charity (continued)
  • Fast 25 — Submission to God and service of humanity as the fundamentals of Islam
  • Fast 26 — Only the principles of religion bear fruit — not desires or labels
  • Fast 27 — Belief in all earlier revelation
  • Fast 28 — Belief in all earlier revelation and prophets of all nations
  • Fast 29 — Some miscellaneous points for consideration
  • Fast 30 — Conclusion to Chapter 2 of the Quran

Thanks to Allah for passing us through another month of Ramadan. May He keep us safe and well over the next year, ameen. Eid Mubarak to all readers!

Ramadan 2018

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Welcome to the Ramadan Daily Quran Studies for 2018

(Note: Any new posts during Ramadan will be filed below this post.)

Prayers urged on LAM members for Ramadan by Maulana Muhammad Ali: English translation |  Urdu original

Some further prayers in Urdu advised by Maulana Muhammad Ali (added here 29 May)

Section on Lailat-ul-Qadr in Sahih Bukhari, translated into English by Dr Zahid Aziz and Mr Nasir Ahmad (added here 6 June)

  • Fast 1 — Fasting
  • Fast 2 — Fasting: Its purposes
  • Fast 3 — Fasting: Developing good qualities
  • Fast 4 — Fasting: The month of Ramadan
  • Fast 5 — Fasting: Conclusion
  • Fast 6 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — raised in all nations
  • Fast 7 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — raised in all nations for guidance
  • Fast 8 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — Muslims to believe in them all
  • Fast 9 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — as mentioned in the Quran
  • Fast 10 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — as mentioned in the Quran
  • Fast 11 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — as mentioned in the Quran
  • Fast 12 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — Dhul Kifl
  • Fast 13 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — Dhul Kifl
  • Fast 14 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — Mercy of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Fast 15 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — Mercy of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Fast 16 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — Buddha's fasting
  • Fast 17 Moderation in fasting (1)
  • Fast 18 Moderation in fasting (2)
  • Fast 19 Muslims extended belief in prophets to include prophets not mentioned in the Quran
  • Fast 20 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — Prophets taught only One God
  • Fast 21 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — None told people to take him for a god
  • Fast 22 Prophets and Messengers of Allah — Meaning of terms
  • Fast 23 — Broad use of word 'messenger'. All prophets were "a single community"
  • Fast 24 Prophets and Messengers — Their submission to God (1)
  • Fast 25 Prophets and Messengers — Their submission to God (2)
  • Fast 26 Prophets and Messengers — Their submission to God (3)
  • Fast 27 Prophets and Messengers — Their submission to God and their mortality
  • Fast 28 Prophets and Messengers — were mortals, and so are their followers
  • Fast 29 Prophets and Messengers — Prophet Muhammad as a mortal
  • Fast 30 Prophets and Messengers — Prophet Muhammad as culmination

Many of us will have a Ramadan of 29 days this year. Nonetheless I always produce 30 Studies.

Thanks to Allah for passing us through another month of Ramadan. May He keep us safe and well over the next year, ameen. Eid Mubarak to all readers!

Centenary of Maulana Muhammad Ali’s English Translation of the Quran

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

After much research, I have completed a comprehensive book of the above title, with the sub-title: Background, History, and Influence on Later Translations. See link.

I am pleased, as well as relieved, and thankful to Allah, to have done this duty to repay in some small amount the debt of gratitude we owe to the founders of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore.

Given below is my Preface to the book:

This booklet has been compiled to mark the centenary of the publication of the English translation of the Quran, with extensive commentary, by Maulana Muhammad Ali in 1917. It was, in any practical sense, and in terms of theological scholarship, the first English translation of the Quran by a Muslim. It was certainly the first to be published and to be available in Western countries. Some thirty years after it first appeared, it was thoroughly revised by Maulana Muhammad Ali. It is now a century that it has continued to be reprinted and re-published in different formats, most recently also in digital editions. His translation and commentary has also been used as the basis for producing translations into several other languages.

Later English translations by Muslims were influenced by this work, as we show in the present booklet. In fact, this translation paved the way for them since it broke through the barrier imposed by the orthodox scholars of Islam who held that the Quran must not be translated and who opposed the appearance of any such work.

The most remarkable fact is that a movement which is insignificant in number and meagre in resources, and faces hostility from within the Muslim world and from outside it, has been able to maintain this translation in existence and spread it widely all over the world for a century.

In chapter 1 of this book, we begin by tracing the source of inspiration which led to the producing of this translation and explain the need for such a work. Then its history at Qadian is described till the events of March 1914 which led to the establishment of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‛at Islam at Lahore. Continuing the historical account, chapter 2 covers the completion of the translation after the move to Lahore and its printing and publication from Woking, Surrey, England. It goes on to quote many of the reviews which appeared both at that time and in later years. Brief mention is also made in this chapter of the Maulana’s Urdu translation and massive commentary, and the English editions without Arabic text, all these appearing in the 1920s.

In chapter 3 there is a somewhat detailed examination of the relationship of the Maulana’s translation with certain well-known translations by other Muslims which appeared afterwards. It shows really the great debt which these translators owed to Maulana Muhammad Ali.

Chapter 4 relates the work of thorough revision of his translation and commentary which the Maulana carried out in the years 1947–1951 to produce the 1951, fourth revised edition. It brings the subject up to date with some details of the subsequent reprints and editions after the 1951 revised translation.

Chapter 5 gives excerpts from the writings of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad on the importance of the Quran to the world, Muslim and non-Muslim. It was his emphasis on the status, qualities and role of the Quran which inspired and motivated the pioneers of the Lahore Ahmadiyya to undertake the task of presenting the Islamic scripture to the world.

In an Appendix are displayed images of title pages of various editions of Maulana Muhammad Ali’s translations of the Quran and some typical pages from inside them.

The information brought together and compiled in this booklet, much of it not generally known, will be found indispensable for an accurate assessment of the history of the translation of the Quran into English.

— Zahid Aziz

Truth about the life of Jesus

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Someone has submitted a couple of comments under an old thread about the death of Jesus which last received a comment in 2009. So instead of posting them there I am posting them here combined as one comment.