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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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Missing chapter 44

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

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this translation took liberties I dont believe are acceptable. I advise listeners to choose another translation.

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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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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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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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Serviceable English edition.

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

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

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

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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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  • Prof. Paul Williams, Bristol, UK
  • 05-20-20

Absolutely stunning!

This translation is one of the most highly reputed translations available. The narration is perfect. The narrator clearly speaks Arabic, he has a lovely soft yet clear voice and he speaks in a measured way that shows his love of what he is reading. I should add I am not a Muslim myself, but this is a perfect reading of an amazing book that ought to be better known for what it actually says rather than misquotations, quotations misused or guesswork. Highly, highly recommended.

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  • 10-16-18

Beautiful Translation

Beautiful translation and the narrator has a really pleasant voice. Highly recommended for those who want to learn Quran’s translation.

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  • 01-21-19

Amazing to listen

If you want to learn or understand the translation of the book this is an amazing audible. I highly recommend it.

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  • Áslaug Guðný
  • 02-14-19

Very helpful

i wanted to read the Qur'an but didn't have time, this was a great alternative and the narrator explains each chapter very well. for a deeper dive, read "what the Qur'an meant and why it matters" afterwards.

brilliant!

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  • Mohamed Siddiq Jaffer
  • 10-13-19

Beautiful translation but chapter missing

Love everything about this translation and reading but chapter 44 The Smoke is unfortunately missing.

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  • Hassan Miah
  • 02-23-20

Amazing

Alhamdulilah, I feel revitalised in my faith. Give this a go. You won't regret it!

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  • 04-16-20

Despite my clear political views, read the book.

Its hard to stay focused for this many hours. But it does it job more than well. Im feeling like ive learned much about the coran and the despicable Muhammed. This reading of the coran, do undermine the horendess act the coran calls upon. But I supose it isnt the point of the english naration of the coran. Mearly giving a clear and somewhat unfiltered look into the muslim faith.
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  • 06-29-19

Quran

What a brilliant translation of the beautiful Quran, very easy to understand, it’s clear to hear with a brief description about each chapter before with explanations what the content is. Honestly very good for people to understand.

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  • Karl
  • 06-03-19

A masterpiece

Beautifully read, each surah is preceded by an insightful introduction. Chapter 1 provides context of the Book. Inspirational. Thank you.

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  • Abdullah.saif
  • 06-03-19

An amazing experience

The inimitable word of God!

An amazing experience for me. I speak Arabic so can read and understand the Qur'an in the original - well a large portion anyway. But English is my first language and this translation allowed me to experience the Qur'an in a new way.

The narrator was great. Very clear and crisp. And being an Arab was good too as he pronounced names, places and certain 'untranslatable' words very well.

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  • Ludo
  • 03-21-20

Primitive Fables

easy to follow, plenty of repetition and assertions with no explanation other that "God does it" and "this is only for God to know"
the few things they do try to explain shows how little the author understood the world at time of writing

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  • kjhjf
  • 11-06-19

Excellent translation of the Holiest book

Excellent translation of the Holiest book. Loved it. Highly recommend reading the Quran. One of the best translations so far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-20

Easy to listen too.

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. From my very limited understanding of the Arabic language, I think the translation is perfect.

After listening to the Qur'an it has raised even more questions for me then I had before. However I'm happy that I took the time to listen to the interpretation of Qur'an

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-19

Beautiful!

So beautiful, I can't even begin to describe it. Whether you're Jewish, Christian, Muslim or searching have a listen to this.

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  • Haseeb
  • 04-26-20

Needs chapter names

I love this translation. I wish it had the chapter's name in arabic in the chapter list, Would've been perfect! but apart from that excellent work by Abdel Haleem.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-25-21

well done

I enjoyed to listening to Quran English auditable, I usually listen to quran in Arabic and it was very informative and great. I was surprised to hit the end.

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  • Leahanne Clark
  • 12-01-20

A great introduction.

An extremely helpful introduction to the quran. Thank you Abdel for guiding me through the book.