بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Note: I forgot to mention one thing with regards to reciting the Quran: we are supposed to MOVE OUR LIPS.
It seems that some people think that one can recite “mentally”. They do this in the silent prayers too!
No, we need to MOVE OUR LIPS.]
In the last part, I had promised some resources for understanding the Quran so here goes:
1) Word to word translations:
This one by Brother Muhammad Mohar Ali is supposed to be quite good as well, and it also gives the root words apparently (this is good for those studying grammar).
It’s available in Darussalam (in Sharjah).
Oh and here’s a nice software for mobile phones.
Some (free) online websites which provide the word to word translation are:
[Note: I haven’t checked all of them thoroughly. It’s always better to use more than one resource so as to be able to catch any errors. You can always pray Salatul Istikhara (prayer for guidance) before trying any of these out.]
The following three sites seem to come from the same source. The last one is still new (and is still being worked on).
I would advice caution with the above sites, especially the last three ones as some of the founders seem to believe in “self-studying” the Quran.
If you’re looking to learn Quranic vocabulary, you might want to use a Quranic dictionary which introduces the NEW words in a juz.
Here are two good ones:
2) Various tafsirs of the Quran:
Well, I suppose this is a good time as any to advertise one of my other blogs:
The aim of this blog is to gather all the authentic articles and lectures of tafsir out there, insha-Allah.
What books of tafsir are out there?
Well, there’s an abridged version of Tafsir ibn Kathir available online.
The print version is available at Darussalam.
One of my friends (who reads a LOT of Islamic literature) found Tafsir Ibn Kathir a bit “difficult” to understand. I was shocked to hear this from her (of all people).
So, my question to all of you is: How many of you feel the same way? And why?
[And no, I’m not asking just for the sake of asking. I have an idea, you see.]
Another tafsir (sort of) that you can read is the 9 volume version of Muhsin Khan’s translation. It has lots more notes than the 1 volume one. It’s also available at Darussalam.
[Question: Why is it that most people don’t know that this set exists?]
Another basic tafsir that is available in English is Tafsir Ahsanul Bayan. It’s originally an Urdu work, and is quite good according to a friend of mine. The Urdu book is supposed to be just one volume but the translation is 3 volumes (and counting as they still haven’t finished the whole set)!
Why? “The font is bigger”, said the Darussalam guy.
What about other tafsirs?
Well, there are some tafsir sets which go through the whole Quran. However, they have mistakes in them. I don’t think that they are beneficial for laymen at all which is why I’m not going to mention them here.
Apart from these, there are various books which focus on just one surah like Dr. Bilal’s Tafsir Surah Al-Hujuraat. These are an excellent source of tafsir as well.
To be continued…