Guide to Your Qur’an

Welcome,
Congratulations on taking this step to read the Quran. This is no ordinary book, nor does it read in the style and pattern that books normally do. The Quran has its own unique style and mode of communication. After this small introduction, we have prepared a series of videos for you to watch that will guide you through 12 different topics on the Quran. Not only does one learn through these topics more about the teachings of the Quran but also an indication of how the Quran is to be understood while one reads it.

Here are some points to consider while reading the Quran: –

  1. What you hold in your hands is not the Quran – it is a translation of the meaning of the Quran. A translation that holds true to the message and the language of the Quran. Still, any translation can never give a perfect account of the original word or words. Hence, in the front cover we have called it an “English translation of the message of the Quran.”
  2. Try to approach the Quran with sincere intentions. Challenge the Quran with any questions or doubts you may have. Let the Quran speak to you then judge it. Put simply one can enjoy the reading of the Quran with an approach of open mindedness.
  3. When you open the Quran you will we see the word “Sura” with a number next to it. This is throughout the book. The word Sura is commonly translated as a chapter but is better termed as “discourse” or “orations” by God. There are 114 orations or chapters in the Quran. These different orations or chapters can be found in the table of contents. The name of each Sura is derived from a word within the oration that acts as a keyword by which the Sura is known. It is not a title in the common sense of the word because a title addresses the theme or topic of the discussion. Each Sura in turn is then divided into verses. These verses are at times interconnected and sometimes not. For example, there may be a single verse that is connected with the upcoming ten verses but on the other hand another single verse may, on the surface, seem to have no connection to what went before it or what comes after it.
  4. The style of the Quran is in prose and since it is an oration of God, it is in the form of the ‘active spoken word’ (with some blank verse elements at times). By being the ‘active spoken word’ it means that it is the Spoken Word of God giving philosophical, political, social, economical and historical commentary timelessly relevant to the human mind and condition. The Quran repeats its basic ideas constantly by giving examples, parables and archetypes to help us understand the nature of the world we live in and ourselves.
  5. At the back of the book is an index to help navigate topics that directly interest the reader.
  6. It would be nice to read the Preface at the beginning of the translation.
  7. Always understand that the word “Allah” means God in the absolute sense and completely transcends His creation.
  8. In the book you will find double dots on the verse number. For example, on page 3, there are double dots on verse 21 of Sura 2. This double dot indicates a change in topic. A single dot denotes the continuation of the previous topic.
  9. The words “We” or “Us” refers to God. This plural reference of ‘We’ or ‘Us’ is for respect. Just as royalty address themselves. A king, in the past and at times today, would say, “We will reward you”, meaning “I will reward you”. An example is on page 3, verse 23 in Sura 2. It says “We have revealed”. This means “I (God) have revealed”.
  10. Some of the Sura contain, at the beginning, words used that are a transliteration of the original word. This occurs only in the first verse of some of the Sura. For example, Sura 2, Verse 1, has “Alif Lam Meem”. These are letters of the Arabic language but no one knows the meaning of them except God.
  11. As you read take notes, feel free to use a pen or pencil to write down your thoughts as you ponder over the passages of the Quran. If you want to spiritually benefit from the Quran, remember the Quran is the living Word of God thus treat it with respect.
  12. Lastly, for any questions regarding this book please call us at 1-888-BSF-2654.

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