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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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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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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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Serviceable English edition.

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

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Amazing

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

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Added Words

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

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thumbs down

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

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Good translation

Good translation of Quran, it is simple and easy to understand, and dose give the general meanings.

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The Quran

So far it sounds like a positive message on how to live righteously so far

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-19

A very good listen.

Top audio quality and an easy to follow narrator.
The introduction is very helpful, too.

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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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  • 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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  • Alex
  • 12-01-20

A great introduction.

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