Introduction

Demystifying the Qur’an

The Qur'an is a miraculous script, containing the words of Allah.

It is not merely a collection of Arabic verses to be ritually memorised and recited. The Qur’an is the encyclopaedia and the map for our lives in this world, containing a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and guidance.

The Qur'an is the only surviving miracle amongst all miracles granted to the Prophets of Allah SWT. It is the final and comprehensive guidance to mankind, in the very words of our Creator. It contains messages to be read, comprehended and applied to all aspects of our lives – physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.

For many of us, the acquaintance with the Qur'an is limited to reciting it once in a while before it is placed back onto the shelf. So many of us are intimidated by its presentation, and mistakenly think that it is too mysterious and too difficult to comprehend. This is partly because the layout of the Qur'an does not resemble that of ordinary books that we are used to.

However, we need to understand the words of the Qur'an, for without understanding God's words, how do we know that Allah is telling us? While there are many virtues of reciting the Qur'an, its true benefits are in the meaning. It is akin to a doctor's prescription, where the true healing comes from taking the medication prescribed, instead of just reading what the prescription says.

Understanding the essence of the Qur'an is much easier than you think. So put aside any notion that the Qur'an is impossible to understand, and join us on a truly exciting and rewarding journey of the soul

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This is an excerpt from "Demystifying the Qur'an" Part 1:
Therefore, start by looking for a reliable translation of the Qur'an in the language you are familiar with. There are several reputable English translations in the market, the most famous ones being Yusuf Ali, Mohsin Khan and Sahih International. All of these versions are popularly used and are available for free online at www.quran.com. In their hardcopy format, the Yusuf Ali and Mohsin Khan versions contain extensive footnotes, which are helpful if the reader requires more context, while the Sahih International version takes a simpler approach of translating the verses literally without any commentary. Please remember that the translation also depends on the personal preference and discretion of the translator, hence there is no "standard" English translation of the Qur'an and the translations will differ.

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