English Translation with Arabic Text
For a translation to do justice to the Quran and capture its elegance and vigor, it has to be accurate, smooth, eloquent, and accessible. Unlike most popular translations, The Clear Quran masterfully passes on all counts. The third in the series of The Clear Quran with both Arabic and English text, this paperback edition comes with beautiful gold foil stamping on the cover and high quality print on beige pages making it easy to read.
About the Translation
For a translation to do justice to the Quran and capture its elegance and vigor, it has to be accurate, smooth, eloquent, and accessible. Unlike most popular translations, The Clear Quran® masterfully passes on all counts. To achieve accuracy, the translator has made use of the greatest and most celebrated works of old and modern tafsir (Quran commentaries), and shared the work with several Imams in North America for feedback and insight. For clarity, every effort has been made to select easy to understand words and phrases that reflect the beauty, flow, and power of the original text. Along with informative footnotes and Sura (chapter) introductions, verses have been grouped and titled based on their themes for a better understanding of the chapters, their main concepts, and internal coherence. Thanks to our dedicated team of scholars, editors, and proofreaders, we believe that what you are holding in your hands now is the finest translation of the Final Revelation.
About the Translator
Dr. Mustafa Khattab is a Canadian-Egyptian authority on interpreting the Quran. He was a member of the first team that translated the Ramadan night prayers (Tarawîḥ) live from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina (2002-2005). Dr. Khattab memorized the entire Quran at a young age, and later obtained a professional ijâzah in the Ḥafṣ style of recitation with a chain of narrators going all the way to Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Islamic Studies in English with Honours from Al-Azhar University’s Faculty of Languages & Translation. He lectured on Islam at Clemson University (OLLI Program, 2009-2010), held the position of Lecturer at Al-Azhar University for over a decade starting in 2003, and served as the Muslim Chaplain at Brock University (2014-2016) and UTM (2019-2021). He is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams and a Fulbright Interfaith Scholar. He has served as an Imam in the U.S.A. and Canada since 2007 and is the translator of The Clear Quran (2015), the author of The Clear Quran® for Kids (2020), The Clear Quran® Dictionary (2021), Shukran (an illustrated story for children, 2020), The Nation of Islam (2011), and Outfoxing Fox News (2017), and contributor to the Encyclopedia of Muslim American History (2010).
The Al Quran itself is simple and clear, so it's eyes friendly and easily read. I like it. However, I got the cover part and some pages folded, so it left a mark from top to bottom, so the look of the Quran isn't nice anymore although it's a new one. I don't know if it's because the packaging was not right (the plastic wrap was too tight, probably?) or the shipment. Because, I also found that the seal on the box was a little bit open.
So, next time please make sure you pack the Quran or any books with care.
A really excellent translation. I have also used The Majestic Quean (U.K.) and Sahih International - both excellent as well. However there is something about the The Clear Quran translation that makes it the best for North American speakers of English. Footnote explanations and background presentations at the beginning of each Surah are concise without being inaccurate, and do not go on forever, which is a mercy to the reader. Regarding the Arabic, for a book of its size the Arabic script is very sharp and understandably small, however, I still use it for word to word comparisons. My only suggestion would be to consider a spiral binding, as I think the paperback edition might not hold up after years of use.