Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Word-by-Word Translation of the Qur'an

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Bismillāh ar-Rahmān ar-Rahīm In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful About a month or two ago, my mum came back with a wide smile on her face and proceeded to show-off a present she got from a friend. It was an A4-sized, deep brown with beautiful design on the hard cover. Flipping through, the pages were made of crisp light brown paper that had clear fonts and light pink borders. Needless to say, it looked impressive. What was more impressive was what was inside. Sure, its a Malay translation of the Qur'an. But its not just any translation. While all other translations in the market provide line-by-line translation, this particular also offers a word-by-word translation - most suitable for anyone keen to pick up or brush up on your Arabic language. Here's an example:


The line-by-line translation is found at the side:


If you notice, on the second ayah, there's a reference number 924. At the bottom of the pages, there are footnotes to further explain certain words or the whole line.

The best thing I found with regards to this translation is the Index at the back. Categorised under broad headings like Akhlak, Wanita, Ilmu & Cabang-Cabangya etc, what follows are lines in the Qur'an that correspond to that particular topic or theme!

Here's a visual example:


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