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5.0 out of 5 stars
No outside influence, 19 July 2011
When you read the Qu'ran its true content can only be understood from the Arabic language. Although I have a good understanding of Arabic it is not my mother tongue (English). It is hard to find a good English translation of the Qu'ran due to the many apparent outside influences many well known 'scholars' use to convert what they say is its true content into English.
Edip Yuksel has translated a very literal word for word version of the Qu'ran and it is sincere in its form. It tackles the many hard to discuss issues such as 'beating the woman' and confirms in its truest form without the use of Hadith that the verse actually means 'separate from them as a last resort'. However, misogyny is rife in the backwards states of predominantly Muhammedan countries. Topics covered such as this prove that deviation from God is deviation from his way, which has never changed (17:77).
Coupled with this amazing translation, it also covers a wide array of historical evidence proving that true Submission to God is preserved in the Qu'ran but corrupted in practice. Take for example the Shahada, 30 times mentioned a(at least) in the Qu'ran without ONE mention of Muhammed's name next to it. The Shahada is an act of worship and acts of worship are devoted to God alone (4:36, 39:45) not to a messenger who is to serve God only.
A superb translation along with historical evidence of decades of misguidance from traditional parental influence makes this buy first on the list when recommending friends. If I ever have to buy another Qu'ran to provide to friends, it will undoubtedly be this one and I can rest easy knowing that this is one of the many cogs in the wheel of reform in our beautiful religion.
The footnotes in this translation are relevant to historical evidence and this can be very handy when discussing certain verses. However I would ALWAYS advise to back up any information you receive and verify it yourself (As per 17:36). Yet the information provided in this book is very accurate.
Maybe one day we can all get back to calling ourselves Muslims like Muhammed did and not Qu'ran alone Muslims. I am pretty sure Muhammed could not warn from anything other than the Qu'ran (50:45).
Bravo Edip, well done brother.