the Qur'an that brother Fi_Sibillilah recommended IS the one that our Imam recommends for non-Muslims.
it's done by a group of scholars and representsthe best "translation".
i'm a "revert" of 8 months an i normally recommend that caution be used with the Qur'an when not in Arabic. imho, Quraysh Arabic is WAY TOO sophisticated for ANY ONE translation to give you a complete sense of it's purpose. you will miss out on the many varieties of meaning as well as totally missing the "Beauty" of the Qur'an!
i'm currently reading The Message of the Quran
: New 2004 Authorized Edition (Muhammad Asad) English and Arabic. while not as "correct" as the Sahih International Translation
, it DOES give one a sense of the "Beauty" and "Wonder" and "Joy" of the Qur'an. Asad spent 6 years living with Bedouin tribes and offers a keen insight as to sentence structure and purpose of many words and Ayahs.
his work is WELL researched and footnoted and as the subtitle says, it is "Translated AND
there are things about which i don't like, as he uses G-d for Allah (SWT) and Apostle for Rasul, BUT, if you're familiar with the "Bible" it REALLY feels like the Third Testament! i doubt that was his intention, but it really does come off as a continuation (and correction :) ) of the older "Books".
there's alot of background and historical information as well as the viewpoints of early Muslim scholars.
the book also contains alot of beautiful calligraphy as well as the transliteration of the Arabic. you can actually learn Surah's Al Fatihah
and Al Ikhlas
i've given out Sahih International Translation
and people were disappointed that it was paperback and small, this is HUGE and it weighs a ton! of course, it's way more expensive than Sahih International Translation
, but it feels and looks like a "Holy" book, especially if you've seen "special edition" Bibles.
take a look at the photos of some of the pages:
then, believe it or not, you should read a third translation. yup, i'm not kidding. if you research the very first Surah, Al Fatihah
, you'll be convinced of what i'm saying. i read just the note's Moulana Mohamed Ali's Al Fatihah
and "my jaw hit the floor". the "Seven oft' repeated verses" ALONE could take thousands of pages to explain everything that they mean!
the 1st Qur'an i completed was The Meaning of The Holy Qur'an
: Arabic/English with Commentary PB US Edition Full-size (A Y Ali Amana Edition), link:
it's NOT bad, but imho, the author was way too into shaekspear and philosophy, especially for a Muslim. there are however almost as many notes as there are Ayahs, so it's heavy on "info". others contend that there are alot of "mistakes" in it. BUT, you might be able to get a copy at your local bookstore.
just my opinions...