Quran Translation by Yusuf Ali

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The Meanings Of The Holy Qur'an  
by Abdullah Yusufali

bullet 1. The Opening
bullet 2. The Cow
bullet 3. The Family Of 'Imran, The House Of 'Imran
bullet 4. Women
bullet 5. The Table, The Table Spread
bullet 6. Cattle, Livestock
bullet 7. The Heights
bullet 8. Spoils Of War, Booty
bullet 9. Repentance, Dispensation
bullet 10. Jonah
bullet 11. Hud
bullet 12. Joseph
bullet 13. The Thunder
bullet 14. Abraham
bullet 15. Al-hijr, Stoneland, Rock City
bullet 16. The Bee
bullet 17. Isra', The Night Journey, Children Of Israel
bullet 18. The Cave
bullet 19. Mary
bullet 20. Ta-ha
bullet 21. The Prophets
bullet 22. The Pilgrimage
bullet 23. The Believers
bullet 24. Light
bullet 25. The Criterion, The Standard
bullet 26. The Poets
bullet 27. The Ant, The Ants
bullet 28. The Story, Stories
bullet 29. The Spider
bullet 30. The Romans, The Byzantines
bullet 31. Luqman
bullet 32. The Prostration, Worship, Adoration
bullet 33. The Clans, The Coalition, The Combined Forces
bullet 34. Saba, Sheba
bullet 35. The Angels, Orignator
bullet 36. Ya-sin
bullet 37. Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn Up In Ranks
bullet 38. Sad, (the Letter) Sad ( S )
bullet 39. The Troops, Throngs
bullet 40. The Believer, The Forgiver (god)
bullet 41. (signs) Spelled Out, Ha-mim
bullet 42. Councel, Consultation
bullet 43. Ornaments Of Gold, Luxury
bullet 44. Smoke
bullet 45. Crouching
bullet 46. The Wind-curved Sandhills, The Dunes
bullet 47. Muhammad
bullet 48. Victory, Conquest
bullet 49. The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments
bullet 50. Qaf, (the Letter), ( Q )
bullet 51. The Winnowing Winds
bullet 52. The Mount
bullet 53. The Star
bullet 54. The Moon
bullet 55. The Beneficent, The Mercy Giving
bullet 56. The Event, The Inevitable
bullet 57. Iron
bullet 58. She That Disputeth, The Pleading Woman
bullet 59. Exile, Banishment
bullet 60. She That Is To Be Examined, Examining Her
bullet 61. The Ranks, Battle Array
bullet 62. The Congregation, Friday
bullet 63. The Hypocrites
bullet 64. Mutual Disillusion, Haggling
bullet 65. Divorce
bullet 66. Banning, Prohibition
bullet 67. The Sovereignty, Control
bullet 68. The Pen, (the Letter) N
bullet 69. The Reality
bullet 70. The Ascending Stairways, Staircases Upward, Sckeptic
bullet 71. Noah
bullet 72. The Jinn, Sprites
bullet 73. The Enshrouded One, Bundled Up
bullet 74. The Cloaked One, The Man Wearing A Cloak
bullet 75. The Rising Of The Dead, Resurrection
bullet 76. Time, Man, (every) Man, This (day-and-)age
bullet 77. The Emissaries, Winds Sent Forth
bullet 78. The Tidings, The Announcement
bullet 79. Those Who Drag Forth, Soul-snatchers
bullet 80. He Frowned!
bullet 81. The Overthrowing, Extinguished! Wrapping Things Up
bullet 82. The Cleaving, Bursting Apart
bullet 83. Defrauding, The Cheats, Cheating
bullet 84. The Sundering, Splitting Open
bullet 85. The Mansions Of The Stars, Constellations
bullet 86. The Morning Star, The Nightcomer
bullet 87. The Most High, Glory To Your Lord In The Highest
bullet 88. The Overwhelming, The Pall
bullet 89. The Dawn, Daybreak
bullet 90. The City, This Countryside
bullet 91. The Sun
bullet 92. The Night
bullet 93. The Morning Hours, Morning Bright!
bullet 94. Solace, Consolation, Relief
bullet 95. The Fig, The Figtree
bullet 96. The Clot, Read!
bullet 97. Power, Fate
bullet 98. The Clear Proof, Evidence
bullet 99. The Earthquake
bullet 100. The Courser, The Chargers
bullet 101. The Calamity, The Stunning Blow, The Disaster
bullet 102. Rivalry In World Increase, Competition
bullet 103. The Declining Day, Eventide, The Epoch
bullet 104. The Traducer, The Gossipmonger
bullet 105. The Elephant
bullet 106. Winter, Quraysh
bullet 107. Small Kindnesses, Almsgiving, Have You Seen?
bullet 108. Abundance, Plenty
bullet 109. The Disbelievers, Atheists
bullet 110. Succour, Divine Support
bullet 111. Palm Fibre, The Flame
bullet 112. The Unity, Sincerity, Oneness Of God
bullet 113. The Daybreak, Dawn
bullet 114. Mankind


Acknowledgement: Taken from www.islamicity.com


The Ditches of Fire in Najran

Surah Al-Buruj mentions ditches of fire in which believers of Allah T'ala were thrown in due to their beliefs. Several stories have been mentioned by the scholars in this regard. Below is one such real tale.

The best known event of ditches of fires for the believers perhaps relates to Najran, as related by Ibn Hisham, Tabari, Ibn Khaldun, the author of Mujam al-Buldan and other Muslim historians. The story goes as follows:

Tuban Asad Abu Karib, king of Himyar (Yaman), went to Yathrib once where he embraced Judaism under the influence of the Jews, and brought two of the Jewish scholars of Bani Quraizah with him to Yaman. There he propagated Judaism widely. His son Dhu-Nuwas succeeded him. Dhu-Nuwas attacked Najran which was a stronghold of the Christians in southern Arabia so as to eliminate Christianity and make the people accept Judaism. (Ibn Hisham says that these people were true followers of the Gospel of the Prophet Jesus.) In Najran, Dhu-Nuwas ordered people to accept Judaism but they refused to obey. Thereupon he caused a large number of people to be burnt in the ditches of fire and slew many others with the sword until he had killed nearly twenty thousand of them.


Gender Equity in Islam

By: Jamal A. Badawi Ph.D.

Introduction & Methodology


When dealing with the Islamic perspective of any topic, there should be a clear distinction between the normative teachings of Islam and the diverse cultural practices among Muslims, which may or may not be consistent with them. The focus of this paper is the normative teachings of Islam as the criteria to judge Muslim practices and evaluate their compliance with Islam. In identifying what is "Islamic" it is necessary to make a distinction between the primary sources of Islam (the Qur'an and the Sunnah) and legal opinions of scholars on specific issues, which may vary and be influenced by their times, circumstances, and cultures. Such opinions and verdicts do not enjoy the infallibility accorded to the primary and revelatory sources. Furthermore, interpretation of the primary sources should consider, among other things:

  1. The context of any text in the Qur'an and the Sunnah. This includes the general context of Islam, its teachings, its world view, and the context of the surah and section thereof.

  2. The occasion of the revelation, which may shed light on its meanings.

  3. The role of the Sunnah in explaining and defining the meaning of the Qur'anic text.

This paper is a brief review of the position and role of woman in society from an Islamic perspective. The topic is divided into spiritual, economic, social, and political aspects.



Eve's Legacy

The image of Eve as temptress in the Bible has resulted in an extremely negative impact on women throughout the Judaeo-Christian tradition. All women were believed to have inherited from their mother, the Biblical Eve, both her guilt and her guile. Consequently, they were all untrustworthy, morally inferior, and wicked. Menstruation, pregnancy, and childbearing were considered the just punishment for the eternal guilt of the cursed female sex. In order to appreciate how negative the impact of the Biblical Eve was on all her female descendants we have to look at the writings of some of the most important Jews and Christians of all time. Let us start with the Old Testament and look at excerpts from what is called the Wisdom Literature in which we find:

"I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare....while I was still searching but not finding, I found one upright man among a thousand but not one upright woman among them all" (Ecclesiastes 7:26-28).


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