Can you read a translation of the Qur’an without a teacher?

Question:

What do the scholars of Shariah say about this question, I recently started reading the English Quran translation. Alhamdulillah, I understand each word of the translation. But someone stopped me and said you shouldn’t read the Quran translation without the supervision of an alim /alima. Please give me guidance.

Mohsin khan London

Answer:

First, let me congratulate you for reading Quran translation. If I asked you why do you read the Quran? You will say,

  1. Its Allah’s speech, that is effective and has a life changing message. It’s incredibly persuasive and authoritative. So, I will let it water the deep recesses of my brain.
  2. Comforts and gives peace of mind in a way that nothing else can do; restful, peaceful, and meditative.
  3. It’s an easy-to-use guidebook; I’ve tried it! The stories straight forward with simple wakeup call; instructions to follow are easy; moral values grow your resilience; spiritual ideals raise your hope and closeness to the Lord; social manners enhance relationships with fellow humans.

You can say this because the English translation ‘The Majestic Quran’ is in plain language, it’s an explanatory translation, it’s the translation of the meanings of the Quran. It’s based on the interpretation given by the greatest scholars of Islam. Therefore, it’s understandable.

The blessed Messenger ﷺ complained “My Lord, my people have abandoned the Quran.” (Furqan: 30) What does this abandoning and breaking off mean? Its what this person is telling you to do! So, sad. He is telling you to desert, abandoned, stop using, breakoff from Allah’s book.

I hope you will tell this person I will read Allah’s book in English because:

  1. It’s the world’s greatest book for guidance and spiritual formation and prayer.
  2. It has bite size stories and passages that are a joy to read. That’s what makes the Majestic Quran translation a meditational experience that’s engaging and inspirational.
  3. The vivid descriptions of paradisal delights, raise my hopes, the pithy bullet points for personal improvement are persuasive.

My Quran translation makes it accessible indigestible bites. You’ve got 10 minutes you can sit down and learn something I had and lay listening to Allah.

Reading is the most effective way to change oneself

The first word revealed in the Majestic Qu’ran was Iqra, Read! It changed the raw, un-civilised Bedouins the disciples of the beloved Messenger in the seventh century, we believe its reading can change our lives today. Reading the Qu’ran educates and empowers us, it offers rare moments to think about the bigger picture beyond our narrow concerns. It’s a powerful tool for improving our lives and gives a chance to escape our immediate world into a fantastic world of righteous and interesting characters. The Majestic Qu’ran gives its readers the chance to shape their mind, learn wisdom and see glimpses of Heaven and Hell.

The Qu’ran tells stories in such a way that the reader can identify with being in a situation described in so will feel the emotions that it generates. The majestic Qu’ran makes the reader see, hear, smell, feel the story in their mind. Thus, the reader becomes fully engaged and part of it. The reader can identify with characters and can be carried doing by the story.

 This fatwa was written by Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari OBE, DL, D.Univ

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