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Frequently Asked Questions

What is unique about this translation?

The Clear Quran® Series was developed by Dr. Mustafa Khattab and his team of skilled editors and is noted for its clarity, accuracy, eloquence, and flow. This work is a thematic translation, grouping and adding subheadings to each topic within each chapter for a greater understanding of the context of the verses. It is also easier to read, with a style of parentheses that does not interrupt reading.

What is the manhaj (methodology) of this translation?

This translation follows the manhaj of Ahl As-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (those who follow the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ).

Which tafsirs does The Clear Quran use?

The Clear Quran® Series uses some of the most celebrated classical and modern works of tafsir. For more information on our references (tafsirs, translations, etc.), visit https://theclearquran.org/about-the-translation 

Why is this translation named ‘The Clear Quran’?

القرآن المبين “The Clear Quran, one of many ways in which Allah describes the Quran, appears twice in the Quran (15:1 and 36:69), is a beautiful name that reflects our desire to provide English-speaking audiences with an easy-to-read translation.  Allah also describes the Quran, calling itالقرآن المجيد  “The Glorious Quran,” القرآن العظيم “The Great Quran,” and القرآن الكريم “The Noble Quran.” 

How did you translate the Asma’ waṣ-Ṣifat (Allah’s Beautiful Names and Attributes)?

Following the stance of Ahl As-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, this translation maintains Allah’s Attributes such as His Face, Hands, and Eyes as well as the fact that He is established on the Throne in a manner that befits His Majesty and Honour. These attributes can be found in 11:37, 13:2, and 48:10. 

In some places, the word “Face” in relation to Allah is sometimes understood to mean “He Himself.” This understanding can be found in verse 28:88 which reads, “Everything is bound to perish except He Himself” and verse 55:27 which reads, “Only your Lord Himself, full of Majesty and Honour, will remain forever.” This is based on commentary from scholars of tafsir, such as Ibn Kathir, Al-Qurṭubi, Aṭ-Ṭabari, Al-Baghawi, As-Sa’di, Ibn Ashur, and many others. Footnotes  include the literal translation. 

Why does this translation use ‘God’ instead of ‘Allah’?

There are two editions of The Clear Quran® Series:

  1. The English edition, which is meant for dawah (calling people to Islam), uses the word ‘God’ so that it is easier for non-Muslims to read and relate to the text.
  2. The Arabic-English edition, which is meant for Muslims, uses the word ‘Allah.’

Why doesn’t the dawah edition include the Arabic text?

It is not necessary to include the Arabic text in the dawah edition since this version is intended for non-Muslims who don’t speak or understand the language. Moreover, many non-Muslims may not be familiar with the proper etiquette of handling the Arabic text.  

Is this translation reliable?

The Clear Quran® Series is approved by Al-Azhar University—the most prestigious school of Sunni Islam in the world—and is endorsed by the Canadian Council of Imams as well as many distinguished scholars. Visit https://theclearquran.org/endorsements for more details.

Is this also your website: www.clearquran.com?

No. Our translation’s official website is www.theclearquran.org

Does The Clear Quran have an app?

The Clear Quran App and The Clear Quran Dictionary App are available for both Android and iOS.

Why is Kursi translated as ‘Seat’?

Some concepts, such as Allah’s ‘Kursi, ’are difficult to translate because they are beyond human comprehension. However, the translation team selected the word ‘Seat’ so that it may also  reflect the meaning of ‘knowledge and authority’—a concept that is reported by Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him). A footnote has also been added for more insight on the difference between Kursi (Seat) and ’Arsh (Throne). For more details, see verse 2:255.

Why did you use images and illustrations in The Clear Quran for Kids and The Clear Quran Dictionary?

Although the Prophet ﷺ clearly prohibited making of idols, in his lifetime, children used to play with dolls that had human or animal features. By way of analogy, the use of images and illustrations is permissible for educational purposes. According to an authentic ḥadith reported by Abu Dawood and An-Nasai, the Prophet ﷺ smiled when he saw the dolls and winged horse that belonged to ’Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her). 

To compete with the movie and video-game industry, we must be creative in the way that we present the Quran to our children. Keeping in line with traditional Islamic values, no prophet or companion of Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ is depicted in any of our illustrations.

Why is The Clear Quran for Kids divided into four parts?

To make the book more manageable for young students, it has been divided into four volumes. In its entirety, The Clear Quran Tafsir for Kids will be over 1,500 pages. A new volume is released every two years, with an expected completion date of 2024, inshAllah (God willing).

Volumes are divided based on an authentic ḥadith reported by Imam Aḥmad, wherein the Prophet ﷺ said that the Quran is made up of four sections: 

  1. Aṭ-Ṭiwal الطِّوَال (the long surahs), which—according to many scholars—include Al-Baqarah (2) to At-Tawbah (9)‎.
  2. Al-Mi’un الْمِئُون (the surahs of about 100 verses), which include Yunus (10) to Al-Qaṣaṣ (28).
  3. Al-Mathani الْمَثَانِي (the surahs less than 100 verses), which include Al-’Ankabut (29) to Al-Fatḥ (48).
  4. Al-Mufaṣṣal  الْمُفَصَّل(the short surahs), which include Al-Ḥujurat (49) to An-Nas (114) as well as Al-Fatiḥah (1).