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Unlocking the Message of the Qur’an: Do we need new translations?

June 4, 2023 @ 2:30 pm 3:30 pm

A lively discussion around the benefits and challenges of making the Divine Word accessible to all.

For Muslims, the Qur’an is incomparable to any piece of literature. As the Divine Word of Allah, the ideal way to read and comprehend it is in Arabic, the language through which it was revealed to mankind.

However, the diversity of Muslim culture and the impact of globalisation means that translations are necessary to both understand and spread the message of Islam. For some, early English translations by Pickthall and Abdullah Yusuf Ali are definitive, yet a plethora of new translations with distinct styles and objectives have appeared in recent years.

Join Dr. Musharraf Hussain (The Majestic Qur’an) and Tahir Kiani (The Easy Qur’an) in conversation with Shaykh Waseem Ahmed as they discuss why new translations are crucial to foster understanding of Islam in an increasingly complex, post-modern world.


Dr. Musharraf Hussain is an Islamic scholar and the Chief Executive of Karimia institute, Nottingham, a senior trustee of Muslim Hands and was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2008 for his services to community relations in Britain. Formerly he was the vice-chair of the Association of Muslim schools (2000-2003) and the chairman of the Christian Muslim Forum (2008-2010). His work The Majestic Qur’an, published in 2018, is one of the most popular translations in the English language today.

Tahir Mahmood Kiani is a graduate in Law and Islamic Law. He teaches classical Arabic Grammar and the Islamic Sciences, writes and lectures on various topics, as well as translating from Urdu and classical Arabic into English. He recently published The Easy Qur’an with Ta-Ha Publishers.

Shaykh Waseem Ahmed is a teacher of Islamic sciences and Arabic language as well as a co-founder of Guidance Hub, Manchester.

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