Friday, March 2, 2007

Qur'aan Translation

Qur'aan Translation issues
Mike Ghouse March 2, 2007

How do I know that the Qur’aan translation I am reading is the right one or the wrong one?

The test is simple – whether you are a theist or an atheist, It is the word of God, or wisdom for a world of equilibrium. Neither Injustice nor imbalance is included in God’s Plan. God simply will not be un-just. If a verse offends the reader, then the issue is understanding the verse.

Even if an expert translates it for you, it still should mean justice. Finding the truth is one’s own responsibility. Mistakes are made intentionally and innocently. That is life, we come and Go, the creator is always around. It is not the word of God, nor the religion that is the problem, it is our intent and our interpretation. Let’s hope all of us genuinely seek the truth and work for a better world.

Please visit : and check out APOLOGY.

Ibrahim Saleh and Dahlia Sabry are working on the translations among others. In the power point presentation that you are about to visit, the researchers write " Along the same lines, in their book The Dark Side of Islam, Abdul Saleeb (an apostate) and R. C. Sproul (2003) decontextualize some ayat to prove that Islam is a religion that instigates violence. One of the examples they mention is ayat 190-193 of sura 2. This is how they cite them: Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, … and slay them wherever you catch them, ... and fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah" (p. 87) However, the full ayat read:

"Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not attack them first. God does not love the aggressors, and slay them wherever you catch them [those who fight against you]; drive them out of the places from which they drove you, for persecution is worse than killing. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque until they first attack you there, but if they attack you [there], then kill them. Such is the retribution of the disbelievers. But if they desist, then [know that] God is Forgiving, Compassionate, and fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against the transgressors."

Please visit the following three power point presentations:: QUR'AAN TRANSLATIONS - JIHAD AND APOLOGY AT and view the power point presentations, they are rather large, please give it a few seconds to appear.

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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

Mike Ghouse
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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.