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The Holy Qur'an

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English text by A. Yusuf Ali

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This is the main Qur'an version at sacred-texts. Because a completely accurate Unicode version of the Arabic Qur'an text is not yet available, the Arabic is presented as embedded graphics in the GIF format. To allow for viewing on slower systems, each Surah is broken down into traditional sections, which usually include about a dozen verses. Each verse is presented in Arabic along with a pronunciation guide, and The Yusuf Ali English text. The system used in the pronunciation guide can be viewed in this file. This text is hyperlinked with other English versions and transcriptions of the Qur'an at this site.

The Yusuf Ali English text is based on the 1938 book, The Holy Qur-an, Text, Translation and Commentary, (published in Lahore, Cairo and Riyadh). Some modifications have been made; in particular, where the term 'God' appears in the original book, 'Allah' has been substituted. This version is widely used because it is a clear, modern and eloquent translation by a well-respected Muslim scholar. The Surah titles used here are also those which were used in this book.

NOTICE. The English text presented here was free of copyright in the US until 1996, at which point it had a pro-forma copyrighted status created which will last until 2033. However in many countries, including its original country of publication, Pakistan, this text is currently in the public domain. Here's how this happened. Yusuf Ali died in 1952, and Pakistan (his country of residence) has copyright rules of life+50. So the Pakistan copyright expired in 2002. The Ali Qur'an English text was first published in the US in 1946, but was never registered or renewed, so it was never copyrighted in the US. The GATT copyright law granted US copyrights to works not in the public domain in the country of publication as of 1/1/1996, for a full term of 95 years from the date of original publication. This includes works that were never copyrighted in the US or whose US copyrights had already expired, in which category this work falls. We are sure that Yusuf Ali labored on this work so that the world could benefit from it, not to lock it up as someone's personal intellectual property. However, if anyone can establish that they are the copyright holder, we will promptly comply with their wishes.

Sūra 1. Fātiḥa, or the Opening Chapter
Sūra 2: Baqara, or the Heifer
Sūra 3: Āl-i-’Imrān, or the Family of ’Imrān
Sūra 4: Nisāa, or The Women
Sūra 5: Māïda, or The Table Spread
Sūra 6: An’ām, or Cattle
Sūra 7: A’rāf, or The Heights
Sūra 8: Anfāl, or the Spoils of War
Sūra 9: Tauba (Repentance) or Barāat (Immunity)
Sūra 10: Yūnus, or Jonah
Sūra 11: Hūd (The Prophet Hūd)
Sūra 12: Yūsuf, or Joseph
Sūra 13: Ra’d, or Thunder
Sūra 14: Ibrāhim, or Abraham
Sūra 15: Al-Ḥijr, or The Rocky Tract
Sūra 16: Naḥl, or The Bee
Sūra 17: Banī Isrā-īl, or the Children of Israel
Sūra 18: Kahf, or the Cave
Sūra 19: Maryam, or Mary
Sūra 20: Ṭā Hā
Sūra 21: Anbiyāa, or the Prophets
Sūra 22: Hajj, or the Pilgrimage
Sūra 23: Mū-minūn, or The Believers
Sūra 24: Nūr, or Light
Sūra 25: Furqān, or The Criterion
Sūra 26: Shu‘arāa, or The Poets
Sūra 27: Naml, or The Ants
Sūra 28: Qaṣaṣ, or The Narration
Sūra 29: ‘Ankabūt, or The Spider
Sūra 30: Rūm, or The Roman Empire
Sūra 31: Luqmān (the Wise)
Sūra 32: Sajda, or Adoration
Sūra 33: Aḥzāb, or The Confederates
Sūra 34: Sabā, or the City of Sabā
Sūra 35: Fāṭir, or The Originator or Creation; or Malāïka, the Angels
Sūra 36: Yā-Sīn
Sūra 37: Ṣāffāt, or those Ranged in Ranks
Sūra 38: Ṣād
Sūra 39: Zumar, or the Crowds
Sūra 40: Mū-min, or The Believer
Sūra 41: Hā-Mīm
Sūra 42: Shūrā, or Consultation
Sūra 43: Zukhruf, or Gold Adornments
Sūra 44: Dukhān, or Smoke (or Mist)
Sūra 44: Jāthiya, or Bowing the Knee
Sūra 46: Aḥqāf, or Winding Sand-tracts
Sūra 47: Muḥammad (the Prophet)
Sūra 48: Fat-ḥ or Victory
Sūra 49: Ḥujurāt, or the Inner Apartments
Sūra 50: Qāf
Sūra 51: Ḯāriyāt, or the Winds That Scatter
Sūra 52: Ṭūr, or the Mount
Sūra 53: Najm, or the Star
Sūra 54: Qamar, or the Moon
Sūra 55: Raḥmān, or (Allah) Most Gracious
Sūra 56: Wāqi‘a, or the Inevitable Event
Sūra 57: Ḥadid, or Iron
Sūra 58: Mujādila, or The Woman who Pleads
Sūra 59: Ḥashr, or The Gathering (or Banishment)
Sūra 60: Mumtaḥana, or the Woman to be Examined
Sūra 61: Ṣaff, or Battle Array
Sūra 62: Jumu‘a, or the Assembly (Friday) Prayer
Sūra 63: Munāfiqūn, or the Hypocrites
Sūra 64: Tagābun, or Mutual Loss and Gain
Sūra 65: Ṭalāq, or Divorce
Sūra 66: Taḥrīm, or Holding (something) to be Forbidden
Sūra 67: Mulk, or Dominion
Sūra 68: Qalam, or the Pen, or Nūn
Sūra 69: Ḥāqqa, or the Sure Reality
Sūra 70: Ma‘ārij, or the Ways of Ascent
Sūra 71: Nūḥ, or Noah
Sūra 72: Jinn, or the Spirits
Sūra 73: Muzzammil, or Folded in Garments
Sūra 74: Muddaththir, or One Wrapped Up
Sūra 75: Qiyāmat, or the Ressurection
Sūra 76: Dahr, or Time; or Insān, or Man
Sūra 77: Mursalāt, or Those Sent Forth
Sūra 78: Nabaa, or the Great News
Sūra 79: Nāzi’āt, or Those Who Tear Out
Sūra 80: ’Abasa, or He Frowned
Sūra 81: Takwīr, or the Folding Up
Sūra 82: Infiṭār, or The Cleaving Asunder
Sūra 83: Taṭfīt, or Dealing in Fraud
Sūra 84: Inshiqāq, or The Rending Asunder
Sūra 85: Burūj, or the Zodiacal Signs
Sūra 86: Ṭāriq, or The Night-Visitant
Sūra 87: A‘la, or The Most High
Sūra 88: Gāshiya, or the Overwhelming Event
Sūra 89: Fajr, or Dawn
Sūra 90: Balad, or the City
Sūra 91: Shams, or The Sun
Sūra 92: Lail, or The Night
Sūra 93: Dhuḥā, or The Glorious Morning Light
Sūra 94: Inshirāḥ, or the Expansion
Sūra 95: Tīn, or the Fig
Sūra 96: Iqraa, or Read!, or Proclaim!
Sūra 97: Qadr, or The Night of Power (or Honor)
Sūra 98: Baiyina, or The Clear Evidence
Sūra 99: Zilzāl, or The Convulsion
Sūra 100: ’Ādiyāt, or Those Who Run
Sūra 101: Al-Qāri’a, or The Day of Noise and Clamor
Sūra 102: Takathur, or Piling Up
Sūra 103: ‘Aṣr, or Time through the Ages
Sūra 104: Humaza, or the Scandal-monger
Sūra 105: Fīl, or The Elephant
Sūra 106: Quraish, or The Quraish, (Custodians of the Ka’ba)
Sūra 107: Mā’ūn, or Neighborly Needs
Sūra 107: Mā’ūn, or Neighborly Needs
Sūra 108: Kauthar, or Abundance
Sūra 109: Kāfirūn, or Those who reject Faith
Sūra 109: Kāfirūn, or Those who reject Faith
Sūra 110: Naṣr, or Help
Sūra 111: Lahab, or The Flame
Sūra 112: Ikhlāṣ, or Purity (of Faith)
Sūra 113: Falaq, or The Dawn
Sūra 114: Nās, or Mankind