Author: Dr. Mohammad. Muhsin Khan and Dr. Taqi-ud Din Al-Hilali
Publisher: Darussalam Publishers & Distributors
Description from the Publisher: This is the complete 9-volume set on which the popular Noble Qur’an Summarized is based upon. The translators based their work on references from some of the most respected books of Tafseer, including At-Tabari, Al-Qurtubi, and Ibn Kathir. Includes commentary from Sahih al-Bukhari.
Preface to this Edition: All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of Al-‘Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists) and peace be upon the Master of the Messengers, Muhammad. This interpretation of the meanings of the Noble Qur’an has been revised and the following changes have been made:
1. Each Verse has been put separately with its English interpretation.
2. The Arabic text of the Noble Qur’an has been taken from Mushaf Al-Madinah An-Nabawiiyah, which has been printed by the Mujamma’ of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia for the printing of Al-Mushaf Ash-Sharif, in the year 1405 A .H., according to the instructions of the vice-chancellor of the Islamic University, instead of the old Arabic text of the previous print of this book which was printed in the United States, Pakistan and Turkey, by the Turkish Calligrapher Sheikh Hamid Al-Amadi.
3. There are some additions and subtractions of Chapters and Ahadith from Sahih AI-Bukhari and other Ahadith collections.
4. Some additions, corrections, and alterations have been made to improve the English translation and to bring the English interpretation very close to the correct and exact meanings of the Arabic text.
5. As regards the old edition of this Book, nobody is allowed to reprint or to reproduce it after this new edition has been published.
6. This new edition is in two forms-one in a detailed form (in 9 volumes), and the other in a summarized form (in I volume).
– Translator Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan Formerly Director, University Hospital Islamic University, AI-Madinah AI-Munawwarah Saudi Arabia
A Note by the Publisher: Islam is the Divine religion for all people on the earth. It is a valuable treasure, if they realize its truth. What the whole world needs most today is to understand and study its original sources: the Qur’an and Sunnah, as only Islam can extinguish people’s thirst for their knowledge about their Creator; organize their mutual relations on the basis of justice and equality; and respond to human nature in a way that will lead them to happiness in the world as well as in the Hereafter. How many trials and wars are people undergoing due to their differences in beliefs and systems which have caused them to split in utter separation. Now there is no way to peace and security except Islam. Therefore, invitation to Islam is a duty of those who have known it, enjoyed its taste and have been rightly guided through it. In fact, it is a great responsibility upon Muslims to preach the teachings of Islam to the non-Muslims in their own languages.
Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan, a specialist of heart diseases who worked for some time in England, then moved to Saudi Arabia to settle in Al-Madinah AI-Munawwarah, realized his responsibility towards Islam. This was owed to a dream he had one night. According to the dream, he saw the Prophet in a large gathering of people. Out of love, he stepped towards him to kiss his knees; but the Prophet disapproved it. Suddenly, the perspiration began to flow from his body and Muhsin Khan drank it to his satisfaction. Then the Prophet asked him for a paper on which he wrote down that he wanted him (to serve Islam) and stamped it with his seal. When Muhsin Khan woke up, he was struck by a feeling of bewilderment, awe and sublimity. He asked the knowledgeable persons to interpret his dream. They indicated that he would serve the Prophet’s sayings. So, he looked for a project to serve Islam and convey its message to the English-speaking people. After much consideration, he concluded that Sahih of Imam Al-Bukhari, who is the most authentic collector of the Prophet’s sayings, needs to be translated into English. So, he decided to render Sahih Al-Bukhari into English. He worked strenuously completing it in twelve years with the Grace of Allah. During the translation process, he consulted a number of English versions of the Qur’an but he found that they had ambiguity, shortcomings and dogmatic errors. Therefore, in association with Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali he undertook the task of interpretation of the meanings of the Noble Qur’an providing evidence from the authentic sources for clarification.
At their behest, we brought about a summarized edition in one volume. Its popularity among the readers encouraged them to prepare a comprehensive version of the interpretation of the meanings of the Qur’an in nine volumes comprising a number of Ahadith from Sahih AI-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim and other books with comments from Tafsir At-Tabd, Tafsir AI-Qurtubi and Tafsir Ibn Kathir, where necessary to elaborate upon the Qur’anic Verses. No doubt, this work is a great source of knowledge for the readers, seekers of truth and the scholars. Now, they can study the Qur’an in a better way and concentrate on the wisdom behind it. In this nine-volume edition, the reader will find that the statements on Monotheism, Disbelief, Polytheism, Hypocrisy and Jihad have been repeated several times. This is to highlight the significance of the Islamic creed. Also, some Ahadith have been repeated at various places due to their relevancy and close context with the Verses. Therefore, such repetition has become an unavoidable need for the correct interpretation.
Finally, I wish to express my thanks to the translators for their kind permission to bring about this work for the benefit of the people. I am also grateful to my staff members, particularly Syed Masoodul Hasan, Mr. Mohammad Munawwar and Mr. Mohammad Ayub who made their best efforts to check and reuse the text carefully and repeatedly to avoid any mistakes; and thus contributed substantially to give the final touch to the project. May Allah the Almighty reward us for this achievement, make it solely for His Pleasure and hold us firm on the Right Path. May Allah shower peace and blessings on our Prophet Muhammad, his family, Companions and all those who follow him.
-Abdul Malik Mujahid – General Manager Darussalam Publishers and Distributors, Riyadh.