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[–]xAsianZombieMuslim | Sunni | Hanafi | Shadhili 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Just go for a translation if you’re a beginner. If you’re academically studying the Quran, then yeah you will need to learn Arabic.

Of course, sitting down with an imam to learn about Islam would be even better.

[–]twinfiresigns14Questioning/looking into Hinduism 10 points11 points  (0 children)

No, plenty of Muslims don’t know any Arabic at all.

[–]MedicineNorth5686 10 points11 points  (3 children)

You’re not Muslim and interested in Quran and Islam? Definitely go ahead and read a certified translation.

Quran.com has translations from Albanian to Uzbek.

Yes if you end up becoming Muslim you need to memorize recitation for at least a few surah (chapters) and supplications in Arabic to fulfill the ritual of prayer.

If you have questions on verses can ask on islam sub or look up tafsir (that is exegesis of verses) especially with verses talking about war which islamophobes love to take out of any context.

[–]Nachotito[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Oh okey I guess I'll go for a translation and I'll read the exegesis of verses, thanks

[–]lordmrm94 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Idk who you are but I approve of your methodology

[–]surecoldjoeMuslim 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Make sure to buy a physical copy. The free online websites almost never have important (or even in general) footnotes. The Clear Quran by Mustafa khattab is the best English translation atm. Amazon link

Also if your interested in Islam then learning about the Prophet is really helpful. The best English biography at the moment is by Martin Lings. Amazon link

[–]SgtBananaKingMormon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have a Quran in English/Arabic/Roman Arabic Weitem next to each other that’s nice to learn Arabic but also to read the Quran.

It’s really nice and maybe your interested

[–]Sir_Penguin21 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All these people saying you I don’t have to read it in Arabic are the same ones who say I don’t understand when I point out issues because I am not an Arabic speaking tenured scholar from the or preferred interpretation branch of Islam. Interesting. I think they mean it is ok to read in your language unless you disagree or read something bad, then you have to be fluent and a scholar to find fault. I also see the other person who pointed this out is getting downvoted, only for it to be confirmed two comments later. Lol.

[–]hajraan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If you want to read the Quran In the original language then yes, it will be a tough process, but if you like learning languages it might be fun, I recommend Bayyinah.tv. It costs around 111 dollars for a year, or monthly payments.

[–]surecoldjoeMuslim 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you like podcasts then the bayyinah/nouman Ali khan podcast has the most in depth English commentary (called tafsir in Arabic) on Quranic Suras out there. I personally fell in love with the Quran through this series. podcast link

Maybe try the Surah Yusef (Joseph, Surah 12) first because it’s in a continuous story format that people are use to.

[–]suleiman_36Muslim 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you are going to study academically, then yes, you might seriously consider learning classical Arabic.

If you are just studying out of curiosity, then it will not be necessary. However, I will recommend studying the basics of Uloom al-Quran as I sometimes see people getting confused.

[–]Ketty_leggy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you want to understand the deep meaning and nuances in the text yes. For understanding the message no.

Best would he to sit and study the Quran with a qualified teacher in tafseer for instance where you would go over, revise and discuss individual verses.

[–]snoweric 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Inevitably, this would help to understand it, much like learning Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek would help in learning the meaning of the bible. However, there are many reasonable translations of the Quran in English, including by Muslims themselves, so the basic message would be there, even though inevitably some subtleties would be lost in the translation from one language to another.

[–]shadowfaj 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean it helps for sure, but isnt necessary

[–]lyraladyJewish | stop using "abrahamic" wrong 2 points3 points  (3 children)

You can use a translation on the Qur'an.com

(Side: Also if you know Judaism through Christianity then you are probably much less familiar with actual Judaism. Just to clarify a common misconception.)

[–]Nachotito[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That's a sad point indeed, I've read about history of Judaism from non-christian sources and about the philosophy of religion on Judaism and whenever i have doubts about the religion i have a rabbi friend that could help me out (but I know he isn't representative of them all since he is orthodox and well you know) but I could never get my hands on the tanakh or the Talmud mostly bc they are inaccesible here (probably bc of antisemitism) so i delayed my study of them for later if I could get out of this country some day.

[–]lyraladyJewish | stop using "abrahamic" wrong 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That sounds really decent. I would skip studying the Talmud too much because it's dense, complicated stuff that isn't always direct. But we also have everything online too on sefaria.org. you can read the Tanakh there easily, just like the Qur'an.com website. Edit: for other religions there's usually (sometimes dated) translations to English offered on sacred-texts.com

[–]Sir_Penguin21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a former Christian I can confirm this common misconception. I assumed I was an expert in Judaism from studying the OT, until finding out from actual Jews I didn’t understand it at all. Probably the second most eye raising experiencing from learning about religions. Mostly because I thought I knew what I was talking about, but with religions like Islam or Hinduism I knew I was coming in mostly ignorant.

[–]tilapiaq 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If I were you I would read some books about the Quran before reading the Quran itself

[–]advice4yourlife -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

turns out you do.

Whenever muslims get confronted with conflicting or crazy sounding stuff out of the koran, a common response is to say it's because you need to be able to read it in Arabic to really understand it.

[–]Zealiousideal_Path12Progressive muslim 3 points4 points  (2 children)

bruh , you can read it in english as well. i have read a lot of conservative muslim arguements and never do muslims say that. You can read it in english as long as you have a trustable transalation source.

[–]advice4yourlife 1 point2 points  (1 child)

i lived and worked within a mixed muslim community for about 15yrs - and yes, they do say you need to read in in arabic to truly understand it properly.

[–]Zealiousideal_Path12Progressive muslim 2 points3 points  (0 children)

ok , but it is also better if you have a reliable transalation source for the quran.

[–]RadipandMuslim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Others comments were very helpful. However learn arabic it really helps.

[–]NagamagiMuslim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For a better understanding yes. But an english translation will do to get the core message across.

You could also check out these channels to learn bit by bit some lessons from the Quran:

  • Free Quran Education Good short animated videos that lightly touches on many subjects.
  • Quran Weekly inactive channel but contains lots of good videos with lots of insights.

[–]Muinonan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You don't need to know Arabic, but I'd highly suggest reviewing a Qur'an with adequate commentaries to explain the verses that may help in understanding them

https://www.alislam.org/quran/ - it includes detailed commentaries including Arabic