The Monotheist Group. The Message: A Translation of the Glorious Qur’an. Brainbow Press, 2008. ©Free-Minds.org. Reprinted with permission.
Surah 1 Al- Fatihah (The Opening)
1:1 In the name of God, the Almighty, the Merciful.
1:2 Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds.
1:3 The Almighty, the Merciful.
1:4 Sovereign of the Day of Judgment.
1:5 You alone we serve, and You alone we seek for help.
1:6 Guide us to the straight path.
1:7 The path of those You have blessed, not of those who have incurred the wrath, nor the misguided.
Surah 2 Al-Baqara (The Cow)
In the name of God, the Almighty, the Merciful.
2:2 This is the Book in which there is no doubt, a guidance for the righteous.
2:3 Those who believe in the unseen, and hold the contact prayer, and from Our provisions to them they spend.
2:4 And those who believe in what was sent down to you, and what was sent down before you, and regarding the Hereafter they are certain.
2:5 These are the ones guided by their Lord, and these are the successful ones.
2:6 As for those who reject, whether you warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe.
2:7 God has sealed their hearts and their ears, and over their eyes are covers. They will incur a great retribution.
2:8 And from the people are those who say: “We believe in God and in the Last Day,” but they are not believers.
2:9 They seek to deceive God and those who believe, but they only deceive themselves without noticing.
2:10 In their hearts is a disease, so God increases their disease, and they will have a painful retribution for what they have denied.
2:11 And if they are told: “Do not make corruption in the land,” they say: “But we are reformers!”
2:12 No, they are the corruptors, but they do not perceive.
2:13 And if they are told: “Believe, as the people have believed,” they say: “Shall we believe like the foolish have believed?” No, they are the foolish but they do not know.
2:14 And if they come across those who have believed, they say: “We believe,” and when they are alone with their devils they say: “We are with you, we were only mocking.”
2:15 God mocks them, and leaves them prolonged in their transgression.
2:16 These are the ones who have purchased straying with guidance; their trade did not profit them, nor were they guided.
2:17 Their example is like the one who lights a fire, so when it illuminates what is around him, God takes away his light and leaves him in the darkness not seeing.
2:18 Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return.
2:19 Or like a cloud from the sky, in it is darkness and thunder and lightning. They place their fingers in their ears from the lightning strikes out of fear of death; and God is aware of the rejecters.
2:20 The lightning nearly snatches their sight, whenever it lights the path they walk in it, and when it becomes dark for them they stand. Had God willed, He would have taken their hearing and their sight; God is capable of all things.
2:21 O people, serve your Lord who has created you and those before you that you may be righteous.
2:22 The One who has made the earth a resting place, and the sky a shelter, and He sent down from the sky water with which He brought out fruits as a gift to you. So do not set up any equals with God while you know.
2:23 And if you are in doubt as to what We have sent down to Our servant, then bring a chapter like this, and call upon your witnesses other than God if you are truthful.
2:24 And if you cannot do this; and you will not be able to do this; then beware the Fire whose fuel is people and stones, it has been prepared for the rejecters.
2:25 And give good news to those who believe and do good works that they will have estates with rivers flowing beneath them. Every time they receive a provision of its fruit, they say: “This is what we have been provisioned before,” and they are given its likeness. And there they will have pure mates, and in it they will abide.
2:26 God does not shy away from putting forth the example of a mosquito, or anything above it. As for those who believe, they know that it is the truth from their Lord. As for the rejecters, they say: “What does God intend with this example?” He strays many by it, and He guides many by it; but He only strays by it the wicked.
2:27 The ones who break the pledge to God after making its covenant, and they sever what God had ordered to be delivered, and they make corruption on the earth; these are the losers.
2:28 How can you reject God when you were dead and He brought you to life? Then He makes you die, then He brings you to life, then to Him you return.
2:29 He is the One who has created for you all that is on the earth, then He attended to the heaven and has made it seven heavens, and He is aware of all things.
2:30 And your Lord said to the angels: “I am placing a successor on the earth.” They said: “Will You place in it he who would make corruption in it, and spill blood; while we praise by Your glory, and exalt to You?” He said: “I know what you do not know.”
2:31 And He taught Adam the names of all things, then He displayed them to the angels and said: “Inform Me of the names of these if you are truthful.”
2:32 They said: “Glory to You, we have no knowledge except that which You have taught us, You are the Knowledgeable, the Wise.”
2:33 He said: “O Adam, inform them of their names,” so when he informed them of their names, He said: “Did I not tell you that I know the unseen of the heavens and the earth, and that I know what you reveal and what you are hiding?”
2:34 And We said to the angels: “Yield to Adam,” so they yielded except for Satan, he refused and became arrogant, and became of the rejecters.