What I am doing?

Being a revert myself, I felt there is a great need for a Filipino translation of the whole Qur’an to be made available online.

As there is no one taking the stand until now, I am taking the responsibility to undertake this huge,  long and complex endeavor, gradually and (extra) carefully. Translating the Qur’an to another language is a very sensitive issue and I am fully-aware that I am not an authority in this field. Therefore, I want to emphasize that my  translation is based from 9 English translations of the Qur’an [see my references] and fortified by reading the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir. Cross-checking is done with “Ang Maluwalhating Quran” by Abdullatif Eduardo M. Arceo (not in the public domain). I recently discovered “Ang Mga Kapaliwanagan Ng Al-Qur’an Al-Kareem Sa Madali Nitong Pagkaunawa” ng ICDO (Industrial City Dawah Office) Jeddah KSA. This book is in pdf form and I added it for my cross-checking.

I tried as much as possible to follow the sentence sequence of the Qur’an because there are reasons why it is arranged that way, which means that I am not exactly following the rules of Filipino grammar. Transliterated English terms are occasionally used, either because there is no suitable word or the Filipino term is so deep to understand.  As a new Muslim reader, I want to find everything in just one place, so I included some details, brief introduction, Arabic texts, transliterations, translations, audio links and snapshots of the short chapters. In the future, in sha Allah, I will try adding links from youtube.com, the works of Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, in particular.

I am looking forward to something different – a freestyle, simple, short, easy-to-understand and as close as possible to the everyday spoken Filipino. I pray that someone “qualified” will come along the way to peruse my work and edit it.

Update as of November 1, 2018

There are already a number of Filipino translations of the holy Qur’an in the internet. There are also some Apps but sadly until now, it is only in the mp3 format. Hopefully, in the future, I pray that somebody who has the capacity, especially financial, to focus on developing one Qur’an App in Filipino language.

I made some changes and added the Filipino translation of “Ang Mga Kapaliwanagan Ng Al-Qur’an Al-Kareem Sa Madali Nitong Pagka-unawa” by Dr. Aboulkhair S. Tarazon, Ustaz Badi`udzaman S. Saliao and Muhammad M. Rodriguez [ICDO (Industrial City Dawah Office), Jeddah, KSA]. in sha Allah, I will go back and update the previous chapters I worked on. I also added link for the Tafsir of the Surah whenever available.

I recently discovered “Pinagaang Salin Sa Wikang Filipino Ng Maluwalhating Qur’an” of Hasanah Media Agency. Having read the English and Filipino translations of the holy Qur’an repetitively, I can vouch for their translation and by far from my perspective, they have the best translation in terms of ease and conciseness.


Update as of July 1, 2019

Alhamdulillah… first half of the year, there are already 2 Apps for the Filipino translation of the holy Quran. So in this case, I will stop translating and I will, in sha Allah, update my files the same way as when I started… gradually and (extra) carefully. My other works, however, stays the same. Ang Maluwalhating Quran by Ahmad Jibreel Salas and Omar Taron will be added in the translations, in sha Allah. The Tagalog translation of https://quranenc.com/en/browse/tagalog_rwwad is already completed, so that will also be added to the list.

Here are the 2 Apps available in Google Play Store:

1. AL QURAN (TAFSIR & BY WORD) by GreenTech App Foundation

Here is the link to their Quran app landing page in their website, which has links to both Android & iOS app https://greentechapps.com/apps/quran
Short Link:https://bit.ly/AlQuranApp (case sensitive).

2. QURAN TAGALOG by JSD Application

Here is the link – https://tinyurl.com/yxcy86fv


You can also download PDF copies from following sites:

NOTE: Any translation of the Qur’an in another language cannot be used in place of its text. The Qur’anic Arabic does not have any exact equivalent in any language, so please use this translation at your own discretion.

1. Al-Qur’an Al-Kareem nina Tarazon, Saliao at Rodriguez, ICDO (Industrial City Dawah Office), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2. So Qur’an al karim ni Sheik ‘Abdul-Aziz Guroalim Saromantang

Filipino, Pilipino, Tagalog

These three terms are synonymous and can be used interchangeably. They belong to one and the same language and share identical grammar. Today’s Filipino language is best described as “Tagalog-based” and understood to be an alternative name for Tagalog in most contexts. Tagalog is one of the Austronesian languages spoken in the Philippines by about 22 million people.  The Filipino language is constitutionally designated as the national language of the Philippines and, along with English, as one of the two official languages. [Wikipedia]

For more explanation, click this.


References

  1. For translation: (a) The Qur’an Online Translation and Commentary; (b) The Quranic Arabic Corpus [7 parallel English translations: Sahih International, Pickthall, Yusuf Ali, Shakir, Muhammad Sarwar, Mohsin Khan and Arberry]; and (c) Tafsir Ibn Kathir abridged by a group of scholars under the supervision of Shaykh Safiur Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri (I stopped translating, there are already 2 apps Alhamdulillah)
  2. For the Arabic text and transliteration: The Qur’an Online Translation and Commentary (ATM this site is not working)
  3. For transliteration and audio:  http://www.theonlyquran.com/index.php
  4. For the Arabic text: http://holyquran.net/quran/index.html
  5. For the chronological order of the revelation of Quran: http://tanzil.net/docs/revelation_order

Credits to  Google Translate for the great help.

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