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 beginning from Surah Al-Ahqaf. I added the Filipino translations of Sahih International (yours truly translated it); “Ang Maluwalhating Qur’an” by Abdullatif Eduardo M. Arceo (Darussalam, KSA); and “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 Surah I worked on. I also added link for the Tafsir of the Surah.
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. I have plans of adding their translation, as well.
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. I have waited for some time but not for long, Allah let it happened. So in this case, I will discontinue my own translation and disregard/discard my previous translations. I will, in sha Allah, go back and update my files (i.e. delete my translation), the same way as when I started… gradually and (extra) carefully. My other works, however, stays the same.
Here are the 2 Apps available in Google Play Store: AL QURAN (TAFSIR & BY WORD) by GreenTech App Foundation and QURAN TAGALOG by JSD Application.
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]
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- 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
- For transliteration: The Qur’an Online Translation and Commentary
- For audio: The Only Qur’an
Credits to Google Translate for the great help.