Biblical Versions vs. Qur’anic Translations
September 1, 2006 § 2 Comments
Recently in response to a post entitled, “Nicene Creed vs. The Opening (al-Fatiha)” a reader posed an argument in support of the Bible. Comparing its various “versions” to the “translations” of the Qur’an. The reader whose name is Kevyn attempts to explain that the versions of the Bible are simply different translations, like that of the Qur’an when the reader claims,
“There are many versions of the Bible because they are “translations” as much as there are many translations of the Qur’an (pickthall, yusuf ali, and my favourite, the ones from www.free-minds.org who are Qur’an alone or anti-hadith, are merely three of the many existing)….
A translation’s purpose is to clarify in modern idiom that scripture, and with cultural context, one can place an ancient document and translate it thusly for the comprehension of it in the modern world, as long as one is aware of the cultural differences during the time of that Scripture.” (Kevyn, Wa Salaam)
I have written about this previously however, one of our great Muslim scholars, Br. Ahmed Deedat (Rahimullah) has given a very clear explanation on the difference between the “versions” of the Bible and the “translations” of the Qur’an…