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    Salaam

    I have written an english assignment where I have referenced the Quran. Now I am writing the bibliography and I am confused of how to refer to Quran there.

    Usually how we reference a book would be Author (year) Title, City it was published it:the publishing company

    So should I just leave the reference in bibliography as say Quran 3:45 or is there any other way????

    Please reply soon
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    Default Re: How to reference the Quran?

    Also how would I reference Sahih al bukhari and Sahih Muslim?


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    How about:

    Allah All-Mighty (timeless), Qur'an, Medina Munawwarah, Hazrat Uthman Ibn Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) Publishers

    Only jokin.

    If I was using Mufti Taqi Sahib's translation for instance, then I would reference it as:

    Usmani, Mufti Muhammad Taqi (2006), The Noble Qur'an, Karachi, Maktaba Maariful Quran
    "Whoever acts upon what he knows, Almighty Allah bestows upon him
    the knowledge of things not known to him"
    (Fazaa'il-e-A'maal, Virtues of the Holy Qur'an, Part 1, under Hadith 8)


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    Default Re: How to reference the Quran?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali al-Hanafi View Post


    How about:

    Allah All-Mighty (timeless), Qur'an, Medina Munawwarah, Hazrat Uthman Ibn Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) Publishers


    But this is the truth.


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    Default Re: How to reference the Quran?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali al-Hanafi View Post
    Allah All-Mighty (timeless), Qur'an, Medina Munawwarah, Hazrat Uthman Ibn Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) Publishers
    I would prefer this actually over the other one and this was what I was thinking about, except that instead of timeless I should state the day the Quran finished. Though Quran is for all times, but it was revealed over 1400 years ago so I should have that date right?

    But then again in english Islamic books when they refer to Quran they only mention the chapter and the verse


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ifrah View Post
    I would prefer this actually over the other one and this was what I was thinking about, except that instead of timeless I should state the day the Quran finished. Though Quran is for all times, but it was revealed over 1400 years ago so I should have that date right?
    That's right yes! And where I wrote "Mufti Muhammad Taqi" in the example, use Mufti M.T (i.e. the initials).

    But then again in english Islamic books when they refer to Quran they only mention the chapter and the verse
    This should be done in the main text and not in the bibliography.
    "Whoever acts upon what he knows, Almighty Allah bestows upon him
    the knowledge of things not known to him"
    (Fazaa'il-e-A'maal, Virtues of the Holy Qur'an, Part 1, under Hadith 8)


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    Default Re: How to reference the Quran?

    If you are actually writing the Arabic ayat, then you might be able to get away with saying Allah, The Qur'an or something like that.

    But if you are quoting an English text, then you must acknowledge that that is NOT what Allah revealed to Muhammad . You would be far more factual in that case, to list it under the so-called translator's name. And to mention the date and place of publication for that particular English "Study-Aid" (I don't refer to English text as Qur'an).


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    Default Re: How to reference the Quran?

    Now thats a valid point I haven't thought of, of course the english text would be a translation, so if I am quoting an english verse would it be wrong for me to say Allah SWT says and then cite the verse?
    I mean I have heard some scholars say it this way, but would it be right?


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    Default Re: How to reference the Quran?

    Quran is not referred as a book, it is referred as kalamullah.

    for referring u can write it as

    (Quran 2.100) i.e sur-e-bakhara, verse 100

    but it was revealed over 1400 years ago so I should have that date right?
    though Quran was revealed during prophet mohammed(s.a.s) lifetime, some sura's were recited even before this world was made.
    i dont remember properly but i think sur-e-yasin was recited


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    Default Re: How to reference the Quran?

    Quran is not referred as a book, it is referred as kalamullah.

    for referring u can write it as

    (Quran 2.100) i.e sur-e-bakhara, verse 100
    That's fine for quoting the Arabic ayahs,

    but as the brother mentioned, you can't do that for the English translation

    This is actually an interesting issue

    I think it's worth bringing it up in front of an organization of scholars,

    Most all the Academies have set rules for citation. For example, the American Psychological Association's way of citing works is different from MLA or Chicago Style.

    Some major body of Ulama should come up with a way of citing Islamic texts... Ulama Assocation of North America, ISNA Fiqh Council, etc...

    It may not seem like a big deal, but these little things really do elevate the prestige of the organization. People see that the Ulama are more than just "mullahs." They are actually scholars that conduct their work in a professional manner.


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