Book Reviews

Quran Made Easy – Mufti Afzal Elias

Quran Made Easy

Title: Quran Made Easy
Project Ameer: Mufti Afzal Elias
Translators: Moulana Ismail Ebrahim & Mufti Elias
Publisher: Zam Zam Publishers, Karachi, Pakistan 

I myself have used this book for several years to teach a bi-weekly Quran class. It is not a detailed tafsir, but a translation with excellent, brief explanatory notes.

Sources of  “Quran Made Easy”:

  • Tafseer Uthmani, considered a masterpiece of Allamah Shabir Ahmed Uthmani (1886 – 1949), a theologian, writer, orator, and politician.
  • Tafseer Jalaalayn of Mahalli and Suyuti with the detailed explanation of Allama Muhammad Na’eem Deobandi.
  • Anwarul Bayaan (available in English as ‘Illuminating Discourses on the Noble Quraan’) by Mufti Ashiq Ilahi Madani.

The translators are Hanafi scholars from South Africa. 

This is what I like about it:

  • The language is easy and flowing by design so a lay person can understand it
  • Integrated explanation: there are no footnotes to hamper the reader’s train of thought, instead brackets and fonts nicely separate the translation from the explanation
  • The notes within the brackets add clarity or necessary explanation to the translation
  • The beginning of every surah has a link with the previous surah and a short summary of the following surah
  • Some 50 pages of introduction cover topics such as:
    • Quran and its Names
    • Kinds of Wahy
    • Stages the Quran passed through in its Descent
    • Preservation of the Quran
    • Collection of the Quran
    • Steps to Simplify Recitation
    • Basic Purpose of the Quran
    • Birth of Science of Tafsir
    • Etiquette of Reading and Reciting the Quran
    • The book has a glossary of terms in the beginning and an index at the end

The notes are sometimes just synonyms of the translation and do not necessarily explain much. Occasionally a marjuh explanation will make it’s way. Also, Arsh is translated as ‘Throne’ and the translators tend to resort to ta’weel when translating some of the verses of sifaat.

Overall, I cannot recommend a more accessible resource for understanding the Quran for teens and young adults. 

And Allah knows best.