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Question: Shaikh I often ask questions but you no longer answer me I'm not sure why. Maybe you feel I am not genuine or something. I would just like your opinion of the validity of the following book:The Meaning of the Holy Quran in Today's English by Yahiya Emerick.

I am very sorry, Sister. It was never intentional on my part. I receive a large volume of questions and try to prioritize them; sometimes in the process I may have overlooked your question. Please accept my sincere apologies. 

I have not studied Emerick's translation from cover to cover; so I am not in a position to make an objective assessment of it. However, if I can judge from my own limited exposure to it, I have no difficulty in recommending it as a great study aid for those who wish to pursue serious study of the Qur'an.

I know some of his other works on Islam and the Prophet (peace be upon him) well. They are excellent in terms of content and style; and I have recommended them numerous times.

So I would say you can certainly make use of Emerick's translation. You should also complement it with the following:

1. Khurram Murad's Approach to the Qur'an

2. Ingrid Mattson's The Story of the Qur'an:Its History and Place in Muslim Life.

You should also use Muhammad Asad's The Message of the Qur'an.

Finally, I pray to Allah to accept our good works, and forgive us the worst. 

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