In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Ever Merciful.

Muslims who believe in the Messiah,
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani(as)
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Prayers in the Holy Quran

Besides the ritual Prayer called Salat, Muslims are enjoined to pray to their Lord for all their spiritual and worldly needs. These Silent Prayers or supplications can be offered at any time during the day and in any language convenient to the believer.

All prayers in Islam are addressed directly to God, without going through the agency of any intermediary. The Holy Quran teaches its reader the proper words for prayer and supplication. This is achieved by direct exhortations to the believers as well as by examples of the prayers of earlier prophets and peoples.

The most well known and oft repeated prayer in the Holy Quran is Surah al Fatihah, the first Chapter of the Holy Quran. This prayer is recited in all the Daily ritual Prayers:

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds,
The Gracious, the Merciful,
Master of the Day of Judgment,
Thee alone do we worship, and Thee alone do we ask for help.
Guide us along the straight path,
The path of those upon whom Thou bestowed Thy blessings,
Not of those who incurred Thy wrath,
Nor of those who have gone astray. ” (1:1-7)

Following are some more prayers mentioned in the Holy Quran:

“Our Lord, grant us good in this world as well as good in the hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire.” (2:202)

“Our Lord, do not punish us if we forget or fall into error; Our Lord, lay not upon us a responsibility as Thou laid upon those before us; Our Lord, burden us not with what we have not the strength to bear; And absolve our sins, and grant us forgiveness, and have mercy on us; Thou art our Master; so help us against the disbelieving people. “(2:287)

“Our Lord, let not our hearts become perverse after Thou hast guided us; and bestow on us Thine mercy; surely, Thou alone art the Bestower.” (3:9)

“Our Lord, Thou hast not created this in vain; Holy art Thou; save us then from the torment of the Fire. Our Lord, whomsoever Thou causest to enter the Fire, him have Thou surely disgraced… Our Lord, we have heard a Crier calling unto faith, ‘Believe ye in your Lord’, and we have believed. Our Lord, forgive us, therefore, our errors and remove from us our evils, and in death count us with the righteous. Our Lord, give us what Thou host promised us through Thy Messengers; and disgrace us not on the Day of Resurrection. Surely, Thou breakest not Thy promise. “(3:192-195)

“O my Lord, increase me in knowledge.” (20:115)

“Our Lord, grant us of our wives and children the delight of our eyes, and make us a model for the righteous.” (25:75)

‘ My Lord, grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favour which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do such good works as may please Thee. And make me and my seed righteous. I do turn to Thee; and, truly, l am of those who submit to thee” (46:16)

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they asked for forgiveness from their Lord, praying:

“Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves and if Thou forgive us not and have not mercy on us, we shall be of the lost.” (7:24)

When the Prophet Noah embarked on his Ark, he prayed:

“In the name of God be its course and its mooring. My Lord is surely Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. “(11:42)

“My Lord, cause me to land a blessed landing, for Thou art the Best of those who bring men to land.” (23:30)

The following are the prayers of Abraham which he said for himself and his progeny:

“Our Lord, make us submissive to Thee and make of our offspring a people obedient to Thee. And show us our ways of worship, and turn to us with mercy; for Thou art Oft Returning, Merciful.” (2:129)

“My Lord, make me observe Prayer, and my children, too. Our Lord, accept this prayer. Our Lord, grant forgiveness to me and to my parents and to the believers on the day when the reckoning will take place. “(14:41-42)

o “Our Lord, in Thee do we put our trust and to Thee do we turn, and towards Thee is the final return. Our Lord, make us not a trial for those who disbelieve, and forgive us, our Lord for Thou art the Mighty, the Wise. “(60:6-7)

When the Prophet Joseph was appointed governor of a province in Egypt, he prayed as follows:

“Lord, Thou hast bestowed sovereignty upon me and taught me the interpretation of dreams. O Maker of the heavens and the earth, Thou art my protector in this world and the Hereafter. Make me die in a state of submission and join me with the righteous. “(12:102)

The following is the prayer of Prophet Moses when he was commanded by God to take the message to the Pharaoh:

“Lord, open up for me my breast, and ease for me my task, and loosen the knot of my tongue, that they may understand my speech, and grant me a helper from my family, Aaron my brother. ” (20:26-31)

When the Pharaoh’s magicians had believed in Moses and the Pharaoh threatened to cut off their hands and feet, the magicians prayed as follows:

“Our Lord, send down upon us steadfastness and cause us to die in a state of submission.” (7:127)

When the Prophet David and the Israelites faced Goliath, they prayed:

“Our Lord, bestow steadfastness upon us, and make our feet firm, and help us against the disbelieving people.” (2:251)

When the Prophet Job was afflicted, he prayed to his Lord:

‘I have been afflicted with distress, and Thou art the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy. “(21:84)

The following is Zechariah’s prayer for an offspring:

“Lord, leave me not childless, and Thou art the Best of inheritors.” (21:90)

“My Lord, grant me by Thy grace pure offspring; Surely, Thou art the Hearer of prayer.” (3:39)

The following is the prayer of the disciples of Prophet Jesus:

“Our Lord, we believe in that which Thou hast sent down and we follow the Messenger. So write us down among the witnesses.” (3:54)

The following are some of the Holy Prophet’s prayers mentioned in the Holy Quran:

“Lord, I seek refuge with Thee from the incitements of the evil ones, and I seek refuge with Thee, Lord, test they come near me. “(23:98-99)

“Lord, forgive and have mercy on us. For all those who show mercy Thou art the Most Merciful. “(23:119)

“Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of hell. for the punishment thereof is a lasting torment.”(25:66)

The following is a prayer said by the Angels on behalf of the believers:

“Our Lord, Thy mercy and knowledge extend over all things. So forgive those who repent and follow Thy way; and protect them from the punishment of hell. Our Lord, make them enter the Gardens of Eternity which Thou hast promised them, as well as such of their children as are virtuous. Surely, Thou art the Mighty, the Wise. “(40:8-10)

English Translations of the Holy Quran

The Holy Quran has been translated into many major languages of the world. There are a large number of translations existing in the English language alone. The oldest English translation of the Quran is by Alexander Ross which was published in 1649, more than three hundred years ago. Following is a list of some of the well known English translators of the Holy Quran, with the dates of their publications against their names.

  1.  Alexander Ross 1649
  2. George Sale 1734
  3. J.M. Rodwell 1861
  4. E.H. Palmer 1880
  5. Abdul Hakim 1905
  6. Mirza Abdul Fazl 1910
  7. Muhammad Ali 1917
  8. Ghulam Sarwar 1929
  9. Marmaduke Pickthall 1930
  10. Abdullah Yousaf Ali 1934
  11. Richard Bell 1937
  12. A.J. Arberry 1955
  13. Sher Ali 1955
  14. N.J. Dawood 1956
  15. Abdul Majid Daryabadi 1957
  16. Mir Ahmed Ali 1964
  17. Muhammad Asad 1964
  18. Syed Abdul Lateef 1968
  19. Malik Ghulam Fareed 1969
  20. Pir Salahuddin 1969
  21. M. Zafarullah Khan 1971
  22. Hashim Amir Ali 1974
  23. Rashad Khalifah 1981

BOLD are Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community

Commentaries of the Holy Quran

Besides the simple translation of the Arabic text into various languages, there exist a number of books which also contain detailed explanatory notes and interpretations of the Holy Quran. Such a book is called Tafseer or Commentary of the Holy Quran. It should be noted that a commentary and interpretation is largely a matter of individual opinion. Some of the best known Commentaries of the Holy Quran are in the Arabic language. A list of some of the better known Commentaries is given below:

Name of Commentary Author
Commentaries in the Arabic Language
Commentary of the Quran  Imam ibne Jareer Tabari
Tafseer of ibne al Katheer ibn al Katheer
Al Kashaf an Ghawamid al Tanzil Imam Zamakhshari
Al Bahr al Muhit ibn Yousaf of Granada
Durre Manthur Jalal-ud-Deen Sayutee
Ruh al Ma’ani Abul Shihab Baghdadi
Anwar al Tanzil Nasir ud Din Baydawi
Fatah al Qadir ibn Ali Shaukani
Fatah al Bayan Siddiq bin Hasan
Tafseer Kabir Imam Fakhruddin Razi
Qurtubi Abdullah al Qurtubi
Ruh al Bayan Sheikh Ismail Haqqi
Commentaries in the Urdu Language
Tafseer Kabir Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad
Majma al Bayan Muhammad Ali
Commentaries in the English Language
Commentary on the Quran Rev. E.M. Wherry
The Holy Quran with English
Translation and Commentary
Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad