Library of Islamic Texts
Many translations of the Qur'an and Hadith have been made over the years by both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars. The translation chosen for this library was done by E.H. Palmer, a non-Muslim English scholar, in 1880. It was chosen for its availability and reputation as a quality translation. Scanning and electronic formatting are courtesy of the Internet Sacred Texts Archive.
It is hoped this online translation will serve to introduce non-Muslims to the contents of the Qur'an. However, other translations may be more accurate or better suited to religious uses. Consult an Islamic authority on the merits of various translations. See the Qur'an article for important information on the significance of translating the Qur'an from Arabic.
There are many collections of Hadith (traditions and sayings of the Prophet and other Islamic leaders), as well as English translations of them. The Hadith provided below are from "A Manual of Hadith," a collection and translation by Maulana Muhammad Ali in 1944. Again, these were chosen for their availability and respectability. They should serve to provide non-Muslims with an introduction to the contents of Hadith, but other translations may be better for other purposes. Note: The translator's commentary on the text has been omitted.
Quran, Qur'an, Koran, the sacred text of Islam