Index of the Holy Quran
This index is a substantially expanded version of the index in the work The Holy Quran, Arabic Text with English Translation and Commentary by Maulana Muhammad Ali as found in its editions published since 1951.
- It can also be used with the existing editions of the work.
- The references in it to verses of the Holy Quran can also be used with any translation or with the Arabic text of the Quran.
Essential notes for using this index
To use this index with the existing edition of Maulana Muhammad Ali's work, the following points must be noted:
- A new scheme for numbering the footnotes has been introduced, which is quite simple to understand and use. A reference to a verse followed by a letter such as a, b or c etc. indicates a footnote in that verse, with a meaning the first footnote in that verse, b meaning the second footnote, c meaning the third, etc. For example:
||refers to chapter 20, verse 85, first footnote in that verse.
||refers to chapter 2, verse 51, second footnote in that verse.
|20:29-34, 29a, 48a
||refers to chapter 20, verses 29 to 34, and also to verse 29, first footnote, and verse 48, first footnote.
||refers to chapter 2, verse 260, and also the first footnote to verse 260.
||refers to chapter 7, verse 150, and also the first footnote to verse 151.
- Verse numbering in chapters 3, 6, and 4: The verse numbering used in this Index for most of chapter 3 and chapter 6 differs by 1 from that in the existing edition. This change was made to bring our numbering into line with that used in most translations. The details are as follows:
In chapter 3, verse 3 of the existing edition is now treated as being two verses, 3 and 4. Therefore, verses 4 to 199 of chapter 3 in the existing edition are numbered as verses 5 to 200 in this Index. So when you see a reference in this Index to a verse of chapter 3, from verse 5 to verse 200,
subtract 1 from it to get the verse in the existing edition.
In chapter 6, verses 73 and 74 of the existing edition are now treated as a single verse, 73. Therefore, verses 75 to 166 of chapter 6 in the existing edition are numbered as 74 to 165. So when you see a reference in this Index to a verse of chapter 6, from verse 74 to verse 165,
add 1 to it to get the verse in the existing edition.
In chapter 4, only the last 3 verses are affected. Verses 173 and 174 of the existing edition are now treated as a single verse 173. Therefore, the remaining verses (175 to 177) are now numbered as 174 to 176.
The reader's attention is drawn to the following headings of this Index in which reference is made to certain important subjects as dealt with in the Holy Qur'an:
Allah, Civic Life, Human Soul, Intellectual Development, Knowledge, Man, Morals, Muhammad, Muslims, Nature, Prayer, Qur'an, Revelation, Science, State Polity and Women.