Richard Bell, The Qur’ān. Translated, with a critical re-arrangement of the Surahs (1939)

Translation of the Qur’ān

SURAH I

A short prayer placed at the beginning of the Book. It was omitted by some of the early “Collectors,” and may have been placed here by the redactors. More probably, however, Muhammad intended it to stand here. The date is uncertain, but if placed here by the prophet himself, it probably dates from about the time of his beginning to compose “the Book,” late in year II, or early in year III.

Sūrat Fātiḥat al-kitāb — Chapter of the Opening of the Book

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
1. Praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the worlds,
2. The Merciful, the Compassionate.
3. Wielder 1 of the Day of Judgment.
4. Thee do we serve, and on Thee do we call for help;
5. Guide us the straight path,
6. The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed good,
7. Not (that) of those upon whom anger falls, or those who go astray.

1 Lit. “the one who has (it) in his power” or “possessor.”

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Richard Bell, The Qur’ān. Translated, with a critical re-arrangement of the Surahs, T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh, Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 09 Dec. 2021: http://quran-archive.org/explorer/richard-bell/1939?page=10