Professor Muhammad Yaseen: First one to translate Quran into modern, idiomatic English

Urooj Tarar 05:22 PM | 4 Dec, 2017
Professor Muhammad Yaseen: First one to translate Quran into modern, idiomatic English
86-years-old professor Muhammad Yaseen has the honour to translate Quraan into idiomatic  English. The translation was first published by Walaayat Sons publishers in 2001 and goes by the name of 'The Last Message'. The young at heart professor has also compiled a first of its kind dictionary in the world – from Quraanic Arabic to English titled ‘The First Comprehensive Dictionary of the Great Quraan’ which is in the process of being published.


Professor Muhammad Yaseen was born in 1932 in Jalalabad (UP-India). He lost his father at the age of four and his mother at the mere age of seven. He was brought up by his paternal uncle Muhammad Saleem and his wife. Since the beginning of his academic life, he proved himself to be extraordinary and topped in matriculation.

When Yaseen was seventeen, tragedy struck him again. His paternal uncle departed from this world leaving him alone to fight his battles.  The tragedy or poverty didn't stop him from achieving his goals and he sold his pet goat for Rs 30 to get admission in Ewing Christian College, Allahabad.

It was at Ewing College that he found nourishment - both spiritual and mental- in reading. He exercised self-teaching through extensive book reading and became proficient in Urdu, English and Hindi.

From a voracious reader like Muhammad Yaseen, how could the words of The Great Quran escape? it was but the logical destination for this critical thinker to translate the heavenly message into English. Professor Yaseen learned Quranic Arabic to do justice to the translation. He began translating in 1960 but due to the ebbs and flows of life, he could only complete the translation in late 90's.

By then he was diagnosed with Glaucoma, he had minimal support but it didn't discourage professor Muhammad Yaseen from putting every effort to turn his dream - of translating Quran into modern English - into a reality.

Team daily Pakistan had the opportunity to interview Muhammad Yaseen. To view the full interview, follow the link:

Urooj Tarar
Urooj Tarar

Editor - Daily Pakistan Lifestyle.


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ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.

In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 30 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Karachi PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Islamabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Peshawar PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Quetta PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sialkot PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Attock PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujranwala PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Jehlum PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Multan PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Bahawalpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujrat PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nawabshah PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Chakwal PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Hyderabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nowshehra PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sargodha PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Faisalabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Mirpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500


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