Abdullah Yusuf Ali
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, FRSL (14 April 1872 – 10 December 1953) was an Indian
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who translated the Qur'an
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. His translation of the Qur'an
The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary
The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary is an English translation of the Qur'an by Indian Muslim civil servant Abdullah Yusuf Ali . It was undertaken after Yusuf Ali had retired from the Civil Service and settled in the United Kingdom in the 1920s...
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Ali was born in Surat
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, Gujarat in British India to a wealthy merchant family with a Dawoodi Bohra
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father. As a child, Ali received a religious education and, eventually, could recite the entire Qur'an from memory.