The Holy Koran (Qur'an, Quran, Al-Qur'an)
Three best known English translations: Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Marmaduke Pickthall and M. H. Shakir.
The Qur'an (Arabic: al-qur'an, literally "the recitation"; also sometimes transliterated as Quran, Koran, or Al-Qur'an) is the central religious text of Islam.
Complete edition - Three best known English translations: Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Marmaduke Pickthall and M. H. Shakir. Features Complete edition
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AL-FATIHA (THE OPENING) of THE HOLY QUR'AN :: Translator Ali, Abdullah Yusuf
THE HOLY QUR'AN
Chapter 1: AL-FATIHA (THE OPENING)
Total Verses: 7 Revealed At: MAKKA
1.001 In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
1.002 Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds;
1.003 Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
1.004 Master of the Day of Judgment. 1.005 Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
1.006 Show us the straight way,
1.007 The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.
I'm not religious and not being used to religious text, found the language disjointed and difficult to follow, so I'd recommend starting with a guide to Islam before attempting this. However, it's important to remember the translation is never going to match the poetry of the work in Arabic. Whether or not you believe it's the word of God or an inspired man, it'd be foolish to dismiss one of the most important works of literature in recorded history.
Thoroughly Unpleasant Reading
For a glimpse at why Islamic countries are among the most corrupt and non-functional, and how a man who is a self confessed murderer, liar, rapist and paedophile, yet can be venerated as a paragon of virtue - look no further than this unimaginative and uninspired piece of literature. Upon understanding the base self-serving philosophies of a religion that promotes violence, rape (Surah Al Anfal; Spoils) and the utter disregard for non-Muslims (unless they pay the Jizya in humiliation and live as 2nd class citizens) it becomes apparent as to why Islam is anathema to western society and completely incompatable with a modern era and communities built on trust, ethical conduct and mutual respect.
Best book in the world for the people of faith, everyone else criticise to your hearts content one day you to will be justly criticised.