About The Translator

Badr Hashemi (BH)

Badr Hashemi (BH) was born (1944) and raised in a religious family environment which inherited a legacy of the centuries’ old tradition of dispensing values, virtues and education. He completed the elementary learning and partly memorized the Qur’an while under ten and continued with learning the Arabic language, grammar and exegesis of the Qur’an and Hadith in parallel with formal western education in social sciences and development studies.

BH attended sandwich courses at Al-Azhar in the Qur’anic Arabic and lectures in interpretation of the Qur’an and Fiqh by Shykh Ali Al-Tantawi (Faqih) in Cairo, and Shykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi (Faqih) in Qatar. He had periodic learning sessions with Professor Arther J. Arberry (Roman Catholic, translator of the Qur’an and Ahadith, etc.) during the mid-sixties while BH was a student at the University of Cambridge (UK), and, later in the late-eighties, with Muhammad Asad (Jewish convert to Islam, translator of the Qur’an and Ahadith, etc.) in Gibraltar..

BH is a Professional Economist and a Fellow of the World Bank Institute of Development Economics in Washington DC, and the United Nations Asian Development Institute. Worked as a civil servant in Pakistan and was part of the international civil service with the United Nations. He has been a keynote speaker at international seminars/conferences in Europe, the Middle East-North Africa, and the Far East; widely travelled with long periods of stay in the Arab Middle East and North Africa.

Well versed in Arabic and English and well read in the Torah, the Psalms, the Bible, Islamic history and culture, ancient civilizations and comparative religions, BH has held interactive discussions with Jewish Rabbis and Christian Priests in North America and Western Europe. He has visited various sites and places of history enumerated in the Torah, the Bible and the Qur’an – scattered from the Nile delta through the Levant to Babylon.

BH initiated work on ‘English Translation and Paraphrasing of The Qur’ān’ in 1999 with the aim of understanding The Qur’ān with The Qur’ān. This 6-volume monumental research project was completed in late 2016 and published by the Holy Qur’an Research Foundation, 60-A, Nazimuddin Road, F-8/4, Islamabad. In addition, two of his works titled ‘The Divine 99’ and ‘Journeying Through The Qur’ān’ have been published by Islamic Research Institute and Da’wah Academy, respectively, International Islamic University, Faisal Masjid Campus, E-8, Islamabad. His most recent addition is titled ‘Essence of Islam – Inter Faith Perspectives’.

He is also exploring the principal thematic issues in the Hadith literature that form the common heritage between the Shiite and the Sunni schools of thought in Islam. BH can be reached via email at hashemibadr@gmail.com,, and visited on www.quranhighlights.com.