For those who seek Quranic knowledge it is imperative not only to
recite the Quran and read its meaning in a native language but also
to read the different Tafseers (commentaries) that are available.
Many of the Mufassirs undoubtedly had immense knowledge about the
Quran and Hadith, and their Tafseers not only give their own interpretations
about an Ayat, but they also provide historical context, our Holy
Prophet's (SM) own explanation in the form of Hadeeth, traditional
interpretations by some of the early Mufassirs including the beloved
Sahabas, and also possible applications of the Ayat in todays world.
Some famous Tafseers include Ibn-Kaseer, a very extensive Tafseer
of the Quran available in many different languages including English
and Bengali, while two very contemporary and excellent Tafseers
are Syed Abul A'la Maududi's Tafheemul Quran, available in both
English (The Meaning of the Quran, published from UK and Pakistan)
and Bengali; and Syed Qutb's Tafseer Fi Zilalil Quran available
full in Bengali and only partially in English (In the Shade of the
Quran). Tafseer volumes can make a wonderful addition to your personal
library. They are also available in many local libraries and have
started appearing online.
The best English translations are those of Allama Yusuf Ali and
Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall. The one published from Madina Quran
Academy is a combination of both Yusuf Ali and Pickthall with slight
editing by Mufassirs of Makkah and Madeena University.
Some websites offering transaltions of The Quran: