What Everybody Ought To Know About the Quran

September 26, 2010 § 12 Comments

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Muslims believe the Qur’an is unique and the sole example of its kind. We believe the Qur’an is eternal and a miracle of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family and his Companions). We believe that all people, all nations and all believers have been endowed with the responsibility to have faith in it and that it will be relevant until the Last Day. And no other Divine Book will come afterward.

History

The first revelation of the Qur’an began in the 41st year after the birth of the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). Its first Sura (chapter); al-‘Alaq or al-Iqra was revealed on the 9th of Rabi’ul Awwal of the first year of the Prophethood.

The first verse starts with the command to “Read” (recite):

  1. Read in the name of your Lord who created.
  2. He created man from a clot (congealed blood).
  3. Read, and your Lord is Most Honorable .
  4. Who taught with the Pen.
  5. Taught man what he knew not.

These words were conveyed to the Holy Prophet by Gabriel the Archangel, on God’s command while meditating in a cave on Mount Hira. Gabriel said to him: “Recite”. And the Holy Prophet answered: “What shall I recite?” This was repeated three times, then Gabriel relayed the first five verses (as noted above). This was the beginning of the Qur’an.

The Compilation of The Quran

In the early days of Muhammad’s Prophethood (may Peace and Blessings be upon him), Halit the son of  Sa’id accepted Islam and was asked to record a portion of the revelations. Overtime there were as many as fourty-two scribes that were appointed by the Holy Prophet himself.

Eventually, Hanzala the son of Rabi’ was appointed as the Chief of the scribes whose duty was to be with the Holy Prophet at all time to ensure that there was a continuous record of the Holy Prophet’s revelations and life.

The Companion and famous poet Zayd son of Thabit was also a scribe. He has described what occurred during the recording of the revelations saying:

“When a verse was revealed, the Prophet called me. I presented myself at once with the plate, pen and ink-pot. The Prophet used to dictate the revealed verses, then he would asked me to rehearse the Sura and get it corrected then it was ordered to be promulgated.”

After the Holy Prophet’s passing, Zayd son of Thabit was entrusted with the responsibility of compiling the  written record of the Qur’an, by the Caliph Hazreti Abu Bakr Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him). After Zayd was Umar’s daughter Hafsa (may Allah be pleased with them both) and after that, the third Caliph ‘Usman son of ‘Affan had Zayd’s compilation re-produced and widely distributed.

It was under Divine Guidance that the Qur’an was compiled and has been preserved an intact in its entirety from then to now.

Conduct and Manners Concerning the Quran:

  • Reciting it in clean places.
  • Placing the Qur’an in high places.
  • Only handling the Qur’an with wudu (ritual purity)
  • Reciting the Qur’an properly to the best of your ability.
  • Listening to the Qur’an attentively when it is being recited.
  • Showing respect to it, because the recitation of the Qur’an is understood as God’s word.

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§ 12 Responses to What Everybody Ought To Know About the Quran

  • jonolan says:

    The ONLY two things people need to know about the Qur’an is that it’s a Muslim manifesto and it burns at approximately 451 degrees Fahrenheit, as opposed to the Muslims themselves which ignite at approximately 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Jay Tea says:

    I don’t know why I’m on the mailing list for updates here, but what I know about the Koran is that it praises to the heavens a psychotic pedophile warlord whose death cult has racked up a body count that is only restrained because its adherents are so damned backwards, they can only engage in mass slaughter by taking the inventions of the infidels — they can’t come up with anything on their own.

    • SEYFETTİN says:

      BismillaharRahmanirRahim

      Jay Tea, you’ve been on my mailing list for a number of years. I just haven’t been blogging in while. You must have forgotten that you subscribed back in 2006. You were insulting me even then.

      One good thing about you as opposed to others like Jonolan for example, is that they once presented favorable and perhaps even friendly comments on this blog. I’ve noticed the wave of anti-Muslim sentiment is the new trend. And former friendlies have jumped ship and slithered onto the bandwagon.

      How quickly we – humans – forget.

      – SEYFETTİN

      • jonolan says:

        Reality set in and I realized that there was no point in trying to find a salvageable Muslim population group. That took years because I’m stubborn, but watching things and engaging Muslims finally proved to me that they’re not worth saving.

      • SEYFETTİN says:

        BismillaharRahmaniRahim

        Perhaps you are next?

      • Jay Tea says:

        No, I never subscribed to your list. Never. You put me on your list, or someone chose to and you never verified that I was interested. I’ve never subscribed to any list, especially not a “let’s all pretend that nearly all the religiously-inspired violence and chaos in this world today is done in the name of Allah” list.

        I never asked to be put on your little list, so I’ll be damned if I will beg to be taken off it. But as long as I’m on it, I’ll feel free to comment and speak my mind here — as I’ve been expressly invited to do so.

        J.

      • SEYFETTİN says:

        BismillaharRahmanirRahim

        I have records of everyone that subscribed. Perhaps someone did it as a joke to you or perhaps someone did it to sincerely help your condition. Either way, I see a trend and it is troublesome for the forward thinking and intelligent folk who value the inalienable rights of law biding citizens in this country. Bigotry is an ugly thing with ugly results this country is far too familiar with to forget so easily.

        And you are welcome to speak your mind here. I encourage it, however please pay attention to the comment policy.

      • jonolan says:

        Such a nomination would make me and each and every other true American proud. What traitors like Olberman hate is to be loved by the right and true.

      • pray tell, what engaging did you do with Muslims that gave you the license to hate?

        My understanding is you bailed on meeting Saifuddin when invited to some activities in New York.

        Sounds like you are falling into Rupert Murdochs and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s line hook line and sinker.

  • Ruslan says:

    As-salaam ‘alaikum wa rahmatu’llah.

    Firstly, with regard to the post by Jonolan, understand that there appear frequently a category of responders
    known as “Trolls”, whose sole pleasure is derived from pushing people’s buttons with inflammatory and perverse comments designed to provoke the normal sane reader. To respond only provides them a sort of validation.

    On a more pleasant note, back in the 80’s when I was first collecting the manuscripts of Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, having formed the intention to have them translated, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Dr. Salim Quraishi, the Curator of the British India Library in Blackfriars, London. This library is the repository of many precious Islamic manuscripts, which are kept in climate controlled vaults.

    Among these precious manuscripts, during a visit there, he showed me the Mus’haf (copy of the Holy Qur’an) of the Caliph ‘Umar al-Faruq (May Allah’s mercy and good pleasure be upon him). Dr. Quraishi told me that it had been part of his life’s work to compare this copy letter by letter with the modern version available in this day and age. He went on to tell me that he didn’t find a single word of difference, and that the only difference he had noted was in the ending of one word, which made no difference at all (those who can read Arabic know that the last letter of a word will vary in shape, depending on the word following it).

    So the Qur’an we have today is the same as it was then. Thought you might like to know that.

  • Al-Hidaayah says:

    I’d like to thank you for your post Seyfettin, I for one found it very good to read.

  • Brother Arsalan Assalam-u-alaikum

    I was going through various websites for my research ont the Holly Quran and found your comments on your visit to the India Office Library (now a part of the British Library) and your kind words about me. I am so delighted to see .that you still remeber that visit. The mushaf I showed you was as a matter of fact copied by ‘Usman ibn ‘Affan and not ‘Umar al-Faruq. I have more or less completed my work on the early Kufic manuscripts in the India Office Library and a volume with the colophon, Kataba ‘Ali ibn Abu Talib was published from Islamabad a few years ago. It has the old Kuic text along with the same text in naskh script. It has Persian, Urdu English translations of the text as well. The introduction to the volume is English and Urdu. I will be honoured to send t you a copy of this work once I get your full address.My work on the ‘Usmani mushaf is also complete and hoping to have it printed sometime this year. Meanwhile, I have published a few other works, mainly on the Muslim history of the subcontinent. These are listed in my web-site: Qalamdanbooks.com

    with best wishes

    Salim al-Din Quraishi

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