Whatis: Quran

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What is the Quran? Allah describes in it Surah 39, verse 23

اللَّهُ نَزَّلَ أَحْسَنَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابًا مُّتَشَابِهًا مَّثَانِيَ تَقْشَعِرُّ مِنْهُ جُلُودُ الَّذِينَ يَخْشَوْنَ رَبَّهُمْ ثُمَّ تَلِينُ جُلُودُهُمْ وَقُلُوبُهُمْ إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ هُدَى اللَّهِ يَهْدِي بِهِ مَنْ يَشَاء وَمَن يُضْلِلْ اللَّهُ فَمَا لَهُ مِنْ هَادٍ (39:23)

  • 39:23 (Asad) God bestows from on high the best of all teachings in the shape of a divine writ fully consistent within itself, repeating each statement [of the truth] in manifold forms [a divine writ] whereat shiver the skins of all who of their Sustainer stand in awe: [but] in the end their skins and their hearts do soften at the remembrance of [the grace of] God. Such is God’s guidance: He guides therewith him that wills [to be guided] whereas he whom God lets go astray can never find any guide

  • The verse starts with ALLAH - an emphatic start to the verse. It is the best of content and best of form. The verses are extremely effective and moving. Even the disbelievers were moved and affected by it.

    Quran appears 66 times in the Quran. "Quran" means, to read.

    5 main names used for the Qur'an:

    • Qur'an (the recited)
    • al-Kitab (the book) see 21:10
    • al-Furqan (the distinguisher) see 25: 1
    • al-Dhikr (the praised) see 15: 9
    • al-Tanzeel (the sent down).see 26: 192

    Other references to the Qur'an are by such words as nur (light), huda (guidance), rahma (mercy), majid (glorious), mubarak (blessed), bashir (announcer), nadhir (warner), etc.

    All these names reflect one of the various aspects of the revealed word of Allah.

    The scholars have spent years researching and compiling the sciences of the Quran. Some of topics covered are, the revelation, the transmission of Oral and written Quran, the mushaf of Uthman (r.a), the Quran script, vocabulary, literary forms and styles, recitals, etc.

    Source: Intro to Quranic Sciences - SunniPath

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