The Origins and Importance of the Quran

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The Origins and Importance of the Quran

The Quran is the Islamic Holy book. The word Quran means recitation

and its verses are recited by Muslims throughout the world. The Quran

was revealed to Prophet Muhammad in Ramadan, the holy month of the

Islamic calendar, in the year 610CE. One night that came to be known

as ‘The night of power’, when Prophet Muhammed was 40 years old, while

meditating in his usual place, Cave Hira on Jabal-al-Nur ( mountain of

light), he suddenly saw an angel appear before him. This angel was

angel Jibr’eel (Gabriel). ‘Read’ said the angel. As prophet Muhammed

was illiterate, he replied ‘I am not a reader.’ The angel squeezed him

tight and repeated ‘Read’, Prophet Muhammed gave the same reply. After

a third time of squeezing Muhammed, the angel said,

‘Read in the name of your Lord who created,

Created man from a clot of blood,

Read, your Lord is most generous,

Who taught by the pen,

Taught man what he did not know.’ (Quran 96:1-5)

These were the first revealed verses of the Quran. The Quran was

recorded as soon as it was revealed to the Prophet. It was written

down in its original language Arabic, the only language according to

Muslims, that the Quran can be fully understood in. the Quran was

first written on scraps of paper before being compilated by the

Prophets Secretary, Zaid Bin Thabit. Great care was taken to ensure

the complete and unchanged compilation of the holy Quran. The Quran

contains 114 surahs (chapters), 6236 ayahs (verses) and it is divided

into 30 ajza (parts). Chapters revealed when the prophet was living in

Mecca are known as Mecci and they contain short chapters ...

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... question Allah’s decision or try

to change what He has created.

It is said that most of the world speaks English, not Arabic, so it

could be useful if translated into English for non-Muslims who are

curious about Islam and even students who would like to gain more

knowledge on Islam.

However, it is known that the Quran can only be understood in its

original language, Arabic, if it was translated into modern English,

many different people would start to have many different

interpretations of its meaning, which would then cause arguments on

which interpretation is right or wrong.

My personal view on this topic is that I think the Quran should be

kept in its original language, Arabic, as I believe it was revealed in

Arabic for a reason known only to its creator, and Allah’s word should

not be tampered with.

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