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How to Read the Qur'an


The Qur'an is the Word of Allah,The Almighty.Nobody,not even the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),has the right to change,add or delete one word of the Qur'an.The arrangement of the Qur'an into chapters and verses has been done in accordance to the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

If one remembers that the Qur'an was communicated to the Prophet (PBUH) over a period of twenty-three years,a little at a time,it becomes plain that it should be read in the same way that demands meditation,understanding and observance.The Qur'an is the Word of Allah addressed to man to be a guide for his conduct for all time to come.its basic purpose is to instruct and to teach.The Qur'an is not a history book,nor a biography,nor a collection os sayings.So,the way of reading the Qur'an must reflect how it explains and illustrates the basic principles in various ways,and in an infinite variety.Thus,the more we study the Qur'an in the light of our growing knowledge of the world,and of man,and of Allah's purpose,the more truthful facts await us in the unfolding of its meanings.

We find many passages in Qur'an which describe its origin,its purpose and its style.These passages give comprehensive answers to the basic and ever-occurring question of life.They show the greatness and glory of Allah's words in a way that no other book has provided for so many people,over so long a span of time.The Qur'an - also referred to as The Book of Allah (Kitab ul-Allah) Speech of Allah (Kalam ul-Allah) The Message ( Al Tliikr),and The Criterion (Al Furqan) - is the speech of Allah in the Arabic language,communicated to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the Glorious and Trustworthy Spirit,The Angel Gabriel.

Its message is conveyed in an easy language that expalins matters clearly,in a consistent way and with no contradictions.None of its language and no part of the Qur'an can be imitated by men,they are unable to produce even few sentences like those found in the Qur'an,whether in content or expression.So the Qur'an as we read it today is exactly the same as it was received by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).Allah guards its purity and addresses it to all mankind,to be a guide in this world and to give glad tidings of the Next World to those who follow a righteous way of life.