New to Islam? Preservation of the Qur'an

Sabeel Ahmed
New to Islam?

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'Two of the copies of the Qur'an which were originally prepared in the time of Caliph Uthman, are still available to us today and their text and arrangement can be compared, by anyone who cares to do, with any other copy of the Qur'an, be it in print or handwritten, from any place or period of time. They will be found identical'. (41)

It can now be proclaimed, through the evidences provided above, with full conviction and certainty that the Prophet memorized the entire Qur'an, had it written down in front of him through his scribes, many of his companions memorized the entire revelation and in turn possess their own private copies for recitation and contemplation. This process of dual preservation of the Qur'an in written and in the memory was carried in each subsequent generation till our time, without any deletion, interpolation or corruption of this Divine Book.

Sir William Muir, Orientalist of the 19th century states, "There is probably no other book in the world which has remained twelve centuries (now fourteen) with so pure a text". (42)

This divine protection provided to the Qur'an, the Last Reveled Guide to Humanity, is proclaimed by One God in the Qur'an:

We* (Allah) have, without doubt, send down the Message; and We will assuredly Guard it (from corruption)' (Qur'an - Chapter 15, Verse 9).

* ( 'We' is the plural of Majesty, and not the Christian plural of trinity)

Compare this divine and historical preservation of the Qur'an with any literature, be it religious or secular and it becomes evident that none possess similar miraculous protection. And as states earlier, a belief is as authentic as the authenticity of its scripture. And if any scripture is not preserved, how can we be certain that the belief arising out of this scripture is divine or man made, and if we are not sure about the belief itself, then our salvation in the hereafter would be jeopardized.

Thus the above evidence for the protection of the Qur'an from any corruption is a strong hint about its divine origin. We request all open hearted persons to read, understand and live the Qur'an, the 'Manual for Mankind'.

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