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Qur’an set them a challenge of producing Arabic grammar requires a ‘hamza’ to of hell were he to be thrown in due to any
a chapter like that in the Qur’an, or at least be after the letter ‘Baa’ but because the crime on his part. This is also backed up
ten verses. It then simplified the challenge letter ‘Baa’ was joined to the letter ‘Seen’ by another Hadith which sates,
from ten verses to at least a single verse. in the Qur’an of Hazrat Uthman, this script “Learn the Qur’an by heart, because
This challenge is still standing today, has been preserved till now. But, the main Almighty Allah does not punish the heart
such a miracle that has been standing form of preservation, a miracle in itself, is which contains the Qur’an.”
for over 1400 years. This challenge has that for over 1400 years, Allah Taa’la has This merit is enough to prompt us
remained unmet. It is also a miracle of kept it preserved and protected it in the to memorize and dedicate our lives for
the Qur’an, that compared to the other hearts of his servants. the Qur’an. The Qur’an is not a poetry
previous revelations, it has remained From the very young to the very book, nor does it contain prose, rather
unchanged in its originate condition and is old, men, women, and children, have it has a style of its own, a certain style
free of alterations. This is because Allah memorised all 30 chapters of the Quran that is unmatched. Its challenge is still
Taa’la himself has taken the responsibility (i.e. all 114 Surahs). They have committed unanswered and will remain so. The
of preserving the Qur’an and has done to memory a grand total of 6236 Ayah Qur’an is not a storybook, yet it contains
so in various ways. It is the most widely (verses) in Arabic which is not necessarily historic events and incidents of nations
read book around the world as well as the their native language. Indeed a huge that existed in the past. Some of these
most widely sold! (Amazon.com reports proportion of Huffaz recite like natives- places have recently been discovered for
record sales where they actually sold out speakers but are not fluent basic Arabic example the city of ‘Iram’ which was found
of copies of the English translation!). (i.e. they pronounce the words correctly in the 1970’s.
Allah Taa’la has preserved its verses but do not speak/converse in Arabic). The These stories are not there to entertain,
through the Huffaz, the millions of Hafiz but to contemplate over and derive lessons
who specialize in memorising the whole from. The Holy Qur’an is not a science
Quran of and checking its recital. Allah book, yet so many of its simple statements
Taa’la has preserved its meaning through are confirmed in our age by scientific
the Mufasireen, the people who specialize discoveries or rather confirmations. (Such
in writing the commentary of the verses. information which could not have been
The correct recitation of the Qur’an is attainable 1400 years ago)
maintained through the ‘Qurraa’ who It made statements which referred to
teach its correct pronunciation. We must things that could not have been known
bear in mind that the true Arabic recitation then, but the miracle is that these have
is an obligation and the Qur’an must be stood the test of time and have not
recited in the manner that it was revealed. been wrong as their truth are now being
Just as teaching the Qur’an, preaching unfolded.
words of wisdom and cleansing the hearts Amongst other subjects, the Qur’an
of the people were prophetic objectives, talks about embryology, water, the
the Qur’an tells us that the primary duty of weather, cosmology, geology etc. A very
Prophethood is to recite the Qur’an in the same cannot be said about any other book interesting aspect of the miraculous
manner it was acquired, any other way is in the world. This is the Miracle that was nature of the Qur’an is its finely balanced
not called the Kalaam (words) of Allah. seen at the time of the Holy Prophet , and structure where we discover some of its
Prononciation is paramount because every day since; for there has always been mathematical miracles.
without it listeners would hear different Huffaz of the Quran since its revelation. Allah states in Surah Ale-Imran, “The
words and thus different messages. An The numbers of Huffaz have increased so similitude of Esa Alayhis Salaam before
english example would be the words Quill that today you can count millions walking Allah is as that of Adam Alayhis Salaam.”
and Kill, if the letter Q is pronounced like the about the Earth protecting the whole ( 3:59)
letter K then the meaning is very different. Quran in their hearts and publicly reciting On one level, this means that Esa
Likewise the words Coat and Quote. in Arabic the entire Quran in Tarweeh Alayhis Salaam was no more than
Some simple arabic examples, the word prayers in the month of Ramadhan. In this a man and a Prophet as was Adam
‘Qaala’ which means ‘he said’, if the ‘Qaaf’ public manner the recital is reviewed by all Alayhis Salaam (opposing the managed
was not pronounced properly and were to present and memorisation and protection conception of the Christians). However if
be read ‘Kaala’, the meaning would totally of the Quran is maintained. In private this is taken to represent an equation i.e
change and translate as ‘he weighed’. If Huffaz routinely review their memorisation Esa = Adam. We find that both names
someone were to mispronounce the word by iterating its recital in front of dedicated occur exactly 25 times in the Qur’an!
‘Qul’ and say ‘Kul’, it would change the listners. We also find various words having
command of ‘Say’ into ‘Eat’. Mistakes like Allah Almighty has protected the the same or opposite meaning to occur
these can nullify a person’s prayer. Another Qur’an and will therefore protect a person the same number of times. For example,
example is the word ‘Allahu-Akbar’ which who recites it and memorizes it. The Holy ‘life’ and ‘death’ both occur 140 times and
means ‘Allah is the Greatest’. However, if Prophet has stated in a Hadith that if the ‘man’ and ‘woman’ appear 24 times each.
the first letter were to be prolonged into Qur’an is placed in a skin and then put in the Furthermore, the word for ‘month’ occurs
‘Aallahu’, it would not remain a statement fire, it will not get burnt. The Muhaditheen 12 times!
but becomes a question, i.e. ‘Is Allah the (the scholars of Hadith) have interpreted May Allah Almighty grant us the ability
greatest?’ May Allah protect us from such this Prophetic saying in two ways. One is to fulfil its rights. This article is concluded
mistakes. where the words ‘skin’ and ‘fire’ are taken with a description of the Qur’an, and
Great attention has to be paid to in the literal sense where it is referring to no description can surpass its own
the correct recital because this type a miracle that had taken place at the time description:
of distortion is unacceptable. As was of Prophet . “Alif Laam Raa. A book which we have
mentioned before, Allah Taa’la has also The second interpretation takes the revealed unto you, in order that you might
preserved the very script it was written word ‘skin’ to mean human skin and ‘fire’ lead mankind out of the depths of darkness
in at the time of revelation. The script of to mean the fire of hell. This is a general in light by the leave of their Lord – to the
‘Bismillah’ is as it was written in the copy application which means that a Hafiz of way of the Exalted in power, Worthy of all
of the Qur’an of Hazrat Uthman . the Qur’an will not be affected by the fire praise.” Darul Uloom - Bury
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