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Memorising the Quran

Question I was wondering about something concerning memorizing the Qur’an. A brother told me recently that it was expected in the Prophet’s time that everyone memorizes the Qur’an.  Is this true? If so it doesn’t make sense because why then would Hadhrat Abu Bakr and Hadhrat Umar have asked Hadhrat Zaid bin Thabit to collect … Read more »

Regarding the Quranic script

I have two questions and I hope you will elaborate on them, in detail. First one is: a Christian wrote: Abu Musa al-Ash’ari, one of the early authorities on the Qur’an text and a companion of Muhammad, is reported to have said to the reciters of Basra: We used to recite a surah, which resembled … Read more »

On the revelation of Quran

The First Question I have started reading two translations of the Qur’an along with a biography of Mohammed’s life. I was curious as to how ‘convenient’ the Qur’an was to Mohammed.  It seems that issues would be ‘revealed’ as they were personally needed by himself.   God is so great that it seems odd that God … Read more »

Why different translations of the same verse?

Question The Qur’an is supposed to be in a simple language, which can be easily understood, I know it is not easy for a person like me who doesn’t know the Arabic language. Is it in fact easy for a person whose mother tongue is Arabic? If so, why are there so many different translations? … Read more »

Propagation of Islam to Interested people

Question How should a Muslim talk to a non-Muslim who is interested in Islam?  Reply The following are some of the major points that must be kept in mind while propagating Islam to people of other religions:   It is very unfortunate that propagation of Islam has become more of a debate between proponents of … Read more »

Authorship of Quran

Question: An oft-repeated argument by Missionaries and those who seek to malign Islam is the issue of the authorship of the Qur’an. They ask how Suratul Fatiha can be considered God’s words when it does not start with “say” yet it contains phrases like “thee alone do we worship”. Obviously, these are not the words … Read more »

Seven versions of Quran

Question: I have recently come to know that there are 7 different versions of Quran. A learned, scholarly person said it in a conference at some university . He also said that the differences are of minute nature but they do exist, the Quran we study today is one of these 7 versions and that … Read more »

What exactly is the challenge of Quran?

Question: In the Qur’an , it says that Allah challenges the non-believers to produce a verse such as one in the Qur’an . Although it makes sense that a chapter being reproduced would be difficult, I would think that a verse would not be that hard. What is the actual meaning of this ayah[1]? Answer: … Read more »

Abrogations in Quran?

Question: My question is to do with the issue of abrogation in the Qur’an. Please note my question is divided into a number of points I would like you to comment on, but one overall question. I do understand the reason for abrogation in the Qur’an; that there being large socio-political change in the society, … Read more »

Quranic qira’t in North Africa

Question: It is known that the reading of Quran is different in North Africa. What is the difference in that reading (Qiraat ul nafi) from the standard reading i.e. qiraat ul Ammah or hafs? Dr. Muhammad Asif Pakistan Answer: You have rightly stated that the reading of the Holy Qur’an in North Africa is different … Read more »

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