THE CORRECT WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE QURANIC TERMS


  Let it be clear that when the terms occurring in the Qur’an and the Sunnah are explained by the Prophet (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam), we no longer need to need to refer to the explanations of the lexicographers or any other persons. This is the reason why jurists have as classified terms into three…

THE RECORDING AND ARRANGEMENT OF THE QURAN


  During the Makkan period Though revealed verbally, the Qur’an consistently refers to itself as kitab (Book), as something written, indicating that it must be placed into written form. In fact verses were recorded from the earliest stages of Islam, even as the fledgling community suffered innumerable hardships under the wrath of Quraish. The following…

THE WRITTEN COMPILATION OF THE QURAN


Though the Prophet (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) enlisted all possible measures to preserve the Qur’an, he (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) did not bind all the Surahs together into one master volume, as evidenced by Zaid bin Thabit’s statement that, “The Prophet (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) was taken (from this life) whilst the Qur’an had not…

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ULUM AL QURAN {SCIENCE OF THE QURAN}


Definition of Ulum al-Quran The knowledge of Ulum al-Quran, or ‘The Sciences of the Quran’, deals with the knowledge of those sciences that have a direct bearing on the recitation, history, understanding and implementation of the Qur’an. It is, therefore, a vast field of Islamic scholarship, and one that is of primary importance. Thus, for…

THE DEFINITION OF THE QURAN


  There are many definitions of the Qur’an, but they differ in wording only. There is no difference of opinion as to what the Qur’an is, but merely what the best way to define it is.1 One of the more appropriate definitions is as follows: 2 The Qur’an is the Arabic Speech (Kalam) of Allah,…