What is the Qur-an?
The Holy Qur-an is the last Divine Book revealed by God to His last Messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him) for the guidance of mankind.
The Qur-an is the only Divine Book that remains unchanged over fourteen centuries.
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) received the first revelation in the year 609 CE, at the age of 40, when he was meditating in a small cave of mount Hira near Makkah.
These revelations continued over a period of almost twenty-three years, through Angel Gabriel (Peace be upon him), even when Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and his companions were forced to migrate to Madinah.
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) used to memorize the revealed verses of the Qur-an and used to recite them to his companions.
Many of his companions used to memorize them immediately.
Some of them used to memorize them, write them down on available media like barks of trees, stone tablets, parchments, bones and leather etc.
Some designated writers also meticulously kept records of the revealed verses of the Qur-an.
The tradition to memorize the Qur-an continues and there are millions of Muslims around the world who have memorized it in its entirety.
The Qur-an carries three main themes:
Oneness of God (Wahdah),
Prophethood (Risalah) and
an eternal Life after Death (Akhirah).
The Qur-an also has a uniquely rich collection of truth, wisdom and guidance for a perfect way of living for creating a perfect society.