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The Quran consists of the rhythmic verses, phrases, sentences, and chapters relayed by Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, as revealed to him by God over a twenty-three-year period, and which he proclaimed as his Prophethood’s everlasting miracle. He challenged the Arabs of his time who doubted its Divine origin, as well as all unbelieving Arabs and non- Arabs who would come later to produce alike of its one verse.

God revealed His books, among them the Pages of Abraham, the Torah, the Zabur (the Psalms), and the Injil (the Gospel), to all earlier Prophets. We do not know the names of the books given to certain other Prophets.

These earlier Divine Books were sent down in now-dead languages that only a few people today claim to understand. Given this, it would be virtually impossible to understand these books correctly, or to interpret and implement their injunctions, even if they retained their original and unadulterated form. Furthermore, as the original texts of earlier Divine Books have been lost over time, only their translations exist today. Obviously a translation can never be the same as the original. Therefore even if they had not been corrupted, we still would not have them in their original form. The Quran, on the other hand, exists in its original Arabic, which is spoken and understood by millions of people.

The Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, in stages and mostly on different occasions. This last “version” of the Divine Word, which was planted in the Last Prophet as a seed, grew swiftly and, once raised on its stem, put out its shoots and leaves, blossomed, and yielded fruit in all aspects of life. Almost one third of the world lived peacefully under its calm, serene shade for many centuries, and it continues to illuminate minds and hearts, conquering new hearts in increasing numbers, and grows younger and fresher as time grows older.


Ünal, Ali. Living in the Shade of Islam. Somerset, NJ: Tughra, 2009.