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Was the Qur'an Written on Bones and Stones?
« on: December 25, 2011, 08:21:25 PM »
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by Joseph Islam  , On God's Earth, Saturday, December 24, 2011, 18:06 (18 hours, 13 minutes ago) @ Shabbir Ahmed

Brother Shabbir,

Salamun Alaikum

2:282 is very pertinent. Transactions were clearly been noted and given the detailed nature of the verse which is arguably one of longest verses of the Quran, much emphasis has been placed on recording transactions of such a nature. The requirement to record Holy Scripture would have demanded greater care.

Furthermore, if the Jews of Arabia could keep their scripture on fine parchment / sheets (6:91 - qaratisa), I find it incredulous that such material was not available to the early Arab Muslims for the transcription of their Holy Scriptures. A qirtas as you will no doubt know is a scroll or sheet of paper, a papyrus or something similar which is written upon. A scroll or an appropriate writing material is clearly inferred. See also 6:7 and the usage of 'qirtasan' along with 'kitab'.

Furthermore, verses 80:13-16 clearly relate that the Quran was being written down by noble scribes at the time of the Prophet. "(It is) in sheets / pages held (greatly) in honour (fi suhufin mukarrama), Exalted (in dignity), kept pure and holy (marfu'atin mutahhara), (Written) by the hands of scribes. (bi'aydi safara), honourable and pious and just (kiramin barara)".

In other verses, I also find comprehensive support that the Quran was fully compiled and complete at the time of the Prophet. I also find strong support for certain verses of Surah Maeda (Chapter 5) as one of the last revealed. In particular for a religion to be 'akmala' (perfected) and a favour (ni'ma)' to be completed (atamma) , there must have been some sort of supporting scripture present in transcribed form (5:3).

If one accepts the testimony of the Quran, all debates surrounding the Quran being committed to writing later by the Caliphs, or the burning of certain copies, or to its insinuated redaction, missing verses, political motives, or the idea of companions writing it on leaves, animals skins or debris parchments become futile.

THE COMPILATION OF THE QURAN
http://quransmessage.com/articles/the%20compilation%20of%20the%20quran%20FM3.htm

Regards,
Joseph.

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