The book entitled, ‘The History & Compilation of the Qur’an’ commenced in the month of Rajab 1435 coinciding with the 30th of April 2014, and completed in the month of the Qur’an, the 4th of Ramadhaan coinciding with the 1st of July 2014, is a work composed to clarify to the reader the inestimable value of the Qur’an.
At the same juncture, it will act as a response to the atheistic ideology who object to its authenticity and validity as the Word of God. The book argues that unlike the religious books of the other Abrahamic faiths, the Qur’an is the only remaining religious text which is free from any form of tampering or altering. It remains to this day, preserved in the exact words as transmitted unto us by the Noble Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).
‘Chapter One: Preliminary Observations’ deals with coming to terms with our current situation and the reason as to why there is a steady decline in practicing Qur’anic teachings. It concludes by explaining the need to understand the Qur’an, rather than recite it only.
‘Chapter Two: Methodology towards understanding the Qur’an’ commences by explaining the importance of studying the Qur’an and further focuses on implementing a sound methodology in order to better understand the verses of the Qur’an, as opposed to parrot recitals.
‘Chapter Three: Towards understanding the mechanics of revelation’ explains the process, categories, definitions and examples of revelation from the Qur’an itself. It further discusses the atheistic objection on the basis of revelation being contradictory.
‘Chapter Four: The Qur’an in the Prophetic era’. Aims to highlight the process of transmission of the Qur’an from the blessed lips of the Prophet (sallallahu alahyhi wa sallam) to his Sahabas and the manner in which verses were recorded by the scribes.
‘Chapter Five: The Qur’an at the demise of the Beloved Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).’ Discusses the Style and Structure of the Qur’an, and justifies the current arrangement of the Surahs (Chapters). The types of material utilised in the recording of the verses are also briefly discussed.
‘Chapter Six: Compilation of the Qur’an into a single manuscript’ discusses the procedure of compilation under the Caliphate of Sayyidona Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq (radhiyallahu anhu). The extremely important aspect of the precautionary measures taken to ensure its authenticity is also highlighted.
‘Chapter Seven: The compilation of Sayyidona Uthmaan bin Affaan (radhiyallahu anhu)’ deals with the incident which caused the third caliph to unify the then spoken dialects into one compilation.
‘Chapter Eight: The Qur’an as a Linguistic Miracle’: This chapter aims to prove the inimitability of the Qur’an from a sheer linguistic standpoint.
‘Chapter Nine: The Final Word’ argues that the doors of revelation are closed due to the closure of prophet-hood.
‘Chapter Ten: Closing Comments’ deals with the conclusion and recapitulation of the points made in the book.
The book may be purchased directly from the Islamic Lifestyle Solutions offices, or form the various bookshops in the greater Durban region insha Allah.