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Qur’an: Significance in the Order

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The Qur’an was sometimes revealed to respond to various events and incidents. Sometimes it was revealed to support the Prophet who was faced with many questions, whether by Muslims or non-Muslims, and hardships. Other times was revealed for legislation and for putting rules to govern the social, economical, and political life of Muslims.

The first verses to be revealed, according to the most correct opinion of scholars, are the first five verses of Surat Al-`Alaq, which happens to be Chapter 96 of the 114 chapters of the Qur’an.  Continue reading

July 7, 2012 Posted by | Qur'anic Studies | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Chronological Order of the Surahs

The chronological order of suras (i.e., the order in which quran suras are revealed to the holy prophet) is specified in several reliable sources most of which are based on the narrations received from the great prophet’s companion, Ibn Abbas.

The traditional order of revelation is provided in the table below. The detailed information is extracted from “The History of the Quran” by Allamah Abu Abd Allah al-Zanjani [1][2]. Professor Noldeke in his famous work “Geschichte des Korans”[3] has provided an ordering which is slightly different from the traditional order in the following two items:

  • Sura 110 (An-Nasr) is the last in the traditional order, but Noldeke has placed it between 59 and 24.

  • Sura 62 (Al-Jumu’a) is after 64 and 61 in the traditional order, but Noldeke has placed it before 64 and 61.

Note that the order of a sura is specified based on the revealation of the first ayas of the sura, not the revelation of the whole sura. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Stages of Revelation | , , , , , | Leave a comment