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  1. The History of the Qur'anic Text from Revelation to Compilation : A Comparative Study with the Old and New Testaments By: Muhammad Mustafa Al-A'zami The Qur'an reigns supreme in Muslim hearts as the most sacred of texts: a profusion of exalted ideas to rouse the mind, noble histories to stir the soul, universal truths to awaken the conscience and precise injunctions directing humanity to its own deliverance, all distilled into the melodious essence that is the Word of Allah. Through fourteen centuries Muslims have persevered in championing the text against corruption, memorizing its every word and contemplating its every phrase, so that in our own times untold millions have enthusiastically committed each letter to heart. Beginning with a catalog of ancient and contemporary attacks on the Qur'an, this expansive book provides unique insights into the holy text's immaculate preservation throughout its history, as well as exploring many of the accusations leveled against it. The reception of divine revelations, Prophet Muhammad's role in teaching and disseminating these verses, the text's compilation under his guidance and the setting of its final external shape shortly after his death, are meticulously and scientifically examined alongside such topics as the origins of Arabic, its paleography and orthography, the so-called Mushaf of Ibn Mas'ud, and the strict methodology employed in assembling textual fragments. By way of comparison the author investigates the histories of the Old and New Testaments, relying entirely on Judaeo-Christian sources including the Dead Sea Scrolls and uncovers a startling range of alterations that touch almost every fact of the Biblical Scriptures. Using this as a springboard for assessing Western theories regarding the Qur'an, he makes a sophisticated yet passionate case for questioning the aims of Western scholarship in continuously undermining Islam's holy book, and illustrates convincingly that such research, motivated by more than mere curiosity, has no scientific bearing on the Qur'an's integrity. This monumental effort, a scholarly work composed in an impassioned tone, provides a welcome foundation for sincere study at a time when assailing the Qur'an has become all too common. THE AUTHOR Muhammad Mustafa Al-A'zami, one of the world's premier scholars of Hadith, was born in Mau, India in the early 1930s and received his education successively at Dar al-'UlumDeoband, India (1952),al-Azhar University,Cairo (M.A., 1955), and University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 1966). He is Professor Emeritus at King Sa'ud University (Riyadh) where he also chaired the department of Islamic Studies; he holds a Saudi citizenship. Al-A'zarni served as curator of the National Public Library, Qatar; Associate Professor at Umm al-Qura University (Makkah);Visiting Scholar at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); Visiting Fellowat St. Cross College (University of Oxford); King Faisal Visiting Professor for Islamic Studies at Princeton; and Visiting Scholar at University of Colorado (Boulder). He is also an Honorary Professor at University of Wales (Lampeter). To download, right-click to save: history_of_quranic_text.pdf (size: 15MB)
  2. This translation of the meanings of The Quran, by Sahih International, is a very clear, straight forward and easy to understand translation. It uses very simple English vocabulary, (not the ancient thou-thee one!). Highly recommended. Insha'Allah we will add a section in the forum where members can read this sahih version, while at the same time listen to the recitation of each chapter followed by its English audio, verse by verse. To download a pdf copy click here: http://www.islamwb.com/books/Quran-Saheeh-International-English-Translation.pdf I've made the whole translation in a single text file for those who prefer to read it offline, or use it in their Islamic projects. Quran_English_Sahih_International.zip
  3. Help Please

    Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As this section is only for introductions, please start a new topic in another section for your question/discussion., and we will be glad to respond to you there, instead of this closed topic. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  4. Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As this section is only for introductions, please start a new topic in another section for your question/discussion., and we will be glad to respond to you there, instead of this closed topic. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  5. Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As this section is only for introductions, please start a new topic in another section for your question/discussion., and we will be glad to respond to you there, instead of this closed topic. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  6. Requesting For Dua

    Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatu May Allah The Merciful bless you both with a righteous and healthy child insha'Allah sister.
  7. I' M New Here!

    Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  8. I fully support any power who proceeds to arrest or kill the butcher Bashar.
  9. Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  10. Regarding Evolution

    Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  11. Assalam O Alikum !

    Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  12. Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  13. Black Heart Towards Family

    Insha'Allah Allah will forgive you, if you keep trying to see her. Never stop trying from your part.
  14. Black Heart Towards Family

    Assalamo alaikum sister Whatever happened, you should keep in touch with your mother and sisters. Never cut ties with them, because doing so is against our Islamic teachings, and because they are your flesh and blood, and because they are the ones who would support you in cases of crisis. Even when someone's mother is kafira, one must be good to her at all times. "But if they endeavor to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them but accompany them in [this] world with appropriate kindness and follow the way of those who turn back to Me [in repentance]. Then to Me will be your return, and I will inform you about what you used to do." َQuran 31:15
  15. I think that believers without religion are good people. They found the right path, took the right bus, but they got off to a nowhere zone, before reaching the final destination. I'm here to offer my help, perhaps I can persuade those good genuine truth seekers to hop in..
  16. There are ways to control the human mind. Someone could murder innocent people if he was brainwashed by other people to believe that he's doing a good thing by killing those people. If you're following a good religion, you will not be an easy target for brainwashing. Your religion could save you from wrongdoing however sweet they picture it.
  17. Rape And Zina Laws

    Rape is done forcefully, against the will of the victim, under threat, using a weapon or under abduction. That is why it is more than zina, it is considered haraabah (banditry or terrorising the people) : Source: https://islamqa.info/en/158282 To establish the evidence that haraabah has occurred it requires different type of evidence i.e. two witnesses, caught in crime, confession or other legal evidences. If the act was done without any threat, force, weapon or abduction, then it was not a rape, it was zina, which requires 4 witnesses to prove.
  18. Are you saying that the wisdom of man equals the wisdom of his creator? All our human knowledge and wisdom are but a drop in the sea compared to the knowledge and wisdom of God Al Mighty. The history of man proved millions of times that man, when left to his own conscious and wisdom, can inflict great harm on other creatures. Atrocities, mass graves, wiping out whole nations, ruthless weapons of mass destruction are a few products of the human mind and wisdom. Take a look at Islamic teachings, even at times of war, weapons of mass destruction are prohibited. We are taught not to harm civilians, women, children, animals even plants. Compare that for example to the Russians and Syrian army who destroy homes, burying whole families under the rubbles everyday for 7 years now, while the civilized world is watching. Or compare that to the American army who directly sprayed agent orange upon millions of Vietnamese people for 10 years. Some people refused to take part of such wrongdoings. But had the US soldiers been followers of Islamic teachings, the generals would have been left with no one to share in such crimes against life, I agree with you that some people have good and healthy conscious that prevents them from some wrongdoings without outside instructions. But it takes 2 to tango. Can you guarantee that everyone around you, and everyone in this whole world, have the same good and healthy conscious as yourself? You are not alone in this world. If you think that you don't need religion, and that your heart and self conscious is enough, what about the rest of us? Life is a relation between many creatures. Religion tries to maintain that relation to ensure that no one harms another, and that good spread all around. Religion reminds us that we are so tiny compared to our creator, and that our life is but a test, and that we are watched all the time, and that there is a second life, where the wrongdoers will be punished while the good will be rewarded. Take Islam, it has not just instructions for individuals, it has guidelines for building good communities, and guidelines for nations, guidelines for heads of states, to ensure peace, justice and equality between all races and colors. Islam has instructions for everything and everyone. The world is full of injustice and inequality. If the world decides, at any point in time, to embrace Islam and follow its teachings, all human problems will be gone.
  19. That was very interesting. Your story proves what we know regarding the recognition of our creator. Prophet Muhammad told us that we are all born with a natural instinct to recognize our creator. Now, I take it that you believe that God created us then left us all to do whatever and however we wish in this life? Look around you, everything you use or buy comes with some sort of instruction manual or guide. You must have noticed the perfection of God's creations all around us. Do you think that such perfect creator would leave out such instructions and guidance?
  20. The Islamic State

    Great. I've started a new discussion here: Disscussion-with-believers-without-religion/
  21. The Islamic State

    Dear Eclipse Its no use to make a discussion with a Daesh supporter. Our forum rules doesn't allow such people to stay here anyway. That said, I find it interesting to discuss your status as a believer without a religion. Are you interested? If so, I'll start a new discussion and invite you there..
  22. The Islamic State

    I agree with you Eclipse. Daesh must have secured their place in hellfire. What they do has nothing to do with Islam. They are the work of the devil, the zionists, as an excuse to occupy and control Muslim nations. By the way, speaking of God and hell. Did you become a believer?
  23. Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. Good questions. I'm glad that you're in a journey to find the truth. It would be a pleasure to help you find the way. But since this section is only for introductions, please start a new topic in another section for your questions., and we will be glad to respond to you there, instead of this closed topic. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  24. I recommend you also try this website. It gives you many useful options: https://quran.com/ You can read the sahih international translation while listening to the original text by your choice of reciters. You can also select, when you mouse over a word, if you'll get its meaning, word by word, or see its transliteration (pronunciation in English letters). This is helpful for non-Arabic speakers who want to memorize verses from the Quran.
  25. I agree with A.T. I recommend using this website: https://quran.com/ You can read the sahih international translation while listening to the original text by your choice of reciters. You can also select, when you mouse over a word, if you'll get its meaning, word by word, or see its transliteration (pronunciation in English letters). For reading offline, you can download sahih international translation from here: http://www.gawaher.com/topic/726909-quran-in-english-by-sahih-international/
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