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Where Are The Orignal Qurans?

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"In an obscure corner of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, lies one of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran.

 

The library where the Koran is kept is in an area of old Tashkent known as Hast-Imam, well off the beaten track for most visitors to this city.

 

"There are approximately 20,000 books and 3000 manuscripts in this library," said Ikram Akhmedov, a young assistant in the mufti's office.

 

"They deal with mediaeval history, astronomy and medicine. There are also commentaries on the Koran and books of law. But the oldest book here is the Othman Koran from the seventh century."

 

 

The Othman Koran was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader.

 

To prevent disputes about which verses should be considered divinely inspired, Othman had this definitive version compiled. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death.

This priceless Koran is kept in a special glass-fronted vault built into the wall of a tiny inner room.

 

About one-third of the original survives - about 250 pages - a huge volume written in a bold Arabic script.

 

"The Koran was written on deerskin," said Mr Akhmedov. "It was written in Hejaz in Saudi Arabia, so the script is Hejazi, similar to Kufic script."

 

It is said that Caliph Othman made five copies of the original Koran. A partial Koran now in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is said to be another of these original copies. "

 

-BBC NEWS

 

Im just wondering, isn't there a quran that is the complete orignal in one book? Or are all parts of the quran distributed among different libraries?

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In one very real sense, the original Quran is kept in the memories of the centuries of hafiz who have faithfully memorized it and passed it on.

 

That is the real Quran.

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In one very real sense, the original Quran is kept in the memories of the centuries of hafiz who have faithfully memorized it and passed it on.

 

That is the real Quran.

How can anyone be sure that the Qur'an hasn't corrupted by unscrupulous individuals or groups since the death of the Mohammed?

 

Could it be that the nasty bits that non-muslims object to have not been injected by wrong doers?

 

>6000 verses, >70000 words, >300000 letters memorised and not a single mistake or modification (even if for honourable reasons)? These memory men must have been super-human.

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Im just wondering, isn't there a quran that is the complete orignal in one book? Or are all parts of the quran distributed among different libraries?

 

No, there are complete copies. However, they are not necessarily the "originals". For example, the Qur'anic manuscripts mentioned in the article you quoted are not necessarily Uthman's, i.e. directly sent by him, by Islamic Hadith standards. They are from the same time period but that doesn't automatically mean that they were sent by Uthman (ra). The problem with "originals" is that they decay. So if you are only relying on an original work, then eventually it will decay and they are in square one.

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How can anyone be sure that the Qur'an hasn't corrupted by unscrupulous individuals or groups since the death of the Mohammed?

 

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Read "The History of the Qur'anic Text from Revelation to Compilation"

 

Could it be that the nasty bits that non-muslims object to have not been injected by wrong doers?

 

No, because there are too many passages to which non-Muslims object. Plus you would have to bring up a concrete example.

 

>6000 verses, >70000 words, >300000 letters memorised and not a single mistake or modification (even if for honourable reasons)? These memory men must have been super-human.

 

Yes, they had strong memories. But it is not superhuman. There are millions who have the Qur'an memorised. The Qur'an is actually quite easy to memorise. It sticks to the mind very easily.

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>6000 verses, >70000 words, >300000 letters memorised and not a single mistake or modification (even if for honourable reasons)? These memory men must have been super-human.

 

There are millions who have the entire Quran memorized today.

 

Memories in the pre-written era were indeed legendary. But even today, it is easy to find people who have the whole Quran memorized.

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Yes, it's easy. Even many children know the whole Qur'an.

>6000 verses, >70000 words, >300000 letters memorised and not a single mistake or modification

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