The Qur'an ("Qor-Ann") is a Message from Allah (swt) to humanity. It was transmitted
to us in a chain starting from the Almighty Himself (swt) to the angel Gabriel to
the Prophet Muhammad (saw). This message was given to the Prophet (saw) in pieces
over a period spanning approximately 23 years (610 CE to 632 CE). The Prophet (saw)
was 40 years old when the Qur'an began to be revealed to him, and he was 63 when
the revelation was completed. The language of the original message was Arabic, but
it has been translated into many other languages.
The Qur'an is one of the two sources which form the basis of Islam. The second source
is the Sunnah of the Prophet
(saw). What makes the Qur'an different from the Sunnah
is primarily its form. Unlike the Sunnah, the Qur'an is literally the Word of Allah
(swt), whereas the Sunnah was inspired by Allah but the wording and actions are
the Prophet's (saw). The Qur'an has not been expressed using any human's words.
Its wording is letter for letter fixed by no one but Allah.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) was the final Messenger of Allah to humanity, and therefore
the Qur'an is the last Message which Allah (swt) has sent to us. Its predecessors
such as the Torah, Psalms, and Gospels have all been superseded. It is an obligation
- and blessing - for all who hear of the Qur'an and Islam to investigate it and
evaluate it for themselves. Allah (swt) has guaranteed that He will protect the
Qur'an from human tampering, and today's readers can find exact copies of it all
over the world. The Qur'an of today is the same as the Qur'an revealed to Muhammad
(saw) 1400 years ago.