Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Form of Qur-‘aan is now in its original form

Quran Chapter 15  1 (Pt-13, Stg-3) (L-1652) – درس قرآن

Form of Qur-‘aan is now in its original form

Surah ‘Al-Hijr – (The Rocky Tract) – 15

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast.)

(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)

الٓر تِلْكَ ءَايَٰتُ ٱلْكِتَٰبِ وَقُرْءَانٍ مُّبِينٍ (1

1.  Alif. Laam. Raa. These are verses of the Scripture and a plain Reading (Luminous Qur-‘aan). 1.  ‘Alif-Laaam-Raa.  Tilka  ‘Aayaatul-Kitaabi  wa  Qur-’aa-nim-Mubiin.




Kitaab and Qur-‘aan – (The Scripture and Reading), these both words have passed earlier. The origin of Kitaab is kataba, which means “to write and pair in literary style”. The origin of the word Qur-‘aan is “qar-‘un”, which means “to add up”. Qur-‘aan is a collection of words and composition for reciting.


Mubiin means luminous, clear, manifest and evident, that is to say, nothing is complicated in it. It can be read easily. The word ‘Al with the word Kitaab, and tanviin {doubling the short vowels at the end of Arabic word, which is called shadd (stress) also e.g. zam-nan, takh-mii-nan etc.} on the word Qur-‘aan, both are for exposing their magnificence and unequalled-ness. That is to say, there is no Book in the world; written with such order and arrangement, and like this, for readers; more easy and clear mode of expression than it, does not exist in any book of the world. Holy Qur-’aan was revealed in the world by degrees, according to situations. But in fact, those were verses of a Written Arranged Scripture.


In the Lawh Mahfuz (a Table on which the destinies of the world since its creation are written) this Holy Word did exist in written form duly organized and arranged properly, but at the time of its descending, sometimes any verse and sometimes any Chapter of it, used to reveal. And as soon as it used to reveal, the people used to begin reciting it. Therefore, when it was being revealed, at that time it was only in the form of Qur-‘aan. And after descending the entire, it was composed as it was written in the Tablet of the Safe (Lawh Mahfuz). So it became a Scripture. Now it is a Scripture too as well as Qur-aan. Now it is recited according to that order in which it is written.


In the beginning of maximum Chapters, it is caused to remember at first that these verses, which you have been reciting, are not conjectural compositions. But these are verses of a complete, collective, compiled and organized Scripture, which are being revealed step by step. When these all will be revealed, then will be written in the form of a Book, and its fluency of speech, rhetoric, elegance of narration and capability of guidance will astonish the readers with wonder.


Therefore you should not put off these verses considering them ordinary and disjoined dictation, but you should hear them carefully and try to understand the meanings of life from their fluency of speech and elegance of narration.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).

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