The Qur'an is the Muslim's holy book. It is the word of Allah (God) as told to the prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The Qur'an is the word of God as it was given, in Arabic. Muslim's believe that it is the most important book in the world. It is not
translated except for study, and people learn it in Arabic.
There is a set of rules for dealing with the Quran.
There are various customs in different areas - these include:
Quran was given to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh - peace be upon him) over 23
years (13 years whilst he was in Makkah and 10 years while he was in
Medinah). The longest chapters are at the beginning of the Holy Book
and the shorter ones at the end of the Quran.
Children start with memorising the smaller chapters at the end.
The first chapter is recited in every prayer. It is as important to Muslims as the Lords prayer is for Christians. It can be translated as follows:
All praise is for God, the Lord of the worlds, The most kind, the most
merciful, Master of the Day of Judgement, You alone we worship and You alone we
ask for help.
Thanks to Mujahid Islam for additional information.
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