Enhance your knowledge about The Holy Quran

How many chapters, verses, rukus and words are there in the Holy Qur’an?

The Holy Qur’an has 114 chapters, 6348 verses, 558 rukus and 86,430 words.[1]

Describe briefly how the Holy Qur’an was compiled?

The Holy Prophetsa used to dictate the Holy Qur’an to the scribes immediately after receiving the revelation. Thus the Holy Qur’an was compiled in written form during the lifetime of the Holy Prophetsa. During the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakrra, Hazrat Zaid bin Thabitra was directed to collect the recorded pieces of the written Qur’an and compile it into a book format. Finally, Hazrat ‘Uthmanra arranged for copies of the textual Qur’an to be distributed throughout the Muslim empire during his Khilafat. 

What is the Promise of Allah about the protection and preservation of the Holy Qur’an?

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“Verily, We Ourself have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely, We will be its Guardian”

(Surah al-Hijr 15:10)

Name the first two and the last two Chapters of the Holy Qur’an  

The first two chapters are al-Fatihah and al-Baqarah, and the last two are al-Falaq and an-Nas. Both of the last two chapters are called Mu’awwadhatain (two that give refuge), because both of these, start with Qul A’udhu (Say, I seek refuge). In both of these chapters, prayer for remaining safe from the evils of the later ages, have been taught.

What are the longest and shortest chapters of the Holy Qur’an?  

The longest chapter is al-Baqarah (Ch 2) and the shortest is al-Kauthar (Ch 108).

State the first and the last revealed verses of the Holy Qur’an?

The first revealed verse of the Holy Quran is:

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“Recite in the name of your Lord Who created” (Surah al-‘Alaq 96:2)

The last revealed verse of the Holy Qur’an is:

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“And fear the day when you shall be made to return to Allah; then shall every soul be paid in full what it has earned; and they shall not be wronged.”

(Surah al-Baqarah 2:282)

There are different traditions about the last revealed verse. However a popular traditions shows this verse as the last revealed verse of the Holy Quran. 

According to the current order of Quranic verses, what is the first commandment? 

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“O ye men, worship your Lord Who created you and those who were before you, that you may become righteous” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:22)

List the groups of people that have been mentioned in the first 17 verses of Surah al-Baqarah.

 The three groups of people mentioned are:

The Righteous (Muttaqi)

The Disbeliever (Kafir)

The Hypocrite (Munafiq)

Which chapter of the Holy Qur’an does not begin with “Bismillah”? Explain why this is so.     

Chapter 9, at-Taubah does not begin with “Bismillah”, as it is considered to be a continuation of the preceding Chapter (al-Anfal).

In which chapter of the Holy Qur’an is “Bismillah” mentioned twice? 

In Chapter 27, (an-Naml), “Bismillah” appears at the beginning of the chapter and then in verse 31.

List any three prayers from the Holy Qur’an.

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“Our Lord, grant us good in this world as well as good in the world to come, and protect us from the torment of the fire” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:202)

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“Our Lord, pour forth steadfastness upon us and make our steps firm, and help us against the disbelieving people” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:251)

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“My Lord, increase me in knowledge” (Surah Taha 20:115)

How many times has Holy Prophet’ssa name been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an? Mention at least one of the verses where this occurs.

It is mentioned four times.

Surah Aal-e-Imran (3:145)

Surah al-Ahzab (33:41)

Surah Muhammad (47:3)

Surah al-Fath (48:30)

One of the verses where it occurs is:

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“And Muhammad is only a Messenger. Verily, all Messengers have passed away before him. If then he die or be slain, will you turn back on your heels? And he who turns back on his heels shall not harm Allah at all. And Allah will certainly reward the grateful” (Surah Aal-e-‘Imran 3:14)

List the verses of the Holy Qur’an in which the Holy Prophetsa has been mentioned as Khatamun-Nabiyyin (Seal of the Prophets) and Rahmatul-Lil‘alamin (Mercy for all peoples).

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“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets; and Allah has full knowledge of all things” (Surah al-Ahzab 33:41)

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“And We have sent thee not but as a mercy for all peoples”

(Surah al-Anbiya’ 21:108) 

Which chapters of the Holy Qur’an are named after the names of Prophets of Allah?

The following six Chapters are named after Prophets:

Chapter 10: Yunus

Chapter 11: Hud

Chapter 12: Yusuf

Chapter 14: Ibrahim

Chapter 47: Muhammad

Chapter 71: Nuh

Name the Prophets which have been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

The Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an are as follows:

Hazrat Adam as

Hazrat Abraham (Ibrahim)as

Hazrat Lot (Lut)as

Hazrat Ishmael (Isma‘il)as

Hazrat Isaac (Ishaq)as

Hazrat Jacob (Ya‘qub)as

Hazrat Joseph (Yusuf)as

Hazrat Hudas

Hazrat Noah (Nuh)as

Hazrat Salehas

Hazrat Shu‘aibas

Hazrat Aaron (Harun)as

Hazrat Solomon (Sulaiman)as

Hazrat Zachariah (Zakariyya)as

Hazrat Jonah (Yunus)as

Hazrat Ezekiel (Dhul-Kifl)as

Hazrat Enoch (Idris)as

Hazrat Job (Ayyub)as

Hazrat John the Babtist (Yahya)as

Hadzrat Elias (Ilyas)as

Hazrat David (Dawud) as

Hazrat Jesus (‘Isa)as

Hazrat Ezra (‘Uzair) as 

Hazrat Moses (Musa)as

Hazrat Muhammadsa

Quote one verse of the Holy Qur’an that proves that a non law bearing prophet, through the perfect obedience to the Holy Prophetsa may appear in the Ummah? 

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“And whoso obeys Allah and this Messenger of His shall be among those on whom Allah has bestowed His blessings, namely, the Prophets, the Truthful, the Martyrs, and the Righteous. And excellent companions are these.” (Surah An-Nisa’ 4:70)

Present one verse of the Holy Qur’an proving the death of Hazrat ‘Isaas.

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“I said nothing to them except that which Thou didst command me — ‘Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.’ And I was a witness over them as long as I remained among them, but since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the Watcher over them; and Thou art Witness over all things.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:118)

Quote one verse of the Holy Qur’an proving the truthfulness of the Promised Messiahas.

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“I have indeed lived among you a whole lifetime before this. Will you not then understand?”  (Yunus 10:17)

The Promised Messiahas before his claim had lived a life of piety and righteousness. The people of his time testified openly of this fact.

What do you understand by Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree)?   

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Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree/Destiny/Power/Dignity) is the blessed night in which the revelation of the Holy Qur’an commenced. Its excellence has been described by Allah the Almighty in the Holy Qur’an as follows:

“The night of Decree is better than a thousand months” (Surah al-Qadr 97:4)

The Holy Prophetsa has instructed us to find this particular night among the odd nights in the last ten days of Ramadan. During this night Allah is very close to His servants and listens to their prayers. According to the Promised Messiahas, a time of the appearance of a great Divine Reformer is also called Lailat-ul-Qadr.

Over how many years was the Holy Qur’an revealed in its entirety?

Approximately 23 years.

Name the various fruits that are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.   

The fruits mentioned in the Holy Qur’an are:

Pomegranate

Grape

Fig

Olive

Banana

Date-palm

Name the four-legged animals that are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an

Camel, sheep, goat, calf, cow, dog, donkey, pig, mule, horse, monkey, wolf, elephant, lion, lamb.

Name some of the people mentioned in the Holy Qur’an who were destroyed after incurring the wrath of Allah.

People of Noahas (Lived in Armenia)

People of Ad (Prophet Hud’sas tribe)

People of Thamud (Prophet Saleh’sas tribe)

People of Hijr (Part of Tribe of Thamud)

Ashabul-Aikah (Prophet Shoaib’sas tribe)

People of Lot (Prophet Lut’s as  tribe)

People of Pharaoh (They persecuted Hazrat Mosesas and the Israelites)

Ashabul-Fil i.e. People of the Elephant (Yemenites who under the command of their viceroy Abraha Ashram, charged on Mecca with the intention to destroy the Ka‘bah)

Name a famous past commentator of the Holy Qur’an

Imam Muhammad Fakhr-ud-Din Razirta (Born: 359AH; Died: 404AH)[2] author of Tafsir-e-Kabir.

[1]              There is some difference of opinion on number of verses and words in the Holy Qur’an. The reason is that some count Bismillah as one verse at the beginning of 113 chapters of the Holy Qur’an, while others do not. Similarly, some people consider that few sentences make an Aayat, but few think that they do not make an Aayat. In spite of this apparent difference of opinion, the Holy Qur’an is the same from the beginning to the end as it was revealed to the Holy Prophetsa.
[2]              AH means After Hijra

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