Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of Koran.

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  • proper n. The Islamic holy book, considered by Muslims to be God’s message for mankind as revealed to Muhammad.

Etymologies

From Arabic القُرْآن (al-qur’ān), definite form of قرآن (qur'ān, "recitation"), from قراءة (qirā’a, "reading, recitation"), from قرأ (qará’a, "to declaim, to recite"), apparently after Classical Syriac ܩܪܝܢܐ (qeriānā, "reading; scripture"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He used to say, "all answers are right here, in the Qur'an, which is the letter that the friend, Allah, sent us through his beloved postman, prophet Muhammad many years ago."

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  • Inspire intends to make information refuting the arguments of those who purport to use the Qur'an to justify terrorism and domestic violence against women and children more widely available – information it says is lacking in many Islamic bookshops.

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  • In Holland, Geert Wilders's Party for Freedom PVV, whose manifesto includes a ban on the Qur'an and an end to all immigration from Muslim countries, became the third-largest party at last year's general election.

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  • The Qur'an has very little to say about the form of dress for men or women other than that it should modest and decent; the diktat comes purely from sharia, which also dictates that a woman's word in court should have only half the value of a man's.

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  • This comes through in lavishly illuminated Qurans, as well as in the palpable passion with which calligraphers developed and refined writing styles, sometimes sober and elegant, other times bursting with exuberance, as in an 11th-century "Leaf from a Qur'an Manuscript in Floriated Script."

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  • The film starts with the serene voice of Nabiollah, the boy from Tajikistan, beautifully reciting the Qur'an.

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  • No it's not so what since there is a principle of abrogation in Islam in which the later parts cancel out/abrogate the earlier parts of Qur'an if these parts contradict one another, and the latter which then take precedence.

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  • It ignores the reality of Qur'an, Hadith, fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), Sunnah as a whole - in other words the facts about Islam, and that little something called the history of the Muslim Empire/Jihad and its dynamics, inseperable from the Muslim faith itself.

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  • However the more pleasant parts of the Qur'an are in the early part of the book, not the later parts.

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  • And although Moses destroyed the Tablets of the Law in rage at this infidelity and ground the Golden Calf to dust, he also at God's command housed the Tablets in a Golden Ark adorned with images of cherubim (Exodus 25 and Qur'an 2: 248).

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