24 Facts About Quran Revelation
Muslims believe the Quran to be the uncreated Speech of Allah. They consider the last and final revelation to be a Timeless Miracle, sent to all mankind as a manual of life. Every sincere believer who reads the Holy Book finds it speaking to his or her heart. Its classical language, inimitable style, and enlightening content capture the interest of every reader who undertakes its reading without preconceived notions.In the second chapter of the Quran, Allah SWT describes the Holy Book by calling it: “A book whereof there is no doubt, guidance to those who are pious, righteous, and fear God.” (Quran 2:2). It befittingly addresses man’s most pertinent questions, with the worthiest of compelling answers. This detailed article is an illustration of 24 facts related to Quran Revelation. It aspires to provide its curious readers with a wealth of information about the Quran. https://youtu.be/wJ0MxSI8L3o
8 Quranic Facts from the ‘General Category’
- The word ‘Quran’s’ meaning is to read or recite.
- The first word of the Quran to be revealed was ‘Iqra’ which means ‘Read.’
- The first-word ‘Iqra’ was revealed by Angel Jibrail (A.S) to Muhammed (PBUH), aged 40, in the Cave of Hira, during the blessed month of Ramadan.
- Muhammed (PBUH) did not know how to read and write and was an unlettered prophet.
- The chapters (Surahs) of the Quran are divided into those revealed in Mecca (Makki) and those revealed in Madinah (Madani).
- Every single chapter of the Quran from amongst the 114 that exist, begins with ‘Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Raheem.’ Which means ‘I begin in the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful,’ except for Surah Tawbah.
- In the Quran, Allah addresses all of mankind often and not only Muslims.
- It took 23 years for the entire Quran to be revealed.
8 Scientific Facts in the Quran
- Water as the origin of all life:“We made every living thing from water? Will they not believe?” (Quran 21:30)
This fact was only unearthed after the invention of the microscope, but Quranic facts and figures indicated this, almost 1500 years ago.
- The ‘sending down’ of iron:“We sent down Iron with its great inherent strength and its many benefits for humankind.” (Quran 57:25)
From among the scientific facts on the Holy Book, this verse strikes one as a clear proof of the Divine nature of the Book of Allah. Here is Allah informing the Arabs of the desert, many moons ago, that iron is not an earthly material but is sent from outer space. A Quranic fact that in more recent times, has been proved scientifically correct.
- The sky created as a protective layer: “We made the sky a protective ceiling. And yet they are turning away from Our signs!” (Quran 21:32)
Parts of the Quran are indeed eye-openers, such as this verse in which Allah SWT depicts the sky as possessing protective properties. We now know that it genuinely does protect humankind from the harmful rays that the sun emits.
- Mountains have deep roots (stakes):“Did We not make the earth a resting place? And the mountains as stakes?” (Quran 78:6-7)
This factual information in the verse suggesting that mountains are like stakes implies that they have deep roots. This, too, has been acknowledged by scientists as an accurate estimation of the characteristic of mountains.
- The Universe is expanding:“And it is We who have built the Universe with [Our creative] power and keep expanding it.” (Quran 51:47)
The last revealed book factually informs mankind of the Creator’s authoritative decision to expand the Universe that He created. A scientific reality discovered a mere century ago.
- The sun is moving in an orbit:“It is He who created night and day, the Sun and the Moon, each floating in its orbit.” (Quran 21:33)
Modern Astronomy has now confirmed this Quranic claim. Despite the fact that astronomers from the past before the 20th century, believed the sun to be stationary.
- The ocean’s internal waves:“Darkness out in a deep ocean which is covered by waves, above which are waves, above which are clouds, layers of darkness, one upon the other. When one puts out his hand [therein], he can hardly see it. Those God gives no light to; they have no light.” (Quran 24:40)
A vivid and eloquent verse that points towards internal ocean waves, apart from those found on the surface. There were no submarines or oceanographers with special tools to unearth this Quranic fact, back in the 7th century.
- Pain receptors are on the skin:“We shall send those who reject Our revelations to the (Hell) Fire. When their skins have been burned away, We shall replace them with new ones so that they may continue to feel the pain: God is Almighty, All-Wise.” (Quran 4:56)
In this verse, the Almighty reveals that pain receptors placed in the skin are indeed responsible for the physical pain we feel. Biologists have only recently discovered this fact.
Quranic Facts as Questions & Answers
- Does the Quran have any other names?
A1. Indeed, it does have other names such as Al-Huda (The Guidance), Al-Dhikr (The Reminder), Al-Furqan (The Criterion-for judging right from wrong), Al-Haq (The Truth), and Al-Burhan (The Clear Argument), etc.
- Who is the prophet the Quran speaks about, mentions, and vividly discusses, most?
A2. Musa (A.S).
- Which are the longest and shortest surahs (chapters)?
A3. Surah Baqarah is the longest, and Surah Kawthar is the shortest surah of the Quran.
- Who are some of the prophets who have surahs of the Quran named after them?
A4. Ibrahim, Nuh, Yunus, Hud, Yusuf, and Muhammad (Peace be upon them all).
- Which surah is it compulsory for us to read in each rakah of all prayers, whether voluntary or obligatory?
A5. Surah al-Fatiha (The Opening).
- Which prophet’s mother has an entire Surah named after her in the Holy Quran?
A6. Jesus (Isa A.S). Surah Maryam (Mary).
- What were some of the themes for the Makki Surahs?
A7. Tawheed (Allah’s Unity), Resurrection, Stories of past Prophets, and they mostly addressed all mankind: ‘O mankind…’
- What were some of the themes for the Madani Surahs?
A8. Detailed legislation, permission for Jihad, People of the Book (Jews-Christians), hypocrites, and they addressed mostly: ‘O you who believe.’