MSA Quiz 2

1. What is the Qur’an?

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The Qur’an is the final revelation of God sent to the Prophet Muhammad as guidance for humanity. It contains commentary on the names & attributes of God, the laws of God that humans must obey, and historical accounts to serve as lessons for all. Although not considered a poem, its linguistic nature was unmatched at a time when Arabic poetry and literature was at its peak, thus considered a miracle.

2. How was the Qur’an revealed to mankind?

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The Qur’an was transmitted through angel Gabriel, considered the angel of revelation in Islam. The Qur’an is the speech of God and was revealed to the Prophet incrementally over 23 years. The Angel Gabriel would review the revelation with Prophet Muhammad every year in the month of Ramadan until it’s completion just before his death. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was illiterate, and thus could not scribe the Qur’an.

3. Which of the following statements are false?

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The Qur’an is defined as: “The book containing the speech of Allah (God) revealed to Muhammad (pbuh) in Arabic and transmitted to us by tawatur, whose recitation is an act of worship.” Tawatur (numerous & successive) transmission negates the possibility of change, and God has also taken responsibility on the preservation of the Qur’an [15:9]. Translations of the Qur’an are no longer in the Arabic language and void of its original linguistic value and thus are not considered to be Qur’an. The Prophet Moses is mentioned over 130 times in the Qur’an, the most of any Prophet.

4. Which of the following stories are mentioned in the Qur’an?

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The Qur’an contains many stories of the Prophets for the purpose of derivinglessons, morals and guidance. It is selective in its portrayal of the stories to ensure that only the practical and beneficial elements remain, and unnecessary details are left out.

5. Which of these is not an objective of the Qur’an?

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The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is considered the ‘seal/last of the Prophets’ in the Qur’an [33:40], and there is no Prophet of God after him. The Qur’an is described as: “a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion,” [2:185]. Itwas revealed by God as a guidance and spiritual healing for ALL of mankind, not just Muslims.It containsopen-ended questions, challenges and falsification tests for those who doubt its authenticity. God’sultimate knowledge necessitates that He alone can provide an objective moral standard for mankind; a criterion.

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