The Holy Qur’an

The Qur’an is the sacred book of Islam. It contains the Word of Allah and it is written in Arabic. Its contents were given to the prophet Muhammad by Allah (though the angel Jibril). Muhammad learnt the words off by heart. Later on, they were written down to form the Qur’an.

The Qur’an is a guide to life for Muslims. It contains teachings and rules about how people should live all aspects of their life. It guides them in their relationship with Allah and with their fellow human beings.

Looking after the Qur’an

The ‘Ra’el’ (stand) and the cover

In order to show that the words of the Qur’an are very holy and important, Muslims treat the book itself with great respect. When not in use, they will cover the Qur’an to protect it. Before reading it, Muslims will wash. They often study the Qur’an by sitting on the floor and chanting passages. However, Muslims would never put the Qur’an on the floor. Instead they use a stand, called a ‘Ra’el’, again to show respect for the word of Allah.