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The20VersionsoftheQur'antoday.

(7arerecordedinthe
Hadith.)
Qur'anoftodayisdifferentthanwhatMuhammadrevealed!

Islam:TruthorMyth?startpage

TheMuslimClaimthattheQur'anisunchanged:
NootherbookintheworldcanmatchtheQur'an...TheastonishingfactaboutthisbookofALLAHis
thatithasremainedunchanged,eventoadot,overthelastfourteenhundredyears....Novariationoftext
canbefoundinit.YoucancheckthisforyourselfbylisteningtotherecitationofMuslimsfromdifferent
partsoftheworld.(BasicPrinciplesofIslam,AbuDhabi,UAE:TheZayedBinSultanAlNahayan
Charitable&HumanitarianFoundation,1996,p4)

ManyVariantReadingsoftheQuran
1. "MuslimsattacktheBibleonthegroundsthatitsometimeshasconflictingwordingfromdifferent
manuscripts.YetthisisexactlythecasewiththetextoftheQuran.Therearemanyconflicting
readingsonthetextoftheQuranasArthurJefferyhasdemonstratedinhisbook,Materialforthe
HistoryoftheTextoftheQuran"(NewYork,RussellF.Moore,1952).
2. MentionsVariantreadingsintheKoran:Dashti,23Years,p.28
3. MentionsVariantreadingsintheKoran:Mandudi,MeaningoftheQuran,pp.1718
4. MentionsVariantreadingsintheKoran:McClintockandStrong,Cyclopedia,V152).
5. "[theKoran]hadalargenumberofvariants,notalwaystriflinginsignificance"(Islam,p.189).
6. "ItisinterestingtonotethatinscholarlyMuslimjournals,thereisbeginningtobeagrudging
acknowledgmentofthefactthattherearevariantandconflictingreadingsonthetextoftheQuran"
(OneexamplewouldbeSalehalWahaihu,"AStudyofSevenQuranicVariants,"International
JournalofIslamicandArabicStudies,Vol.V(1989),#2,pp.157).
7. "TheMuslinaccountsofthehistoryoftheQurantextsareamassofconfusion,contradictionand
inconsistencies"(Burton,Collection,p.231).
8. "AbdollahrenouncedIslamonthegroundthattherevelations,iffromGod,couldnotbechanged
atthepromptingofascribesuchashe.AfterhisapostasyhewenttoMeccaandjoinedthe
Qorayshites"(Dashti,23Years,p.98).
9. "TherebeingsomepassagesintheQuranwhicharecontradictory,theMuhammadandoctors
obviateanyobjectionfromthencebythedoctrineofabrogationfortheysaythatGodintheQuran
commandedseveralthingswhichwereforgoodreasonsafterwardsrevokedandabrogated"(E.
Wherry,AComprehensiveCommentaryontheQurun,p.110).
10. "Itistousastoundinghowsocompromisingaprocedurecanhavebeenpermittedtobeintroduced
intothesystembyfriendsandfoes(CanonSellinhiswork,HistoricalDevelopmentoftheQura,
Madras:DiocesanPress,1923,pp.3637).

11. "WhenMuhammaddiedthereexistednosingularcodexofthesacredtext"(CaesarFarah,Islam:
BeliefsandObservations,NewYorkBarrons,1987,p.28).
12. "Onethingonlyiscertainandisopenlyrecognizedbytradition,namely,thattherewasnotin
existenceanycollectionofrevelationsinthefinalform,because,aslongashewasalive,new
revelationswerebeingaddedtotheearlierones"(TheShorterEncyclopediaofIslamp.271).

TheprooftheMuslimclaimisfalse,isinthisbook:
Translationoffrontcover:
MakingEasytheReadingsofWhatHasBeenSent
Down
Author
MuhammadFahdKhaaruun
TheCollectorofthe10Readings
FromAlShaatebeiahandAlDorraahandAlTaiabah
Revisedby
MuhammadKareemRagheh
TheChiefReaderofDamascus
DaarBeirut
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Asyoucansee,theboxedtextisthe
textoftheQur'anandthemarginsat
theleftandthebottomarevariant
readings.Therearemoreknown
variantsthanthisbookincludes.
Evenworse,therearemorethan
readersinexistence,butthisbook
limitsthevariantstoonlythese10
readers.
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WhatMuslimandnonMuslimscholarssayabouttheknownvariations/versionswithin
theQur'anbeingusedintheworldtoday:
"owingtothefactthatthekuficscriptinwhichtheKoranwasoriginallywrittencontainedno
indicationofvowelsordiacriticalpoints,variantreadingsarerecognizedbyMuslimsasofequal
authority."(N.J.Dawood,TheKoran,Middlesex,England:PenguinBooks,1983,p10,
introductiontoDawood'stranslationoftheKoran)
"Listsofthedifferencesbetweenthetwotransmissionsarelong,...(however)Thesimplefactis
thatnoneofthedifferences,whethervocal(vowelanddiacriticalpoints)orgraphic(basicletter),
betweenthetransmissionofHafsandthetransmissionofWarshhasanygreateffectonthe
meaning.Manyaredifferenceswhichdonotchangethemeaningatall,andtherestaredifferences
withaneffectonmeaningintheimmediatecontextofthetextitself,butwithoutanysignificant
widerinfluenceonMuslimthought.Onedifference(Q.2/184)hasaneffectonthemeaningthat
mightconceivablybearguedtohavewiderramifications."(AdrianBrockett,`TheValueofthe
HafsandWarshtransmissionsfortheTextualHistoryoftheQur'an',ApproachestotheHistoryof
theInterpretationoftheQur'an,ed.AndrewRippinOxford:ClarendonPress,1988,p34,37)
"theReadingofAbu`AmrintheversionofalDuri...prevailsintheSudan,Nigeria,andCentral
Africa."(LabibasSaid,TheRecitedKoran:AHistoryoftheFirstRecordedVersion,tr.B.Weis,
etal,Princeton,NewJersey:TheDarwinPress,1975,p.84)
(C)ertainvariantreadingsexistedand,indeed,persistedandincreasedastheCompanionswho
hadmemorisedthetextdied,andbecausetheinchoate(basic)Arabicscript,lackingvowel
signsandevennecessarydiacriticalstodistinguishbetweencertainconsonants,wasinadequate.
...Inthe4thIslamiccentury,itwasdecidedtohaverecourse(toreturn)to"readings"(qira'at)
handeddownfromsevenauthoritative"readers"(qurra')inorder,moreover,toensure
accuracyoftransmission,two"transmitters"(rawi,pl.ruwah)wereaccordedtoeach.There

resultedfromthissevenbasictexts(alqira'atassab',"thesevenreadings"),eachhavingtwo
transmittedversions(riwayatan)withonlyminorvariationsinphrasing,butallcontaining
meticulousvowelpointsandothernecessarydiacriticalmarks....Theauthoritative"readers"
are:
Nafi(fromMedinad.169/785)
IbnKathir(fromMeccad.119/737)
Abu`Amral'Ala'(fromDamascusd.53/770)
Ibn`Amir(fromBasrad.118/736)
Hamzah(fromKufahd.156/772)
alQisa'i(fromKufahd.189/804)
AbuBakr`Asim(fromKufahd.158/778)
Thepredominantreadingtoday,spreadbyEgyptianKoranreaders,isthatof`Asiminthe
transmission(riwayah)ofHafs(d.190/805).InMorocco,however,thereadingisthatofNafi`
intheriwayahofWarsh(d.197/812)andMaghrebinKoransarewrittenaccordingly.(Cyril
Glass,TheConciseEncyclopediaofIslam,SanFrancisco:Harper&Row,1989,p324)

20versionsoftheQur'an!
Hereisalistofthetenreaders,eachofwhichhavetwoversions
TheReadersandtheirTransmittedVersions
TheReader
TheTransmitter
"TheSeven"readers
Warsh
Nafi`
Qalun
alBazzi
IbnKathir
Qunbul
AlDuri
Abu`Amral'Ala'
alSuri
Hisham
Ibn`Amir
IbnDhakwan
Khalaf
Hamzah
Khallad
alDuri
alQisa'i
Abu'lHarith
Hafs
AbuBakr`Asim
Ibn`Ayyash
"TheThree"readers
IbnWardan
AbuJa`far
IbnJamaz
Ruways

Ya`qubalHashimi

Rawh

Ishaq
IdrisalHaddad
ThereareevenmoreReadersthanthesebuttheseareconsideredthemostauthoritative.
KhalafalBazzar

SevendifferentversionoftheKoran:
"WhatissaidaboutAlMutaawwilin(thosewhoformwrongopinionsofdisbeliefabouttheir
Muslimbrothers).UmarbinAlKhattabsaid,"IheardHishambinAlHakimrecitingSuratal
FurqanduringthelifetimeofAllah'sApostle(SAW).Ilistenedtohisrecitationandnoticedthathe
reciteditinseveraldifferentwayswhichAllah'sApostle(SAW)hadnottaughtme.SoIwasabout
tojumpoverhimduringhisprayerbutIwaitedtillhefinishedhisprayerwhereuponIput,either
hisuppergarmentormyuppergarment,aroundhisneckandseizedhimbyitandaskedhim,
"WhohastaughtyouthisSura?"Hereplied,"Allah'sApostle(SAW)hastaughtittome."Isaid(to
him),"Youhavetoldalie!ByAllah,Allah'sApostle(SAW)hastaughtmethisSurawhichIhave
heardyoureciting."SoIdraggedhim,toAllah'sApostle(SAW),Isaid,"OAllah'sApostle!Ihave
heardthismanrecitingSuratalFurqaninawaywhichyouhavenottaughtme,andyoudidteach
meSuratalFurqan."OnthatAllah'sApostle(SAW)said,"OUmar,releasehim!Recite,O
Hisham."SoHishamrecitedbeforehiminthewayasIhadheardhimreciting.Allah'sApostle
(SAW)said,"Ithasbeenrevealedlikethis."ThenAllah'sApostle(SAW)said,"ReciteOUmar."
SoIrecitedit.TheProphet(SAW)said,"Ithasbeenrevealedlikethis."Andthenheadded,"This
Quranhasbeenrevealedtoberecitedinsevendifferentways,soreciteitwhicheverwayeasier
foryou."(SeeHadithNo.514Vol.6)Vol.9ApostatesChapter927/30)

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