Quran (Koran), Hadith and Sunnah



The Holy Quran (Qoran, Koran or Kuran)

To Muslims, or followers of Islam, the Quran is the actual Word of God, it is the verbal revelation to His Messenger, and it was written down as it was revealed to him. While was still alive, Muhammad (pbuh), as instructed and commanded by God, arranged and organized Quran in chapters and verses in the same way we find it today.

Throughout history, there has never been an area in the whole world that has been colonized by a foreign power like the Middle East. Yet neither colonization nor people could change even one word in the original Arabic text since it was originally written. Nothing has been taken out and nothing has been added to it. It is obvious that we can not say that the Quran stayed intact -without a single change- all these years because of Muslims, people, presidents or kings, and most certainly not by the foreign invaders, rather, because of its holiness and by the power of ALLAH.

The Quran we have today anywhere in the world in any language, is the same1400 years old Quran, which you will find in the early hand written originals in the museum in Saudi Arabia. It has 114 chapters with the same number of verses.

Hadith (Hadeeth) and Sunah (Sunna or Sunnah)

Though, some may think that the Quran is the record of Muhammad's life, the Quran is not that at all, actually the name 'Muhammad' occurs in the Quran only five times.

Mohammed's life and the way he did things, after being chosen by God as a Messenger, was built on every thing that was revealed to him, in Arabic, this is called "Sunna". Things that he said when he was asked a specific Question or in a certain situation is called "Hadith". Since the best one to interpret the meaning of the scriptures, no doubt, has to be the one who received them first hand from God, Muhammad (pbuh) used to interpret the Quran in his "Hadith" too. Both Hadith and Sunna are "divine inspiration" from God. This "divine inspiration" is necessary so that we may exactly understand the intended " interpretation or meaning " of the "Quran", otherwise the interpretation would be "unguided".