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The Qur’an and Hadith

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Chap­ter 4 : The Qur’an and Hadith

The Qur’an is the last revealed word of God and the basic source of Islam­ic teach­ings and laws. It deals with a vari­ety of sub­jects includ­ing the basic beliefs of Islam, moral­i­ty, wor­ship, knowl­edge, wis­dom, God and man’s rela­tion­ship, and rela­tions among human beings. Com­pre­hen­sive teach­ings on which sound sys­tems of social jus­tice, pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics, leg­is­la­tion, jurispru­dence, law and inter­na­tion­al rela­tions can be built form an impor­tant part of the Holy Qur’an.

Although Prophet Muhammad(P) did not receive a for­mal edu­ca­tion, the Qur’an as soon as it was revealed to him in the spo­ken word, was com­mit­ted to writ­ing by his sec­re­taries. In this way every word was writ­ten down and pre­served dur­ing his life­time by his Com­pan­ions. The orig­i­nal and com­plete text of the Qur’an is in Ara­bic and trans­la­tions of its mean­ing in most known lan­guages are avail­able in major libraries and bookstores.

Hadith, the reports of the teach­ings, say­ings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad(P), were accu­rate­ly report­ed and col­lect­ed by his devot­ed com­pan­ions. They explain and elab­o­rate the Qur’an­ic vers­es and pro­vide an exam­ple of con­duct for Muslims.Endmark

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