The Qur’an is the principle source of guidance of every Muslim. It is the 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 relationship, and relations amongst human beings. It contains comprehensive teachings on which sound systems of social justice, politics, economics, legislation, jurisprudence, law and international relation can be built.
Muslims believe that the Qur’an is the word of God and the final revelation from Him, to the whole of humanity.
“He (God) has sent down to you the Book (the Qur’an) with truth, confirming what was revealed before; And He sent down the Torah (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this as a guide in humankind; and He sent down the criterion (the Qur’an).” (Al-Qur’an, Chapter 3 : Verses 3-4)
The Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) over a period of 23 years. In His lifetime it was memorised and cross-checked by His companions, and the 114 chapters remain exactly as they were revealed by Angel Gabriel fourteen centuries ago. The ‘Qur’an’ translates to ‘the Recitation’.