Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Manuscript of the Quran from the Early 1st-Century AH

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/23/world/europe/quran-fragments-university-birmingham.html?_r=0

This is an exciting find.  According to the University of Birmingham, a manuscript of the Holy Quran had been (re)-discovered and subjected to radiocarbon dating.  This analysis revealed with 94% certainty that the manuscript was written between 568 to 645 CE and is at least 1,370 years old, corresponding to the early 1st-century AH ("After Hijra")!  SubhanAllah!  

Most importantly, what this find demonstrates is that the Quran that we have with us today is the same as it was almost 1,400 years ago.  The article states:

"Professor [David] Thomas said the discovery could help resolve a longstanding debate between Muslims who believe that the Quran was completed by the time Muhammad died and some scholars who contend that the Quran was changed or expanded in the century after his death.

He said the text of the two folio pages discovered in Birmingham corresponded closely to today’s Quran, supporting the more traditionalist view of the holy book’s inception."

For those who have remained stubborn in the face of the facts, the discovery of this manuscript should put to rest any doubts.  Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) promised that He will protect the Quran from corruption, and He has indeed fulfilled that promise:

"We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)" (Surah Al-Hijr, 15:9).

And Allah knows best!

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