The Islamic holy book is known as the Qur’an, or Koran. The word Qur’an means “recitation.” It records Muhammad’s revelations from Allah.

Until about 650 C.E., the Qur’an existed only in oral form. Muhammad shared his revelations with his followers, who memorized his words. Then about twenty years after Muhammad’s death, all the revelations ere gathered together in written form.

Some Muslims objected to writing down Muhammad’s revelations. They said that if Muhammad had wanted these revelations committed to writing, he would have asked his followers to do this during his lifetime. Other leaders felt that it was essential. Their view prevailed, and the written Qur’an was prepared.


What reasons can you think of for writing down the revelations of Muhammad? List as many reasons as you can.

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  1. Cam's Blogtastic Blog says:

    The Holy Book…

    For a religion to expand it must be written down. I can guarantee you that if the Koran was still oraly told it would have about 14 followers. This way the Koran’s teaching can wistand the test of time. It also gives more room for interpretation….

  2. Kesela's House says:

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    I. Teachings are easily accessed when a descrepancy occurs.
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