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To Hassan, History of Compilation of Quran

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Submitted by A. Khalaf (United States), Nov 16, 2005 at 16:09

Hasan : The history of quranic compilation indicates that quran was corupted even before it was compiled.Since Mohammed was illiterate and could not read or write and died before compiling quran , and it was finalized 26 years after his death nobody knows how much of it is corrupted.

When Usman's commitee compiled quran from bits and pieces written over wood, skin , leaves, bones and from peoples memories, there was a great controversy over content and order. they decided to compile with largest suras to smallest and not in the order of actual revelations.Sahabas including Ayesha complained that the compiled Quran was all out of order and was missing many ayas. Usman had four other varying copies of quran privately compiled by other sahabas including Ali (his was in the order of revelations as they came) and Masood collected and burned.

Finally disgruntled muslims killed Usman in cold blood for corrupting quran, It is believed that Quran was further corrupted by Ummaiyads and Abbasids,when muslim empire spread and they wanted to make it sound more divine to the people of more advanced cultures under them. Although muslims think that a copy of Usmanic quran is preserved in Turkey, it is a lie. The earliest quran available is from 150 years after Usman. Apparently earlier ones were destroyed.An earlier quran found from Sana (Oman) mosque excavation recently, did not match with current quran nor do the quranic ayas on the oldest coins and mosque in Jerusalem.
So dont be sad Hassan , if muslims think that Allah could not protect bible from corruption, he could not protect quran from corruption either.

Actually many muslims think that first sura as well as many other ayas are Mohammed's own words erroneusly made part of quran.They also beieve that the abgrogating ayas (2.106 and 16.101) were also added later to justify all the contradictions in quran. They also think that the compilers added "say" over 300 places to solve the difficulty of Mohammed sounding ayas to Allah sounding ayas.
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