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Al-Baqarah 2:2 states:

This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah;

Keeping in view of the above Ayat, wasn't the Quran sent down as a "revelation" to Prophet Muhammad? Furthermore, it wasn't compiled as a book till several years till after his death.

My question is, why is this Ayat referring to Quran as a book?

  • Very very interressting question, maybe because Allah knew..? – user4811 Jul 2 '14 at 21:52
  • Or maybe words were changed during compilation? – Kamran Jul 3 '14 at 11:48
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    That is impossible. Nothing is changed. There is even a surah where it states that the holy Quran is protected against changes. – user4811 Jul 3 '14 at 12:00
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    Allah has taken responsibility to protect Qur'an. – Murtaza Aug 2 '14 at 20:19
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My question is, why is this Ayat referring to Quran as a book?

This needs to be understood along with other ayats.

In Surah aali Imran 3:81 =

And when Allah took the covenant of the prophets, [saying], "Whatever I give you of al-Kitab and wisdom and then there comes to you a messenger confirming what is with you, you [must] believe in him and support him." [Allah] said, "Have you acknowledged and taken upon that My commitment?" They said, "We have acknowledged it." He said, "Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses."

In surah Younus 10:37 =

And it was not for this Quran to be produced by other than Allah, but [it is] a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of al-Kitab, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds.

And in surah ar-Ra'd 13:39 =

Allah eliminates what He wills or confirms, and with Him is the Mother of the Book.

So al-Kitab is the mother of the book with Allah, and from it is what all the revelation was revealed to the prophets, and the Quran is what explains the revelation.

  • mother of book is little different to me. When I read it in our language, we read Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz. What does Mother of Book means. – Murtaza Aug 2 '14 at 20:29
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    @Murtaza, Um ul-Kitab and Al-luk al-Mahfuz both find mention in the Quran to refer to a primordial Divine treasure that includes all truth. Scriptural revelations are considered to emanate from that. – infatuated Aug 2 '14 at 20:39
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In English a book means the literal meaning that we all know:

A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side.

However, in Arabic a book can mean many other things:

  • manual ; record ; register ; textbook

  • a copy of the (Holy) koran

  • letter ; message ; note

  • book ; compilation ; publication ; volume ; work ; writing

  • elementary school ; school

  • a primary school

  • institution for educating pupils
  • a shool for educating the little children

In the context of these verses koran means a guide:

in it is guidance sure

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    Well the first 4 synonyms refer to كِتَاب which means book (and is the matte of this Question, as that's the word quoted in that Verse), and the others refer to كُتَّاب which is a kind of school/Qur'an school! So only the 1st 4 synonyms apply here! And you forgot the other synonyms for كِتَاب on the site: manual ; record ; register ; textbook – Medi1Saif Dec 23 '15 at 6:32
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Allah says:

ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

THAT is the Book, no doubt in it, a guidance for those who have taqwa. (Quran 2:2)

"That", as opposed to "this", implies something distant.

إِنَّا جَعَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ

Indeed, We have made it an Arabic recitation so that you understand. (Quran 43:3)

وَإِنَّهُ فِي أُمِّ الْكِتَابِ لَدَيْنَا لَعَلِيٌّ حَكِيمٌ

And indeed it is in the Mother of the Book with Us, Exalted, Wise. (Quran 43:4)

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Allah says:

ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

THAT is the Book, no doubt in it, a guidance for those who have taqwa. (Quran 2:2)

"That", as opposed to "this", implies something distant.

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