Salamun aleikum,

I have a question, regarding the compilation of the Quran. My question is about the differences in the Uthmanic codices, which were sent to different cities to unite the Ummah on this topic. So, I read two statements on this topic:

  1. In Al-Azamis book „The History of the Quranic Text“, he quotes on page 99 (from Abu Ubaid, Fada‘il and ad-Dani, al-Muqni), that there are variations of no more than 40 characters throughout the 6 mushafs, concerning only one letter, with an exception of the exclusion of a „he“ in one verse.
  2. Somewhere else, where I am going to post the link, there is given another source, where it states that in verse 9:100 the word „min“ is only there in the Makkan Mushaf. So there would be another word, which is either included or excluded. https://www.islamweb.net/en/fatwa/259588/facts-about-the-writing-of-the-mus-haf

So my question, are these two complementary or one of them wrong or did I understood something comepletely wrong?

So ist would be great, if someone clarifies this point, because this topic really confused me. May Allah protect Us from going to a wrong path and protect our heart from the whisper of the Shaitan.

  • You should avoid asking multiple questions in the same post. If you have two questions, ask two separate questions.
    – The Z
    Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 22:34
  • I’m new here, so thank you for this clarification.
    – user40519
    Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 22:41
  • No problem. You can edit your post to limit it to one question
    – The Z
    Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 22:45
  • Now it’s one question.
    – user40519
    Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 23:07
  • This is a question on rasm al-Mushaf not qira'at. You'd better use the tag uloom-al-quran. See also this related question
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 18:34

1 Answer 1


The Masahif of Uthman (RA) did have differences between them. Those differences were limited to the addition or subtraction of one or two letters. I haven't found differences of more than that.

The difference you mention of 9:100 is a difference in the addition or subtraction of "من" which is only two letters. The Mushaf of Makkah had a من while the others did not.

I cannot exactly comment on what Al-Azami's book is saying since I don't have access to it. But, even ad-Dani in al-Muqni mentions the difference in 9:100 between the Masahif. Perhaps you misunderstood the book.

  • I think I misunderstood his wording, but thanks for the response.
    – user40519
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 1:20

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