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The Number of Verses in the Qur'an

The enumeration and delineation of the verses date from the time of the Prophet In a saying the Prophet mentions ten verses from the "Family of 'Imran," seven in the chapter "al-F?tiliah" and thirty in the chapter "The Sovereignty There are six views concerning the total number of verses in the Qur'an, as related by al-Dani Some have said that the total is 6,000, some 6,204 and some 6,219 From these six estimations, two are from the reciters of Medina and four from the other areas to which the 'Uthmanic copies were sent, namely, Mecca, Kufa, Basra and Sham All these scholars support their claims by traditions reaching back to the companions and thus not directly linked, in a chain of transmissions, to the Prophet.

Such traditions are called mawquf in the science of the traditions From Medina, those who specialized in enumeration and delineation of the verses, were Abu Ja'far Yazid ibn aI-Qa'qa', Shaybah ibn Nass?h, Ism?'il ibn Ja'far ibn Abi Kathir al-Ans?ri, Ibn Kathir, Muj?hid, Ibn 'Abb?s, Ubayy ibn Ka'b, Ijamzah, al-Kisa'i, Khalaf, Ibn Abi Layl?, Abü 'Abd al-Rabm?n al-Sulami, 'Ali, 'Asim ibn al-'Ajj?j al-Jabdari, Ibn Dhakw?n, Hish?m ibn 'Amm?r The reason for the different opinions concerning the total number of verses is related to the method of delineation and separation of the verses and letters.

Adopted from the book: "Quran per Islam" by: "Allamah sayyid Mohammad Hossein Tabatabai"

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