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The Holy Quran most sacred book of Islam is a collection of revelations from Allah to the Prophet Muhammad The Quran acts as a guide for the Muslim covering all aspects of everyday Muslim life The Quran is by far the most important and influential foundation of Islam but it is not the only source of authority In addition to the Quran the Sunnah of the Prophet preserved in the hadiths offers guidance on proper Islamic conduct The approved practice of the community ijma is another source of authority while Ijtihad is the practice of finding judgement on issues not covered in the Quran Additionally the Sharia is the body of laws which govern the Islamic state While there are several sources of authority in Islam the Quran is overwhelmingly the most important and it is only through the Quran that other sources gain their stature It cannot be doubted that the Quran is the supreme authority of Islam Allah is the ultimate source of authority and it is his word revealed to the Prophet Muhammad that is preserved in the Created Quran - a direct copy of the Uncreated Quran written in Arabic and existing in heaven with Allah The Angel Gabriel revealed the words of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad Muhammad regarded this as Allahs standing miracle - Muhammad himself was illiterate so claim Muslims the Quran had to be the word of Allah Furthermore the Quran is considered a literary masterpiece a collection of beautiful prose unrivalled in the Muslim world and surely a heavenly text The Quran states In the month of Ramadan the Koran was revealed a book of guidance for mankind with proofs of guidance distinguishing right from wrong 2185 The Quran includes an immense amount of guidance in many areas There are rules regarding modesty marriage divorce inheritance feuding intoxicants gambling diet theft murder fornication and adultery Exploitation of the poor weak widows
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