Observant Muslims believe the Quran is divine revelation only in Arabic because it existed in that form in heaven before it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. English editions and translations into other languages do not have the same revered status. AT the birth of a Muslim child, verses of the Quran are recited into the newborn’s ear ”” signifying a blessing and a hope that the holy book will resonate strongly in the child’s life. From then on, the words of the holy Islamic scripture will shape and guide that life: The child learns Arabic in order to read the Quran in its original language, perform the five daily prayers and repeat key phrases before all significant acts and events. “In a way, the soul of the traditional Muslim is like a mosaic made up of phrases of the Quran,” writes renowned scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr in “The Heart of Islam.”


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