Sep 01, 2022
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For the chronological order of the revelation of the Qur'an, I first referred to two reliable sites: Tanzil Documents and Mission Of Islam. Both sites followed the same chronological order as the majority of opinions. The opinion was founded on several reliable sources, including numerous narrations traceable back to the great prophet (PBUH)'s companion and cousin, Abd Allah Ibn Abbas, also known as Ibn Abbas. The detailed information is extracted from 'The History of Qur'an' by Allamah Abu Abd Allah al-Zanjani. I am aware that there are many sound opinions based on historical events to form the chronological order of the Qur'an, including the work of a German orientalist, Theodore Noldeke, but I chose Ibn Abbas' version for this series. As the goal of this series is to get as early a glimpse of the order of revelation to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as possible so that we can internalize the revelations in our modern day. Because this is my first attempt to record the Qur'an in its original order, I am pleased to release Ibn Abbas' version first. If given the opportunity, I would make a second series based on Theodor Noldeke's chronological order of the Qur'an, which al-Zanjani himself regards as the most important work by a European on the history of the Quran. In that second series, Insha Allah, I will connect the order of the Qur'an to historical events involving Rasulullah PBUH and his companions. But first, let us just internalize the content of the Surah (Chapters) and Ayaat (Verses) inside our hearts with the help of Ibn Abbas's opinion of the revelation order of the Qur'an. The Qur'an was revealed mostly in Makkah (before the immigration) and Madinah (after the immigration). As a result, I'll divide this series into two parts. However, a few verses have been revealed outside of Makkah and Madinah, such as in Juhfa, Mina, and Hudaibiyya. Another possibility is that some verses were revealed later in Madinah, despite the fact that the majority of the verses that comprised its chapters were revealed earlier in Makkah. I will make a sidenote for those affected surahs as I get to that specific surah. Insha Allah.