Ramadan Note 15 – whence revelation?

The last of Almighty God’s Scriptures, the Holy Qur’an was sent down in the month of Ramadan. Yet the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) took place over the course of 23 years. Is this a paradox? No. The Qur’an was revealed in two stages. In Stage One the Qur’an was brought by the Angel Gabriel from the Preserved Tablet (in the Seventh Heaven) down to the First Heaven (sky) and placed in the ‘Place of Power or Honor’. Two verses in the Qur’an indicate that it was revealed in a single blessed night in the month of Ramadan that is called the ‘Night of Power, or Decree’. Stage Two of revelation lasted for about 23 years in which the Qur’an was sent down in response to the development of events and in accordance with the sequence needed to complete the delivery of the Message to the illiterate Prophet Muhammad.

“ (It is) a Quran which We have divided (into parts from time to time), in order that you (O Muhammad) might recite it to people at intervals: We have revealed it by stages (in 23 years).”

Quran 17:106

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