According to Islamic teaching, the Qur’an (Arabic: القرآن‎, al-qur’ān) came down as a series of revelations from Allah by way of the Archangel Gabriel. Gabriel gave this message from Allah to the Prophet Muhammad who then later dictated it to his followers. The length is about that of the New Testament and these dictations from Gabriel began in 610 AD and according to Islamic tradition continued for twelve years in a cave near Mecca (Modern day southwest Saudi Arabia).

Translations of the Qur’an are generally not accepted by Islam because Arabic is considered the original and purest form. It is through this hermeneutic assumption that Islamic apologists often use as a way to deflect criticism based in an English translation of the text, stating that only those who are fluent in Arabic may understand their beloved holy book.

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