Chapter 4: The Qur’an and Hadith
The Qur’an is the last revealed word of God and the basic source of Islamic teachings and laws. It deals with a variety of subjects including the basic beliefs of Islam, morality, worship, knowledge, wisdom, God and man’s relationship, and relations among human beings. Comprehensive teachings on which sound systems of social justice, politics, economics, legislation, jurisprudence, law and international relations can be built form an important part of the Holy Qur’an.
Although Prophet Muhammad(P) did not receive a formal education, the Qur’an as soon as it was revealed to him in the spoken word, was committed to writing by his secretaries. In this way every word was written down and preserved during his lifetime by his Companions. The original and complete text of the Qur’an is in Arabic and translations of its meaning in most known languages are available in major libraries and bookstores.
Hadith, the reports of the teachings, sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad(P), were accurately reported and collected by his devoted companions. They explain and elaborate the Qur’anic verses and provide an example of conduct for Muslims.