The Miraculous Preservation of the Qur’an (Part 6/10) : CHAINS OF MEMORISERS
This legacy of memorisation has continued throughout #Islamic #history to this day. It is not just the core text of the #Quran that is memorised, the rules and regulations for pronouncing each individual letter is also memorised. This ensures that #Muslims not only recite the same content as #Prophet #Muhammad, but also in the same style (stopping points, intonation, ryhthm etc.).
Muslims that gain mastery in this field are known as #Qurra, which literally means ‘reciters’. Among them are some who have attained an ijazah. An ijazah, literally meaning ‘permission’, is a certificate used primarily to indicate that one has been authorised by a higher authority to transmit a certain subject or text of Islamic knowledge. This usually implies that the student has learned this knowledge through face-to-face interactions “at the feet” of the teacher. In a formal, written ijazah, the teacher granting the certificate usually includes a sanad (or chain) containing his or her scholarly lineage of teachers back to the Prophet Muhammad, a later admired scholar, or the author of a specific book. So in the context of Qur’an memorisation, it means that the memoriser has become a living link among the many links in the unbroken chain of memorisers going all the way to Prophet Muhammad.
The picture shows an example of an ijazah obtained by Sheikh Ihsaan Ibrahmin in South Africa .
Notice how we have the names of the Qurra going all the way back to Prophet Muhammad. Other information such as the date of birth, death and locations are also known. This information is critical for verification reasons and allows for the detection of fabricated chains.
The evidence for the reliability of this methodology for preserving the Qur’an is in the recitation of the Qur’an itself. In millions of mosques throughout the world, at least five times a day every day, these memorizers and Qurra who herald from different parts of the world and learnt at the feet of different scholars mix together and recite the Qur’an with one another. Any mistakes in recitation are immediately corrected by the congregation. And yet there is never any disagreement about the Qur’an itself. Truly a miracle!
Now you can appreciate why Muslims have certainty in the perfect preservation of the Qur’an. Not only do we have to believe it from a theological perspective, but we also know it to be true from a historical and experiential one.
 Muslim Judicial Council South Africa.
All information was obtained from: www.manyprophetsonemessage.com