Islam is one of the major religions in the world. That being said, its holy book Quran, has been involved in different strange circumstances throughout the human history. Apart from, for example, what is the size of the biggest Quran or how Quran treats swearing, this article will present to you another 5 most unusual facts about this magnificent religious piece.
Misprinting and Misinterpreting Can Cause Grave Consequences
The holy book of Islam is thought to be Allah’s words. Whatever you come across in Quran, know that is what Allah would say and think. Misinterpreting his words is a grave sin, but misprinting the book is even a graver sin. The original version is to be preserved, with no alterations here and there. However, the case of bad printing occurred and causes a political crisis.
In 1999, due to the bad copy-pasting of Quran, the entire Kuwaiti parliament was put under the political pressure, thus being dissolved. The minister for justice and Islamic affairs was accused of deliberate misprinting, with the comment of “trying to disfigure the faith of Muslims”.
There Is a Competition in Memorizing Quran Lines
Held annually, in Dubai, and for children, this competition is about reciting the book and its lines. A prize of 250,000 UAE dollars or $70,000 motivates many children of Islamic religion in the entire world to take part in this very popular competition in the Islamic world. The Dubai National Quran Awards was the reason of seventeen million people watching this competition. Besides the award for the best memorizer, there is also a prize for the most beautiful voice.
Not only will the competitors be awarded for their endeavor, but they will also be “promoted” in the Muslim world. Namely, those who have learned the Quran in full will be named “hafiz”, which will grant them a better position in the society.
Banning Quran Has a Long History
Quran, along with all other holy books, has been banned multiple times in different countries and places. This phenomenon is symptomatic for certain political regimes such as Communism. Therefore, Quran and all other holy books were banned in Soviet Russia during the period of 1926-1957.
Even though it was expected and likely to happen in the dictatorship, some democratic societies either attempted or banned the Quran. The notorious Dutch politician Geert Wilders took the initiative of banning the Quran in Netherlands. It was not even close to passing, though. Spain was also faced with this circumstance where Imran Firasat, who renounced Islam, lodged a petition for the Quran to be banned. This petition ended up in failure, as well.
How to Handle the Quran
The Quran is the most revered book for Muslims. Muslims revere the Quran, but they also stand in awe before this holy book of theirs. There are certain rules of how it should be treated by Muslim disciples. First of all, this book should be placed on the highest shelf in the house. This is because it is of “the highest rank”, above all other books.
What’s more, one should not leave it open after putting it down. Treating this book with wet fingers, and reading it on your lap is forbidden. Also, Muslims condemn women who read the Quran during the menstrual cycle because it is not a “clean time”.
The Quran Is One of the Most Valuable Holy Books Ever
Since we live in the materialistic world, everything has the price. So do holy books. As a result, the most valuable Quran was sold for $2.3 million. Even though this sum does not make it the most expensive one (one volume of the Gutenberg Bible sold for $5.5 million), it certainly brings it to the top.
Because of its substantial price, there have been several attempts of stealing the Quran. In 2000, three men were accused of smuggling a stolen copy of the book out of Turkey.