How many verses are there in the Holy Qur’an?

The Arabic word ayah is the term used for the verses in the Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an has reached us without any changes since the time of the Prophet Muhammad. Yet, when the Holy Qur’an was punctuated, some small differences were made in division and numeration of verses. For example, a phrase which is accepted as one by some scholars is considered as two verses by other scholars. Thus, minor differences emerged in the numbering of the verses. Although there is a common belief among the public that the number of verses in the Qur’an is 6,666, the correct number is 6,236.

What are the proofs about the fact that the Qur’an is protected and authentic?

The Qur’an is the last divine message that the Almighty Creator has sent down to all people until the Day of Judgment. He did not only send down these supreme words, but also took it under His protection. This fact is explained in the Holy Qur’an, “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message (i.e., Qur’an); and we will assuredly guard it (from corruption).” (Hijr, 15:9) This divine declaration is the greatest guarantee for Muslims about its protection. Indeed, history is the living witness to this. When the Holy Qur’an started to be revealed, it was both written down and memorized by Companions, constantly recited in prayers, and moreover, was reflected in their lives by being applied and manifested in the beliefs and deeds of Muslims. Following the demise of the Prophet Muhammad, the separate written pieces of the Qur’an were collected and a Mushaf was compiled during the rule of Abu Bakr. Subsequently, there was an increase in Islamic conquests in the period of the third Caliph Uthman, who convened a commission and the copies of Qur’an reproduced by this commission were sent to Mecca, Kufa, Basra, Damascus, Bahrain, and Yemen. Muslims prepared many copies of the Qur’an based on these first copies and this divine book has reached our era without any change.