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The Qur'an

The Qur'an is the only thing that is considered sacred or holy in Islam. It literally means ‘the recitation', of Allah. All things take second place to the regard and importance given to the Qur'an because Muslims believe it is the direct word of Allah. Therefore there is only one version or interpretation of the Qur'an. Allah spoke through the Angel Gabriel in Arabic to Muhammad and, while it has been translated into other languages, it has not lost its original meaning.

It is the duty of a good Muslim to learn the entire Qur'an off by heart in Arabic, its original language. Muslims recite the sacred word, rather than speak it.




Watch this clip of a child reciting the Qur'an at a Qur'an Recitation Competition.

If you are handling a Qur'an in your classroom or using it as part of a ritual or sacred space, always handle it with reverence and respect as it is the only thing that is considered holy to Muslims.

Click here to view an interactive version of the Qur'an.

Note: Because Arabic is written from right to left, the book opens 'backwards' from our perspective!


When Muslim children go to Arabic school in Ireland, it is with a view to learning Arabic so they can understand and recite the Qur'an.