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|Excerpt from appendix 24 of the authorized
english translation of Quran by Rashad Khalifa:
Nineteen years after the Prophet Muhammad's death, during the reign of Khalifa `Uthman, a committee of scribes was appointed to make several copies of the Quran to be dispatched to the new Muslim lands. The copies were to be made from the original Quran which was written by Muhammad's hand (Appendix 28).
This committee was supervised by `Uthman Ibn `Affaan, `Ali Ibn Abi Taaleb, Zeid Ibn Thaabet, Ubayy Ibn Ka`ab, `Abdullah Ibn Al-Zubair, Sa`eed Ibn Al-`Aas, and `Abdul Rahman Ibn Al-Haareth Ibn Heshaam. The Prophet, of course, had written the Quran in its chronological order of revelation (Appendix 23), together with the necessary instructions to place every piece in its proper position. The last sura revealed in Medina was Sura 9. Only Sura 110, a very short sura, was revealed after Sura 9, in Mina.
The committee of scribes finally came to Sura 9, and put it in its proper place. One of the scribes suggested adding a couple of verses to honor the Prophet. The majority of scribes agreed. `Ali was outraged. He vehemently maintained that the word of God, written down by the hand of His final prophet, must never be altered.
Ali's protest is documented in many references, but I cite
and reproduce here the classic reference AL ITQAAN FEE 'ULUM AL QURAN
by Jalaluddin Al-Suyuty, Al-Azhareyyah Press, Cairo, Egypt, 1318 AH,
Page 59 [see Insert 1].
`Ali was asked: "Why are you staying home?" He said,
dimensions of this crime can be realized once we look at the
KARBALA, Iraq -- Shiites commemorating their holiest day yesterday flogged themselves with iron chains and sliced their foreheads with swords, slowly turning their cloaks scarlet in a ritual of grief that was banned under ousted dictator Saddam Hussein. For the second year in a row, hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims marked the festival of Ashoura. Millions of pilgrims flock annually to Karbala and its twin city Najaf, two of the holiest Shiite cities
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi Shiites marked their holiest religious festival of Ashura, a day after attacks targeting the majority community killed 34 people in and around Baghdad following its historic victory in last month's elections.
The day started with the deaths of six people in three separate attacks north of Baghdad, followed by a large explosion in the capital which targeted a police patrol but caused no casualties.
Multiple attacks targeting the newly
Shiite community killed 34 people on Friday, bringing back grim
memories of the bloodbath that marred last year's Ashura.
Ali Al-Saadi - (AFP)