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27) Was the Qur’an received by the Prophet Muhammad () from
God in a compiled form?

No. The Holy Qur’an was not revealed completely all at once.
Rather, it was revealed bit by bit. The verses contained in it were
revealed against the backdrop of varying circumstances over a long
period stretching between twenty- three years. There was no fixed
time period during which the Prophet received the divine revelation.
There had been instances when the Prophet had received revelation
more than once in a single day. Sometimes it was only a few words
that were revealed, full words that were, in their turn, to be placed in
a particular position within a particular chapter. On some
occasions,whole chapters where revealed to the Prophet at a streach.
Indeed, the Qur’an’s has been a compilation of verses that were
revealed according to the circumstances and occasions that demanded
them.

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