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Significance of 12

Need For Chronological Qur'an

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salaam brothers/sisters:

After browsing through some Islamic websites, my attention steered towards the chronology of Qur'an. As we know the first chapter that was revealed was the 96th chapter that starts with "Iqra"(READ). I understand by knowing the chronological order of Qur'an we can have a better understanding of historical events that took place at that time. This brings me to my questions: If the chronological Order of Qur'an would teach us more - Revelations and real-time events, then why wasn't Qur'an compiled in that way? whats the benefit of our Actual Ordered present day Qur'an over chronologically ordered one? And why did Imam Ali (A.S) deem it necessary to compile it during the reign of the first caliph?

I understand this doesn't change anything, but i believe it would open up a new vantage point to view the Holy Qur'an.

Thanks everyone in advance.

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Salam

Good point, but I think a chronological order would have made things complicated, like regarding sharia.

That's why you will find all (or most) ayats related to marriage/divorce in the same surah for example.

I believe the ayas within the surah have always been in the chronological order, i meant the the ordering of surahs like below:

Chronology Vs. Actual Order

1 The Clot (-96-)

2 The Pen (-68-)

3 The Enshrouded One (-73-)

4 The Cloaked One (-74-)

5 The Opening (-1-)

6 Palm Fibre (-111-)

7 The Overthrowing (-81-)

8 The Most High (-87-)

9 The Night (-92-)

10 The Dawn (-89-)

11 The Morning Hours (-93-)

12 Solace (-94-)

13 The Declining Day (-103-)

14 The Coursers (-100-)

15 Abundance (-108-)

16 Rivalry in Worldly Increase (-102-)

17 Small Kindnesses (-107-)

18 The Disbelievers (-109-)

19 The Elephant (-105-)

20 The Daybreak (-113-)

21 Mankind (-114-)

22 The Unity (-112-)

23 The Star (-53-)

24 He Frowned (-80-)

25 Power (-97-)

26 The Sun (-91-)

27 The Mansions of the Stars (-85-)

28 The Fig (-95-)

29 Winter or Qureysh (-106-)

30 The Calamity (-101-)

31 The Rising of the Dead (-75-)

32 The Traducer (-104-)

33 The Emissaries (-77-)

34 Oaf (-50-)

35 The City (-90-)

36 The Morning Star (-86-)

37 The Moon (-54-)

38 Sad (-38-)

39 The Heights (-7-)

40 The Jinn (-72-)

41 Ya Sin (-41-)

42 Criterion (-42-)

43 The Angels (-35-)

44 Mary (-19-)

45 Ta Ha (-20-)

46 The Event (-56-)

47 The Poets (-26-)

48 The Ant (-27-)

49 The Story (-28-)

50 The Children of Israel (-17-)

51 Jonah (-10-)

52 Hud (-11-)

53 Joseph (-12-)

54 Al-Hijr (-15-)

55 Cattle (-6-)

56 Those Who Set the Ranks (-37-)

57 Luqman (-31-)

58 Saba (-34-)

59 The Troops (-39-)

60 The Believer (-40-)

61 Fusilat (-41-)

62 Counsel (-42-)

63 Ornaments of Gold (-43-)

64 Smoke (-44-)

65 Crouching (-45-)

66 The Wind-Curved Sandhills (-46-)

67 The Winnowing Winds (-51-)

68 The Overwhelming (-88-)

69 The Cave (-18-)

70 The Bee (-16-)

71 Noah (-71-)

72 Abraham (-14-)

73 The Prophets (-21-)

74 The Believers (-23-)

75 The Prostration (-32-)

76 The Mount (-52-)

77 The Sovereignty (-67-)

78 The Reality (-69-)

79 The Ascending Stairways (-70-)

80 The Tidings (-78-)

81 Those Who Drag Forth (-79-)

82 The Cleaving (-82-)

83 The Sundering (-84-)

84 The Romans (-30-)

85 The Spider (-29-)

86 Defrauding (-83-)

87 The Cow (-2-)

88 Spoils of War (-8-)

89 The Family of 'Imran (-3-)

90 The Clans (-33-)

91 She That is to be Examined (-60-)

92 The Women (-4-)

93 The Earthquake (-99-)

94 Iron (-57-)

95 Muhammad (-47-)

96 The Thunder (-13-)

97 The Beneficent (-55-)

98 Time or Man (-76-)

99 Divorce (-65-)

100 The Clear Proof (-98-)

101 Exile (-59-)

102 Light (-24-)

103 The Pilgrimage (-22-)

104 The Hypocrites (-63-)

105 She That Disputeth (-58-)

106 The Private Apartments (-49-)

107 Banning (-66-)

108 Mutual Disillusion (-64-)

109 The Ranks (-61-)

110 The Congregation (-62-)

111 Victory (-48-)

112 The Table Spread (-5-)

113 Repentance (-9-)

114 Succour (-110-)

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