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Quran Organization / Structure (contd.)

Juz / Para (Part)

In South Asia, Juz is also called "Para". The Qur'an was equally divided into thirty parts, perhaps based on the number of pages disregarding content or Surah. This was done for the convenience of reciting the whole Qur'an in thirty days or one month. Each Juz is also divided into four quarters or four "ruba". The Qur'an copies printed anywhere in the world have Juz and quarter markings as ruba' (first quarter), nusf (one-half) and al-thulatha (three-quarter). This gives 120 quarter-parts of the Qur'an giving the flexibility of reciting the whole Qur'an in equal parts in 30, 60 or 120 days. This type of partitioning of the Qur'an is used very much in South Asia whereas the Arab world does not make much use of it. Even referring to Qur'anic verses South Asians would talk in terms of "Para" number as they carry numbers from 1 to 30 for each Juz. This kind of referring to the Qur'an verses is very unscientific because it does not provide precise location of the verse. If someone says that a verse is in 15th Para, it is not precise enough to find it easily.

Hizb (group)

According to this system each Juz is further divided into two Hizbs and each Hizb is further divided into four quarters. It means that a Juz has two Hizbs and eight Hizb-quarters or each Juz-quarter has two Hizb-quarters. The whole Qur'an is divided into 240 Hizb-quarters. This allows a person to recite the Qur'an in small groups of verses and complete the recitation in one-month to eight-month period. In addition, Hizb partitioning of the Qur'an allows a Muqri (Qur'an reciter) to recite one Hizb in each Raka'ah of Salat at-Traweeh and finish one Juz every night in eight Raka'hs thereby completing the whole Qur'an in 30 nights of Ramadan. Partitioning of the Qur'an in Hizb is not found in the copies printed in South Asia.

Ruku' (bowing or section)

Some Muslims prefer to do 20 raka'ah every night for Salat At-Taraweeh during the month of Ramadan, that is, recite a section and go to ruku' (bowing). They had to find markers to recite a portion of the Qur'an in each Raka'ah while completing a topic. In South Asia the tradition is to complete recitation of the whole Qur'an in 27 nights. This required partitioning of the Qur'an in 27 x 20 = 540 sections excepting the Surah al-Fatiha. When such partitioning was done they ended up with 556 (+1 for Surat al-Fatiha) sections. Evidently, they did not go back to redo the partitioning to come with 540 sections. The Qur'an copies printed in South Asia have Ruku' or Section markings showing number of the ruku' within the Surah, within the Juz and ayah number within the ruku'. Traditionally, South Asian Muslims may give reference of a ayahs from the Qur'an by referring to the ruku' number and Juz number but such system is unscientific and it is not universally acceptable. Qur'an copies printed in the Arab world do not include ruku' markings.

Groups of Surahs

Some Qur'an scholars talk in terms of groups of Surah or complementary couples of Surahs. These complementary groups or couples are based on the themes and like contents. For example, there is a group of Musabbihat, five Surahs that begin with glorification of Allah (Sabbah lillahi or Yusabbihu lillahi). There are many other groups of Surahs that have been suggested. Also, there are twins or complementary couples, such as Surahs 2 and 3 make a couple, Surahs 91 and 92 is another couple. According to such scholars most of the Qur'an consists of complementary couples.

Research by Muhammad Amir Ali

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وَلَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ ۖ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ لَّا يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ آذَانٌ لَّا يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْغَافِلُونَ


And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless.

اور ہم نے بہت سے جن اور انسان دوزخ کے لیے پیدا کیے ہیں۔ ان کے دل ہیں لیکن ان سے سمجھتے نہیں اور ان کی آنکھیں ہیں مگر ان سے دیکھتے نہیں اور ان کے کان ہیں پر ان سے سنتے نہیں۔ یہ لوگ بالکل چارپایوں کی طرح ہیں بلکہ ان سے بھی بھٹکے ہوئے۔ یہی وہ ہیں جو غفلت میں پڑے ہوئے ہیں

আর আমি সৃষ্টি করেছি দোযখের জন্য বহু জ্বিন ও মানুষ। তাদের অন্তর রয়েছে, তার দ্বারা বিবেচনা করে না, তাদের চোখ রয়েছে, তার দ্বারা দেখে না, আর তাদের কান রয়েছে, তার দ্বারা শোনে না। তারা চতুষ্পদ জন্তুর মত; বরং তাদের চেয়েও নিকৃষ্টতর। তারাই হল গাফেল, শৈথিল্যপরায়ণ।

به یقین، گروه بسیاری از جن و انس را برای دوزخ آفریدیم؛ آنها دلها [= عقلها ]یی دارند که با آن (اندیشه نمی‌کنند، و) نمی‌فهمند؛ و چشمانی که با آن نمی‌بینند؛ و گوشهایی که با آن نمی‌شنوند؛ آنها همچون چهارپایانند؛ بلکه گمراهتر! اینان همان غافلانند (چرا که با داشتن همه‌گونه امکانات هدایت، باز هم گمراهند)!

நிச்சயமாக நாம் ஜின்களிலிருந்தும், மனிதர்களிலிருந்தும் அநேகரை நரகத்திற்கென்றே படைத்துள்ளோம்; அவர்களுக்கு இருதயங்கள் இருக்கின்றன - ஆனால் அவற்றைக் கொண்டு அவர்கள் நல்லுணர்வு பெற மாட்டார்கள்; அவர்களுக்குக் கண்கள் உண்டு; ஆனால், அவற்றைக் கொண்டு அவர்கள் (இறைவனின் அத்தாட்சிகளைப்) பார்ப்பதில்லை அவர்களுக்குக் காதுகள் உண்டு. ஆனால் அவற்றைக் கொண்டு அவர்கள் (நற்போதனையைக்) கேட்கமாட்டார்கள் - இத்தகையோர் கால்நடைகளைப் போன்றவர்கள். இல்லை! அவற்றை விடவும் வழி கேடர்கள்; இவர்கள் தாம் (நம்வசனங்களை) அலட்சியம் செய்தவர்களாவார்கள்.
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