DISCOVERY!!! World’s Oldest Koran Older Than Prophet Muhammad; But How Is It Possible?

The world’s oldest Koran is older than the Prophet Muhammad, experts from the University of Oxford who radiocarbon-dated its pages claim.

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Fragments of the manuscript, found within the pages of another Koran from the late seventh century, is believed to be between 1,448 and 1,371 years old. The carbon-dating tests showed that the pages of the holy book was written in ink in an early form of Arabic script on sheep skin and were among the very oldest surviving texts of the Koran.

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The pages contain parts of the Suras, or chapters, 18 to 20. And the scholars believe that those fragments may have been written after the death of Prophet Muhammad, as they were produced between 568AD and 645AD, while the dates usually given for the founder of Islam are between 570AD and 632AD.

Historian Tom Holland, commented on the discovery: “It destabilises, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Koran emerged – and that in turn has implications for the history of Muhammad and the Companions.”

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Keith Small, from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, added: “This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran’s genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven.”

The Prophet Muhammad is thought to have founded Islam sometime after 610AD and the first Muslim community was founded in Medina in 622AD. During this time the Koran was memorised and recited orally but Caliph Abu Bakr, the first leader of the Muslim community after Muhammad’s death, ordered the Koranic material to be collected into a book. The final authoritative written form was not completed until 650AD under the third leader Caliph Uthman.

Source: Naij

16 Comments

  • What you wrote about al-quran was all fabricated and lies just to sway people and decieve people,may almighty Allah punish you white stupid bastards infidel,all you game is expose in Q 2 chapter 8-17 idiots do u thinking is like you bible that u have. Up to 25-27 version,may you rot in hell infedels

    • Its only a discovery, I dont see why the use of strong words. I believe there is only ONE GOD, have u ever thought of reading both the Quran and Bible and try comparing them. D bible never ask u to fight in order to make heaven but the quran as that. Killing a fellow being like u. God were is d brotherly love.
      If u are not satisfy with their findings , go do urs.

      • Thank you @ Emmy, u r quite a gentle man, u r very corect wen u told @sadiq that there is no need 2 use strong word am strongly with u on that, bt as u said its jst a discovery and if u kan read again u wil c dat d diference is jst btwn 3 5 yrs i.e d carbon dating is @most 5 years (645)laging 4rm d muslim reported date of compilng d whole qur,an (650AD). U knw or u kan ask any scientist about carbon dating, certainly it kan not give exactly what u r looking 4, bt rather somtng on a klose range, in which dis discovery should tel any sensible minded person d authenticity of holy Qur’an as proove by this discovery. And talking about comparing d qur,an and d bible, dat d qur’an talks about violent and all…Hmmm. D only prblm i normaly hav with my christain brethren is dat they hardly go through their God given manuscript.
        Have u ever kom across this
        Mathew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on
        earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword
        Luke 19:27 But those enemies of mine who did not want
        me to be king over them–bring them here and
        kill them in front of me.'”

        I leave u in peace

  • Sidiq, go check your quran properly. What does Quran 10:94 say? Then you open your mouth to speak against the bible. It’s not your fault anyway. The part of your quran that teaches about Jesus and His return, you know nothing about. All you know from your quran is violence. I wonder what you people are serving anyway. Judgment is at hand, its better you repent while there is still little time left, otherwise you are doomed eternally!

  • Thank you @Emmy.@sadiq i want you and your people to know that Mohammed is fake he only read from the BIBLE of his history and discovered how GOD rejected his ancestors,instead of obeying GOD and accept JESUS he choses violence and became a rebel which you are also,accept JESUS and you will know peace

    • I totally disagree with you all that never detailly read qur’an and bible. All of quran lessons are acceptable and proveable… not as bible, about the oldest quran that older than
      Muhammad era,dont you know that it might be the paper that used to writing quran is the ild one.not the quran it self… think and try to compare quran and bible lesson.

  • @Sidiq,u show ur ignorance by blabin witout actually tinkin. Once anytin is said dat affects islam,u pple quickly attribute it 2 christians. Do I smell jealousy,envy & a pathetic attempt 2 stifle d truth? Dis only confirms a long existin school of thougth. If u & ur Boko Haram & IS brodas can go hang ursefs 4 all I care. U r jus “pretenders”

  • Abdul Sadiq don’t argued with them they call themselves son of God and Jesus called them slave of God in Roman chapter 6 verse 16 to 20 and also Jesus says I have not come to do my will but the will of God pls ask them is Jesus God and they should bring in one point were Jesus say I am God and your savior they says Bible is word of God and in it we see “song of Solomon” go and read it my prayer is God should lead u through the write part insha Allah

  • I dnt believe experts from the prestigious and highly respected Oxford university r the ones that published this report. Its very outrageous, preposterous and stupid to make such untelligible comments. This is bcox of the fact that in every scientific research, there is a room for errors. This is even more pronounced in archaeological researches involving the use of radioactive materials like in carbon dating. Therefore, this supposed research with a good range and minimal error is a good one for all Muslims cox a universally accepted scientific process is in accordance with our belief. However, the site that published this piece-Naij.com, are already known controversial site, hence, this report is sceptical. Futhermore, write-ups like this one must not have been written by experts as I have pointed out earlier, so pls take note.

  • The devil has strategies to destroy Islam, but I know is end time, my fellow brother and sister tight our belts to worship Allah as our holy qur’an taught us. @emmy, shyba, josh, decency, sir Chris and onyekachi may Almighty Allah forgive you all.

    • @ otuoze pls olways read convincingly and understand b4 passing a judgemnt, havng 2 said @emmy is right 4 saying No strong word does not mean am with him completely. Rmember wath Islam thought us about Universal thruth. And also i want u @Otuoze 2 go through my comment vry wel n understand d verses of d bible i quoted, so dat no any chrisatian wil wake up 2moro n tel u islam is preaching violent wen dey olso hav such verses in their bible(Luke 19:27, Mathew 10:14)
      thank u

  • If not for Sarah dat gave Abraham her maid servant we want here of Islam today, but know this Jesus said He is the Way,The Truth n Life no one come to God expect tru Jesus repent

    • @ Patty, seriously u need 2 go back 2 ur sunday klasses dat is if u ever take 1, cos i kan c u hv a prblm with stories of d prophet
      Sincerely ask ur pastor again, both Ishmael and Issac were blessed children of Abraham and God has blessed them and their progeny.
      Talking about Jesus christ, we d muslim take christ as 1 of d elated prophet of God, u kan neva b a complete muslim until u believe in jesus christ as a propet of God not His Son neither god himself, bcos Jesus himself is reported 2 hav said in Roman 6:16-20, i have not come to do my wils but dat of the God. This is clearly telng u dat christ has neva kal himself god nor his Son but rather his Messenger

      I leave u in peace

  • In this case , you have came about bringing something that is out of proportion , this your discovery must be invalid , because is “HE” the noble prophet that came along with the holy Qur”an…. if this ur discovery shall be the case , then who Come with the Quran for the first time ????????????????????

  • Who gave them the Qur’an?
    Why do they radioactive the page?
    must the page and written have the same date .
    is science rigid?

    This peoples has there reason for doing that . and its because they hate islam.
    let me tell you , you re waisting your time do nobody says that OK let me became Christian since they found this .

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