Unveiling The Journey of Divine Revelation of The Quran

by 6 April 20232 comments

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

According to Sheikh Abd al-Azim Az-Zurqani, the revelation of the Quran occurred in three stages. The first stage was the revelation of the entire Quran to the lauh mahfuz all at once. However, the timing of this revelation is known only to Allah, as Allah says:

بَلْ هُوَ قُرْاٰنٌ مَّجِيْدٌۙفِيْ لَوْحٍ مَّحْفُوْظٍ ٢١ – ٢٢

“Nay, this is a Glorious Qur’an, (Inscribed) in a Tablet Preserved!” [Al-Buruj 85:21-22]

The second stage was the revelation of the Quran from lauh mahfuz to Baitul Izzah in the world’s heaven, all at once on the night of Al-Qadr during the month of Ramadan. This is what is referred to in the following verse of the Quran:

The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down.” Then it is further clarified in another verse which states. Allah says:

اِنَّآ اَنْزَلْنٰهُ فِيْ لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ ١

“We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power.” [Al-Qadr 97:1]


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The third stage was the revelation of the Quran from Baitul izzah to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which occurred gradually over the course of 23 years of his life. Allah explains this gradual revelation in the following verse of the Quran:

وَقُرْاٰنًا فَرَقْنٰهُ لِتَقْرَاَهٗ عَلَى النَّاسِ عَلٰى مُكْثٍ وَّنَزَّلْنٰهُ تَنْزِيْلً ١٠٦

“(It is) a Qur’an which We have divided (into parts from time to time), in order that thou mightest recite it to men at intervals: We have revealed it by stages.”  [Al-Isra 17:106]

The wisdom behind the initial revelation of the Quran all at once was to honor the Quran that was placed in the Lauh Mahfuz. In addition, it was to inform the inhabitants of the heavens that this is the last book that will be revealed to the last prophet. However, the gradual revelation of the Quran also carries many benefits, such as:

  1. It strengthened the heart of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who faced a lot of opposition during his preaching. Therefore, the gradual revelation of the Quran was meant to strengthen the Prophet’s heart to continue spreading the truth.
  2. It also addressed all the questions posed by the polytheists. There are many verses in the Quran that begin with the phrase يسألونك which means “they ask you” and Allah answers them.
  3. To make it easy to memorize and understand. This is because the gradual revelation of the Quran in small portions made it easier for the companions to memorize it.
  4. The gradual revelation also allowed for the gradual implementation of laws and judgments. There were laws revealed in response to certain events, which provided solutions to problems faced by the companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . There were also laws that changed gradually, which allowed the companions to accept them openly without rejection.

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Written by Abdul Rahman Rahuni

Ustaz Abdul Rahman Rahuni. The author is a graduate of the Islamic University of Madinah studying in the field of Islamic Sharia. He is currently an instructor at Sekolah Menengah Ugama Islamiah, Tawau, Sabah.



About The Author

Ustaz Abdul Rahman Rahuni

Ustaz Abdul Rahman Rahuni is a Malaysian shariah advisor at Muslim Pro. He is a graduate of the Islamic University of Madinah, studying in the field of Islamic Sharia. Ustaz Abdul Rahman is currently a lecturer at Sekolah Menengah Agama Islamiah, Tawau, Sabah.


  1. Ahmad Rejab bin Ramli

    Assalamualaikum 🙂✋🙏🙏
    Allahhummassollia’laa Saiyidina Muhammad saw

  2. Johnny Reynolds

    I I love my deen and is islam


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