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published: 3/17/04
updated: 4/28/13

Islamic Sacred Texts



What are the sacred writings of Islam?

There are two main sacred texts in Islam: the Qur'an (or Koran) and the Hadith (or Hadeeth).

The Qur'an is the most sacred text, as it is believed to be the literal word of God as revealed to Muhammad.

The Hadith is a secondary text that records sayings of Muhammad and his followers. These two texts form the basis for all Islamic theology, practice and Sharia (Islamic law).

The Judeo-Christian Bible is also respected as revelations from the true God, but Muslims believe the Bible to have been corrupted in transmission and translation.





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