Dr. Zohurul Hoque & Husain Nuri
15:87 And truly We have given you seven oft-repeated, and the Grand Qur'ân.
15:87 According to Ibn Mas'ûd, Ibn 'Abbâs, Mujâhid, Ad-Dhahhâk and others, all quoted by Tabai, sab'a min al-mathâni refers to seven long sûrah beginning with al-Baqarah. The same authorities also stated the seven of the mathâni (lit. often recited) refers to the seven verses of sûrah Fatihah (1:1-7), the first chapter of the Qur'ân. The prophet himself described the seven verses as the essence of the entire Qur'ân (umm al-Kitâb, lit. mother of the Qur'ân) and prescribed the Muslims to recite the verses in every rakah of their daily prayer. The verses can also be called as the Grand Qur'ân inasmuch as they contain the gist of the basic principles enumerated in the entire Qur'ân (cf. 39:23).
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