Versions Of The Quran

Versions Of The Quran

Muslims believe that the Quran is unchanged and there are no variants in their scripture. We are told that all Muslims all over the world use the one and the same Quran.

Is this true?

Walk into your local Islamic bookshop and ask what versions of the Quran they sell.


This online books store, has 13 versions of the Quran in Arabic.




This bookshop in Jordan has over 20 Arabic versions of the Quran for sale.



Muslims say these are not different versions.  We need to know there are 7 ahrufs, and  qira’at, different ways of reciting.  There are very minor differences, mainly vocal variations; slight differences in the way the verses are recited.

Some of these are  Qalun, Al-Duri, Khalaf, etc. The two most widely used versions in existence today are the Hafs and Warsh versions.

What version do you use? Is yours a Hafs or Warsh version?

Here’s how you can tell…

Look at the first verse of Sura al-Fatihah. If there is a number “1” after the ‘Bismillah’ verse, then you have the Hafs version. If not, you have the Warsh version. Also, if you’re in Saudi Arabia, you’re using the Hafs. If you live in Morocco, you’re using the Warsh.

Do all these versions use the same Arabic words and text and carry the same meanings?


Here are a some examples of text variants that can be found in the different Arabic versions that show that the Quranic text and meaning itself has been altered!  You look at these and judge for yourselves.


Hafs vs AlSusi  – Different Pronouns Used!



Grammatical Error in Hafs! Not in Ruh!




Hafs vs alDuri: Different Words Used!



Hafs vs Warsh: Different Sentence Structure!



Hafs vs alBazzi: Different Verbs Used!



Hafs vs Warsh: Different Pronouns Used



Why are there numerous variances?

Compare Sura 2:125 in Hafs with the Warsh.

Hafs has this: وَاتَّخِذوْا “WatakhIzu” (You shall take) BUT in Warsh it is وَاتَّخَذوْا “WatakhAzu” (They have taken/made).
The Hafs version gives a command, while Warsh states a historical observation.  Same verse but different words used and different meanings rendered. here are a few other differences found comparing Hafs and the Warsh.






Do you know how many verses are there in the Quran? You will find that number of verses in Hafs is 6236, while Warsh has only 6214 verses.

Which one is the right version? Which one did Muhammad recite? Which one matches the eternal preserved tablets that is with Allah?


Interesting fact: Did you know the the official version of the Quran was only finalized in 1924 in Cairo, Egypt? It was only authorized officially as recently as 1985, in Saudi Arabia. Why did it take 1300 years for the world to finalize and authorize the Quran, if there has always been just the one and the same Quran all ver the world? Now you know why.

Allah said that he will preserve his word (Sura 15:9).  Did someone manage to change his words?


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6 thoughts on “Versions Of The Quran

  1. the text was without the nuqat ‘dots’ and tashkeel , the original word isn’t changed only the placement of dots. and even with that, both difference send the same msg. prophets died and other prophets fought, doesn’t negate the history. He or We also refers to 1 God, again nothing has changed. Say or He said, also doesnt change what message is being said. thats the powerful part. Now please show me a change that says something is unlawful and in another text it is lawful. or something that means the ‘opposite’.
    thank you

    1. When changing the word, ‘he’ to ‘we’, if you don’t consider it changes meaning, it actually changes the speaker. It actually changes from third person narration to first person narration.

  2. Thank you Noura for your comment.

    The very fact that different words are used in the different Arabic Qurans prove there is no ONE single version of the Quran as alleged by Muslims.

    Different words also mean different meanings and different recitations.

    Reviewing one of the examples above:
    Sura 2:125 in Hafs and the Warsh.

    Hafs says : وَاتَّخِذوْا “WatakhIzu” (You shall take)
    BUT in Warsh it is وَاتَّخَذوْا “WatakhAzu” (They have taken/made).

    Different words. Different meanings. Different recitations.

  3. You can argue that they convey the same message but Islam prides itself on the precise recitations of its scriptures.
    Muslims say that, word-for-word, the Quran is the exact speech of Allah.
    So what EXACTLY did Allah speak?
    وَاتَّخِذوْا “WatakhIzu”
    وَاتَّخَذوْا “WatakhAzu”

  4. Hello
    There are “the 7” standard versions (2 of each)
    There are “the 3” good ones. (2 of each)

    But there also are 4 “accepted” ones (1 of each)
    I try to find the autors of these 4.

  5. Meanwhile, there are like 50 different versions of The Bible-none of them being traced back to the original Greek. Also, it is historically documented that books have been added and subtracted by rulers such as Constintine.
    There are supposedly 7 versions of Quran, as seen in Hadith. Now, Qira’at also varies, as does the Script. Kufic script was the original script, and it is much different than modern day Arabic. None of these differences impact meaning, and are quite minimal. Even with your comparison of Katheer and Kabeer, they mean the same thing in Old Arabic. The ‘different’ verses you state, such as compared in Hafs and Warsh, reflect the actual set up of the verses, not that any were put in or taken out.

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