Number of verses in Qur'an
Fatwa No: 84940


What are the exact number of all the verses of the Holy Qur'an.


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

The numbers of the verses of Qur'an are a little more than 6200. All the scholars of Islam are agreed on the number 6200 but they differ regarding the remaining small number.
Some say 4 verses. Others say fourteen. Others say nineteen. Others say twenty-five. Others say thirty-five or thirty-six.
The reason for this disagreement is that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) used to stop after reading the verse as to teach his companions the beginning and end of the verses.
Some of them would consider any stop a beginning of a verse. Others would consider the stop only a breath and would link what preceded it to what follows it.
Another reason for these differences is the lack of agreement on whether the Basmalah (Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim) is a verse of every Surah (chapter) or whether it was put there for its Baraka (blessing). al-Shafia consider it a verse of every Surah. But this is a simple issue as it does not claim adding to the Qur'an or reducing from it.
Allah knows best.

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