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WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE APOSTROPHE IN THE WORD QUR'AN?

FROM FRANK KOWAL, BELLEAIR BLUFFS

An apostrophe is used to signify a pause or breath in pronunciation of an Arabic word. The origin of the word itself translates to "recitation." It makes sense then that the Koran, Islam's sacred book, is Mohammed's recitation in Arabic of the word of God as dictated to him.

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