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  • STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
    “THE CLOSET INCIDENT”
    INT. ENTERPRISE - MAIN BRIDGE

    PICARD (turning to Geordi) Mr. La Forge, we need more power to the shields.

    GEORDI On it, Captain.

    Geordi hurries to a small, inconspicuous closet at the side of the bridge. He opens the door and steps inside. The closet is cramped, filled with various cleaning supplies and equipment.

    INT. CLOSET

    GEORDI (whispering to himself) Alright, let’s see what we’ve got.

    The lights in the closet flicker, and a low hum of machinery can be heard.

    INT. MAIN BRIDGE - CONTINUOUS

    The crew on the bridge looks puzzled

    WORF (raising an eyebrow) Did he… Go into the closet?

    PICARD (trying to maintain composure) Starfleet decided the production was too expensive.

    Riker stifles a chuckle. Suddenly, the console beeps and the shields increase power.

    PICARD (exhales with relief)

    Geordi emerges from the closet

    GEORDI (tapping his combadge) La Forge to bridge, power levels are stable.

    PICARD Nods awkwardly.

    PICARD Excellent work, Mr. La Forge.

    The crew exchanges amused glances.

    FADE OUT.



  • The first Qur’an was written within two years of Muhammads death. The Qur’an was standardized under caliph Uthman several years later, and all other copies were ordered to be burned or buried, or however one would respectfully retire a holy book. The closest English word for Qur’an is generally regarded to be ‘recitations’, as it was not originally meant to be a text. So, to maintain the integrity of the Suras (chapters, sort of), each one was required to be verified by multiple independent witnesses. Written Arabic was even elaborated to include information about how it was to be read (literally read aloud, not interpreted).

    The relative speed with which this all occurred meant that some of these sources were indeed very close to Muhammad during his life. His wife A’i’sha, for example. Still, you can raise doubts by pointing out that the Suras may not have survived oral transmission fully in-tact, or that changes may have occurred over the 20+ year gap between Muhammads death and it’s final transcription, and indeed many scholars do. I believe there is some degree of variation in manuscripts and sources.

    But the general view among believers is that the Qur’an is the literal, unadulterated word of God, and we know that great care was taken to preserve it.

    Not an expert, just took an Intro to the Qur’an course.