Why do some Surahs have different names in the Indopak and Uthmani versions?

Surah naming traditions have developed over time and have been influenced by various cultural and linguistic factors. However, despite the differences in names, the content remains exactly the same in both versions.

The Indopak version, which is used mainly in the Indian subcontinent, follows a tradition of naming the Surahs based on the central theme or subject matter of the Surah. This tradition was developed by early Muslim scholars and is based on their interpretation of the Quranic text.

On the other hand, the Uthmani version, which is the most widely used version of the Quran, follows a tradition of naming the Surahs based on a word or phrase mentioned in the Surah. This tradition was developed during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and was based on his guidance and teachings.

Here are a few examples of the different names used for Surahs in the two Quranic scripts:

  • 40th Surah of the Quran: Surah Al-Ghafir (Uthmani), Surah Al-Mu’min (Indopak)
  • 76th Surah of the Quran: Surah Al-Dahr (Uthmani), Surah Al-Insan (Indopak)
  • 111th Surah of the Quran: Surah Al-Masad (Uthmani), Surah Al-Lahab (Indopak)
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