noun \ˈsr-ə\

Definition of SURAH

:  a soft twilled fabric of silk or rayon

Origin of SURAH

probably alteration of surat, a cotton produced in Surat, India
First Known Use: 1873

Rhymes with SURAH


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any chapter of the Qur'an. According to Muslim belief, each of the 114 surahs, which vary in length from several lines (known as ayahs) to several pages, encompasses one or more divine revelations of Muhammad. All but three lines are in the form of a direct address from God. The tone of each varies but is generally moralistic, demanding obedience to a transcendent but compassionate God. Except for the opening surah, known as fatihah (the “opening”), they are arranged in descending order of length and numbered serially. They carry conventional names (e.g., Cow, Spider, Blood Clot) deriving from some image contained in them that is not necessarily indicative of their meaning or theme.

Variants of SURAH

surah or sura


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