JAKARTA – Indonesian reciter Sheikh Ja’afar Abdulrahman died while reciting verses of the Qur’an during a live broadcast Tuesday, April 24, at a national ceremony marking Israa Mi`raj on the 27th of Rajab.
The four-minute video clip that caught the moment of the Sheikh’s death has been widely circulated on social media, Arab News reported.
The late reciter appeared to have been struck with a sudden collapse while reading verses from the Al-Mulk chapter, where he kept on reciting until he was rescued by a medical team and removed on a stretcher.
A number of social media users who circulated the footage praised the reciter’s death saying “what an honorable way to die” and wishing the same fate for them and their loved ones.
The Qur’an is a revelation from God, the creator of the worlds, so He is the original author.
There is only one Qur’an which is in Arabic and many translations of the Qur’an in several languages.
There could be multiple translations by different authors in the same language such as English.
The Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the archangel Gabriel who used to make the Prophet memorize the Qur’an and made him revise it every year in the month of Ramadan, the fasting month.
Memorizing the Holy Qur’an is one of the most important ways to preserve Allah’s message.
The others are to publish and distribute the book, or the text on the Internet and to recite the parts that one knows to other people.