Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 08/02/2011

Koran recitation being done on Twitter for Ramadan, verse by verse


A Kashmiri Muslim reads the Koran on the first day of Ramadan at the landmark Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Aug. 2, 2011. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
As Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, began Monday, Muslims all over the world were called to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset, and to immerse themselves in the Koran.

Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

Some will immerse themselves in the scripture through daily prayer in Mecca and mosques around the world. Otherwise will read it 140 characters at a time — on Twitter.

Since 2009, Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, had observerd rabbis using Twitter to highlight snippets of the Torah during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

So last year, Rashid asked friends to do the same with the Koran, USA Today reports.

This Ramadan, hundreds of people around the world have joined him in using the hashtag #Quran to tweet the scripture.

“What verses speak to you when you read the Koran this day? That's what we're looking for,” Rashid said. “The way we engage with scripture is always changing as our lives change. We can ask each other questions.”

This tweet from the Koran about speaking good to people was retweeted more than 100 times:

And speak good to people [al-Baqarah 2:83] #islam #quranless than a minute ago via LaterBro.com Favorite Retweet Reply

Others noted the fasting that is an essential part of Ramadan:

Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint #Quran 2:183 #TTQless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Many tweeted the Koran from Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world. This man tweeted about how to help those who do wrong:

Dan demikianlah Kami jadikan sebahagian orang-orang yang zalim itu menjadi teman bagi sebahagian http://bit.ly/lBHi3V 6:129 #Quranless than a minute ago via The Perfect Quran Favorite Retweet Reply

With Jews and Muslims telling their holy books on Twitter, the Christians want their book told as well. Author Jana Riess is tweeting the entire Bible, all 1,189 chapters plus a summary tweet for each of the 66 books.

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