Question 78: Is it right that the Glorious Qur’aan was revealed in seven Ahruf (modes of recitation) and why?
Answer: Yes, it is right that the Glorious Qur’aan was revealed in seven Ahruf. It was authentically reported on the authority of `Umar ibn Al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Verily, this Qur’aan has been revealed in seven Ahruf, so recite it in the way that is easiest for you. (Related by Imaam Ahmad, Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, Aboo Daawood, Al-Nasaa’ee and Al-Tirmidee) There are many Hadeeths related in this regard through different chains of transmissions and with different wording. We refer you to the first part of Tafseer of Ibn Jareer Al-Tabaree and the books on Qira’aat (recitation styles) to know what is exactly meant by seven Ahruf and the wisdom behind revealing the Qur’aan in them... read more here.