Ayah or Aayah is the Arabic
Arabic language
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 word for sign
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 or proof
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"These are the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, revelations, etc.) of Allah
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, which We recite to you (O Muhammad SAW
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) with truth. Then in which speech after Allah and His Ayat will they believe?"
(Surat Al-Jathiya 45:6, Mohsin Khan
Muhammad Muhsin Khan
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 translation of the Qur'an)

The word is usually used to refer to the smallest unit of the Qur'an
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, usually called 'verses' or 'signs' in English translations of the Qur'an. Muslim
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s believe that each ayah of the Qur'an is a sign from God
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Chapters in the Qur'an, called sura
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in Arabic, are made up of several ayahs, although suras vary greatly in length, ranging from 3 to 286 ayahs. Within a long sura, ayahs may be further divided into thematic sequences or passages.
A common myth persists that the number of ayahs is 6,666. In fact, the total of the numbers of ayat in all suras is 6,236; the number varies if the bismillah
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s are counted separately.

The verse number is written in a symbol at the end of each verse. This symbol is ۝, end of ayah. Its Unicode
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 number is U+06DD. ۝۝۝۝ denotes the end of a sura.

The word ayah is also used for verses of the Bible by Arab Christians and Christians in other countries where Arabic words are used for religious terms.

Types of ayah

There are two types of ayah in the Quran:
  1. - Some that are Muhkam (محكم): with very clear and straightforward meanings.
  2. - Some that are Mutashabeh (متشابه): with multiple interpretations.

This distinction is stated within the Qur'an itself:

"He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning) [Muhkam]; they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical [Mutashabeh]. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: 'We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:' and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding." (Ali-Imran
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 3:7, Yusuf Ali
Abdullah Yusuf Ali
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translation of the Qur'an)
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