and difference of opinion exists among the various sects of Muslims with reference to the
Traditions, which they accept or reject. A very large number of the Traditions are filled with
absurdities, but from our present point of view they are interesting because the genuine ones are
considered a form of revelation and are for that reason accepted. The inspiration of the Qur'an is,
of course, of a much higher order.
The Muhammadan theologians teach us that the whole Qur'an, as dictated to Muhammad by Gabriel, is
a literal copy of what was written ages before the creation of the world by the Divine decree upon
the Everlasting (or rather the Preserved) Tablet (