Appendix 24 of the translation of the Quran by Dr. Rashad Khalifa states the following fact.

[11] The Quranic command “Qul” (Say) occurs in the Quran 332 times. Also, the word “Qaaloo” (They said) occurs the same number of times, 332. Since the false Verse 9:129 contains the word “Qul” (Say), its inclusion would have destroyed this typical Quranic phenomenon.

Except if we check the text of the Quran based on the 1924 Cairo text, we find that this total appears to only be 331 occurrences of the word “Qul” (say), which is one short from what is specified in Appendix 24.

Qul vs. Qal

In Arabic, the word قَالَ (qal) would be translated as “he said”, while قُلْ (qul) is translated as “say.” According to the 1924 Cario text of the Quran there is one semi-ambiguous form written as قَٰلَ which is used in only four instances: 21:112, 23:112, 23:114, and 43:23. In three of these instances, we see that قَٰلَ is used in dialogue between two parties and should be understood as Qal “he said”, but in 21:112 it is not.

[21:108] Proclaim ( قُلْ ), “I have been given divine inspiration that your god is one god. Will you then submit?”
[21:109] If they turn away, then say ( فَقُلْ ), “I have warned you sufficiently, and I have no idea how soon or late (the retribution) will come to you.
[21:110] “He is fully aware of your public utterances, and He is fully aware of everything you conceal.
[21:111] “For all that I know, this world is a test for you, and a temporary enjoyment.”
[21:112] Say (قَٰلَ [He Said]?), “My Lord, Your judgment is the absolute justice. Our Lord is the Most Gracious; only His help is sought in the face of your claims.”

(٢١:١٠٨) قُلْ إِنَّمَا يُوحَىٰٓ إِلَىَّ أَنَّمَآ إِلَٰهُكُمْ إِلَٰهٌ وَٰحِدٌ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ
(٢١:١٠٩) فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَقُلْ ءَاذَنتُكُمْ عَلَىٰ سَوَآءٍ وَإِنْ أَدْرِىٓ أَقَرِيبٌ أَم بَعِيدٌ مَّا تُوعَدُونَ
(٢١:١١٠) إِنَّهُۥ يَعْلَمُ ٱلْجَهْرَ مِنَ ٱلْقَوْلِ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا تَكْتُمُونَ
(٢١:١١١) وَإِنْ أَدْرِى لَعَلَّهُۥ فِتْنَةٌ لَّكُمْ وَمَتَٰعٌ إِلَىٰ حِينٍ
(٢١:١١٢) قَٰلَ رَبِّ ٱحْكُم بِٱلْحَقِّ وَرَبُّنَا ٱلرَّحْمَٰنُ ٱلْمُسْتَعَانُ عَلَىٰ مَا تَصِفُونَ

The earliest manuscripts of the Qur’an used the spelling in 12:112 as قل, and since they did not contain the diacritical marks, it is not definitive if this should be understood as Qal ( قَال ) or Qul ( قُل ). According to the earliest scholars of Medina and Basrah, as well as some of the scholars of Kufah, this word is spelled as Qul (“Say”), whereas some of the Meccan scholars and the majority of those of Kufah read it as Qal (“He said”). Additionally, among the classical commentators, Baghawi and Baydawi explicitly use the spelling Qul, while Zamakhshari’s short remark that “it has also been read as Qal” seems to indicate his own preference for the imperative Qul.

But if we look at verses 108 and 109 use the form Qul “say.” So it does not make sense that 21:112 would suddenly switch to Qal “he said” when the statement is not part of a dialogue, but rather just a proclamation to “say” Qul.

Based on the above evidence, 12:112 should be understood as قُل “Say” and this will bring the total of the word in the Quran قُل to 332, as presented in Appendix 24 of Rashad Khalifa’s translation of the Quran.

Appendix

Qul “Say” Count

CountSuraVerseWordAarabic
12808قُلْ
229121قُلْ
329320قُلْ
42941قُلْ
52971قُلْ
6211113قُلْ
7212010قُلْ
821357قُلْ
921391قُلْ
10214013قُلْ
11214212قُلْ
1221894قُلْ
1322154قُلْ
1422177قُلْ
1522195قُلْ
16221918قُلِ
1722207قُلْ
1822224قُلْ
193121قُلْ
203151قُلْ
213203فَقُلْ
223209وَقُلْ
233261قُلِ
243291قُلْ
253311قُلْ
263321قُلْ
2736110فَقُلْ
283641قُلْ
293737قُلْ
3037322قُلْ
313841قُلْ
3239318قُلْ
333951قُلْ
343981قُلْ
353991قُلْ
36311920قُلْ
37315429قُلْ
38315451قُلْ
39316510قُلْ
4031689قُلْ
41318315قُلْ
4246311وَقُلْ
4347738قُلْ
4447825قُلْ
4541274قُلِ
4641762قُلِ
47545قُلْ
4851711قُلْ
495188قُلْ
505591قُلْ
515601قُلْ
525681قُلْ
535761قُلْ
545771قُلْ
5551001قُلْ
566111قُلْ
576121قُلْ
586127قُلْ
596141قُلْ
6061413قُلْ
616151قُلْ
626191قُلْ
636196قُلِ
6461926قُلْ
6561929قُلْ
666378قُلْ
676401قُلْ
686461قُلْ
696471قُلْ
706501قُلْ
7165022قُلْ
726546فَقُلْ
736561قُلْ
7465611قُلْ
756571قُلْ
766581قُلْ
776631قُلْ
786641قُلِ
796651قُلْ
806666قُلْ
816711قُلْ
8267130قُلْ
836907قُلْ
8469115قُلْ
8569138قُلِ
86610910قُلْ
8761351قُلْ
8861439قُلْ
8961447قُلْ
9061451قُلْ
9161473فَقُلْ
92614823قُلْ
9361491قُلْ
9461501قُلْ
9561511قُلْ
96615834قُلِ
9761611قُلْ
9861621قُلْ
9961641قُلْ
10072811قُلْ
1017291قُلْ
1027321قُلْ
10373212قُلْ
1047331قُلْ
10571581قُلْ
10671876قُلْ
107718728قُلْ
10871881قُلْ
109719520قُلِ
11072038قُلْ
111814قُلِ
1128381قُلْ
1138703قُلْ
1149241قُلْ
1159511قُلْ
1169521قُلْ
1179531قُلْ
1189618قُلْ
11996411قُلِ
1209658قُلْ
12198120قُلْ
1229839فَقُلْ
1239946قُلْ
12491051وَقُلِ
125101517قُلْ
12610161قُلْ
127101815قُلْ
12810208فَقُلْ
129102114قُلِ
13010311قُلْ
131103125فَقُلْ
13210341قُلْ
133103410قُلِ
13410351قُلْ
13510359قُلِ
13610384قُلْ
13710413فَقُلْ
13810491قُلْ
13910501قُلْ
14010534قُلْ
14110581قُلْ
14210591قُلْ
143105913قُلْ
14410691قُلْ
145101011قُلِ
1461010210قُلْ
147101041قُلْ
148101081قُلْ
14911134قُلْ
15011354قُلْ
151111211وَقُلْ
152121081قُلْ
15313161قُلْ
15413166قُلِ
15513168قُلْ
156131619قُلْ
157131638قُلِ
158132710قُلْ
159133018قُلْ
160133312قُلْ
161133613قُلْ
16213436قُلْ
16314307قُلْ
16414311قُلْ
16515891وَقُلْ
166161021قُلْ
167172322وَقُلْ
16817247وَقُلْ
16917289فَقُلْ
17017421قُلْ
17117501قُلْ
172175110قُلِ
173175121قُلْ
17417531وَقُلْ
17517561قُلِ
17617801وَقُلْ
17717811وَقُلْ
17817841قُلْ
17917854قُلِ
18017881قُلْ
181179319قُلْ
18217951قُلْ
18317961قُلْ
184171001قُلْ
185171071قُلْ
186171101قُلِ
187171111وَقُلِ
188182215قُلْ
18918249وَقُلْ
19018261قُلِ
19118291وَقُلِ
19218835قُلْ
193181031قُلْ
194181091قُلْ
195181101قُلْ
19619751قُلْ
197201054فَقُلْ
1982011414وَقُلْ
199201351قُلْ
20021246قُلْ
20121421قُلْ
20221451قُلْ
203211081قُلْ
204211093فَقُلْ
20522491قُلْ
20622683فَقُلِ
207227218قُلْ
20823288فَقُلِ
20923291وَقُلْ
21023841قُلْ
21123853قُلْ
21223861قُلْ
21323873قُلْ
21423881قُلْ
21523893قُلْ
21623931قُلْ
21723971وَقُلْ
218231181وَقُلْ
21924301قُلْ
22024311وَقُلْ
22124538قُلْ
22224541قُلْ
2232561قُلْ
22425151قُلْ
22525571قُلْ
22625771قُلْ
227262163فَقُلْ
22827591قُلِ
229276414قُلْ
23027651قُلْ
23127691قُلْ
23227721قُلْ
233279211فَقُلْ
23427931وَقُلِ
23528491قُلْ
23628711قُلْ
23728721قُلْ
23828859قُلْ
23929201قُلْ
24029508قُلْ
24129521قُلْ
242296316قُلِ
24330421قُلْ
24431259قُلِ
24532111قُلْ
24632291قُلْ
24733161قُلْ
24833171قُلْ
24933283قُلْ
25033593قُلْ
25133635قُلْ
2523437قُلْ
25334221قُلِ
25434241قُلْ
25534247قُلِ
25634251قُلْ
25734261قُلْ
25834271قُلْ
25934301قُلْ
26034361قُلْ
26134391قُلْ
26234461قُلْ
26334471قُلْ
26434481قُلْ
26534491قُلْ
26634501قُلْ
26735401قُلْ
26836791قُلْ
26937181قُلْ
27038651قُلْ
27138671قُلْ
27238861قُلْ
27339827قُلْ
27439913قُلْ
27539101قُلْ
27639111قُلْ
27739131قُلْ
27839141قُلِ
27939156قُلْ
28039389قُلْ
281393831قُلْ
28239391قُلْ
28339437قُلْ
28439441قُلْ
28539461قُلِ
28639531قُلْ
28739641قُلْ
28840661قُلْ
2894161قُلْ
2904191قُلْ
29141133فَقُلْ
292414411قُلْ
29341521قُلْ
29442159وَقُلْ
295422310قُلْ
29643811قُلْ
29743893وَقُلْ
29845141قُلْ
29945261قُلِ
3004641قُلْ
3014684قُلْ
3024691قُلْ
30346101قُلْ
304481117قُلْ
305481515قُلْ
30648161قُلْ
30749144قُلْ
30849161قُلْ
30949175قُلْ
31052311قُلْ
31156491قُلْ
3126261قُلْ
3136281قُلْ
314621110قُلْ
3156477قُلْ
31667231قُلْ
31767241قُلْ
31867261قُلْ
31967281قُلْ
32067291قُلْ
32167301قُلْ
3227211قُل
32372201قُلْ
32472211قُلْ
32572221قُلْ
32672251قُلْ
32779181فَقُلْ
32810911قُل
32911211قُل
33011311قُل
33111411قُل
332*211121قُل

Qaloo “They Said” Count

CountSuraVerseWordArabic
12118قَالُوا
22138قَالُوا
32145قَالُوا
421411قَالُوا
522519قَالُوا
623010قَالُوا
72321قَالُوا
826711قَالُوا
92681قَالُوا
102691قَالُوا
112701قَالُوا
1227117قَالُوا
132765قَالُوا
1427612قَالُوا
152801وَقَالُوا
162881وَقَالُوا
172918قَالُوا
1829312قَالُوا
1921111وَقَالُوا
2021161وَقَالُوا
21213315قَالُوا
2221351وَقَالُوا
2321565قَالُوا
2421708قَالُوا
25224612قَالُوا
26224631قَالُوا
27224711قَالُوا
28224936قَالُوا
2922505قَالُوا
30227516قَالُوا
31228521وَقَالُوا
323243قَالُوا
3337525قَالُوا
3438126قَالُوا
35311911قَالُوا
3631476قَالُوا
3731568وَقَالُوا
38316713قَالُوا
3931682قَالُوا
40317313وَقَالُوا
4131816قَالُوا
42318114قَالُوا
4331832قَالُوا
4444622قَالُوا
4547727وَقَالُوا
464977قَالُوا
4749710قَالُوا
4849715قَالُوا
49414110قَالُوا
50414118قَالُوا
51415316فَقَالُوا
525143قَالُوا
535174قَالُوا
545221قَالُوا
555241قَالُوا
5654111قَالُوا
575613قَالُوا
5856410قَالُوا
595724قَالُوا
605734قَالُوا
6158216قَالُوا
625854قَالُوا
63510411قَالُوا
6451098قَالُوا
6551119قَالُوا
6651131قَالُوا
67681وَقَالُوا
686237قَالُوا
696277فَقَالُوا
706291وَقَالُوا
7163011قَالُوا
7263112قَالُوا
736371وَقَالُوا
746917قَالُوا
7561244قَالُوا
76613015قَالُوا
7761369فَقَالُوا
7861381وَقَالُوا
7961391وَقَالُوا
80759قَالُوا
817284قَالُوا
8273721قَالُوا
8373729قَالُوا
8474311وَقَالُوا
8574419قَالُوا
867477قَالُوا
877487قَالُوا
8875015قَالُوا
897701قَالُوا
9077518قَالُوا
917777وَقَالُوا
927827قَالُوا
937958وَقَالُوا
9471111قَالُوا
9571134قَالُوا
9671151قَالُوا
9771211قَالُوا
9871251قَالُوا
9971291قَالُوا
10071314قَالُوا
10171321وَقَالُوا
10271345قَالُوا
103713812قَالُوا
10471499قَالُوا
105716414قَالُوا
106717215قَالُوا
10772035قَالُوا
1088214قَالُوا
1098315قَالُوا
1108322قَالُوا
1119598وَقَالُوا
1129744قَالُوا
1139746قَالُوا
11498115وَقَالُوا
11598614وَقَالُوا
11610681قَالُوا
11710766قَالُوا
11810781قَالُوا
11910851فَقَالُوا
12011321قَالُوا
12111531قَالُوا
12211621قَالُوا
12311696قَالُوا
124117011قَالُوا
12511731قَالُوا
12611791قَالُوا
12711811قَالُوا
12811871قَالُوا
12911911قَالُوا
1301282قَالُوا
13112111قَالُوا
13212141قَالُوا
13312171قَالُوا
13412441قَالُوا
13512611قَالُوا
13612635قَالُوا
13712658قَالُوا
13812711قَالُوا
13912721قَالُوا
14012731قَالُوا
14112741قَالُوا
14212751قَالُوا
14312771قَالُوا
14412781قَالُوا
14512851قَالُوا
14612884قَالُوا
14712901قَالُوا
14812911قَالُوا
14912951قَالُوا
15012971قَالُوا
15114925وَقَالُوا
152141018قَالُوا
153142121قَالُوا
1541561وَقَالُوا
15515151لَقَالُوا
15615524فَقَالُوا
15715531قَالُوا
15815551قَالُوا
15915581قَالُوا
16015631قَالُوا
16115701قَالُوا
16216247قَالُوا
16316307قَالُوا
16416866قَالُوا
1651610110قَالُوا
16617491وَقَالُوا
16717901وَقَالُوا
168179411قَالُوا
16917986وَقَالُوا
1701843قَالُوا
17118106فَقَالُوا
17218146فَقَالُوا
173181910قَالُوا
174181916قَالُوا
175182118فَقَالُوا
17618941قَالُوا
17719275قَالُوا
17819293قَالُوا
17919881وَقَالُوا
18020631قَالُوا
18120651قَالُوا
18220704قَالُوا
18320721قَالُوا
18420871قَالُوا
18520887فَقَالُوا
18620911قَالُوا
187201331وَقَالُوا
188201347لَقَالُوا
1892152قَالُوا
19021141قَالُوا
19121261وَقَالُوا
19221531قَالُوا
19321551قَالُوا
19421591قَالُوا
19521601قَالُوا
19621611قَالُوا
19721621قَالُوا
19821644فَقَالُوا
19921681قَالُوا
20023471فَقَالُوا
20123812قَالُوا
20223821قَالُوا
203231061قَالُوا
204231131قَالُوا
20524129وَقَالُوا
2062551وَقَالُوا
2072571وَقَالُوا
20825181قَالُوا
20925606قَالُوا
210256311قَالُوا
21126361قَالُوا
21226414قَالُوا
21326444وَقَالُوا
21426471قَالُوا
21526501قَالُوا
21626711قَالُوا
21726741قَالُوا
21826961قَالُوا
219261111قَالُوا
220261161قَالُوا
221261361قَالُوا
222261531قَالُوا
223261671قَالُوا
224261851قَالُوا
22527135قَالُوا
22627331قَالُوا
22727471قَالُوا
22827491قَالُوا
22927567قَالُوا
23028366قَالُوا
23128486قَالُوا
232284820قَالُوا
233284823وَقَالُوا
23428534قَالُوا
23528556وَقَالُوا
23628571وَقَالُوا
23729247قَالُوا
238292916قَالُوا
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2 thoughts on “Occurance of Qul in Quran

  1. There are no “false verses” in the Quran.
    RK has no authority to remove anything from the book of Allah. He is simply distorting the Quran to fit his views.
    Allah has declared that He will preserve the Quran.

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