Centrality of scripture in Islamic life

Seyyed Hossein Nasr notes that the Quran is the first and last thing that Muslims hear:

The two testimonies (shahadatan), one bearing witness to the Oneness of God and the other to the prophethood of the Prophet of Islam, both verses from the Quran, are the first words uttered into the ears of a newborn child and in most cases the last words uttered by a Muslim in the last moments of consciousness before death. 

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