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For the convenience of people who wish to read the Qur'an in a week the text may be divided into 7 portions, each portion is known as Hizb or Manzil.
The following division to 7 equal portions is by Hamza Al-Zayyat (d.156/772):
- Al-Fatihah (chapter 1) through An-Nisa' (chapter 4) consisting of 4 surahs.
- Al-Maida (chapter 5) through At-Tawba (chapter 9) consisting of 5 surahs.
- Yunus (chapter 10) through An-Nahl (chapter 16) consisting of 7 surahs.
- Isra' (chapter 17) through Al-Furqan (chapter 25) consisting of 9 surahs.
- Ash-Shuara' (chapter 26) through Ya-Seen (chapter 36) consisting of 11 surahs.
- As-Saffat (chapter 37) through Al-Hujarat (chapter 49) consisting of 13 surahs.
- Qaf (chapter 50) through An-Nass (chapter 114) consisting of 65 surahs.
Sufi's spiritual journey is seen as a path marked by various stopping places or stages. The stopping places or stages may be called manzil, maqām, or hāl. The nature and order of these stages is mystical but the destination of Sufi journey is God. Therefore, manzil or its plural manazil, are milestones or resting places along the spiritual journey. It is understood that the journey is a linear and progressive journey and the wayfarer must traverse all stages on the spiritual path.