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However, it has been documented that the English translation of Kitab al Masaahif by the Christian orientalist Arthur Jeffery, and many of his other works, is not an accurate translation, if not deliberately misleading. I have encompassed whatever amount of it has been facilitated [for me to know]. Rather they compiled and passed down everything they could gather so that later scholars could critically assess and scrutinise each piece of information, and this is something they did meticulously.

When the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him would receive revelation, it would be impressed in his memory.

Sayyidna Umar already knew the verse he was looking for by heart as he was a hafidhas did numerous amounts of the other Companions and most likely the person he asked about it!

However, if one reads further on in the same book and looks at other biographic books, we find a different picture, and that Ibn Abu Dawud is held by the majority of scholars kltab hadith as an Imam in the science, and indeed many of his contemporaries and subsequent scholars of hadith stated that he was more expert in hadith than his own father!

And it is protected through its inimitability, such that no one will [ever] be capable to oppose it or produce anything like unto it. Whoever claims that he knows them, is a liar. The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him had a number of scribes, one of these being Sayyidna Zaid bin Thabit.

That is not to say, however, that we should not investigate and grapple with difficult or controversial texts. He exhorted us to hold fast to the Book of Allah and then said: If there were any mistakes, the Prophet would correct it immediately and then present it in front of everyone. Therefore, when one reads such books we should understand this point and not jump to conclusions when we first read something. He would pass the revelation to his companions in its entirety and instruct some to write it down and memorise.


Regardless, the translation offered is at best a very poor translation, and at worst, an outright lie.

May Allah grant you the best of states and guide you to what is pleasing to Him. He wanted the material it was written on, a hard copy as it were. Reading isolated texts or detailed religious discussions without firm and sound belief at the onset is somewhat of a grope in the dark. Moreover, without having learnt the fundamentals of the traditional Islamic sciences, including the auxiliary disciplines such as the Arabic language, and under qualified scholars, approaching translated texts can be hazardous.

And Allah knows best. Their role was to collect and present everything as they found it.

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Meticulously upright and reliable witnesses were also bought forth to testify that each piece that was written was done so in the presence of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him. All of which is reprehensible to any believer. These collections, of course, were not verified by the Prophet or any of the scribes, being as they were, personal writings of each person.

It is also a testament to the truthfulness and veracity of our scholars that they did this, as it would have been easy for them to be selective and choose what suits them or only that which supports their opinions. It is clear that Sayyidna Umar was not asking for the verse because he did not know it, or it had not been memorised by others, or that it had been forgotten or lost somehow. Consensus of the scholars of this ummah constitutes as a binding proof on any matter.

To his deep sorrow, he discovered that the only person who had any record of that verse had been killed in the battle of Yamama and that the verse was consequently lost. The esteemed scholar, Shaykh Gibril F. Subscribe to Compass Newsletter Get the best of Seekershub to your inbox. An onlooker will just see a carpet rolled up.

Therefore, it is appropriate to ask: The task of filtering through such works requires expertise and scholarly precision, let alone a lot of time. Therefore, before we come to the issues you mentioned, it would behove us to go over some of these basic realities.

Perhaps I have missed it elsewhere in the book but a thorough search has only bought up the narration I have provided above. Whatever the reasons and debate surrounding the personality of Ibn Abu Dawud, it does not take away from his work.


It is of no doubt that these great companions and great scholars knew full well the responsibility and burden they carried in preserving the religion for future generations. Often times, they did not state or separate the strong, weak, fabricated or sound narrations.

Sayyidna Abu Bakr, himself a Hafidh, and the greatest of the Companions, affirmed the final compilation.

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This was not their mission. Thank you for your question. Furthermore, the concept of Tawaatir is another binding proof, where a large number of people all relay and agree on the same information, so maxahif so that it is impossible that they are lying or mistaken.

This means that any matter xl has been wholly agreed upon cannot be incorrect or misguidance. But once you unravel it, and spread it out into full view, the full extent of the dirt it contains becomes apparent.

A reader may wonder what all this has to do with the specific questions that has been enquired about in the question, and why I am mentioning all this?! The fact that surahs, including the Fatiha, were missing in certain copies merely means that just like there were many copies which were complete, other copies belonging to various individuals were incomplete. Therefore, there is some discrepancy between these two pictures.

Was the Originally Compiled Qur’an During the Era of Abu Bakr Incomplete?

Would it affect our faith in what remains in any way or our practice of the religion? Ibn Abi Daud, Kitab al-Masahif. Therefore, I will quote Shaykh Gibril in regards to this individual question:. Haddad has already answered this first question. Each piece was verified through his own memory and verified by Sayiddna Umar, who himself was a Hafidh. I am not sure which translation the questioner is reading from.

In the Name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate. However, like many such discussions, there is a bigger picture. He likened it to a dirty carpet kirab has been rolled up and put away.

The second are the members of my household I remind you of your duties to the members of my family.