The sheep ate a page from the mushaf

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The sheep ate a page from the mushaf


أكلت داجن ورقة من مصحف

The sheep ate a page from the mushaf.


Narrated by al Tabarani in al Mujam al Awsat[1] and Ibn Majah in his Sunan[2]. Al Albani labelled it sahih in Sahih Ibn Majah[3].

However, there is no proof in this hadith (to criticise the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum) for the masahif of the Muslims are plenty. If a sheep ate a page, it is not able to remove the verses of the Qur’an from the hearts of hundreds and thousands of Muslims. Moreover, Sayyidah ‘Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha is not the only individual who had pages of the Qur’an by her. She was not among the scribes of revelation who were specially tasked with writing every verse that was revealed upon Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

This is a hopeless endeavour to create a haggle with the Ahlus Sunnah developing from the Rawafid’s belief that the Qur’an is muharraf (adulterated).

If this falls in the ambit of tahrif according to them, then they will be accused of the same due to a similar narration which reads:


عن جابر عن أبي جعفر قال سمعته يقول وقع مصحف في البحر فوجدوه و قد ذهب ما فيه إلا هذه الآية ألا إلى الله تصير الأمور

On the authority of Jabir who narrates that he heard Abu Jafar saying, “A mushaf fell into the ocean which they later on retrieved. Everything was erased besides this verse:

أَلَا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَصِيرُ الْأُمُورُ

Unquestionably, to Allah do [all] matters evolve[4].[5]


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[1] Al Mujam al Awsat vol. 8 pg. 12.

[2] Sunan Ibn Majah vol. 1 pg. 625.

[3] Sahih Ibn Majah Hadith: 1580.

[4] Surah Shura: 53.

[5] Al Kafi vol. 2 pg. 462, Kitab Fadl al Qur’an.

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