When I wrote the masahif, I presented them to ‘Uthman
لما كتبت المصاحف عرضت على عثمان فوجد فيه حروفا من اللحن فقال لا تغيروها فإن العرب ستغيرها أو قال ستعربها بألسنتها لو أن الكاتب من ثقيف و المملي من هذيل لم توجد فيه هذه الحروف
When I wrote the masahif, I presented them to ‘Uthman. He found huruf of lahn therein. He said, “Do not change them for the Arabs will soon change them―or he said: alter them―with their tongues. Had the scribe been from Thaqif and the dictator from Hudhayl, these huruf would not have been found therein.
The narration is da’if and is not found in any reliable book of hadith.
Moreover, its attribution to Sayyidina ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu is incorrect. Its isnad is da’if, mudtarib, and munqati’. Qatadah reports a mursal report from Sayyidina ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu. Moreover, Hajjaj is a mudallis who has reported with ‘an from Harun ibn Musa. Nasr ibn ‘Asim reports it from him with an isnad; however, ‘Abdullah ibn Fatimah is in the isnad who is majhul. This all proves the du’f of such narrations which suggest the occurrence of mistakes in the Qur’an and the Sahabah’s silence on this which is impossible intellectually, religiously, and customarily. It is improbable to imagine the Sahabah making mistakes in speech, forget in the Qur’an. They were masters of eloquence and oratory. Moreover, it can never be imagined that they made mistakes in the Qur’an they learnt directly from Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam as it was revealed, and memorised it, retained it, and remembered it with determination. This narration suggests that the Sahabah united on error and its script which is unimaginable of them.