How can the Qur'an be perfectly preserved when the hadiths say that parts were remembered differently, eaten by a sheep and burned?

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  • 2 months ago
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    The way the Qur'an was compiled into written form, nobody can be sure something or other was not left out by mistake. Of course, Muslim people would insist that could not possibly be the case as it was God's perfect word. However, when Muhammed unexpectedly died in 632, virtually nothing he'd said had been written down. He himself might have been unable to write. So how did the sayings of Muhammed come to be written?

    The Caliph 'Uthman ordered Zaid bin Thabit, Said bin Al-As, 'Abdullah bin Az-Zubair and 'Abdur-Rahman bin Al-Harith bin Hisham to form a book (Mushafs) and said to them, "In case you disagree with Zaid bin Thabit regarding any dialectic Arabic utterance of the Qur'an, then write it in the dialect of Quraish." This was around 644-656. Up till then, the sayings were transmitted in memorised form, but a big problem was the number of Islamic men dying in battle. The fear was that the verbal transmission would be lost along with the men.

    'Uthman was not popular, so he tried to show he did not compile the Qur'an for gain. The last verse he found, only one person knew it - Surah At-Tauba (9:128-129). During a battle some distance away they discovered some people were quoting the Qur'an differently. 'Uthman was urged to do as the Jews and Christians had done in collating their holy scriptures. Abu Bakir did the first draft. Zaid bin Thabit was doing a 2nd draft. 'Uthman sent to every Muslim province one copy of what they had accepted and ordered that all the other copies be burned (another verse was discovered to be missing, that's Surah At-Tauba (9:128-129).) 'Uthman and his team did not claim inspiration for their work.

    Source(s): Islam: The Way of Submission by Solomon Nigosian, chapter on the Qu'ran (Crucible 1987)
  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Why do you argue over splinters and matchsticks when the forest is right before your very eyes? 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    that's because it isn't preserved properly 

    on another note why does there always have to be that one idiot like "matt" that whenever someone asks a question about muslims someone always has to bring up christians even when they don't know the askers religion but it never happens the other way around?

  • Matt
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    How can the Bible truly be described as the word of God when it has been edited and translated numerous times throughout history by imperfect men, and it was written AFTER the events it purports to describe based only on the imperfect memories of men?

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