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Dates of revelation of certain scriptures and the Quran

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There is a narration of Wathilah ibnul Asqa’ (radiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding the revelation of the various scriptures during Ramadan, culminating with the Noble Quran being revealed after 24 nights of Ramadan had passed.

What is the correct source of this narration and can you kindly provide the Arabic and English texts?

Answer

This narration is recorded in Musnad Ahmad and other Hadith sources.

Sayyiduna Wathilah ibnul Asqa’ (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The scriptures of Ibrahim (‘alayhis salam) were revealed on the first night of Ramadan. The Tawrah was revealed after six days of Ramadan, the Injil after thirteen days of Ramadan and the Quran was revealed [to the preserved tablet] after twenty four days of Ramadan [i.e. on the eve of the 25th].”

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 4 pg. 107, Hadith: 16984. Also see: Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 2053 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 197)

The Arabic text is as follows:

عن واثلة بن الأسقع، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: أنزلت صحف إبراهيم عليه السلام في أول ليلة من رمضان، وأنزلت التوراة لست مضين من رمضان، والإنجيل لثلاث عشرة خلت من رمضان، وأنزل الفرقان لأربع وعشرين خلت من رمضان

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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