Harms of self study

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Q: Is this hadith sahih are that verses gone? How can this be as Allah has taken the responsibility? It was narrated that ‘Aishah said: “The Verse of stoning and of breastfeeding an adult ten times was revealed1, and the paper was with me under my pillow. When the Messenger of Allah died, we were preoccupied with his death, and a tame sheep came in and ate it.”

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو سَلَمَةَ، يَحْيَى بْنُ خَلَفٍ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الأَعْلَى، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ إِسْحَاقَ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي بَكْرٍ، عَنْ عَمْرَةَ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، ‏.‏ وَعَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ الْقَاسِمِ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ لَقَدْ نَزَلَتْ آيَةُ الرَّجْمِ وَرَضَاعَةُ الْكَبِيرِ عَشْرًا وَلَقَدْ كَانَ فِي صَحِيفَةٍ تَحْتَ سَرِيرِي فَلَمَّا مَاتَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ وَتَشَاغَلْنَا بِمَوْتِهِ دَخَلَ دَاجِنٌ فَأَكَلَهَا ‏.‏ 

Grade : Hasan (Darussalam) English reference : Vol. 3, Book 9, Hadith 1944 Arabic reference : Book 9, Hadith 2020


A: All the Sahaaba, Taabi’een, Tabe Taabi’een and Imaams are unanimous that the Qur’an is preserved in its original form and no omissions or additions has been made to the Qur’an. As far as this Hadith which you have quoted is concerned, it is found in the famous compilations of Hadith. For one to be able to comprehend the correct meaning and explanations of the Ahaadith, deduce laws and reach the correct conclusions, he will have to equip himself with the various sciences of Deen. It is not at all correct for one who is unqualified to refer directly to the Qur’an and the various Hadith compilations. This self-study approach generally leads to much confusion and complications being created in one’s Deen. If you are qualified enough to research these academic level discussions, then you may refer to bazlul majhood, i’laaus sunan and awjazul masaalik. If you are not qualified and you wish to understand the Hadith in correct perspective, we advise you to take admission in a Madrasah and study the full Aalim course. After learning Arabic and the various sciences that are required to understand the Qur’an and Hadith, your may refer to the higher academic level discussions that are found in the Qur’an and Hadith.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)