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No. of Surahs in the Mushaf of Ibn Masud

Source: http://icraa.org/surahs-mushaf-ibn-masud/#_ftn14

Waqar Akbar Cheema


One of the arguments used by Orientalist and Missionary critics of Islam to cast aspersions on Qur’anic preservation is related to the fact that the beloved companion of the Prophet Ibn Mas‘ood chose not to write three of the 114 surahs in his copy of the Qur’an. In order to understand why he made such a choice and if he considered these surahs part of the Qur’an, the evidence that discusses these issues must be examined. Throughout this presentation, it will be proved that Ibn Mas‘ood did in fact consider these surahs part of the Qur’an by the testimony of the same people who noted that he did not include them in his mushaf. After reading the explanations provided herein, there should be no doubt that Ibn Mas‘ood’s mushaf is in no way contradictory to the claimed impeccable preservation of the Noble Qur’an

1. Introduction

Some of those who tend to question the legitimacy of the claim of absolute preservation of Noble Qur’an often bring up the issue of surahs missing from Ibn Mas‘ood’s (d. 33 AH) mushaf.

2. Surahs missing in Ibn Mas‘ood’s mushaf

It is said that Ibn Mas‘ood’s mushaf (codex) did not have three surahs: al-Fatihah and al-mu’awwizatayn (al-Falaq and al-Nas), i.e. nos. 1, 113 and 114.[1]

We shall deal the issue of al-Fatihah and al-mu’awwizatayn separately. For each case we shall first see the reports forming the basis for the confusion and then probe further to discover the truth. Read more of this post