Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tafseer... Surah Yusuf - Verse 3

Surah Yusuf, Verse 3:

نَحْنُ نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ أَحْسَنَ الْقَصَصِ بِمَا أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ وَإِن كُنتَ مِن قَبْلِهِ لَمِنَ الْغَافِلِينَ

{We relate to you the best of stories through Our revelations to you, of this Qur'an. And before this, you were among those who knew nothing about it.}

 `Abdullah bin `Abbas said, "They said, `O, Allah's Messenger! Why not narrate to us stories' Later on, the above verse was revealed.

There is a Hadith that is relevant upon mentioning this honorable verse, which praises the Qur'an and demonstrates that it is sufficient from needing any books besides it. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Umar bin Al-Khattab came to the Prophet with a book that he took from some of the People of the Book. `Umar began reading it to the Prophet(saw) who became angry. He said,
"Are you uncertain about it Ibn Al-Khattab? By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! I have come to you with it white and pure. Do not ask them about anything, for they might tell you something true and you reject it, or they might tell you something false and you believe it. By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! If Musa were living, he would have no choice but to follow me."

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