Allah has referred to the Quran as a Book, which by definition is something written, in many Quranic passages. One example would be (what means): ( By the Mountain, and by a written Book (the Quran), written in pages of a book spread out ) [52:1-3]
The Prophet (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace) said, what means, (( Do not travel with the Quran, since I can not guarantee that the enemies would not get a hold of it. )) [Muslim]
Quite obviously, the Messenger of Allah (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace) was not referring to the Quran memorized in their hearts or the Quran in al-Lowh al-Mahfooth (the Preserved Tablet)! He was referring to the mus-haf, the written Quran, and he explicitly called it “the Quran”.
‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab, the second Caliph of the Muslims (may Allah be pleased with him), had no problem with this expression either, as it is narrated that he wrote to the governors in the various lands under his rule, following the best example, saying: “Do not travel with the Quran to enemy lands, since I fear that one of them might get a hold of it.”
Aboo Bakr As-Siddeeq, the first Caliph, placed Zayd ibn Thaabit (may Allah be pleased with them both) in charge of compiling the scattered writings of the Quran into one mus-haf, as the era of Divine Revelation had just ended, and the Quran could not have been compiled into one book while it was still coming down.
Zayd said about the gravity of this task:“I swear by Allah, had they placed me in charge of moving a mountain, it would not have been more heavy than the task he ordered me with of compiling the Quran (into one mus-haf)!”
During that time and ever since, this event is referred to by the Muslim scholars as Jam’ al-Quran, or the compilation of the Quran (into one mus-haf).
‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan, the third Caliph (may Allah be pleased with him), said, “I do not like that a day and night pass except that I look at the Speech of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic.” (meaning: reading the mus-haf)
‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib, the fourth Caliph (may Allah be pleased with him), said, “May Allah have Mercy on Aboo Bakr, for he was the first one to gather the Quran between two book covers (i.e. in one mus-haf).”
‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him), was reported to have said, “Verily, this Quran in front of you is about to be snatched away from you!”
His student asked, “How could it be snatched away from us while Allah has made it firm in our hearts and we have recorded it precisely in our mus-hafs?!
He replied, "It (the Quran) shall be taken up in one night, and everything in the hearts shall be snatched away, and everything in the mus-hafs shall go, and the people shall become needy from it (the event). Then he recited, what means: ( And if We wanted we could take away that which We revealed to you ).”
‘Ikrimah ibn Abee Jahl, one of the Companions (may Allah be pleased with him), used to hold the mus-haf to his face, saying, “The Book of My Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, the Speech of My Lord, the Mighty and Majestic!”
As salaamu Alaikum akhee, thank you for the efforts made in the publicity of Yusuf Estes. At the same time I wish to advice you to disable comments (statements, emotions & experiences) posted on this page.
Rather, comments should be allowed of known Scholars and students of knowledge so that your sole purpose of preventing people from deviation is preserved and not become a door to deviation itself.
This is excellent advice. I agree that this should be the policy of this website. May Allaah bless it and allow it to aid in conveying clarity in Allaah’s Religion, to those Bakkah.net could not reach!
On page 15 of the ebook ‘yusuf estes and the quran 2’ you state that ‘Allah has referred to the Quran as a book, which by definition is something written, in many quranic passages.’ Then you quote 1 ayat. It would be beneficial to quote other ayaat also, not that 1 is not enough, just for more proof.
Salim r Bhatoo
wa ‘alaykas-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. We tried to keep the PDF short dear brother, and to be honest, all we need is Allaah to refer to the Quran once as a book, and then anyone who would dare say “the Quran is not a Book” would be a clear disbeliever in the Quran, rejecting the Words of Allaah.
Check out these verses: Ch.2, v2, v89, v121, v129, v151… those are just in the first part of Soorah al-Baqarah… then Soorah ali ‘Imrah ch3 v3, v7, v164, Soorah Nisaa ch4 v24, v105, v113, v127, v136… for starters. May Allaah bless you!
Yusuf Estes has stated that he is only giving the etymology of words. So Qur’an means recitation and the definition of recitation, at least in English, is “the act of reciting something memorized.” Kitab means book and the definition of book is “written pages bound together with covers.” Mushaf means written pages. So technically speaking, based on etymology (definitions), book and recitation and written pages are not the same. The fact is, if we called the Quran by its English meaning “recitation” and you say to someone “I am going to go get the recitation” they would expect you to bring back a recording and not a physical book. And so he takes the words on their literal meaning. He fails to take into account Allah’s word that you cited, such as Ch.2, v2.
Assalamualaikum wr br Brother. I was searching your website for the introductory of the author of this website apart from the Sheik’s biography itself. Could we please know a little about the author? I was thought to firstly know who we’re learning from especially about our faith and I think it’s a fair request for everybody visiting your website to know who the author is.
Jazakallahu khairan kathira.
wa ‘alaykas-salaamu Muhammad Haikal, thank you for visiting and showing proper concern for the source of your Islamic knowledge. Please review the updated information above regarding the author of the articles and the supervisor of the website. May Allaah grant you success.
I was just curious about what this website is? I wanted to study the deen and i wanted to get the right sources and stumbled upon this website. I am a bit confused I watch some Yusuf Estes videos from time to time. Does that mean that he is bad or something?
All i am really interested in is Getting Authentic proper Islamic knowledge. I live in America and see some Muslims from time to time doing some weird things. I would like to educate myself in the deen. It is very important to me to get proper Islamic knowledge. Many people are lacking Islamic knowledge. Inshallah I will study in Medinah University, Please Make Dua for me To get accepted.
Thanks for visiting, Jawad. The articles on this website have been published to help you understand that you would only learn the confusion and rhetoric of the Shee’ah, the Jahmiyyah, the Khawaarij, etc. from Yusuf Estes, not authentic Islamic teachings based on the Quran and Sunnah. May Allaah give you success in your goals of studying Islaam in Madeenah, in safety and good health.
i just wanted to inform the admin that the youtube video that is embedded on the page “The real Yusuf Estes behind the scenes” has been removed by the youtube user. when you click the video it brings you to a dead link. Allahu yubaariku feekum
wa ‘alaykas-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. Jazaak Allaahu khayran for bringing that to our attention. We have replaced the link to show this one instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DYXxtppN9k
Yusuf Estes Never Heard of Soorah al-Ma’aarij
could you explain what happened there
wa ‘alayk as-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. It seems that Yusuf not only is ignorant of what the Quran actually is, he is ignorant of the soorahs in it as well. May Allaah guide him.