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According to the Sunnis from among the sahaaba and the salaf (the pious predecessors), the Glorious Qur’aan will be taken away at the end of time. This is born-out by some traditions, which are graded as authentic. Among these traditions are the following:

 From ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: “Something will come and take the Qur’aan one night and not one aayah will be left, either in the Mus-haf or in the heart of any person, except been taken away.” (Narrated by al-Daarimi with a good chain no. 3209)

Al-Daarimi narrated with a different good chain (no. 3207) that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said: “Recite the Qur’aan much before it is taken away.” They said, “These Mus-hafs will be taken away! What about that which is (memorized) in men’s hearts?” He said: “Something will come and take it one night, and in the morning they will wake up without it. They will forget the phrase ‘laa ilaaha ill-Allaah’ and they will start to recite the sayings and poetry of the Jaahiliyyah. That is when the Word will be fulfilled against them."

The phrase ‘That is when the Word will be fulfilled against them’ is a reference to the verse:(Translation of meaning)

"And when the Word is fulfilled against them (the unjust), we shall produce from the earth a beast to (face) them: He will speak to them, for that mankind did not believe with assurance in Our Signs"{27:82}

 Further evidence that the Qur'an will be taken away at the end of time is to be found in the report narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, no. 8698, according to which Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “This Qur’aan will most certainly be taken away from amongst you.” He was asked: “O Abu ‘Abd al-Rahmaan, how will it be taken away when it is so deeply rooted in our hearts and is written in our mus-hafs?” He said: “Something will come to it at night, and then there will be nothing left of it in people’s hearts or in the mus-haf, and the next morning the people will be like animals.” Then he recited the aayah which translation means:

"If it were Our Will, We could take away that which We have sent thee by inspiration: then wouldst thou find none to plead thy affair in that matter as against Us" [al-Israa’ 17:86].

Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari (13/16): its isnaad is saheeh but it is mawqoof. Al-Haythami said in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id, 7/329): its men are the men of saheeh, apart from Shaddaad ibn Ma’qil, who is thiqah. Moreover, it was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

 Imaam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa (3/198): “At the end of time, something will come to it at night in the mus-hafs and in people’s hearts, then there will not be left one word of it in people’s hearts or one letter of it in the Mus-haf"

The above sayings clearly depicts that it was a known affair among the Sahaaba (may Allah be pleased with them) and the pious predecessors that among the great occurrences of the end times is the disappearance of the Glorious Qur'an from the papers and the hearts that commit it to memory. The Sunnis agreed on this due to the following:

1. The hadith was narrated of Ibn Masuud (may Allah be pleased with him) who was an outstanding companion of the Messenger of Allah(may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

2. It was never known that anyone among the sahaaba disagreed with him on this and that resembles what is known in the philosophy of Jurisprudence as Ijma sukuuti (a silence consensus) and a silence consensus is an evidence in Islamic law.

3. The chain of the narrators of the hadith are all good as seen above.

The views of the Shiites generally, are in great contrast with that of the Sunnis about Glorious Qur'an even as it exist today. Some Shia believe Quran has a hidden meaning & only Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) & his descendants [not even the Prophet Mohammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)] knows it. Many Shia believe that the present Quran is not the complete, original Quran.

 The Shia are waiting for their 12th Imam called Imam Mahdi (they also call him "Al-Qa'im") whom they expect will appear before the Day of Judgment and will bring the full Quran. The Shia believe today's Quran is only a small part of the original full Quran.

There are many other obnoxious beliefs of the Shia concerning the Glorious Qur'an. The author of the book" Al-washee'a" known as sheikh Musah Jaarullah who lived and studied in Shia circles of knowledge for a long time said:" the saying that the Qur'an is altered and some words and verses removed and a change in the order of the words is something which is agreed upon in the books of the Shia".

 

 

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