Chapter 1, Hadith & Seerah, The Authority of Sunnah / Sunday, August 17th, 2008

On the occasion of the battle of Uhud, some Quranic verses were revealed to make the Muslims recall the events of the Battle of Badr: How Allah helped them and how He promised them to send the angels to their aid, and how He actually did so. These verses are as under:

“Allah has certainly helped you at Badr while you were weak. So, fear Allah, so that you may be grateful. When you (O Prophet) were saying to the believers, “Shall it not suffice you that your Lord shall aid you with three thousand angels being sent down? Why not? If you observe patience and fear Allah and they come to you in this their heat, your Lord shall aid you with five thousand angels having distinct marks”. And Allah did not make it but good news for you so that your hearts might be satisfied. And there is no help but from Allah, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” (3:123-125)

The italicized sentence of these verses attributes the good news of the aid of angels to Allah Almighty, meaning thereby that the good news of this aid was given by Allah Himself. But this good news given at the time of Badr is nowhere available in the Holy Quran. In other words, there is no verse In the Holy Book revealed during the battle of Badr which implies the good news of the aid of the angels. What is quoted above is only a reference of that news, verses wordsade at the time of a later battle, and it is expressly mentioned in this verse that the good news was given by the Holy Prophet (SAWS). Still, the news is attributed to Allah.

Thus, it is another example wher e the words of the Holy Prophet (SAWS) are held to be the words of Allah. There is no reason for this expression other than that the words of the Prophet (SAWS) were inspired by a special revelation, not contained in the Holy Quran, and this is what is called the ‘unrecited revelation’.

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