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

Once the Holy Prophet (SAWS) told a secret to one of his wives. She disclosed the secret to some other person. When the Holy Prophet (SAWS) came to know that the secret has been disclosed by his wife, he sought an explanation from her. She asked him as to who told him about the disclosure. The Holy Prophet replied that he was informed about it by Allah Almighty.

This event has been mentioned by the Holy Quran in the following words:

“And when the Prophet told one of his wives about a matter secretly: then, when she told about it, And Allah has disclosed it to him, he made known some part of it, and turned aside from some part; then, when he told
her about it, she said, ‘Who told you this?’ He said ‘I was told by the All-Knowing, the All-Aware’.” (66:3)

The italicized sentences of this verse are quite clear in that Allah has told the Holy Prophet (SAWS) about the disclosure of the secret. This is also not mentioned anywhere in the Holy Quran. Hence it is another concrete example, where the Holy Prophet (SAWS) received some revelation from Allah, other than the one contained in the Holy Quran. This is exactly the ‘unrecited revelation’.

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