TWO KINDS OF REVELATION


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

It follows from the foregoing discussion that the revelation the Holy Prophet receives from Allah is of two different kinds:

(i) the revelation of the Quran, the Holy Book, named in the Islamic terminology as al-wahy al-matluww (the recited revelation i.e., the revelation which can be recited in the prayers). This kind of revelation is confined to the verses of the Holy Quran and is written verbally in its folds.

(ii) the revelation received by the Holy Prophet from time to time to let him know the pleasure of Allah in day -to-day affairs and the details of the principles laid down in the Holy Quran with their correct interpretation. This kind of revelation is called al-wahy ghair-al-matluww (the unrecited revelation). This kind of revelation is not conveyed to the people verbally. It has been demonstrated through the sayings and acts of the Holy
Prophet

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