{in this post, we will take into consideration two surahs which have gone missing now. i have used the work of answering-ansar in this regard, may allah reward them and shower his blessings upon them, amin. their article can be read here}

Two Surahs namely Surah Hafd and Surah Khul’a are missing from current Quran which were written in the Quran of Ubai bin Ka’b

According to Sunni sources there were two Surahs which were part of that Quran according to the testimonies of the Sahaba and Tabayeen, one of which was Surah Khula:

اللهم إنا نستعينك ونستغفرك ونثني عليك ولا نكفرك، ونخلع ونترك من يفجرك

God, we ask help from You and we ask repentance from You.
And we praise You, and we will not be infidels, and we remove and we leave who are dissolute (Unrestrained by Your laws).

The other was Surah Hafd:

اللهم إياك نعبد ولك نصلي ونسجد وإليك نسعى ونحفد، نرجورحمتك ونخشى عذابك إن عذابك بالكفار

God its You Who we worship , and for You we pray and prostrate ,
and we curry favor with You and we rush for Your obedience , and we hope for Your mercy , and we are afraid from Your anger ,
Your suffer is purchasing the infidels .”

Both of these Surahs were part of a copy of the Quran possessed by the Sahabi Ubai bin Kaab, and were read in the following Sunni books:

  1. Tafseer Dur al Manthur, Volume 4 page 421
  2. Tafseer al Itqan (Urdu), Volume 1 page 172-173
  3. Tafseer Ruh al Ma’ani, Volume 1 page 25

We read in Al Itqan:

“The sequence of surahs in Ubai bin Ka’ab’s mushaf was in this manner:
[1]Al Hamd, [2]Al Baqrah, [3 ]Aal e Imran, [4]Al-An’am, [5]Al-Ar`af, [6]…[94] At-Takathur, [95]Al-Qadr, [96]Surat al Khul’a, [97] Surat al Haqd, [98]…”

Tafseer al Itqan (Urdu), Volume 1 page 172-173

Like their beloved companions, do Nawasib such as Sipah e Sahaba have these two surahs in their Quran? This tradition clearly demonstrates that Uthman deleted two surahs from the Quran. What is the Nasibi fatwa here? Or will they by adopting their usual double standard approach, closing their eyes from this serious tradition and focusing their attention on Shia scholars?

Surah Khul’a and Surah Hafd were a part of Ibn Masud’s Mushaf

We read in Tafseer Dur al Manthur, Volume 8 page 696:

وزعم عبيد أنه بلغه أنهما سورتان من القرآن في مصحف ابن مسعود

“Ubaid narrates that he came to know that these two are the surahs from the Quran and are written in the mushaf of Ibn Masud”
Tafseer Dur al Manthur, Volume 8 page 696

Umar used to recite Surah Khula and Surah Hafd in his prayers

We read in Tafseer al Itqan (Urdu), Volume 1 page 175:

Umar Ibn al Khattab did Qunut after Ruku [bowing] and recited:
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
God, we ask help from You and we ask repentance from You.
And we praise You, and we will not be infidels, and we remove and we leave who are dissolute (Unrestrained by Your laws).

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
God its You Who we worship , and for You we pray and prostrate ,
and we curry favor with You and we rush for Your obedience , and we hope for Your mercy , and we are afraid from Your anger ,
Your suffer is purchasing the infidels .”

Itqan fi Uloom al-Quran, Volume 1 page 77

Ibn Abbas had written Surah Khul’a and Surah Haqd in his Quran

We are quoting from the following Sunni books.

  1. Tafseer Dur al Manthur, Volume 6 page 421
  2. Itqan fi Uloom al-Quran, Volume 1 page 77

We read in Al Itqan:

In the Mushaf (Quran) of Ibn Abbas the recital of Abi and Abi Musa was in this manner:

i.e “God, we ask help from you and we ask repentance from You.
We praise You, We will not be infidels, and we remove and we leave who are dissolute (Unrestrained by Your laws).

And this:

God its You Who we praise , and for You we pray and prostrate ,
and we curry favor with You and we rush for Your obedience ,
We are afraid from Your anger , and we hope for Your mercy
Your suffer is purchasing the infidels .”

Itqan fi Uloom al-Quran (Urdu), Volume 1 page 175
Itqan fi Uloom al-Quran, Volume 1 page 77

Umaya bin Abdullah would recite both Surahs in his prayers

In Itqan, Volume 1 page 77 we read that a Tabayee namely Umaya bin Abdullah (d. 87 H) used to recite both of these Surahs in prayers:

Tabrani with Sahih chain has narrated from Ibn Ishaq that he said: “In Khurasan Umaya bin Abdullah bin Khalid bin Usaid did imamate for us in prayers and recited both of these Surahs: ‘INNA NASTA3INUKA WA NASTAGHFIRUKA’
Itqan fi Uloom al-Quran, Volume 1 page 77

Comment

These prominent figures amongst Sunnis including their second caliph are clearly announcing that these two Surahs were a part of the Quran. If these companions are indeed true then why did Uthman delete these two Surahs from the Quran? If our opponents offer some excuses, could they enlighten us with answere to the to the following questions:

  • Why did these three prominent companions had those two surahs written in their Mushafs if they were unimportant
  • Why did Uthman not include them in the mushaf when according to Sunni tradition the Prophet (s) issued the instructions that people were to attain knowledge of the Quran from Ibn Masud & Ubai ?
  • What is Nawasib stance on those Sahaba that believed that both Surahs were worthy enough to be written in their Quran (if according to Nawasib they aren’t the part of the Quran) and the scholars who recorded such traditions in their books? Are they ready to declare them infidels?

The abrogation excuse will not be accepted here until they bring Mutawatur Hadith from their Sahabah about the abrogation of the aforesaid verses. Moreover how can they even try to offer the abrogation defence when we learn that their Khalifa Umar and Umaya bin Abdullah would recite both verses in their prayers? Are Nawasib going to suggest that their Khalifa was so ignorant that he was reciting abrogated verses in his Salat? And was no Sahaba present to correct him and point out this major error?