Hadith on Stoning: Verse of stoning was abrogated, never written

January 22, 2018

Kathir ibn As-Salt reported: Amr ibn al-‘As and Zaid ibn Thabit would write down the Quran. They passed over this verse and Zaid said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say: The married old man and old woman, if they commit adultery, then stone them irrevocably.” Umar said, “When this was revealed, I went to the Prophet and I said: Let me write it.” Shu’bah said, “It was as if the Prophet disliked that.” Umar said, “No doubt, you see that if an old men is unmarried he is merely flogged, while if a youth commits adultery while married is stoned.”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 21086

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

Abu Muhammad said, “When the verse of stoning was revealed, it was memorized, acknowledged, and it was acted upon by the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, except that he did not have it written in the copies of the Quran, nor did he affirm its wording in the Quran. Umar ibn Al-Khattab asked about that, as we have related, and the Prophet did not obligate him to do it.”

Source: al-Muḥallá 12/177

عَنْ كَثِيرِ بْنِ الصَّلْتِ قَالَ كَانَ ابْنُ الْعَاصِ وَزَيْدُ بْنُ ثَابِتٍ يَكْتُبَانِ الْمَصَاحِفَ فَمَرُّوا عَلَى هَذِهِ الْآيَةِ فَقَالَ زَيْدٌ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ الشَّيْخُ وَالشَّيْخَةُ إِذَا زَنَيَا فَارْجُمُوهُمَا الْبَتَّةَ فَقَالَ عُمَرُ لَمَّا أُنْزِلَتْ هَذِهِ أَتَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقُلْتُ أَكْتِبْنِيهَا قَالَ شُعْبَةُ فَكَأَنَّهُ كَرِهَ ذَلِكَ فَقَالَ عُمَرُ أَلَا تَرَى أَنَّ الشَّيْخَ إِذَا لَمْ يُحْصَنْ جُلِدَ وَأَنَّ الشَّابَّ إِذَا زَنَى وَقَدْ أُحْصِنَ رُجِمَ

21086 مسند أحمد مسند الأنصار رضي الله عنهم

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قَالَ أَبُو مُحَمَّدٍ لِأَنَّ آيَةَ الرَّجْمِ إذْ نَزَلَتْ حُفِظَتْ وَعُرِفَتْ وَعَمِلَ بِهَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إلَّا أَنَّهُ لَمْ يَكْتُبْهَا نُسَّاخُ الْقُرْآنِ فِي الْمُصْحَفِ وَلَا أَثْبَتُوا لَفْظَهَا فِي الْقُرْآنِ وَقَدْ سَأَلَ عُمَرُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ ذَلِكَ كَمَا أَوْرَدْنَا فَلَمْ يُجِبْهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إلَى ذَلِكَ

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