The first to collect the Quran under one manuscript
Fatwa No: 101411

  • Fatwa Date:18-11-2007 - Thul-Qi'dah 9, 1428
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Assalaamualaykum, could you please inform me who was the first person to collect the Qur'an? Perhaps one of the 2 hadiths below are weak? It is reported ... from Ali who said: "May the mercy of Allah be upon Abu Bakr, the foremost of men to be rewarded with the collection of the manuscripts, for he was the first to collect (the text) between (two) covers". (Ibn Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Masahif) It is reported ... from Ibn Buraidah who said: "The first of those to collect the Qur'an into a mushaf (codex) was Salim, the freed slave of Abu Hudhaifah". (as-Suyuti, Al-Itqan fii Ulum al-Qur'an) I hope that the sources are genuine. Jazaaakallah



All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.


The first person to collect the Quran is Abu Bakr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him. For more benefit in this regard, please refer to Fatwa 83643.

As regards the narration on the authority of 'Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him it is reported by Abu Al-Qaasim, Ash-Shaafi'i and it is mentioned in the book authored by Ibn 'Abdul Barr. As-Suyooti  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him stated that it is authentic.

With regard to the narration by Saalim, the servant of Abu Haneefah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him As-Sayooti, classified it as weak.

Allaah Knows best.

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