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Translation of one part of a narration regarding the sequence of the Surahs of the Quran

Question

What is the meaning of ‘مما’ in the following Hadith?

فقال عثمان: كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مما يأتي عليه الزمان وهو ينزل عليه السور ذوات العدد

 

Answer

This is part of a lengthy narration recorded by Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) regarding the order and sequence of the various Surahs of the Quran.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3086)

 

The word ‘مما‘ in the above Hadith is in the meaning of ‘ربما‘ which in this case translates as occasionally/sometimes.

(Refer: Tuhfatul Ahwadhi, Hadith: 3086. Also see: Fathul Bari, under Hadith: 5)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar