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(Part 2)

Erecting the Catapults for Destroying the Story of the High-Flyers

Nasb al-Majānīq li-Nasf Qissat al-Gharānīq

نصب المجانيق لنسف قصة الغرانيق

by Sh. Muhammad Nasir-ud-Dīn al–Albani

Before getting into the narrations:

Now before I bring forth all the narrations regarding this story, I see that it is important to highlight a matter so that the benefit from this Treatise would be thorough.

I say:

This story was mentioned by the scholars of Tafseer, [when commenting on what] Allah [Glorified is He] said: {And We did not send before you any messenger or prophet except that when he Tamanaa (i.e. recited), Satan threw fee Umneyatuh (i.e. in his recitation). But Allah abolishes that which Satan throws in; then Allah makes precise His verses. And Allah is Knowing and Wise [52]. [That is] so He may make what Satan throws in a trial for those within whose hearts is disease and those hard of heart. And indeed, the wrongdoers are in extreme dissension [53]. And so those who were given knowledge may know that it is the truth from your Lord and [therefore] believe in it, and their hearts humbly submit to it. And indeed is Allah the Guide of those who have believed to a straight path [54]} [Al-Hajj 22:52-54].

[Now, the scholars of Tafseer] differed in regards to the meaning of the words: (Tamanaa) and (Umneyatuh), and the best thing that was said about them was that (Tamanaa) comes from (Al-Umniyah) and refers to Al-Tilawa i.e. Recitation.

This can be seen in the words of the poet, who said regarding the death of ‘Uthman [May Allah be pleased with him]:

تمنى كتاب الله أول ليلة * وآخرها لاقى حمام المقادر

Tamana Kitab Allah Awala Laylatin * wa Akhiraha Laqa Himam Al-Maqadir

He recited the Book of Allah in the beginning of the Night *

And by its end he had faced his predestined death.

And upon this view are the Majority of the scholars of Tafseer, and the scholars of proper examination. Additionally, Ibn Katheer attributed it to the majority of the scholars of Tafseer, while Ibn Al-Qayim in [his book] “Ighathat Al-Lahfaan” (1/93) attributed it to the [scholars of the Salaf] altogether.

He said:

“And the Salaf altogether are in agreement that the meaning is: Except that when he recites, the devil throws fee (during/amongst) his Tilawa (recitation).”

Al-Qurtubi clarified this in his Tafseer (12/83) when he said:

“Sulaiman b. Harb said: That (fee) means: at/during/amongst, thus the devil threw [these words] in the hearts of the disbelievers during the Prophet’s recitation, as Allah the Exalted said: {wa Labithta feena i.e. and you remained amongst us for years of your life} [Al-Shu’ara 26:18], and that is the meaning that Ibn ‘Atiyah narrates from his father, from the scholars of the East, and it was highlighted by Al-Qadi Abu Bakr ibn Al-‘Arabi.”

I say: And the words of Ibn Al-‘Arabi will come later on, by the Will of Allah.

Now, what we have mentioned regarding the meaning of the verse is also what was chosen by Al-Imam Ibn Jarir [Al-Tabari] where he said after [transmitting] what was narrated from a group of the Salaf (17/121):

“And this view is more resembling to the [true] interpretation of the verse, as it is what is evident in His Words: {But Allah abolishes that which Satan throws in; then Allah makes precise His verses} [Al-Hajj: 52], where the verses which Allah says that He makes precise are undoubtedly the verses of His revelations, thus it would be known through this that what Satan threw in is what Allah (Exalted is He) said that he abolishes from it and made it void, then made His verses precise through the abolishment of these from it”.

So contemplate upon the verses [and what Allah is saying]:

(And We did not send before you any messenger or prophet except that when he recites the Book of Allah and reads, or narrates and speaks, Satan throws during/amongst the Book of Allah that [the Prophet] recited and read, or in his narration which he narrated and spoke, so Allah abolishes that which Satan threw in, with His Words (Exalted is He): So Allah would remove that which Satan threw in and would abolish it.)

That is the meaning intended from that noble verse and it is, as you can see, containing nothing except that the devil would throw in [words] during the recitation of the Prophet [Blessings of Allah and Peace upon him], which would be a trial for those within whose hearts is a disease.

Yet, the enemies of this religion who sit on every path, threatening and averting from the way of Allah, would not be pleased except by inserting into [this Religion] that which is not from it, or that which was not said by the Prophet. So they would bring forth what you will see from narrations, which are not suited for the status of Prophethood or the Message [he carries].

That is their pattern from long ago, just as they did with other verses that were mentioned about other than [the Messenger of Allah (Blessings of Allah and Peace upon him)] from among the other Prophets, such as Dawud, Sulaiman, and Yusuf [Blessings and Peace be upon them] where they narrate in the interpretation [of these other verses] from the Israelites narrations that which attributing to a normal Muslim would not be acceptable, how then [can it be accepted about] a noble Prophet.

[These narrations can be found and are clarified] in their appropriate location in the books of Tafseer and [books about the] Prophet’s stories.

So beware, O Muslim, of being deceived by any of that, lest you be from among those who perish, and “Leave that which you are in doubt of, for that which does not make you doubt” as was said by your Prophet (Blessings of Allah and Peace upon him), {And indeed Allah is the Guide of those who have believed to a straight path} [Al-Hajj 22:54].