Is the Compilation of the Qur’an Bid`ah?

In this short talk, Sheikh Abu Mussab Wajdi refutes the misconception that the compilation of the Qur’an is Bid`ah (innovation in religion).

He begins his talk by answering the question that many raise regarding the compilation of the Qur’an that is, why is it collected in one mushaf while the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not do that, is not this Bid`ah? [Start time: 00:40]

He summarized the answer in the following points:


Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri reported that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said:

“Do not take down anything from me, and he who took down anything from me except the Qur’an, he should erase that…” (Muslim)

The Qur’an was first collected and written down during the time of the Prophet so this is not an innovation. [Start time 00:00-1:23]


It is a fulfillment of Allah’s Promise as He says in the Qur’an:

Indeed, upon Us is its collection [in your heart] and [to make possible] its recitation. (Al-Qiyamah 75:17)


The Companions of the Prophet (may Allah be pleased with them) agreed upon that. This is evidence that it is not an innovation. [Start time 2:00-54]


The compilation of the Qur’an could not have been done during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him) as the Qur’an was still revealed, and some ayat (verses) would abrogate the others. [03:26s ]

Enjoy watching this talk with Sheikh Abu Mussab Wajdi.

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