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TRUTHFUL SCRIPTURE (AS-SAHEEFATUS
It is reported in the book, Asaadul
Ghaabah that Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al-Aas
(Radhiyallaahu Anhu) was the first person to write Ahaadith in
the presence of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) with his permission. He compiled these Ahaadith
in a scripture which he called 'As-Saadiqah'. Significantly,
this scripture is considered to be the most important
historical document which reveals the fact that Ahaadith was
recorded during the life-time of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
This scripture contains a thousand Ahaadith.
Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al-Aas (Radhiyallaahu
Anhu) was one of the Sahaabah (Radhiyallaahu
Anhum) who accepted Islam very early after its advent.
This had given him a bigger advantage to compile a greater
number of Ahaadith despite the fact that other Sahaabah
(Radhiyallaahu Anhum) were capable of writing, and
memorizing the Ahaadith.
Hadhrat Abu Huraira (Radhiyallaahu
Anhu) reports that no one has reported so many Ahaadith
from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) than I
have, except Hazrath Ibn Amr Ibn Al-Aas (Radhiyallaahu
Anhu) since he was able to write and I couldn't'.
Due to the abundance of Ahaadith, Hadhrat Ibn
Amr Ibn Al-Aas memorized and wrote, many numerous Ahaadith of
the Sahaaba (Radhiyallaahu Anhum), displayed great
enthusiasm in listening to him and reporting from him. Once
Ummul Muúmineen Hazrath Ayisha (Radhiyallaahu Anha)
instructed her nephew Úrwah Ibn Az-Zubayr (Radhiyallaahu
Anhu) saying, 'Oh` son of my brother! It has reached me
that Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al-Aas will be passing by on his way
to Hajj, so you should meet him and request him for knowledge
as he has acquired a great amount of knowledge from Nabi
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
Imaam Mujaahid Ibn Jubayr Al-Makki (RA)
states, 'I have seen a scripture with Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn
Al-Aas (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) and had asked him about
it, he said, 'This is 'As-Saadiqah', it contains what I have
heard directly from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam). There is no narrator between myself and the
Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
Ibn Saád reports, that Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn
Amr Ibn Al-Aas (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) stated, 'I sought
permission from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) to write whatever I have heard from him
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and he permitted me and
The reason why he called it 'As-Saadiqah'
(The Truthful) is that because he wrote it while Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) reported these Ahaadith
Moulana Khalid Yacoob
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)