Muhammad stole an ayah from Sahabi Ibn Abi Sarh and then tried to kill him


Muhammad the Corrupted postman who used Quran to please his followers – part 6


Muhammad stole an ayah from Sahabi Ibn Abi Sarh and then tried to kill him


Part 5 when talked about Muhammad the corrupted postman who  to satisfy his friends sexual urges Muhammad invented pleasure marriage in Surah 4:24



We will provide lot of evidences on what happened between Muhammad and Ibn Abi Sarh, but let us first make sure you know the facts that constructs the story


If you prefer to watch video over reading, here is the video




Muhammad gave orders to kill Ibn Abi Sarh

Muhammad conquered Mecca in 630 AD with an army of 10,000. He ordered his military commanders only to kill people who fight them. But secretly, the hypocrite prophet gave them a list of six Mecca civilians to be killed. The following are those six people:

1- Abd Al Uza bin Akhtal

2- 2 female singers who used to mock Muhammad

3- Ikrimah Ibn Abu al-Hakam

4- Al Huwayrith bin Naketh bin Wahab

5- And the Sahabi we will talk about today Abdullah Ibn Sad Ibn Abi Sarh


But why Muhammad wanted to kill Ibn sarh?


The Beginning of the story

Ibn sarh was a young man from Quraysh tribe, from the rich Umayyad family who rule the tribe. He was the half brother (from breastfeeding) of Uthman Ibn Affan (who later became the 3rd caliph)

He believed that Muhammad was a prophet and became a Muslim. He left Mecca to immigrate to Medina.

Muhammad appointed him to be his scribe because Ibn Sarh was an educated person. But after sometime interacting with Muhammad and his Sahaba, he started to doubt his prophecy as his abuse of that religious status was very obvious.


The incident that shocked Abi Sarh belief in Islam

One day Muhammad asked Abi Sarh to write down Surah AL-MU’MINUN 23:14

Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation …


Then Muhammad stopped speaking, it seems that the Ayah was finished at this point without the rest of ayah # 14

But then Ibn Sarh continued saying “So Blessed is Allah the best of creators”!

So Muhammad replied “Write it! Write it down! Yes, that is how it was descended to me!!”

As you see here, Muhammad liked what Ibn Sarh said since it fits the rhyme of the Quran! At this moment, Ibn Sarh was completely sure that Muhammad is not a prophet and he just made up Quran ayahs in his Head! After that ibn sarh left Muhammad and Madina and went back to Mecca. And he told the people in Quraysh the following:

“I manipulated Muhammad as pleased. If he said “All wise”, then I said “All knowing”. He would agree with everything I said and asked me to write it down in Quran, That’s right. That is how Quran was written.


Muhammad response was another invented Ayah

And that is why Muhammad has grudge against Ibn Sarh and expressed that in Surah Al-Anam 6:93

And who is more unjust than one who invents a lie about Allah or says, “It has been inspired to me,” while nothing has been inspired to him, and one who says, “I will reveal [something] like what Allah revealed.” And if you could but see when the wrongdoers are in the overwhelming pangs of death while the angels extend their hands, [saying], “Discharge your souls! Today you will be awarded the punishment of [extreme] humiliation for what you used to say against Allah other than the truth and [that] you were, toward His verses, being arrogant.”


What saved Ibn Sarh nick from Muhammad’s kill orders?

When Ibn Sarh heard about the death of Ibn Akhtal by Muhammad soldiers even though he was holding the curtains of Kaaba, he became very scared so he screamed to his step brother Uthman Ibn Affan seeking help. So Uthman did hide him for a while. When the situation calmed down, Uthman took Ibn Sarh to meet Muhammad to ask for forgiveness saying “O prophet, he is my brother please show some mercy”. Muhammad was quiet for a long time. He knew that Uthman would be offended if he ordered his soldiers to kill Ibn sarh.

Since there is no reaction from Muhammad Ibn Sarh left him.

But then after he left, Muhammad scolded his army saying “I was silent for a long time, but why didn’t anyone of you kill Ibn Sarh??”

His soldiers answered “We stared at your eyes all the time but you didn’t wink or give any signals”. Muhammad replied back saying “A prophet should not wink!”

Because of that, Ibn Sarh was not killed although Muhammad intended to kill him.


Supporting evidences and facts

First: Al Sirah Al Halabiya Chapter 3 page 90







Second: Sirat Ibn Hisham Chapter 4, pages 57-58











Third: Tafsir Al Qurtubi for Surah 6:93

If you read it in arabic (highlighted in yellow) it is told as we presented before


{93} وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَى عَلَى اللَّهِ كَذِبًا أَوْ قَالَ أُوحِيَ إِلَيَّ وَلَمْ يُوحَ إِلَيْهِ شَيْءٌ وَمَنْ قَالَ سَأُنْزِلُ مِثْلَ مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ وَلَوْ تَرَى إِذِ الظَّالِمُونَ فِي غَمَرَاتِ الْمَوْتِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ بَاسِطُو أَيْدِيهِمْ أَخْرِجُوا أَنْفُسَكُمُ الْيَوْمَ تُجْزَوْنَ عَذَابَ الْهُونِ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَقُولُونَ عَلَى اللَّهِ غَيْرَ الْحَقِّ وَكُنْتُمْ عَنْ آيَاتِهِ تَسْتَكْبِرُونَ

” مَنْ ” فِي مَوْضِع خَفْض ; أَيْ وَمَنْ أَظْلَم مِمَّنْ قَالَ سَأُنْزِلُ , وَالْمُرَاد عَبْد اللَّه بْن أَبِي سَرْح الَّذِي كَانَ يَكْتُب الْوَحْي لِرَسُولِ اللَّه صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ , ثُمَّ اِرْتَدَّ وَلَحِقَ بِالْمُشْرِكِينَ . وَسَبَب ذَلِكَ فِيمَا ذَكَرَ الْمُفَسِّرُونَ أَنَّهُ لَمَّا نَزَلَتْ الْآيَة الَّتِي فِي ” الْمُؤْمِنُونَ ” : ” وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَان مِنْ سُلَالَة مِنْ طِين ” [ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ : 12 ] دَعَاهُ النَّبِيّ صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَأَمْلَاهَا عَلَيْهِ ; فَلَمَّا اِنْتَهَى إِلَى قَوْله ” ثُمَّ أَنْشَأْنَاهُ خَلْقًا آخَر ” [ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ : 14 ] عَجِبَ عَبْد اللَّه فِي تَفْصِيل خَلْق الْإِنْسَان فَقَالَ : ” تَبَارَكَ اللَّه أَحْسَن الْخَالِقِينَ ” [ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ : 14 ] . فَقَالَ رَسُول اللَّه صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ( وَهَكَذَا أُنْزِلَتْ عَلَيَّ ) فَشَكَّ عَبْد اللَّه حِينَئِذٍ وَقَالَ : لَئِنْ كَانَ مُحَمَّد صَادِقًا لَقَدْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيَّ كَمَا أُوحِيَ إِلَيْهِ , وَلَئِنْ كَانَ كَاذِبًا لَقَدْ قُلْت كَمَا قَالَ . فَارْتَدَّ عَنْ الْإِسْلَام وَلَحِقَ بِالْمُشْرِكِينَ , فَذَلِكَ قَوْله : ” وَمَنْ قَالَ سَأُنْزِلُ مِثْل مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّه ” رَوَاهُ الْكَلْبِيّ عَنْ اِبْن عَبَّاس . وَذَكَرَهُ مُحَمَّد بْن إِسْحَاق قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي شُرَحْبِيل قَالَ : نَزَلَتْ فِي عَبْد اللَّه بْن سَعْد بْن أَبِي سَرْح ” وَمَنْ قَالَ سَأُنْزِلُ مِثْل مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّه ” اِرْتَدَّ عَنْ الْإِسْلَام , فَلَمَّا دَخَلَ رَسُول اللَّه صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَكَّة أَمَرَ بِقَتْلِهِ وَقَتْل عَبْد اللَّه بْن خَطَل وَمَقِيس بْن صُبَابَة وَلَوْ وُجِدُوا تَحْت أَسْتَار الْكَعْبَة , فَفَرَّ عَبْد اللَّه بْن أَبِي سَرْح إِلَى عُثْمَان رَضِيَ اللَّه عَنْهُ , وَكَانَ أَخَاهُ مِنْ الرَّضَاعَة , أَرْضَعَتْ أُمّه عُثْمَان , فَغَيَّبَهُ عُثْمَان حَتَّى أَتَى بِهِ رَسُول اللَّه صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بَعْد مَا اِطْمَأَنَّ أَهْل مَكَّة فَاسْتَأْمَنَهُ لَهُ ; فَصَمَتَ رَسُول اللَّه صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ طَوِيلًا ثُمَّ قَالَ : ( نَعَمْ ) . فَلَمَّا اِنْصَرَفَ عُثْمَان قَالَ رَسُول اللَّه صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ( مَا صُمْت إِلَّا لِيَقُومَ إِلَيْهِ بَعْضكُمْ فَيَضْرِب عُنُقه ) . فَقَالَ رَجُل مِنْ الْأَنْصَار : فَهَلَّا أَوْمَأْت إِلَيَّ يَا رَسُول اللَّه ؟ فَقَالَ : ( إِنَّ النَّبِيّ لَا يَنْبَغِي أَنْ تَكُون لَهُ خَائِنَة الْأَعْيُن )  ….




Now someone will say, but according to the told story it happened in Madina but Surah 6 is Macian Surah, then it is false.

The answer would be read for example what Al Qurtubi said about Surah 6 he says that it is Macian except for 2 ayahs that are Madany ayahs, we know that ayahs came separately and was added to current surahs and that is clear from the composition of the ayahs in the original Arabic.

Also Muslims defense is that Ibn Sarh returned back to Islam before Muhammad enters Mecca, and the answer is where is the refute to the story in that??? When he saw that Muhammad who kills whoever disputes his prophecy, winning in battles and coming for Mecca, simply Ibn Sarh decided to return to Islam but still that will not gain him mercy as Muhammad will still consider him hypocrite and will not forgive him. And when see that clearly when Uthman took him to Muhammad to spare him.




Forth: Tafsir Al Tabari for Surah 6:93

Tabari almost provide the same as Qurtubi and following is the reference



Fifth:  Asbab Al-Nuzul by Al-Wahidi for Surah 6:93

This verse was revealed about ‘Abd Allah ibn Sa’d ibn Abi Sarh. This man had declared his faith in Islam and so the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, called him one day to write something for him. When the verses regarding the believers were revealed (Verily, We created man from a product of wet earth…) [23:12-14], the Prophet dictated them to him. When he reached up to (and then produced it as another creation), ‘Abd Allah expressed his amazement at the precision of man’s creation by saying (So blessed be Allah, the Best of Creators!). The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, said: “This [‘Abd Allah’s last expression] is how it was revealed to me”. At that point, doubt crept into ‘Abd Allah. He said: “If Muhammad is truthful, then I was inspired just as he was; and if he is lying, I have uttered exactly what he did utter”. Hence Allah’s words (and who saith: I will reveal the like of that which Allah hath revealed). The man renounced Islam. This is also the opinion of Ibn ‘Abbas according to the report of al-Kalbi. ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn ‘Abdan informed us> Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah ibn Nu’aym> Muhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Umawi> Ahmad ibn ‘Abd al-Jabbar> Yunus ibn Bukayr> Muhammad ibn Ishaq> Shurahbil ibn Sa’d who said: “This verse was revealed about ‘Abd Allah ibn Sa’d ibn Abi Sarh. The latter said: ‘I will reveal the like of that which Allah has revealed’, and renounced Islam. When the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, entered Mecca, this man fled to ‘Uthman [ibn ‘Affan] who was his milk brother. ‘Uthman hid him until the people of Mecca felt safe. He then took him to the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, and secured an amnesty for him”.




Sixth: Hadith Hassan in Sunan Abu Dawood

Sunan Abi Dawud » Book of Prescribed Punishments (Kitab Al-Hudud) » Hadith # 4358

Chapter: Ruling on one who apostatizes


Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

Abdullah ibn AbuSarh used to write (the revelation) for the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). Satan made him slip, and he joined the infidels. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) commanded to kill him on the day of Conquest (of Mecca). Uthman ibn Affan sought protection for him. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) gave him protection.


Grade: Hasan in chain (Al-Albani)







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