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Clear lies of AA regarding the scribe of the Revelations

Muawiyah was appointed scribe of the revelation by the Prophet [s]. Answering-Ansar, in order to disprove it, lied again and again.

Answering-Ansar says:

Reply One – Prominent Ulema of Ahl’ul Sunnah have not counted Mu’awiya as writer of the revelation

One wonders to what extent Mu’awiya was the writer of the revelation, after all he embraced Islam following the conquest of Mecca, so the vast bulk of the revelation had already been revealed. In fact many classical Sunni scholars whilst listing those individuals honored as writer of the revelation did not count Mu’awiya. For evidence see the following texts:

  1. Fathul Bari, page 450 Volume 2
  2. Irshad al Sari, Volume 9 page 22
  3. Umdhathul Qari, Volume 9 page 307
  4. Nasah al Kafiya, page 170

‘Fathul Bari’ is written by Ibn Hajar Asqalani. This is a clear lie upon Ibn Hajar Asqalani that he didn’t count Muawiyah as the scribe of revelation.

Ibn Hajar Asqalani clearly says in his book ‘Taqrib al Tahzib’

معاوية ابن أبي سفيان صخر ابن حرب ابن أمية الأموي أبو عبد الرحمن الخليفة صحابي أسلم قبل الفتح وكتب الوحي

Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan … Embraced Islam before the conquest (of Makkah) and he would scribe the revelation.

Taqrib al Tahzib, Vol. 2, p. 537

So just because he didn’t mention it in ‘Fathul Bari’ , it is totally wrong to conclude that he denied it altogether. This is a clear lie upon Ibn Hajar Asqalani.

Than Answering-Ansar again tries to deceive its readers by half quoting fromm Tarikh Islam of Dhahabi.

Answering-Ansar says:

Reply Two- Mu’awiya wrote letters not the revelation

In ‘Iqd al Fareed’ Volume 2 page 197 we read that:

“Ali bin Abi Talib with all of his honor and nobility in addition to his being a relative of Rasulullah (s), was also a writer of the revelation, thereafter he also became Khalifa. Uthman bin Afan used to write the revelation. In the absence of them (Ali & Uthman) Ubai bin Ka’ab and Zaid bin Thabit used to write, in the absence of these men, some other used to write. Khalid bin Saeed and Mu’awiya bin ‘Abu Sufyan were entrusted with the duty of writing documents, al-Mugira bin Shu’aba and al-Husain bin Numair used to write the documents for the people, they used to replace Khalid and Mu’awiya in their absence.”
 Online Al-Iqd al Fareed, Volume 1

Similarly Imam Ibn Hajar Asqalani records in ‘al Isaba’ Volume 6 page 121:

وقال المدائني كان زيد بن ثابت يكتب الوحي وكان معاوية يكتب للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فيما بينه وبين العرب

“According to Madaini the writer of the revelation was Zaid bin Thabit and Muawiyah used to write for Prophet (s) the letters between Him (s) and the Arabs”.
al Isaba, Volume 6 page 121

Similarly Imam Dhahabi records in ‘Tarikh al-Islam’ Volume 4 page 309:

وذكر المفضل الغلابي : أن زيد بن ثابت كان كاتب وحي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ، وكان معاوية كاتبه فيما بينه وبين العرب

Al-Mufadhal Al-Ghulabi stated: “Zaid bin thabit was the writer of the revelation for Holy Prophet (s), Mu’awiya was His (s) writer of correspondece between Him (s) and the Arabs.”

Why didn’t the Answering-Ansar team mention what Dhahabi further said?

Imam Dhahabi says in his book ‘Tarikh Islam, Vol. 2, p. 309’

وقد صح عن ابن عباس قال: كنت ألعب، فدعاني رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وقال: ادع لي معاوية وكان يكتب الوحي

It is authentically reported from Ibn Abbas that he said “I was playing when the Prophet called upon me and said to me ‘Go and call Muawiyah’ and he was a scribe of revelation”

Imam Dhahabi mentioned this narration in Siyyar alam al nubla also.

عن ابن عباس  ، قال : كنت ألعب مع الغلمان ، فدعاني النبي – صلى الله عليه وسلم – وقال : ادع لي معاوية   . وكان يكتب الوحي

Siyyar alam al nubla

Now we will mention the Sunni books in which it is clearly stated that Muawiyah was a scribe of revelation.

Jawami al Sirah, Ibn Hazm

Tarikh Baghdad, AbuBakr bin Khatib Baghdadi

Sirah Al Halabiyah, Ali ibn Burhan ud din al Halabi

Al bidaya wa al nihaya, Ibn Kathir

Tatheer al janan, Ahmad ibn Hajr Haithmi

Al Nahiya, Shahab ud din Qastalani

Tarikh Madinah, Ibn Asakir

Al Ikmal fi asma al Rijal, Khatib Tibrizi

It has also been mentioned by the Shia Scholar al Taqtaqi

Al Fakhri , Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Tabatabai al Taqtaqi al Rafidhi