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Imam Ahmad recorded from Anas bin Malik that the Messenger of Allah said to Ubayy bin Ka`b,
(Verily, Allah has commanded me to recite to you (Those who disbelieve from among the People of the Scripture.)) Ubayy said, “He (Allah) mentioned me by name to you” The Prophet replied, (Yes.) So he (Ubayy) cried. Al-Bukhari, Muslim, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i all recorded this Hadith from Shu`bah.
The world was terribly in need of a new message. Corruption had spread around the whole world to the extent that there was no hope of reform except by means of a new message, a new method of orientation and a new movement. Disbelief crept into and became the characteristic of all creeds and doctrines whether those of the people of earlier revelations (i.e. the Jews and the Christians) who previously knew the Divine religions and distorted them or those of the polytheists in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond, all alike. They were not to turn away from this disbelief into which they had sunk except by means of this new message and at the hands of a messenger who would himself be a clear proof, distinctive and specific. “A Messenger from Allah reciting purified pages”, that is, purified of all idolatory and disbelief, “containing books of high value and importance. ” The term “book” is used for reference to the subject discussed, for example, book of purity, book of prayers, book of destiny and book of resurrection. These pure pages are indeed the Qur’an which contains valuable and important books.
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