The Reality of Satanic verses

Question

In satanic verses by Salman Rushdie, he talks about some Ayat=verses of Quran that were revealed to accept three of the most popular gods of that time in Mecca as to be superior or heavenly beings like angels or the god. Later, those ayat=verses were cancelled, and it was said that those were not revealed through angel Jibril rather it was iblis

(Satan) who made up those Ayat=verses and the prophet (peace be upon him) at that time was not aware of it. How true is this? If there is some truth in this then please specify how much and I would appreciate a real story as to what really happened.

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

This is based on a false report. Ibn Kathir and others said:

There is no sahih isnad=narration from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) concerning this report, which says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) “recited Surah al-Najm to the Mushrikin=Polytheists until he reached the verses (interpretation of the meaning)

‘Have you then considered Al-Laat, and Al-‘Uzzaa (two idols of the pagan Arabs),And Manaat (another idol of the pagan Arabs), the other third?’

[al-Najm 53:19-20 – interpretation of the meaning]. Then the Shaytan put words into the mouth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and he said: ‘they are the exalted gharaneeq, whose intercession is to be hoped for.’ The kuffar were pleased with this praise of their three idols, so they prostrated.“

This report is undoubtedly false on several counts.

 1.Its isnad=narration is very weak and is not sahih.

2.The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was infallible regarding the conveying of his Message.

3.Even if this report was sahih, for argument’s sake, the scholars have stated that it is to be understood as meaning that

the Shaytan caused the kuffar to hear these words, not that he put them in the mouth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), so they heard them from him.

 See Ibn Kathir’s refutation of this in his tafsir of Surah= clarification chapter al-Hajj (22:52)

Allah knows best.

Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.

Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan

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