Proof That There Are Two Types Of Revelation

The Quranists, those who reject the hadith literature in its entirety, reject the notion that Prophet Muhammadreceived revelation (wahee Ghair matlu) outside of the Quran. In this article, I will prove, using verses from the Quran, that Prophet Muhammeddid indeed receive other revelation besides the Quran.

One of the great characteristics of every Prophet is that they received a revelation. If one does not receive a revelation, he cannot be called a Prophet. However, although every Prophet received revelations, not every Prophet received a Book. The evidence for this lies in the following Quranic verse:


إِنَّا أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ كَمَا أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ نُوحٍ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ مِن بَعْدِهِ وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالْأَسْبَاطِ وَعِيسَىٰ وَأَيُّوبَ وَيُونُسَ وَهَارُونَ وَسُلَيْمَانَ وَآتَيْنَا دَاوُودَزَبُورًا

Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And we revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the book [of Psalms]. – Quran 4:163

The above verse shows that the Prophets of past eras all received revelation. But it is a known fact that many of them did not receive a book. The fact that many of the Prophets before Prophet Muhammeddid not receive a Book shows that there exists revelation outside of these books. Let’s read the following passage:

And [remember] when the Prophet confided to one of his wives a statement (hadith); and when she informed [another] of it and Allah showed it to him, he made known part of it and ignored a part. And when he informed her about it, she said, “Who told you this?” He said, “I was informed by the Knowing, the Acquainted.” – Quran 66:3

In the above verse, we can see that Allah (via Angel Jibril (as)) informed Prophet Muhammedof something and he told his wife a part of it and kept the remainder secret. Now, of course this cannot mean that the revelation he shared was a verse of the Quran and kept hidden some of it. Reading the verse,it is evident that Prophet Muhammed received revelation besides the Quran. Here is another example:

“Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination. It is not but a revelation revealed. He was taught by one Mighty in Power” – Quran 53:3-5

There are three things to understand from this verse;

1. Everything he ‘speaks’ of does not come from him i.e., Muhammed
2. Everything he speaks of is a revelation sent to Muhammedby Almighty Creator
3. He was ‘taught’ by Jibril (as) on those revelations

The verse shows that Prophet Muhammedreceived revelation and that Angel Jibril teaches him, and instructs him what to do. My question is: why does the Prophet need to be ‘taught’, instructed by one of the Angel’s of God, if the teachings and instructions are already in the Quran? Does this not show that the ‘teaching’ Prophet Muhammed receives on how to instruct others cannot solely be the Quran, and there must be something else besides the Quran i.e., Wahee Ghair Matlu (un-recited revelation, not part of the Quran)?


The two verses I have shown is sufficient to prove that there is revelation besides the Quran. Hence, those who still deny such evidences of the Quran, in which Allah sent down two types of revelations are following nothing but the path of falsehood.


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