Is it true that a goat ate some pages from the Quran?
My questions are regarding stoning verses and two hadiths stated below:
Reported ‘Aisha (RA): The verse of stoning and of suckling an adult ten times was revealed, and they were (written) on a paper and kept under my pillow. When the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) expired and we were occupied by his death, a goat entered and ate away the paper. (Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith 1944)
‘Abdullah b. ‘Abbas reported that ‘Umar b. Khattab sat on the pulpit of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Verily Allah sent Muhammad (may peace be upon him) with truth and He sent down the Book upon him, and the verse of stoning was included in what was sent down to him. We recited it, retained it in our memory and understood it. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) awarded the punishment of stoning to death (to the married adulterer and adulteress) and, after him, we also awarded the punishment of stoning, I am afraid that with the lapse of time, the people (may forget it) and may say: We do not find the punishment of stoning in the Book of Allah, and thus go astray by abandoning this duty prescribed by Allah. Stoning is a duty laid down in Allah’s Book for married men and women who commit adultery when proof is established, or it there is pregnancy, or a confession. (Saheeh Muslim Book 017, Number 4194:
My Questions are : 1.What is the significance of the story that the verse of stoning was eaten by goat If Omar ( rta) has seen, recited and memorised the verse why he then not included the verse in the Quran, because he was also in charge of compilation of Quran that started with Abu Bakr (rta) and ended with Osman (rta) – while the verse was eaten by goat after the death of Prophet Muhammad ( pbuh).
None of these reports is trustworthy. They are against the Quran and established history as per which the Qur’an was given a final shape some months before the death of the Prophet (sws). This final shape and sequence was read out to the Prophet Muhammad (sws) in the last Ramadan of his life. He lived for about 5 more months after this and during this time communicated this final sequence, format and content of the Quran to his companions.