I'm talking about the story where Muhammad (s.a.w.) was reciting surah Najm and shaytaan whispered some ayahs and Muhammad (s.a.w.) ended up reciting these ayahs because he thought it was Jibreel reciting these ayahs.

If this is true, this means Muhammad (s.a.w.) could not tell the difference between Jibreel and shaytaan. How can I possibly argue against this? Please give me proof that this story is false.

  • link please , because i need reference to make more recherche !
    – melbx
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 22:36
  • shortly the authentic ahadith doesn't mention the part of satan verses as in bukhari : sunnah.com/bukhari/17/4 it's mentioned in week ahdith !! and it's mention in one that the satan said this verses and people thought it's from the prophet and it's also week ! so the authentic ahadith doesn't mention the story with satanic verses !
    – melbx
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 22:49
  • i think all this exist in a Wikipedia article ... the arabic version of article mention that it's not authentic with references wikiwand.com/ar/…
    – melbx
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 22:50

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Assuming you have prior knowledge about how authenticity of Hadith is established in Islamic scholarship:

Ibn Kathir, one of the earliest and most respected commentator of the Quran mentions this tradition while commenting on verse 22:52, he says that this tradition does not come to us with any Sahih (authentic) isnad (chain of transmitters who passed it down from the Prophet) and that all known isnad for this story are mursal (chronologically broken\interrupted) and hence its authenticity is in doubt.

For reference you can see Ibn Kathir's commentary, there is an abridged english translation available but you can find the full arabic version online here and maybe get it translated by someone(upwork maybe).

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    Ibn Kathir is by no means an early commentator.
    – G. Bach
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 8:16
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    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 8:34
  • Some of the early Islamic scholars used to support this story. They weren't any small scholars. They were very big and prestigious scholars.
    – user16329
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 10:15
  • @G.Bach He doesn't need to be an early commentator to point out that the isnad is mursal, hence da'if.
    – John Doe
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 10:49
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    @curiosity mursal means that teh tabi'i said the Prophet said that... or the prophet did so he didn't quote a sahabi that's what I understand as a hadith which goes back to a tabi'i. Note that however Uma and John Doe seem to qualify a mursal ahdith as da'if by default this isn't and wasen't the case for neither of the 4 Imams. Especially abu hanifa and Malik had directly known tabi'in so they would have a chance to better qualify their hadith.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 13:44

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