I have often heard apologist muslim speakers like zakir Naik say that muslims believe in 4 heavenly books.

My question is do we have only four or are there others?

In surah al-ala it is mentioned scripture of ibrahim in last verse.

Doesnt this count as a revelation?

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Allah has revealed His Books to various Prophets for the guidance of their nations.

There are two types of Books:

  • Kitaabs (the big Books)
  • Sahifas (the small Books)

The four main Kitaabs are:

  • Tawrat (Old Testament)
  • Zaboor (Psalms)
  • Injeel (New Testament)
  • Quran

Besides these Books, there were smaller Books revealed known as Sahifas.

  • 10 Sahifas were revealed to Hazrat Ādam(as)
  • 50 Sahifas were revealed to Hazrat Shees(as)
  • 30 Sahifas were revealed to Hazrat Idrees(as)
  • 10-30 Sahifas were revealed to Hazrat Ibrahim(as)

Verses where the Scriptures of Ibrahim and Musa are mentioned:

So remind, if the reminder should benefit; He who fears [ Allah ] will be reminded. But the wretched one will avoid it - [He] who will [enter and] burn in the greatest Fire, Neither dying therein nor living. He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself And mentions the name of his Lord and prays. But you prefer the worldly life, While the Hereafter is better and more enduring. Indeed, this is in the former scriptures, The scriptures of Abraham and Moses.

(Quran 87:9-19)

Or has he not been informed of what was in the scriptures of Moses And [of] Abraham, who fulfilled [his obligations]

(Quran 53:36-37)

The Scriptures of Ibrahim are Sahifas.

And Allah knows best.

  • Source please for 10,50 sahifas. Suhufu ibrahima wa musa it says musa also give suhuf. Quran is also called musaf.
    – user22565
    May 26, 2017 at 12:35
  • A book called Taleemul Haq May 26, 2017 at 13:53
  • @Preordainment <comments deleted> Comments are intended for seeking clarification and constructive criticism, not for arguing about which madhhab is "more correct". Please see also the meta discussion at "Why Sectarianism is Ruining Your Site".
    – goldPseudo
    May 26, 2017 at 15:55

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