I am wondering if at any points during his lifetime he instructed people to write down the Quran and Hadiths or were they simply remembered and written down later voluntarily?

  • Muhammed had scribes who where called to write down the revelation.
    – Medi1Saif
    Feb 22, 2019 at 18:44
  • Called by whom? So "revelation" I believe pertains exclusively to the Quran. How about the Hadith? Also, Can you provide sources for what you said?
    – John Doe
    Feb 22, 2019 at 19:07
  • I"ve provided enough in my answers on that topic.
    – Medi1Saif
    Feb 22, 2019 at 19:14
  • My questions are specific. But if you don't want to provide a source or answer the specific questions then that's your choice.
    – John Doe
    Feb 22, 2019 at 19:24
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    your question is not specific as it has two parts writing down qur'an which I covered in Prophet Muhammad was illiterate who wrote the quran then and writing down sunnah which others see here and myself covered in Do these hadith discredit all other hadiths.
    – Medi1Saif
    Feb 22, 2019 at 19:38

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Yes, the Prophet ﷺ had scribes among the Sahabah who wrote down the Quran, for their details see for example: البداية والنهاية (translation). Writing Hadith was initially forbidden but was permitted later, see IslamQA .

The scribes did so on his instruction, for example the narration of Bukhari and Muslim, Abu Daud etc. that has been cited in البداية:

"When the words of Almighty God came down, 'Those believers who stay back and those who strive hard in God's cause are not equal' (surat al-Nisa'; IV, v.95), the Messenger of God (SAAS) called out to me and said, 'Write down, "Those believers who stay back and those who strive hard in God's cause are not equal.'"

  • Sure, but I didn't ask if anyone wrote the Quran/Hadith down, I asked if the prophet himself instructed anyone to do so.
    – John Doe
    Feb 22, 2019 at 21:45
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    @JohnDoe A scribe is a person who is specifically appointed to write things down, and does so upon dictation. Anyways I have updated my answer.
    – UmH
    Feb 23, 2019 at 5:55
  • Okay thanks. I'm also wondering if you know whether or not Muhammad instructed for the Quran to then be compiled into a book and that this book be then transported around the world like we see today. Do we have evidence of that as well?
    – John Doe
    Mar 11, 2019 at 15:07

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