Why the names of Ahle Bait (as) are not mentioned in Holy Quran? – Distortion in the Quran

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Index: Why the names of Ahle Bait (as) are not mentioned in Holy Quran?
1. Allah’s Sunnah
2. Distortion in the Quran
3. Examination
4. General vs Specifics
5. Example of the past nations
6. People of the Reminder


The opponents of Shias argue that if Imamat is such an important affair, then why is it not mentioned in the Holy Quran? Why are the Ahle Bait (a.s.) or the Imams (a.s.) not named in the Holy Quran so that the Muslims could take guidance?


Distortion in the Book of Allah

Many narrations of the Ahle Tasannun (or Sunnis as they are erroneously called) suggest that the present version of the Holy Quran has undergone distortion (tahreef). They claim many verses have gone missing.

Over here we mention two instances, from a companion and a wife:

Ayesha narrates: A verse was revealed in Quran that considered feeding a child ten times a reason for becoming mahram and later a verse was revealed that stated feeding five times as sufficient and abrogated the previous verse and till the time of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a) it was a part of Quran and was recited as Quran.

  • Saheeh Muslim vol. 4 p. 167
  • Sunan al-Daaremi vol. 2 p. 157

She also said: The verse of stoning and suckling of a grown-up was revealed and I wrote it on a paper and kept it under my seat. When I was preoccupied at the time of the Holy Prophet’s (s.a.w.a) demise, a goat came and ate it.

  • Sunan Ibn Maajah vol. 1 p. 625

Umar said: If all of the verses of Surah Ahzaab (33) were present, its length would be like that of Surah Baqarah (2) and the verse of stoning (rajm) was also in it.

Haakim considers this tradition as authentic and reliable vis-à-vis its narrators.

  • Musnad-o-Ahmad vol. 5 p. 132
  • Mustadrak-o-Haakim vol. 2 p. 415 and vol. 4 p. 359
  • Sunan-o-Baihaqi vol. 8 p. 211
  • Kanz al-Ummaal vol. 2 p. 480,

And there are many more ‘reliable’ references from the Ahle Tasannun records stating that tahreef of Quran is a reality.

Under the circumstances, how can the skeptics grill Shias about the ‘missing’ names of the Ahle Bait (a.s.) / Imams (a.s.)?

When according to them ‘important’ verses like those related to breastfeeding of adults have gone ‘missing’, is it not possible that some of the ‘missing’ verses could be related to more important topics like the Ahle Bait (a.s.)?

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