Hadith on Debates: The Prophet prohibits arguing over the Quran

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: A group was sitting by the door of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and some of them said, “Did Allah not say this?” Others said, “Did Allah not say this?” The Prophet heard that and he came out, his face red with anger like a pomegranate seed. The Prophet said, “With this I commanded you? Or with this I was sent you? For you to dispute parts of the Book of Allah by others? Verily, the nations before you were led astray by the likes of this. You are doing nothing good here. Look at what I have commanded you and act by it. What you have been prohibited, then do not do it.

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 6845

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو أَنَّ نَفَرًا كَانُوا جُلُوسًا بِبَابِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَلَمْ يَقُلِ اللهُ كَذَا وَكَذَا وَقَالَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَلَمْ يَقُلِ اللهُ كَذَا وَكَذَا فَسَمِعَ ذَلِكَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَخَرَجَ كَأَنَّمَا فُقِئَ فِي وَجْهِهِ حَبُّ الرُّمَّانِ فَقَالَ بِهَذَا أُمِرْتُمْ أَوْ بِهَذَا بُعِثْتُمْ أَنْ تَضْرِبُوا كِتَابَ اللهِ بَعْضَهُ بِبَعْضٍ إِنَّمَا ضَلَّتِ الْأُمَمُ قَبْلَكُمْ فِي مِثْلِ هَذَا إِنَّكُمْ لَسْتُمْ مِمَّا هَاهُنَا فِي شَيْءٍ انْظُرُوا الَّذِي أُمِرْتُمْ بِهِ فَاعْمَلُوا بِهِ وَالَّذِي نُهِيتُمْ عَنْهُ فَانْتَهُوا

6845 مسند أحمد

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