bin Al-`As was aware of the Qur'an's Miracle due to this Surah
They have mentioned that Amr
bin Al-`As went to visit Musaylimah Al-Kadhdhab after the Messenger of Allah was
commissioned (as a Prophet) and before `Amr had accepted Islam. Upon his
arrival, Musaylimah said to him, "What has been revealed to your friend
(Muhammad) during this time''
Amr said, "A short and concise Surah has been
revealed to him.''
Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another
to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.
So Musaylimah thought for
a while. Then he said, "Indeed something similar has also been revealed to me.''
Amr asked him, "What is it''
"O Wabr (a small, furry mammal;
hyrax), O Wabr! You are only two ears and a chest, and the rest of you is
digging and burrowing.''
Then he said, "What do you think, O `Amr''
So `Amr said
to him, "By Allah! Verily, you know that I know you are lying.''
I saw that Abu
Bakr Al-Khara'iti mentioned a chain of narration for part of this story, or what
was close to its meaning, in volume two of his famous book Masawi' ul-Akhlaq.
The Wabr is a small animal that resembles a cat, and the largest thing on it is
its ears and its torso, while the rest of it is ugly. Musaylimah intended by
the composition of these nonsensical verses to produce something which would
oppose the Qur'an. Yet, it was not even convincing to the idol worshipper of
At-Tabarani recorded from Abdullah bin Hisn Abi Madinah that he
"Whenever two men from the Companions of the Messenger of Allah used to
meet, they would not part until one of them had recited Surah
Al-`Asr in its entirety to the other, and one
of them had given the greetings of peace to the other.''
"If the people were to ponder
on this Surah, it would be sufficient for them.''