Imam At-Tabari (310 AH) – may Allah have mercy on him- wrote an encyclopedic book in Qira’at which has not reached us. Imam Makki ibn Abi Talib (437 AH)– a great scholar of Qira’at- quotes At-Tabari from his Qira’at book.
He quotes him (may Allah have mercy on him) saying, “Everything that has been authentically established, according to us, from the Qira’at that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s praise and peace be upon him) taught his Ummah, is from the seven Ahruf which Allah has allowed for him. They (i.e. the Muslim Ummah) are allowed to recite the Quran with them. We are not allowed to consider incorrect anyone who [recites] from it what is in accordance to the script of the Mushaf. If it goes against the script of the Mushaf, we do not recite it, and we withhold from it and from talking about it.” [Al-Ibanah, by Makki ibn Abi Talib, p. 53]
قال الإمام المكي في الإبانة ص 53 نقلا عن الإمام الطبري في كتاب القراءات: (كل ما صح عندنا من القراءات، أنه علمه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لأمته من الأحرف السبعة التي أذن الله له، ولهم أن يقرءوا بها القرآن، فليس لنا أن نخطئ من كان ذلك به موافقا لخط المصحف. فإن كان مخالفا لخط المصحف لم نقرأ به، ووقفنا عنه، وعن الكلام فيه).
He further says in his book on Creed, “Sareeh As-Sunnah” regarding his view on the Quran the Muslims recite:Continue Reading…