Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the Qur’an and the Criterion
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا أحمد بن إدريس، قال: حدثنا محمد بن أحمد، قال: حدثني أبو إسحاق - يعني إبراهيم بن هاشم -، عن ابن سنان وغيره عمن ذكره قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن القرآن والفرقان: أهما شيئان أم شئ واحد؟ قال: فقال: القرآن جملة الكتاب، والفرقان المحكم الواجب العمل به.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Ahmad bin Idrees, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Ahmad, that he said: I was told by Abu Ishaq – meaning Ibrahim bin Hashim – from Ibn Sinan and others from those he mentioned, that he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, about the Qur’an and the Criterion: Are they two things or one thing? He said: Then he said: The Qur’an is the complete Book, and the Criterion is the clear part of it which is obligatory to act by.