CHAPTER: THE QUESTION OF A JEW FROM ALLAAH'S MESSENGER (SALLALLAAHU ALAYHI WA SALLAM) ABOUT SOUL AND HIS WORDS." THEY ASK THEE ABOUT THE SOUL"
'Abdullah (b. Mas'ud) reported: As I was going aloog with Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) in a cultivable land and he (the Prophet) was walking with the support of a wood, a group of Jews happened to meet him. Some of them said to the others: Ask him about the Soul. They said: Wbat is your doubt about it? There is a possibility that you may ask him about anything (the answer of) which you may not like. They said: Ask him. So one amongst them asked him about the Soul. Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) kept quiet and he gave no reply and I came to know that revelation was being sent to him, so I stood at my place and thus this revelation descended upon him:" They ask thee 'about Soul. Say: The Soul is by the Commandment of my Lord, and of Knowledge you are given but a little" (xvii. 58).
Abdullah reported: I was walking along with Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) in a field of Medina. The rest of the hadith is the same, but there is a slight variation of wording.
Abdullah reported that Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) was reclining against a tree in the garden. The rest of the hadith is the same. but there is a slight variation of wording.
Khabbab reported that al-As b. Wa'il owed debt to me. I came to him in order to demand that. He said: I will never repay you unless you belie Mubammad. I said: I would never belie Mubammad until you die and you are again raised up. He said: When I would be raised up after death, I would repay your debt when I would get my property and children back. Waki' said: This is how Almash has narrated and it was on this occasion that this verse was revealed:" Hast thou seen him who dis. believes in Our message and says: I shall certainly be given wealth and children' (xis, 77) up to" he would come to Us alone" (xiX. 80).
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Khabbib through another chain of transmitters and the words are. I in the pre-Islamic days used to work as an iron-smith. I did some work for 'As b. Wa'il and came to him for getting the remuneration of my wages.