Scrolls of Abraham

The Scrolls of Abraham (Arabicصحف إبراهيم‎, Ṣuḥuf ʾIbrāhīm) are part of the religious scriptures of Islam. These scriptures are believed to have contained the revelations Abraham (Ibrahim) received from God, which were written down by him as well as his scribes and followers. They are now generally believed to have perished over the course of time and are considered a lost body of scripture.

Background

In two surah (chapters), which are dated from the first Meccan period, there is a reference to the ‘Leaves, Scrolls, Journals’ (Suhuf) of Abraham (and the Scrolls of Moses), by which presumably certain divinely inspired texts handwritten by the patriarchs are meant. These passages say that the truth of God’s message is present in the earliest revelations, of Abraham and Moses. Although Suhuf is generally understood to mean ‘Scrolls’, many translators – including Abdullah Yusuf Ali and Marmaduke Pickthall – have translated the verse as “The Books of Abraham and Moses”.

Quranic mention

The Quran refers to certain Scrolls of Abraham, which have alternatively been translated as the Books of Abraham. All Muslim scholars have generally agreed upon that no scrolls of Abraham survive till today, and therefore this is a reference to a lost body of scripture.[1] The Scrolls of Abraham are understood by Muslims to refer to certain revelations Abraham received, which he would have then transmitted to writing. The exact contents of the revelation are not described in the Quran.