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i have a question in sahih bukhari volume no.1 hadith no.114 it says ibn abbas said, 'when the ailment of the prophet became worse he said, 'bring for me (writing) paper and i will write for u a statement after which you will not go astray.' but Umar said,' The prophet is seriously ill, and we have got allah's book with us and that is sufficient for us.' But the companions of the prophet differed about this and there was a hue and cry. on that the prophet said to them,' go away (and leave me alone). it is not right that you should quarrel in front of me."
so my quesstion is i thought prophet muhammad was illiterate
so how was he proposing that he should write a letter
thank u assalamoualaikum

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   ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM

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