Al-Awfi reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhu) said that Surah An-Nisa’ was revealed in Al-Madeenah. Ibn Marduwyah recorded similar statements from ‘Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr and Zayd bin Thabit (RadiyAllaahu ‘annum).
In his Mustadrak, Al-Haakim recorded that ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhu) said, “There are five Aayaat in Surah An-Nisaa’ that I would prefer to the life of this world and all that is in it.
إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَظْلِمُ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ
Surely, Allah wrongs not even the weight of an atom. (4:40),
إِن تَجْتَنِبُواْ كَبَآئِرَ مَا تُنْهَوْنَ عَنْهُ نُكَفِّرْ عَنكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ
If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do. (4:31)
إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاء
Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills. (4:48)
وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآؤُوكَ
If they would have come to you when they had wronged themselves (to seek Allah’s forgiveness) (4:64)
وَمَن يَعْمَلْ سُوءًا أَوْ يَظْلِمْ نَفْسَهُ ثُمَّ يَسْتَغْفِرِ اللّهَ يَجِدِ اللّهَ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا
And whoever does evil or wrongs himself, but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (4:110).”
Al-Haakim recorded that Ibn ‘Abbaas (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhu) said, “Ask me about Surah An-Nisaa’, for I learned the Qur-aan when I was still young.”
Al-Haakim said, “This Hadith is Sahih according to the criteria of the Two Sahihs, and they did not collect it.”