Important question: In 2:285, what is the explanation, if any, of mentioning Islam’s basic beliefs as “kutubihi wa rusulihi,” since prophets would logically come before books?
wa alaykum salam ,
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani gave a beautiful explanation saying that kutub, revealed books, are Divine Words therefore out of adab they precede the prophets to whom they were revealed. This also shows the sequence of the communication: Allah gives the angel of revelation the Books which are then given to the respective Messengers.
Hajj Gibril Haddad