To reject the Hadith is to reject the Quran for all practical purposes.
"Anyone who disobeys Allah and His Messenger has wandered off into manifest error."
Suratul Ahzaab 33:36
"He who obeys Allah and His Messenger has already achieved a splendid triumph."
Suratul Ahzaab 33:71For the past fourteen centuries Quran and Sunnah have been the twin undisputed sources of Guidance for Muslims. In everygeneration, Muslims devoted the best of their minds and talents to their study. They learnt both the words and meanings of the Quran through the Prophet s.a.s and made an unprecedented effort in preserving them for the next generation. Theresult: the development of the marvellous – and unparalleled – science of Hadith, one of the brightest aspects of Muslimhistory.What does it mean to believe in a Prophet except to pledge to follow him? And so the teachings of the Prophet s.a.s havealways guided this Ummah. Nobody, in his right mind, could or did question this practice.Then something happened. During the colonial period, when most of the Muslim world came under the subjugation of theWest, some "scholars" arose in places like Egypt (Taha Hussein), India (Abdullah Chakralwi and Ghulam Ahmed Pervaiz)and Turkey (Zia Gokalp), who began questioning the authenticity and relevance of Hadith. It was not that some genius hadfound flaws in the Hadith study that had eluded the entire Ummah for thirteen centuries. It was simply that the pressuresfrom the dominant Western civilization to conform were to strong for them to withstand. They buckled. Prophetic teachingsand life examples – Hadith – was the obstacle in this process and so it became the target.Another factor helped them. Today most Muslims, including the vast majority of the Western educated Muslims, havemeagre knowledge of Hadith, having spent no time in studying even the fundamentals of this vast subject. How many knowthe difference between Sahih and Hassan, or between maudu and daif? The certification process used in Hadithtransmission? Names of any Hadith book produced in the first century Hijrah, or the number of such books? A majoritywould probably not be able to name even the six principle Hadith books (Sihah Sittah) or know anything about the historyof their compilation. Obviously such atmosphere provides a fertile ground for sowing suspicions and doubts.They sometimes call themselves Ahle Quran or Quranists. This is misleading. For their distinction is not in affirming theQuran, but in rejecting the Hadith. The ideas of munkareen-e-Hadith evolve into three mutually contradictory strains.The first holds that the job of the Prophet s.a.s was only to deliver the Quran. We are to follow only the Quran and nothingelse, as were the companions. Further, Hadith is not needed to understand the Quran, which is sufficient for providingguidance.The second group holds that the Companions were required to follow the Prophet s.a.s but we are not.The third holds that, in theory, we also have to follow Hadith but we did not receive Hadith through authentic sources andtherefore we have to reject all Hadith collections!Internal contradictions are a hallmark of false ideologies.How can anyone hold the first position yet profess belief in the Quran while it says:
"And We have sent down unto You the Message so that you may explain clearly to mankind what was sentdown to them, and so that they may give thought."
Suratan Nahl 16:44And this:
"Allah did confer a great favour on the Believers when He sent among them a Messenger from amongthemselves, who rehearses unto them the Signs of Allah, purifies them, instructs them in Scripture, andteaches them Wisdom, whereas previously they had been in plain error."
Surah Al-e-Imran 3:164How can anyone hold the second position (limiting the Prophet hood to 23 years) yet profess belief in the Quran, while itsays:
"We did not send you except as Mercy for everybody in the universe."
Suratul Anbiya 21:107And,
"And We have not sent you (O Mohammad) except as a giver of glad tidings and a warner to all mankind."
Suratus Saba 34:28