Fifteen Great Reasons We Should Embrace and Follow the Quran-only Islam by Abdur Rab
Written by Arnold Yasin MolTuesday, 21 July 2009 17:29 - Last Updated Tuesday, 21 July 2009 21:31
Islam that we should follow is the one guided strictly by the Quran’s tenets. The Hadith, thealleged second source of Islam, is unacceptable as religious guidance as it has given rise tospurious, untenable and ludicrous ideas that have corrupted practiced Islam (See: Chapters 10and 11 of the author’s recently published book Exploring Islam in a New Light: AnUnderstanding from the Quranic Perspective). The Quran-only Islam seeks to replace the mostwidely held notions of Islam that have led to sectarian divisions among Muslims, and given riseto the violence, strife, inequality and fanaticism seen so often in western portrayals of Islam.The Hadith believers think that the Quran is not sufficient or easy for us as guidance. TheQuran, however, is emphatic on the points that it is detailed and self-explained (6:114; 12:111;16:89), and straightforward, clear and sufficiently easy to follow (39:28; 43:2; 44:2, 58; 54:17,22, 32, 40). There are at least fifteen great reasons why one should embrace and follow thisQuran-only Islam:
1. The Quran provides to date the most reliable comprehensive religious guidance tohumankind.
Confirming and upholding earlier divine messages, the Quran embodies the latest genuine andmost comprehensive divine guidance to humankind. It is the latest divinely inspired book inArabic, which is empirically found to remain intact in its original version, unaltered and undilutedsince its compilation by the Prophet Muhammad’s trustworthy companions. The Quran excels ineloquence as well as in profundity, universal appeal, logical coherence and scientific orientationof its message. (For more illumination, see Chapter 1 of my book Exploring Islam in a NewLight: An Understanding from the Quranic Perspective.)
2. The Quran gives not a new religion but the purest of all monotheistic religions.
The roots of Islam are traceable to earlier monotheistic religions such as Christianity, Judaism,Zoroastrianism and Vedic Hinduism. However, the pure monotheism that the Quranreestablishes has unfortunately been lost or diluted in earlier religions (e.g., the Trinityintroduced in Christianity and polytheism and idolatry in Hinduism). The Quran corrects theerrors that crept into earlier religious books and their associated religions, and at the same timeupholds the original religions brought by the Prophets Abraham, Moses, Jesus and others. Allearlier prophets of God are respected prophets of Islam, who are excellent examples to emulatefor all Muslims. Our Prophet Muhammad was specifically urged to follow Abraham as anexcellent example and follow his religion (60:4-6; 3:95; 2:135; 4:125; 16:123).
3. This religion is spiritual. The Quran calls for a religious practice that is essentially andfundamentally spiritual in nature.
The Quran urges humankind to embark on a journey of spiritual evolution, as distinguished frommaterial wellbeing, for self-purification and to attain spiritual wisdom to lead an enriched,progressive and blissful life. For this it prescribes religious practices such as prayer and nobleand humanitarian deeds along with strict moral and ethical uprightness. The Quran inspires usto envision and build a human society where peace, security, justice and compassion and an
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