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Fifteen Great Reasons We Should Embrace and Follow the Quran-Only Islam

Fifteen Great Reasons We Should Embrace and Follow the Quran-Only Islam

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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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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
environment conducive to the uplifting of all humankind prevail.
4. This religion is humane. The Quran emphasizes mercy, compassion and service tohumanity.
God wants us to be as good and kind to others as we are to ourselves (2:267). God wants us tosave a man rather than kill him, and saving a man is like saving the whole of humankind (5:32).In accordance with this spirit, we need to serve humanity to save them from any danger anddisadvantage—from death, disease, injury, deprivation, ignorance, misery, poverty and hunger.To be good and generous to fellow human beings, especially to those who are poor anddisadvantaged, is a great virtue in the sight of God (90:12–18; 2:261, 265; 70:24–25). ServingGod amounts to serving humanity in the same way as God serves them through His agents.
5. This Islam advocates social egalitarianism.
Though it sanctifies private ownership and enterprise, the Quran has a strong socialisticovertone. It urges the more wealthy sections of people in society to share their wealth andincome with their poor and disadvantaged fellow beings (2:177; 76:8-9; 92:20-21; 107:1-7; etc.).The Quran states there is no piety without giving (92:18; 9:103; 3:92; 107:1–7). (For moreillumination on this, see the discussion on spending in God’s Way in the author’s above-citedbook.)6. This religion advocates application of a rational approach to religion.Typical of all practiced religions, practiced Islam is found to often distract from what are dictatedby scientific knowledge and reason. The Quran, on the other hand, rather encourages us toapply reason and a scientific approach to faith. It encourages us to look throughout the universeand see how things happen:
Say (O Muhammad): Travel through the earth, and see how God hath brought forth all creation (29:20).
Creation or change points to causal relation. The Quranic religion is one that makes manconscious of how he can change both his lot and the lot of his society. The Quran makes itamply clear that He does not change the condition of man unless he himself takes the initiativeand changes it:
Verily God changeth not the condition of a people until they themselves change their own condition (13:11).
Other statements in the Quran such as that one’s reward is proportionate to one’s work, thatnone shoulders the burden of others, that the universe with its planetary system follows aperfect logical order underscore Islam’s rational foundation. It is only with sincere effort that mancan achieve progress and success. God does not do anything on His own to reward or punishman or any creature.
7. This religion has no room for religious fanaticism or “fundamentalism”.
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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
 The Quran does not encourage a fatalistic belief in God. He has given us free will to choosebetween good and evil (13:11; 18:29; 76:3; 91:7–10). We are rewarded or punished accordingto what we do (2: 286; 20:15; 28:84; 53:31, 39; 42:30; 6:132; 46:19; 17:19; 5:35; etc.). Thereshould be no such thing as predestination by God or fatalism, i.e., the belief that God preordainsall events. The fatalistic idea espoused by the Hadith is that God knows in advance all events,He predetermines all events, and He wills all events and, therefore, all events take place inaccordance with what God knew, planned and willed. But if this idea is true, the Quranic versethat “Man hath only that for which he maketh effort” (20:15; 53:39) cannot have any meaning.For, if God decides beforehand what man will do, He cannot legitimately make him responsiblefor anything he does and the whole system of rewarding for good work and punishing for badwork completely breaks down, there remaining no role for religion to play for man. Fatalism orfatalistic attitude belies God’s Laws or the logical system. Fatalism or blind dependence on God,which negates the relevance of man’s own efforts is, therefore, not only a real obstacle for one’sspiritual progress, but a great impediment to overall human progress, and should therefore beshunned.At the same time we need to note that belief in God’s Laws or the logical systemalso implies that we need to be mentally ready to accept, and readily acceptwhat cannot be escaped or avoided. This is what really means accepting thegiven set of facts or factors, that have already been predetermined by factors,and which man must live with. The given set of predetermined facts or factorsis so to say God-given or God-willed. One needs to believe in this kind of taqdiror predetermined fate or destiny, and this is not fatalism or predestination.This Islam also rejects many other fanatic beliefs held by Muslims that are encouraged mostlyby the Hadith literature (e.g., reciting Quranic verses without understanding is a virtue (thawab)or reciting such and such verses of the Quran gives such and such virtues).
8. This “Quran-only” Islam rejects sects and madhabs.
 When Islam came - during the Prophet’s lifetime, there was only one Muslim group. Muslimslater became divided into sects such as Shiites, Sunnis and Kharijites (who were distinct fromShiites and Sunnis), and Sunnis in turn formed four madhabs (schools of thought) – Shafi,Hanafi, Maliki and Hanbali. Subsequently, there emerged another much conservative Sunnigroup called Wahhabis. Such divisions among Muslims are unacceptable under the“Quran-only” Islam (3:103, 105; 6:159). The Quran urges Muslims to remain steadfast andunited on the path of God (3:103, 105). The Quran states:
Verily thou (O Muhammad) hast no concern with those who have divided their religion and became sects. Their affair is only with 
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