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QUESTIONING THE IMPORTANCE & AUTHENTICITY OF AHADITH, IN THE LIGHT OF HOLY QURAN, WHICH IS THE SOURCE OF COMPLETE GUIDANCE, THE CODE OF LIFE & A COMPASS FOR MUSLIMS…
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َ َ َ ِ السلم عل َي ْك ُم ورحمة الله وب َركا ت ُه َ ُ َ ّ َ ُ َ ْ َ َ ْ ُ
Sura Al Haaqa 40 - 48 40 - And these sayings are being spoken (and conveyed to you) by our most respectable messenger. 41 - 42 He is conveying are Our command to you. These are not the saying of a poet or soothsayer’s guesswork.(This certainly is Allah’s Wahi.)There are however, very few who use their intellect and logic to ponder it; and believe in the truthfulness of these sayings and adopt them as Divine Code. 43 This Quran has been revealed from the Almighty, Who is the sustainer of all the nations of the world… (The objective is that by following this code people should nourish and develop their selves). 44 - 46 There is no mixture of human ideas in the Wahi of Allah.If the Rasool /messenger had ever dared to attribute some(of His own)saying unto Us, we have indeed seized his firmly by his right hand and deprived him of his ability and power to act. We would never have allowed his program to progress, and would have made his faculties ineffective and his plans lifeless.None of you would have been able to stop Us from doing so. Keeping in view of the above reference from the Quran? Can any one still believe the Ahadees are still important to follow? Sura Anfaal 8/20 Follow Allah (Divine Laws) through the Messenger and do not run away from this only guideline. This means there are no attachments along with the Quran to be followed.
Objective:- To getrid of the sects. Only Quranic guideline (Divine book) will be dominating not the Muftees and Maulvees. Mufti is only Allah. Man can't be a Mufti. Muti means the authority who has/gives final decisions. When Quran z da complete guidance, code, way, essence of life, den why to look for sth else? Thousands of Hadiths exist which r going against d Quranic verses! Hazrat Ayesha said, "Quran is the practical example of Holy Prophet's life"... Means Quran is the complete Sunnah... The complete guidance... THEN WHY...??? Allah says in the holy Quran: "Quran is the complete source of guidance for mankind"... Hazrat Ayesha said: "Prophet PBUH's life is a practical form of Quran"... Means that, Quran is the Sunnah of Prophet PBUH, Quran is what Prophet PBUH said, Quran is what Prophet PBUH did, Quran is what Allah wanted Prophet PBUH to do, Quran is what Allah wants us to do, Quran is what we should do... In short Quran is the complete guidance... Quran is the code of conduct for our lives... Quran is the key to success... Even when Allah said that there's no source of complete guidance other than Quran, even when Hazrat Aisha said that Prophet PBUH is the practical form of Quran... Then whats the need of consulting any other source when Quran explains it ALL...??? Then whats the need of asking someone else for guidance when Quran is there to help you...??? Whats the need of consulting something else when Quran is the complete Sunnah of Prophet PBUH...??? When Allah has given you mind, when Allah has made us Ashraf Ul Makhluqat, when Allah has given you the capability to think, then why to give an individual or a book a stand share with Quran...??? Why not to live an awesome life under the lights of Quran...??? Why not...??? Surah 2 verses 159-160 Those who conceal the clear (verses) We have sent down, and the Guidance, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book, on them shall be Allah’s curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse, Except those who repent and make amends and openly declare (the Truth): To them I turn; for I am Oft-returning, Most Merciful Surah 6 verses 36-39 Those who listen (in truth) will surely accept: as to the dead, Allah will raise them up; then will they be turned unto Him. They say: "Why is not a sign sent down to him from his Lord?" Say: "(Allah) has certainly power to send down a sign: but most of them understand not. There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end. Those who reject our signs are deaf and dumb, in the midst of darkness profound: whom Allah wills, He leaves to wander: whom He wills, He places on the way that is straight.
Surah 6 verses 113-116 to such (deceit) let the hearts of those incline, who have no faith in the hereafter: let them delight in it, and let them earn from it what they may. Say: "Shall I seek for judge other than Allah. When He it is Who has sent to you the Book, explained in detail." They know full well, to whom We have given the Book, that it has been sent down from your Lord in truth. Never be then of those who doubt. The word of your Lord does find its fulfilment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who hears and knows all. Were you to follow the common run of those on earth, they will lead you away from the way of Allah. They follow nothing but conjecture: they do nothing but lie.Your Lord knows best who strays from His way: He knows best who they are that receives His guidance. Surah 10 verses 35-37 Say: "Of your 'partners' is there any that can give any guidance towards truth?" Say: "It is Allah Who gives guidance towards truth, is then He who gives guidance to truth more worthy to be followed, or he who finds not guidance (himself) unless he is guided? What then is the matter with you? How judge you?" But most of them follow nothing but fancy: truly fancy can be of no avail against truth. Verily Allah is well aware of all that they do. This Quran is not such as can be produced by other than Allah. On the contrary it is a confirmation of (revelations) that went before it, and a fuller explanation of the Book - wherein there is no doubt - from the Lord of the worlds. Surah 11 verses 12-14 Perchance you may (feel the inclination) to give up a part of what is revealed to you, and your heart feels straitened lest they say, "Why is not a treasure sent down to him, or why does not an angel come down with him?" But you are there only to warn! It is Allah that arranges all affairs! Or they may say, "He forged it," Say, "Bring you then ten surahs forged, like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever you can, other than Allah, if ye speak the truth! "If then they (your false gods) answer not your (call), know you that this revelation is sent down (replete) with the knowledge of Allah, and that there is no god but He! Will you even then submit (to Islam)?" Surah 12 verses 108-111 Say you: "This is my way: I invite you to Allah, on evidence clear as the seeing with one's eyes, I and whoever follows me. Glory be to Allah and never will I join gods with Allah." Nor did We send before you (as apostles) any but men, whom we did inspire, (men) living in human habitations. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will you not then understand? (Respite will be granted) until, when the apostles give up hope (of their people)
and (come to) think that they were treated as liars, there reaches them Our help, and those whom We will are delivered into safety. But never will be warded off our punishment from those who are in sin. There is, in their stories, instruction for men endued with understanding. It is not a tale invented, but a confirmation of what went before it, a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to any such as believe. Surah 16 verses 84-90 One Day We shall raise from all peoples a witness: then will no excuse be accepted from unbelievers, nor will they receive any favours. When the wrong-doers (actually) see the Penalty, then will it in no way be mitigated, nor will they then receive respite. When those who gave partners to Allah will see their "partners", they will say: "Our Lord! these are our 'partners, those whom we used to invoke besides You." But they will throw back their word at them (and say): "Indeed you are liars!" That Day shall they (openly) show (their) submission to Allah and all their inventions shall leave them in the lurch. Those who reject Allah and hinder (men) from the Path of Allah - for them will We add Penalty to Penalty; for that they used to spread mischief. One day We shall raise from all Peoples a witness against them, from amongst themselves: and We shall bring you as a witness against these (your people): and We have sent down to you the Book explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy, and Glad Tidings to Muslims. Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may receive admonition. Surah 17 verses 88-89 Say: "If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support. And We have explained to man, in this Quran, every kind of similitude: yet the greater part of men refuse (to receive it) except with ingratitude! Surah 18 verses 52-57 One Day He will say, "Call on those whom you thought to be My partners," and they will call on them, but they will not listen to them; and We shall make for them a place of common perdition. And the sinful shall see the fire and apprehend that they have to fall therein: no means will they find to turn away from it. We have explained in detail in this Quran, for the benefit of mankind, every kind of similitude: but man is, in most things, contentious. And what is there to keep back men from believing, now that Guidance has come to them, nor from praying for forgiveness from their Lord, but that (they ask that) the ways of the ancients be repeated with them, or the Wrath be brought to them face to face?
We only send the apostles to give Glad Tidings and to give warnings: But the unbelievers dispute with vain argument, in order therewith to weaken the truth, and they treat My Revelations as a jest, as also the fact that they are warned! And who does more wrong than one who is reminded of the verses of his Lord, but turns away from them, forgetting the (deeds) which his hands have sent forth? Surely We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this, and over their ears, deafness, if thou call them to guidance, even then will they never accept guidance. Surah 22 verses 15-18 If any think that Allah will not help him (His Messenger in this world and the Hereafter, let him stretch out a rope to the ceiling and cut (himself) off: then let him see whether his plan will remove that which enrages (him)! We sent down Clear Verses; and verily Allah guides whom He will! Those who believe (in the Quran), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians, Christians, Magians, and Polytheists, Allah will judge between them on the Day of Judgment: for Allah is witness of all things. Do you not see that to Allah bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and on earth, the sun, the moon, the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals; and a great number among mankind? But a great number are (also) are fit for Punishment: and such as Allah shall disgrace, none can raise to honour: for Allah carries out all that He wills. Surah 25 verses 30-34 "O my Lord! Truly my people took this Quran for just foolish nonsense." Thus have We made for every prophet an enemy among the sinners: but enough is your Lord to guide and to help. Those who reject Faith say: "Why is not the Quran revealed to him all at once? Thus (is it revealed), that We may strengthen your heart thereby, and We have rehearsed it to you in slow, well-arranged stages, gradually. And no question do they bring to you but We reveal to you the truth and the best explanation (thereof). Those who will be gathered to Hell (prone) on their faces, they will be in an evil plight, and, as to the Path, most astray. Surah 39 verses 27-33 We have put forth for men, in this Quran every kind of parable, in order that they may receive admonition. (It is) a Quran in Arabic, without any crookedness (therein): in order that they may guard against Evil. Allah puts forth a parable a man belonging to many partners at variance with each other, and a man belonging entirely to one master: are those two equal in comparison? Praise be to Allah. but most of them have no knowledge. Truly you will die (one day), and truly they (too) will die (one day). In the end will you (all), on the Day of Judgment, settle your disputes in the presence of your Lord.
Who, then, does more wrong than one who utters a lie concerning Allah, and rejects the Truth when it comes to him; is there not in Hell an abode for blasphemers? And he who brings the Truth and he who confirms (and supports) it - such are the men who do right. Surah 41 verses 2-6 A Revelation from ((Allah)), Most Gracious, Most Merciful;A Book, whereof the verses are explained in detail;- a Quran in Arabic, for people who understand;Giving good news and admonition: yet most of them turn away, and so they hear not. They say: "Our hearts are under veils, (concealed) from that to which you do invite to us, and in our ears is a deafness, and between us and you is a screen: so do you (what you will); for us, we shall do (what we will!)" Say you: "I am but a man like you: It is revealed to me by Inspiration, that your Allah is one Allah, so stand true to Him, and ask for His Forgiveness." And woe to those who join gods with Allah, Surah 54 verse 17 And We have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?
The Qur’an is Complete, Detailed, Sufficient and Understandable:
It has long been the position of most Muslims that in order for one to be a Muslim they needed to follow two sources of Islam. The first was the Holy Qur’an; the second was the Hadith and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad. It was stated that the Hadith and Sunnah explained the Qur’an and supplied details where the Qur’an had none. In short, there was at least an implicit understanding and teaching that the Qur’an was an incomplete source of guidance needing other sources to supply details that it did not have. This document will demonstrate that the Qur’an is in fact complete, detailed and sufficient for our guidance. ِ َْ ُْ َ شهر رمضان ٱلذ ۤي أنزل فيه ٱلقرآن هدى للناس وبينات من ٱلهد ٰى وٱلفرقان َ ُ ْ َ ّ ٍ َ َّ َ ِ ّ ّ ً ُ ُ ْ ُ ْ ِ ِ َ ِ ْ ُ ِّ َ َ َ َ ُ ْ َ “The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong).” (Qur’an, 2:185) ً ِ َ َ ِ َ َ ِْ َ ُ َِ ِ ِ ْ َ تبارك ٱلذى نزل ٱلفرقان عل ٰى عبده ليكون للعالمين نذيرا ََ َ َ ْ ُ ْ َ ّ َ ِ ّ َ َ َ َ “Blessed is He Who hath revealed unto His slave the Criterion (of right and wrong), that he may be a warner to the peoples.” (Qur’an, 25:1)
We shall first note that the Qur’an is the Criterion (between right and wrong) and a guidance that Allah has revealed upon humanity, we must therefore analyse the Qur’an to see what it says about its completeness. To this end we must analyse the relevant ayahs on this topic. ً ُ ُ ّ ِ ََ َ ْ َ ّ ْ َ ِ ّ ِ ِ َ َ ْ ُ ْ ِ ِ ُ ّ َ َ ٍ َ َ َ َ ْ َ ُ ّ س ولقد صرفنا للناس فى ه ٰـذا ٱلقرآن من كل مثل فأب ٰى أكثر ٱلنا ِ إل كفورا "And certainly We have repeated for humankind, in this Qur’an, every kind of example, but the majority of humankind do not consent to anything but denying." (Qur’an, 17:89) َ ُ ّ َ َ َ ْ ُ َّ ّ ٍ َ َ ّ ُ ِ ِ ْ ُ ْ َ َ ِ ِ ّ ِ َ ْ َ َ ْ َ ََ ولقد ضربنا للناس فى ه ٰـذا ٱلقرآن من كل مثل لعلهم يتذكرون “We have put forth for humans, in this Qur’an, every kind of example so that they may remember” (Qur’an, 39:27). Here, Allah tells us that He has given every kind of example for our Guidance within the Qur’an. Thus, when Allah Himself tells us that every kind of example is within the Qur’an, does the Muslim need to look elsewhere for examples? We must note that the purpose of the Qur’an dictates in what way the Qur’an is complete and detailed; we are told in the Qur’an: َ ِ ُّ ْ ّ ً ُ ِ ِ َ ْ َ َ ُ َ ِ ْ َ ِ ٰذلك ٱلكتاب ل ريب فيه هدى للمتقين “This Book, there is no doubt in it, it is a guide to those who keep their duty” (Qur’an, 2:2) Here we must note that since the initial audience of the Qur’an were people living in a desert city 1400 years ago the wordings of the examples are more relevant to their surroundings. However, the message of these examples is applicable to all times. In fact, the word 'example" by definition means that it is referring to a specific case outlining a general principal. Those Muslims who say that the Qur’an is not clear and they need other books to understand the Qur’an should read the following ayahs: ٍ ِّ ٍ ْ َُ ِ َِ ْ ُ َ َ ِْ َ ا ۤلر تلك آيات ٱلكتاب وقرآن مبين "A. L. R. These are the verses of a Book,- and a clear/clarifying Qur'an. " (Qur’an, 15:1) ٌ ِّ ٌ ْ ُ َ ٌ ْ ِ ّ ِ َ ُ ْ ِ ُ َ ِ َ َ َ َ َ ْ ّ وما علمناه ٱلشعر وما ينبغى له إن هو إل ذكر وقرآن مبين ُ َ ْ َّ َ َ "We have not instructed the (Qur’an, Prophet) in Poetry, nor is it meet for him: this is no less than a Message and a clear/clarifying Qur'an" (Qur’an, 36:69) ِ ُِ ْ ِ َِ ْ ُ َ َ ِْ ا ۤلر تلك آيات ٱلكتاب ٱلمبين "A.L.R. These are the verses of the clear/clarifying Book."
(Qur’an, 12:1) ِ ُِ ْ ِ َِ ْ ُ َ َ ِْ تلك آيات ٱلكتاب ٱلمبين "These are verses of the clear/clarifying Book" (Qur’an, 26:2) ٍ ِّ ٍ َِ َ ِ ْ ُ ْ ُ َ َ ِْ ط ۤس تلك آيات ٱلقرآن وكتاب مبين "Taa seen. These are verses of the Qur'an and a clear/clarifying book" (Qur’an, 27:1) ِ ُِ ْ ِ َِ ْ ُ َ َ ِْ تلك آيات ٱلكتاب ٱلمبين "These are Verses of the clear/clarifying Book." (Qur’an, 28:2) ِ ُِ ْ ِ َِ ْ َ وٱلكتاب ٱلمبين "By the clear/clarifying Book," (Qur’an, 43:2, 44:2) ٍ ِ َْ ّ ٍ َ ِ لقد أنزلنآ آيات مبينات وٱل يهدى من يشآء إل ٰى صراط مستقيم َِ ُ َ َ َ ِ ْ َ ّ َ ٍ َ ّ َ ّ ٍ َ َ ْ َ َ ْ َ ّ ُ We have certainly sent down verses that make things clear. And Allah guides whom He wills to a straight path. (Qur’an, 24:46) Please also see 65:11 َ ِ ِْ ُ ْ ِ ونزلنا عليك ٱلكتاب تبيانا لكل شيء وهدى ورحمة وبشر ٰى للمسلمين َ ْ ُ َ ً َ ْ َ َ ً ُ َ ٍ ْ َ ّ ُ ّ ً َ ْ ِ َ َ ِ ْ َ ْ ََ َ ْ ّ َ َ "And We have revealed the Book to you, a clarification/explanation of everything, and a guidance and mercy and good news for those who submit." (Qur’an, 16:89) There cannot be any words clearer than this. When Allah says EVERYTHING (Likulli shai’) that means EVERYTHING. If the Qur’an itself is supposed to explain/clarify everything, what does it mean to explain the Qur’an by other books? It means kufr of the words of Allah and the joining of partners with Allah. In other words, the above verse is saying that there is NOTHING (Islamically) that is not explained by the Qur’an for our guidance. The Muslim who says that “not everything is in the Qur’an”, must contemplate these verses and reflect on the logical consequences of his/her statement. Further, in the cases of 43:2 and 44:2, the clear and clarifying nature of the Qur’an is mentioned in the form of an oath to bring special attention to this fact. The Qur'an is a clear admonition to people of all ages and cultures. However, Muslims refer to unreliable sources, rather than the Qur'an, so that they corrupt their guidance and add partners to Allah. The basic reason behind this attitude is
their following of tradition and society. When asked they reply exactly as Allah states: َ ُ َ ْ َ َ َ ً ْ َ َ ُِ ْ َ َ ْ ُ ُ َ َ َ ْ ََ َ َ َ َ ِ ْ ََ َ ْ َ ْ َ َ ُ ِ ّ َ ْ َ ْ ُ َ ّ َ َ َ َ ُ ِ ّ ُ ُ َ َ ِ َ َِ وإذا قيل لهم ٱتبعوا مآ أنزل ٱل قالوا بل نتبع مآ ألفينا عليه آبآءنآ أولو كان آباؤهم ل يعقلون شيئا ول يهتدون ُ And when it is said to them, "Follow what Allah has revealed," they say, "Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing." Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided? (Qur’an, 2:170) We have all heard it, “Are you saying you understand Islam better than all the scholars of the Muslims which all Muslims follow?!” You would think they would just accept the words of Allah, but the reality is that between them and Allah are ‘scholars’ and hadith. A Muslim can either accept now that the Qur’an is a clear book that is not in need of explanation by any other sources and as per (Qur’an, 16:89) that it has all the explanations we need OR they can concede that the Qur’an is clear but say that it LACKS details which the Hadith etc is needed to fill. This even though Allah tells us that all things have been clarified for us in the Qur’an as well as every example detailed… Allah refutes those who say the Qur’an is not detailed enough for our guidance.
Here is what Allah says about the detail in His Book:
ً ّ َ ُ َ َ ِ ْ ُ ُ ْ َِ َ َ َ َ أفغير ٱل أبتغى حكما وهو ٱلذ ۤي أنزل إليكم ٱلكتاب مفصل ِ ّ َ ُ َ ً َ َ ِ َْ َ ّ َ ْ َ َ َ ِ “Shall I then seek a Ruler other than Allah? When He it is Who has revealed to you the Book (Qur’an, which is) distinctly detailed” (Qur’an, 6:114) َ ُِ ْ ُ ٍ ْ َ ّ ً َ ْ َ َ ً ُ ٍ ْ ِ ولقد جئناهم بكتاب َصلنا ُ عل ٰى علم هدى ورحمة لقوم يؤمنون ََ ََ َ ْ ِ ْ َ ُ ْ ِ ِ َ ٍ ف ّ ْ َ ه “And certainly We have brought them a Book, which We have detailed with knowledge, a guidance and mercy for a people who believe” (Qur’an, 7:52) ٍ ِ َ ٍ ِ َ ْ ُ ّ ِ ْ َّ ُ ّ ُ ُ ُ َ ْ َ ِ ْ ُ ِ َ ب ا ۤلر كتا ٌ أحكمت آياته ثم فصلت من لدن حكيم خبير "A. L. R. A Book with perfected verses, further explained in detail from One Who is Wise and Well-acquainted" (Qur’an, 11:1) َ ُ َْ َ ٍ ْ َ ّ ّ ِ َ َ ً ْ ُ ُ ُ َ ْ َّ ُ ٌ َ ِ كتاب فصلت آياته قرآنا عربيا لقوم يعلمون “A Book of which the verses are distinctly detailed, an Arabic Qur’an for people who know” (Qur’an, 41:3)
In the face of these verses, the claims of many Muslims are clearly contradictory to the Qur’anic evidence. Yet, they insist that the Qur’an is not detailed. In the light of the Qur’an, this only suggests that Muslims are not thinking and reflecting logically. Logically speaking, it would not make any sense that a Book that is supposed to clearly explain Islam in a detailed manner is itself in need of explanation and further detail! This is only logical, as the Book is meant for everyone and not only for a small set of scholars. It must be noted that Allah gives distinction to knowledge, and it is indeed important, but at the same time Allah has supplied the knowledge needed in the Qur’an for our Guidance. There are certainly aspects of the Qur’an that become more illuminated with more knowledge, like historical and scientific issues. All these things are stated clearly and they can indeed be easily accepted as they are and our guidance will not in the least be decreased. But when we do learn about them by Allah’s leave we merely appreciate more the Glory of Allah in his revelation. There is of course also the issue of the Arabic language which all Muslims should take time to learn. Further to all the verses above, consider the following verses wherein Allah explicitly clarifies that it is Allah who will explain the Qur’an, not Muhammad! This fits in perfectly with the ayaat that tells us the Qur’an is clear and detailed. ُ َ َ َ َ ْ ََ ّ ِ ّ ُ ُ َ ْ ُ ْ ِ ّ َ ُ َ ْ َ َ َ ِ َ ُ َ ْ ُ َ ُ َ ْ َ َ ْ ََ ّ ِ ِ ِ َ َ ْ َ ِ َ َ َ ِ ِ ِ ْ ّ َ ُ َ ل تحرك به لسانك لتعجل به‡ إن علينا جمعه وقرآنه‡ فإذا قرأناه فٱتبع قرآنه‡ ثم إن علينا بيانه Do not move your tongue concerning the (Qur'an) to hasten it. We shall be responsible for its collection and its recitation. So when We have recited it [through Gabriel], then follow its recitation. Then upon Us is its clarification/explanation. (Qur’an, 75:16-19) The discussion should end here for if the Qur’an is COMPLETE and DETAILED with everything that we need for Guidance, then there is no need to look at another book or other sources for our Guidance. However Muslims do look to other sources and have made these sources as important as the Qur’an, if not more! Why do I say more? Because if Book A can only be understood using Book(s) B, then Book(s) B become(s) the criterion for the meaning and contents of Book A. It is these other sources that have corrupted the practices of Islam and made the Ummah into a people that that lack wisdom. It should be remembered that this same thing happened in a more extreme form with Christianity and Judaism. In Judaism the rabbis told the masses that the Torah could only be understood through them and the Talmud, so the Jews now
follow the Talmud and use it to understand the Torah. Of course they also changed the contents of the Torah. The Christians not only changed the words they heard, they even added text (for example by Paul) that is known not to have been said by Jesus (but which was allegedly inspired by Jesus!). The Christians took the church and its scholars as Lords instead of Allah because they followed these people against the word of Allah. What both have done is that they have taken their scholars and priests, now and in the past, as lords in that they follow what these people say as if it was the word of Allah. Muslim started to do this a long time ago, they started saying that you could only understand the Qur’an by the help of the knowledge of scholars and the alleged traditions of the prophet. Even when the Qur’an states otherwise.
If the Qur’an is Fully Detailed where are the details for?
This is something I come across all the time. It manifests itself in questions like:• • • • • Where are all the details of salaah? Where are all the details of Hajj? Where are all the details of the allowed and forbidden foods? Where are all the details on how much zakaah to pay? Etc, etc…
The fundamental error is all such questions is that it is assumed that whatever is currently accepted as Islamic practice is necessarily correct or even required. What then happens is that the completeness of the Qur’an is not judged by its own testimony and contents; rather, it is judged by the accepted practices which should have been derived from the Qur’an in the first place! This trend is old, among Muslims and those before them. Muslims took on many practices/beliefs in their religion that had no basis in the Qur’an and then used this to try to justify the need for hadith (Shafi’i, may Allah curse his soul and those like him used this kind of approach). The correct question is, “Are the current practices of Muslims derived from the Qur’an?” I stated earlier that what has happened to Islam is reminiscent of what happened to the Jewish religion, so read the passage below and consider... From page 24-25 in Judaism's Strange Gods by Michael Hoffman II
Like the Talmud, the Midrash upholds the rabbinic fallacy that the Bible is deficient and incomplete; that it requires the intervention of Midrashic traditions concocted between 400 and 1200 A.D. to be understood. Barry W. Holtz, Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and director of the seminary's Melton Research Center states: "The Bible is loath to tell us the motivations, feelings, or thoughts of characters. Rarely giving us descriptive details either of people or places, it is composed in a stark, uncompromising style. Hence, in the laconic style of the Bible, we find one significant cause of the necessity of Midrash. "Midrash comes to fill the gaps, to tell us the details the Bible teasingly leaves out: what did Isaac think as his father took him to be sacrificed? The Bible doesn't tell us, but Midrash fills it in with rich and varied descriptions. "Why did Cain kill Abel? Once again the Bible is silent, but Midrash is filled with explanation. How tall was Adam when he walked in the Garden? "Look to the midrashic materials, not the Bible for such details... "Where the Bible is mysterious and silent, Midrash comes to unravel the mystery. "...the Bible often states matters of law without clarification or detail...Observant Jews today keep separate dishes for milk and meat, but where is that outlined in the Bible? Nowhere in fact. It was the Midrash of rabbinic Judaism, legal Midrash, that defined the laws." Barry W. Holtz, "Midrash," Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts, (Qur’an, op. cit.), pp. 180-181. Having read the above interesting passage, consider what Allah says about the revelation given to the Jews in the Qur’an, you find it described similarly to the Qur’an: قال ٰيموس ٰى إنى ٱصطفيتك على ٱلناس برسالتى وبكلمى فخذ مآ آتيتك وكن من ٱلشاكرين‡ وكتبنا له فى ِ ُ َ َْ ََ َ َ ِ ِ ّ َ ّ ْ ُ َ َ ُْ َ َ ْ ُ َ ِ َ َ َِ َِ َ ِ ِ ِ ّ ََ َ ُ ْ َ َ ْ ِّ َ ُ َ َ َ ِ ِ َ ْ َ َ ْ ُ ِ ْ َُ َ ِ َ ْ َ ِ ْ ُ ُ ْ َ َ َ ْ َ ْ ُ ْ َ ٍ ّ ُ ِ َ ْ ُ َ ٍ ْ َ ّ ُ ّ ً ِ ْ َ َ ً َ ِ ْ ّ ٍ ْ َ ّ ُ ِ ِ َ ْ َ ٱللواح من كل شيء موعظة وتفصيل لكل شيء فخذها بقوة وأمر قومك يأخذوا بأحسنها سأوريكم دار ٱلفاسقين [Allah] said, "O Moses, I have chosen you over the people with My messages and My words [to you]. So take what I have given you and be among the grateful." And We wrote for him on the tablets of all things - instruction and explanation for all things, [saying], "Take them with determination and order your people to take the best of it. I will show you the home of the defiantly disobedient." (Qur’an, 7:144-145) And yet they felt they needed the Talmud and the words of the Rabbis to explain it and fill in the details. See also 5:44-45 which are commands similar to what Muslims were given. The patterns of ignoring the word of Allah and adding to the religion is an old and powerful one, Muslims fell into it with nearly as much zeal as did the Jews. Truly said! To finish consider these clear verses:-
ً ّ َ ُ َ َ ِ ْ ُ ُ ْ َِ َ َ َ َ أفغير ٱل أبتغى حكما وهو ٱلذ ۤي أنزل إليكم ٱلكتاب مفصل ِ ّ َ ُ َ ً َ َ ِ َْ َ ّ َ ْ َ َ َ ِ “Shall I then seek a Ruler other than Allah? When He it is who has revealed to you the Book (Qur’an, which is) distinctly detailed” (Qur’an, 6:114) What is the answer of Muslims? Will they answer “Muhammad, his companions, the later generations and the scholars!!!” or will they answer “No one other than my Lord!!!” َ ُ ِ ْ ُ ِ ِ َ َ ّ َ ْ َ ٍ ِ َ ّ َ ِ َ ّ َ ْ ِ َ ْ ََ َ ُْ َ ّ ُ َ َ ْ ِ تلك آيات ٱل نتلوها عليك بٱلحق فبأى حديث بعد ٱل وآياته يؤمنون ِ ِ These are the verses of Allah which We recite to you in truth. Then in what statement after Allah and His verses will they believe? (Qur’an, 45:6) What is the answer of Muslims? Will they answer “The Hadith, Sunnah, figh and ijma’!!!” or will they answer “Nothing other than your Qur’an my Lord!!!”
The Holy Quran Alone Must Be Followed As Religious Guidance:
1. Some people argue that if we follow some selective hadiths which are consistent with the holy Quran, what is the problem? The problem is huge and obvious. We are not allowed to follow any hadiths besides the holy Quran. Allah is our Lord and Master and He commands us not to follow any hadith(any book) besides the Quran. So, we simply have to follow God's commands without hesitation. [The Quran 45:6] These are GOD's revelations that we recite to you truthfully. In which Hadith other than GOD and His revelations do they believe? [The Quran 68:35] Shall we treat the Muslims like the criminals? [68:36] What is wrong with your logic? [68:37] Do you have another book to uphold? [68:38] In it, do you find anything you want? [The Quran 77:49] Woe on that day to the rejectors. [77:50] Which Hadith, other than this, do they uphold? 2. Prophet Muhammad neither had any power to alter the Quran nor had any authority to follow anything except the holy Quran. [The Quran 10:15] When our revelations are recited to them, those who do not expect to meet us say, "Bring a Quran other than this, or change it!" Say, "I cannot possibly change it on my own. I simply follow what is revealed to me. I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the retribution of an awesome day." 3. If prophet Muhammad taught anything but the Quran for religious guidance, God would have punished him severely.
[The Quran 69:43] A revelation from the Lord of the universe. [69:44] Had he uttered any other teachings. [69:45] We would have punished him. [69:46] We would have stopped the revelations to him. [69:47] None of you could have helped him. 4. Prophet Muhammad was not the teacher of the holy Quran as hadith followers claim! Teacher of the Quran is Allah Himself. [The Quran 55:1] The Most Gracious. [55:2] Teacher of the Quran. [55:3] Creator of the human beings. 5. The holy Quran is not a summary book as hadith followers claim! Allah almighty claims that the Quran is a fully detailed Book. [The Quran 6:114] Shall I seek other than GOD as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed? Those who received the scripture recognize that it has been revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbor any doubt. [The Quran 6:115] The word of your Lord is complete, in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His words. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient. [The Quran 12:111] In their history, there is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not fabricated Hadith; this (Quran) confirms all previous scriptures, provides the details of everything, and is a beacon and mercy for those who believe. [The Quran 16:89] The day will come when we will raise from every community a witness from among them, and bring you as the witness of these people. We have revealed to you this book to provide explanations for everything, and guidance, and mercy, and good news for the Muslims. Therefore, to follow hadiths and other books besides the holy Quran is tantamount to do idol worshipping. And idol worshipping is the unforgivable offense and the worst sin among major sins. Yes, details of the salat are also given in the Quran. Salats (daily prayers) must be performed as per the details instructions of the Quran. 6. Question raised as to why do majority of so called Muslims then follow hadiths and other books besides the holy Quran? God almighty answers the question. Fortunate people are not too many!
[The Quran 6:116] If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of GOD. They follow only conjecture; they only guess. 7. The holy Quran is very easy, clear and an unambiguous Book for our complete guidance. [The Quran 2:185] Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein. Those who are ill or traveling may substitute the same number of other days. GOD wishes for you convenience, not hardship, that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify GOD for guiding you, and to express your appreciation. [54:17] We made the Quran easy to learn. Does any of you wish to learn? [39:28] An Arabic Quran, without any ambiguity, that they may be righteous. 8. Prophet Muhammad had no power to create any religious laws besides God's laws. He was ordered to rule his people as per the Quran. [The Quran 5:48] Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD's revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you... [5:49] You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD's revelations to you. Do not follow their wishes, and beware lest they divert you from some of GOD's revelations to you.... Prophet Muhammad was not allowed to make anything halal or haram. [The Quran 66:1] O you prophet, why do you prohibit what GOD has made lawful for you, just to please your wives? GOD is Forgiver, Merciful. 9. [The Quran 3:31] Proclaim: "If you love GOD, you should follow me." GOD will then love you, and forgive your sins. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. [The Quran 3:32] Proclaim: "You shall obey GOD and the messenger." If they turn away, GOD does not love the disbelievers. [24:56] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and obey the messenger, that you may attain mercy. Yes, "obey the messenger" but Quran doesn't say "obey Muhammad". Because Message(Quran) + Muhammad = Messenger. Without God's messages messenger cannot exist. So if we follow the Quran, we will obey and follow the messenger.
10. Still have any doubt about the point 9? The Quran proves that to follow prophet Muhammad was not unconditional because he was just a human being too. [The Quran 60:12] O you prophet, when the believing women (who abandoned the disbelievers) to seek asylum with you pledge to you that they will not set up any idols besides GOD, nor steal, nor commit adultery, nor kill their children, nor fabricate any falsehood, nor disobey your righteous orders, you shall accept their pledge, and pray to GOD to forgive them. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. 11. Hadith followers need fake hadiths to find out good examples of prophet Muhammad! Real good examples of Prophet Muhammad are mentioned in the Quran. Obviously we don't need to ride on the desert's camel in this modern era or to follow how prophet Muhammad went into toilet! We must seek Allah, the Last Day, and constantly think about Allah. These are some of the good examples of Prophet Muhammad, we must follow. [The Quran 33:21] The messenger of GOD has set up a good example for those among you who seek GOD and the Last Day, and constantly think about GOD. 12. Allah reminds us, before the Quran revealed, He sent other scriptures like Torah, Gospel etc. for guidance of mankind. But Allah never says besides Torah, hadiths of Moses or besides Gospel, hadiths of Jesus was too guidance for mankind. This again confirms that besides Quran, hadith cannot be taken as religious guidance. Using Torah alone Jews prophets ruled their people. [The Quran 5:43] Why do they ask you to judge among them, when they have the Torah, containing GOD's law, and they chose to disregard it? They are not believers. [5:44] We have sent down the Torah, containing guidance and light. Ruling in accordance with it were the Jewish prophets, as well as the rabbis and the priests, as dictated to them in GOD's scripture, and as witnessed by them. Therefore, do not reverence human beings; you shall reverence Me instead. And do not trade away My revelations for a cheap price. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD's revelations are the disbelievers. Allah says, those who do not rule in accordance with GOD's revelations are the disbelievers. So, are those hadiths followers Muslims?! I am not issuing any fatwas here anyway. 13. Some staunch hadith followers might argue that point 12 is not valid after the Quran revelations. Now people need hadiths besides the Quran as religious
guidance. But Allah says, His system never changes. Therefore, holy Quran is the only source of religious guidance for the followers of prophet Muhammad. [The Quran 33:62] This is GOD's eternal system, and you will find that GOD's system is unchangeable. [The Quran 35:43] They resorted to arrogance on earth, and evil scheming, and the evil schemes only backfire on those who scheme them. Should they then expect anything but the fate of those who did the same things in the past? You will find that GOD's system is never changeable; you will find that GOD's system is immutable. 14. The Quran is a similar type of Book which Book was revealed to prophet Moses. God clearly remained Moses and his people that they have to uphold that Book and nothing else. Do hadith followers take any lesson from this? [The holy Quran 7:144-145] He said, "O Moses, I have chosen you, out of all the people, with My messages and by speaking to you. Therefore, take what I have given you and be appreciative." We wrote for him on the tablets all kinds of enlightenments and details of everything: "You shall uphold these teachings strongly, and exhort your people to uphold them - these are the best teachings. I will point out for you the fate of the wicked." 15. [15:9] Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and, absolutely, we will preserve it. [85:21] Indeed, it is a glorious Quran. [85:22] In a preserved master tablet. God promises that the Quran will be preserved. God never promised that hadiths or fiqa will be preserved too. So, the glorious Quran -the error free Book- alone can be the source of religious guidance. 16. Prophet Muhammad did not explain the Quran as hadith followers claim. The Quran is a detailed and explained Book. In fact, prophet Muhammad was forbidden from explaining the Quran. [The Quran 75:16] Do not move your tongue to hasten it. [75:17] It is we who will collect it into Quran. [75:18] Once we recite it, you shall follow such a Quran. [75:19] Then it is we who will explain it. 17. We don't need any hadith to prove that hadith is forbidden besides the Quran as religious guidance, as the holy Quran confirms the point beyond any doubt. Just due to historical reasons it should be mentioned that Prophet Muhammad himself ordered his followers not to write anything except the Quran.
"Do not write down anything from me except the Quran. Whoever writes other than that should delete it" (Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, page 171 also Sahih Muslim, Book 42, Number 7147). Some hadith followers argue that prophet's above mentioned order during Quran revelation times was due to make sure that Quran and hadith would not mix up. But this argument has no ground. If that was the case, why hadith written was still forbidden during Mu'awiyah's reign? It is a historical fact that the holy Quran was compiled and distributed as a Book form much earlier, during Utman reign. So, the below hadith proves that forbidden of hadith writing was a permanent order by prophet Muhammad. Al-Muttalib ibn Abdullah ibn Hantab said: Zayd ibn Thabit entered upon Mu'awiyah and asked him about a tradition. He ordered a man to write it. Zayd said: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) ordered us not to write any of his hadith. So he erased it (Abu Dawud: Book 25, Number 3640). 18. God's revelations can not be inconsistent. [The Quran 4:82] Why do they not study the Quran carefully? If it were from other than GOD, they would have found in it numerous contradictions. On the other hand, hadiths are man-made innovation with full of inconsistency! You will find so many inconsistencies in so-called authentic hadiths! For example, it is claimed that prophet Muhammad issued the following contradictory statements during his last Hajj witnessed by thousands of his followers! 1) I leave with you Quran and Sunnah, Muwatta, 46/3 2) I leave with you Quran and Ahl al-bayt , Muslim 44/4, Nu2408; ibn hanbal 4/366; darimi 23/1, nu 3319. 3) I leave for you the Quran alone you shall uphold it. Muslim 15/19, ibn Majah 25/84, Abu dawud 11/56. 19. Some hadith followers argue and justify their hadith following by citing the following fake hadith. I have indeed been given the Qurān and something similar to it besides it. Yet, the time will come when a man leaning on his couch will say, “Follow the Qurān only; what you find in it as halāl, take it as halāl; and what you find in it as harām, take it as harām.” But truly, what the Messenger of God has forbidden is like what God has forbidden [Sunan Abū Dawūd and Dārimī]. I want to ask those hadith followers a simple question. How do you know that prophet Muhammad issued that statement? Who will confirm you that prophet Muhammad said so? We, Quran alone followers, believe that in the name of prophet Muhammad, some enemies of Islam fabricated these words and attributed to the prophet to destroy the main foundation of Islam. We believe so because so many Quranic verses confirm that a Muslim is not allowed to follow anything besides the holy Quran as a source of religious law. Therefore, Prophet
Muhammad had no right to say so. In other words, prophet Muhammad never said so. [The holy Quran 69.43] It is a revelation from the Lord of the Universe. [69:44] Had he uttered any other teachings. [69.45] We would certainly have seized him by the right hand, [69.46] Then We would certainly have cut off his aorta. [69.47] And not one of you could have withheld Us from him. 20. [The Quran 53:2] Your friend (Muhammad) was not astray, nor was he deceived. [53:3] Nor was he speaking out of a personal desire. [53:4] It was divine inspiration. Many hadith followers take above verses totally out of context and claim, whatever prophet Muhammad said was divine inspiration. Obviously that is not the case. Except the utterance of the holy Quran, prophet's other utterings were just the utterance of a human being. Do hadith followers ponder their following hadith?! Musa b. Talha reported: I and Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) happened to pass by people near the date-palm trees. He (the holy prophet) said: what are these people doing? They said: they are grafting, i. e. they combine the male with the female (tree) and thus they yield more fruit. Thereupon Allah's messenger said: I do not find it to be of any use. The people were informed about it and they abandoned this practice. Allah's Messenger (was later) on informed (that the yield had dwindled), whereupon he said: if there is any use of it, then they should do it, for it was just a personal opinion of mine, and do not go after my personal opinion; but when I say to you anything on behalf of Allah, then do accept it, for I do not attribute lie to Allah, the Exalted and Glorious (Sahih Muslim, Book 030, Number 5830). 21. Let us not take prophet Muhammad as an idol by elevating him as a religious law giver besides Allah almighty. Prophet Muhammad was not an idol but he was a human being, the last prophet and a messenger of God. [The Quran 3:79] Never would a human being whom GOD blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, "Idolize me beside GOD." Instead, (he would say), "Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone," according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn.
The Quran is perfect, so why do we need the Hadith?
"This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you as religion al-Islam." (5:3) Al-Maidah.
Why should we consult the defective Hadith when the Quran is 'perfect' and 'complete?' This is a very logical, realistic and important question that frightens the Hadith adhering jurists a question they prefer to ignore because they have no valid answers for it. But the answer is very simple, which is, we must not follow the Hadith because the Quran is perfect and complete as confirmed by Allah Almighty Himself.
The human mindset:
The majority of humans are attracted more readily to the writings of other human beings rather than the Divine commandments and the principles contained in the original Divine Messges. The mindset of the Muslims, after the revelation of the Glorious Quran and the passing away of Prophet Muhammad (S), was no difference. Hardly 200 years after the death of the Prophet (S), the people created their own book with laws borrowed from pre-Islamic times and from the altered Old and New Testaments called the Hadith. They began claiming that this Hadith explains the Quran and the "Quran is not complete" without the study of the man-written Hadith. Thus, began the violation of the Glorious Quran. The first verse of the Quran to get violated by the so-called Muslims was verse 5:3 of Surah Al-Maidah quoted above in which Allah has categorically confirmed that His Final Message is "perfected" and "completed" yet the people insist that it's not complete and cannot be understood without their man-written Hadith. Even though these people are aware that their Hadith books are not compatible with the Quran, yet they are adamant to defend it. The Hadith's contradictions of the Quranic principles gives sufficient evidence that the Hadith was NOT from the Prophet (S). That's for sure. Yet the so-called Muslims defend these man-written books of Ahadith with the kind of love that should be reserved only for the Glorious Quran which is Divine and fully original.
Beauty and perfection of the Glorious Quran:
Careful reading of the Quran awakens the human mind and enables it to realize its intimate relation with the universe and the world they are living in. The Quran is not something that's to be followed blindly. No one can do that because the Quran emphasises on reason and reflection from start to finish. Its purpose is to enable rational thinking and a clear understanding of how the universe works in accordance with the unalterable laws of Allah, The Exalted.
Conditions for understanding the beauty of the Glorious Quran:
It is very simple to correctly understand the Quran, but there are certain requirements for it. Kindly read the following points carefully.
1) Though knowledge of Arabic language is important and helpful for understanding the Quran, it is not enough. There are plenty of people in the world who are experts in the Arabic language, yet a clear understanding of the Quran has eluded them. 2) When a person picks up the Quran for reading and understanding it, they must NOT approach it with a pre-conditioned mind or motivated ideas. It's highly important to be unbiased with a perception based on truth rather than seeking mere compatibility with existing social and moral values. 3) It's necessary to have a clear undertanding of the workings of the universe and the earth in which we live and be refletive about them. 4) We need to be quick to grasp the superficial ideas or fallacious arguments that might hinder or distort or conceal the correct meaning of the Noble Quran. Such needless obstacles must immediately be discarded. 5) We must always keep in mind that the Quran is complete and independent. It is a standalone Book. "And We reveal the Scripture unto thee as an exposition of all things, and a guidance and a mercy and good tidings for those who have surrendered (to Allah)." 16:89 Surah An-Nahl. This means that the Quran mentions and explains everything and is lacking in nothing. 6) And because the Noble Quran is complete and explains everything, there are NO abrogated verses in the Quran. For details on the total rejection of the notion of any abrogations, please read our article "On abrogation" of Quranic Verses. 7) There is no such thing as "blind following" of the Noble Quran. It's a Noble Book full of wisdom. Thus, when you read it, you need to use your intellect, think and reflect. Otherwise you will find yourself getting confused. Thus, Allah says: "Will they not then ponder on the Quran?" 4:82 Surah An-Nissa. Allah also says: "Will they then not meditate on the Qur'an, or are there locks on the hearts?" 47:24 Surah Muhammad. And, "They say: Why hath not an angel been sent down unto him ? If We sent down an angel, then the matter would be judged; no further time would be allowed them (for reflection)." (6:8) Surah AlAnam. The above mentioned points are very essential conditions for studying the Quran for the purpose of understanding it. Those who fail to apply these conditions are unable to overcome their confusion and the Quran remains a sealed Book for them. Allah grants understanding of the Quran for guidance only to those who have a sensible approach towards it. "It is not for any soul to believe save by the permission of Allah. He hath set uncleanness upon those who have no sense." (10:100) Surah Yunus. Thus, Allah makes it clear that the unwise and
unworthy will not be able to follow the Quran and so, neither will Allah grant them permission to believe. Furthermore, in the Quranic elucidations containing the events of the lifetime of the various Messengers of Allah, we are told that when the Messengers of Allah delivered the Message, those who were unwise and lacking in perception got puzzled when they listened to the inspiring words of their Prophets. Many of them plainly said that they were unable to follow. "O Shu'aib ! We understand not much what you say" (11: 91) Surah Hud. Therefore, if we do not apply our unbiased intellect, we will never be able to understand the indispensible importance and the ultimate truth of Quranic values.
Glorious Quran - the Final Message, correctly written and well preserved:
The Quran is the final Message of Allah, The Exalted. It has been preserved exactly the same original form as it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (S) and the Quran was written by honorable scribes. "(Set down) by scribes Noble and righteous." (80:16-17) Surah Abasa. The Quran is the only Message conveyed to the people by Allah through His final Messenger, Muhammad (S). The Prophet (S) completely forbade the writing of Hadith during his lifetime.
Glorious Quran can be memorized:
Also, there were many honorable companions of the Prophet (S) who had memorized the entire Quran word by word. Unlike the authenticity of Hadith, there is NO dispute about the authenticity of the Quranic verses. All jurists as well as orientalists acknowledge this fact.
Imperfections and problems of Hadith:
The Sunni Hadith books (a total of about six of them) were compiled approximately 200 years after the passing away of the Prophet (S). The narrations in these Hadith books were based on the words of the chain of narrators (isnad), and thus compiled. It is also opined that various narrations were edited more than once prior to compilation. Almost all jurists also admit that the words of the narrators are NOT the exact words of the Prophet (S). Molana Maududi who is supposed to be a Hadith expert himself admits that "The sayings of the Prophet and the sayings we find in the books of ahadith are not necessarily one and the same." (Maulana Maududi, Rasayel-o-Massayel, Volume I, 1951 edition, page 270). Everyone also agrees and accepts that the chain of narrators (even if were considered "reliable" and many weren't) were humans and thus capable of making errors. Hence, their narrations are always subject to errors. Unlike this, the Quran is the only Book above errors because it is the Word of the Divine Power.
The Hadith being a thoroughly unreliable institution filled with doubts and contradictions, it has been classified into several categories starting from "sahih" or "correct" down to "daeef" or "weak" to completely false. Needless to say, there is absolutely no question of any such classifications of the Quranic Verses. Furthermore, the endless wranglings between the Sunni and Shiia Ahadith has only made the institution of Hadith more suspicious or completely controversial. Shiia jurists do not accept any of the Sunni Hadith books and they also reject most of the narrators of the Sunni Hadiths. Not just that. But even among the Sunnis, there are some ahadith which are accepted as ‘correct’ by one group of scholars (Ahl-Hadith group) but not by another group (viz. Ahl-Fiqh and others).
I hope the above information has conveyed two very important facts: 1) The pre-requisites for understanding the Noble Quran. 2) The big difference between the Divine Quran and the man-written and tainted Hadith.
Qur'an: Complete & Fully Detailed:
Have you ever read the Qur'an on its own? What part of it did you not understand? One who reads the Qur'an with an unprejudiced mind will notice how clear and direct all the verses of the Qur'an are. The Qur'an is complete and contains all the details necessary for religion. Up until this point, you may have been conditioned by the majority around you to think that the Qur'an is incomplete and in need of secondary sources such as hadith and 'tafsir' works. "And We have revealed the Book to you which has clear explanation of everything, and a guidance, mercy and good news for those who submit." (Qur'an 16:89) As the verse states, the Qur'an explains all matters - it is not the other way round where other books have to explain the Qur'an - a false notion many people have come to believe. Allah states the Qur'an is complete, fully detailed and elaborate: “Shall I then seek a Judge other than Allah? When it is He Who has revealed to you the Book fully detailed?” (Qur'an 6:114) Once an individual submits completely to the fact that the Qur'an is indeed fully detailed and gives up all inner arrogance in accepting this ultimate truth, he or she begins to realise many deviated practices that are practised in the name of Islam. This individual finds that many religious leaders are also telling lies about
the Quranic verses in order to justify distorted and sometimes evil practices that is against the very essence of the Qur'an, violating direct verses and general ethics of the Qur'an. Ofcourse, only a sincere heart will notice this unique completeness of the Qur'an. The individual also begins to feel a nearness to Allah which he never experienced before as he begins to receive guidance directly from Allah. Say: "My Lord has guided me to a Straight Path, an upright system, the creed of Abraham the upright; he was not from those who set up partners." (Qur'an 6:161) The one who wishes to find other sources beside the Qur'an comes up with clichéd excuses such as 'how do we know how to pray, or how much charity to give?', sometimes before he even read the Qur'an even once! The Qur'an actually answers all his questions - the problem is that he simply never looks into the Qur'an for the answers. He has been pre-programmed to view the Qur'an as a form of mystical, cryptic holy book, which is difficult to understand without knowing other sources like hadith. It can therefore only be interpreted by "ulamas". This spell on this individual leads him to: 1) Follow distorted practices that are actually not in the Qur'an. 2) He never knows true lifestyle, ethics and devotion to Allah alone because he does not receive any guidance from the actual Qur'an. 3) He does not have any opinions or deduced any intellectual analysis of verses he simply repeats what he reads in the tafsir books, those books are his first and only port-of-call to the Qur'an, which are often littered with hearsay and false information that resemble nothing of the true meanings of the verses. "Say, ‘I do not say to you that I have treasures of Allah, nor do I know the unseen, nor do I tell you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me“. (Qur’an 6:50). 4) His outlook on religion are derived entirely on the practice of the majority. He even has hadith to show that the majority are correct despite the Qur'an stating the majority are likely to be in error (6:116). 5) He is only really interested by discussion of anything other than Quranic verses, which remove him from the Qur'an - but he is deluded into thinking that study of those books equate to following Islam. He finds some Quranic verses used in those books and thinks those interpretations are correct since the author is "qualified" and he apparently is not. This is despite Allah stating that the Qur'an is a guide for him and that he is responsible for following the Qur'an's direct verses: "We have sent down to you a Book containing your message. Do you not understand?" (Qur'an 21:10)
"He Who imposed the Qur'an upon you will certainly bring you back home again. Say, 'My Lord knows best who has brought true guidance and who is plainly misguided." (Qur'an 28:85) One of his arguments he will put forth is that one has to know hadith books before understanding the Qur'an to help clarify the verses or elaborate on areas where he thinks the Qur'an is unclear. As stated, by this way, he enters into a world of secondary sources littered with un-Quranic teachings and outlook to religion. Allah states that the interpretation of the Qur'an, is in the Qur'an it self. In other words, the Qur'an explains it self: "We have brought them a Scripture - We have explained it on the basis of knowledge - as guidance and mercy for those who believe." (Qur’an 7:52) “This is how We explain Our revelations in various ways” (Qur’an 6:105) "See how We explain the revelations, perhaps they may comprehend." (Qur'an 6:65) "It is such that We clarify the revelations to a people who think." (Qur’an 10:24) That is, Allah has explained the Qur'an as He says, "We have explained it", not the Prophet or the people around him and that these explanations are clear for a people who ponder over the verses, "to a people who think.” Such a person actually has not truly believed nor surrendered to Allah to the standard required by the Qur'an as he has not developed himself with Quranic lessons. This relationship of 'attitude to the Qur'an' with 'devotion to Allah' is revealed within the above verse, 7:52, where it is stated that Allah Himself explains the verses, and He makes it guidance and mercy only to those who believe in Him. The Qur'an contains all the correct information about religion and is a guide for individuals. Most people however, do not know much about the Qur'an. "We have sent down The Reminder and We will guard it" (Qur'an 15:9) Ofcourse, it follows: what is the purpose of protecting the Qur'an from corruption, if its meanings can only be reached through corruptible sources, such as hadith works developed between 200 to 700 years after the Prophet's death? There would be no point as the purpose would be defeated. Therefore, it only adds more sense to why Allah has contained the Qur'an's interpretation within the Qur'an itself, just as Allah states in the verses. "Alim Lam Ra. These are the signs of the Scripture, and a clear Qur'an." (Qur’an 15:1)
Allah has rebuked those who have nothing better to do than to write and follow more books beyond what He has revealed: "Should We treat the ones who have surrendered the same as those who are criminals? What is wrong with you, how do you judge? Or do you have another book which you study? In it you find whatever you wish to find?" (Qur’an 68:3638) There are no orders in the Qur'an to follow any book other than the Qur'an. Ofcourse, we have practices such as Salah and Hajj. However, this does not justify accepting contradictory teachings to the Qur'an, or taking up an attitude where one does not research the Qur'an directly himself. Salah and Hajj are living practices for believers. The believer must take the Qur'an as a guide and disregard un-Quranic elements, should any arise. Some people make questions such as where in the Qur'an these practices are taught. These practices are living practices among us, just as we learn practices such as cooking, driving a car etc. from others. As a general rule, all practices are valid so long as they conform with the values, ethics and principles of the Qur'an. Though most people will agree with this statement, this is not the case in practice - since much of people's practice and thinking violates Allah's Book. How can one have this Quranic criterion of judgement if he or she does not study the Qur'an directly? One first has to understand the Qur'an in order to judge everything he sees. But, if the person maintains that understanding the Qur'an must involve going through and accepting the other sources via so-called learned-men and ignores the Quran's statement that it explains itself, then he has already accepted the very thing the Qur'an should judge over and will have an extremely clouded and preconceived view of the Qur'an. One must develop true faith in Allah through an understanding of the Qur'an before doing anything else. "Believers, if you have mindfulness of Allah, He will give you a criterion, and will cleanse you of your sins and forgive you. Allah’s favour is indeed immense." (Qur'an 8:29) Those who wish to remove people away from the Book revealed by Allah have the only tactic to take verses and twist them to their liking. Their twists are strikingly obvious to the genuine follower of the Qur'an - the truth is no match for falsehood. “The words of your Lord are complete in its truth and justice. Nothing can change His words – He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. If you obeyed most of those on earth, they would lead you away from the path of Allah. They follow nothing but speculation – they are merely guessing.” (Qur’an 6:115-116) It must be borne in mind that for the first two centuries of Islam, there were no hadith books or so-called tafsir books. These were written much later when the prophetic prohibition to write his hadiths were broken. For the first two centuries, the Muslims performed all obligations stated in the Qur'an. The environment was filled with distorted hadiths and lies attributed to the prophet but this did not prevent the Muslims to carry out Quranic commandments. The caliphs of the
time (Abu Bakr and Umar) forbade the writing of hadith as per the prophetic instructions and the Quranic teachings while they were alive. “This Book has been sent down to you (Prophet) – let there be no anxiety in your heart about it – so that you may use it to give warning and to remind the believers (by telling them): ‘Follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord! Do not follow other masters beside Him. How seldom you take heed!’ ” (Qur’an 7:2) “The Messenger’s duty is only to deliver the message: Allah knows what you reveal and what you conceal.” (Qur’an 5:99) "And thus do We elaborate the verses so that they may say: 'You have read' and that We may make it clear to a people who know." (Qur'an 6:105) Most Muslims today are unaware of what the Qur'an says about concepts of faith and carry many views on the Qur'an that are distorted and falsified because they have no direct knowledge of the verses. It is of no surprise that Allah informs us of a statement of the Prophet Muhammad on the Day of Judgement: "And the Messenger said, 'My Lord, my people have deserted this Qur'an' " (Qur'an 25:30) On this website, one has access to verses that have been buried for centuries with distorted meanings. There are also refutations to alleged verses, which the clergy use in an attempt to prove other sources are required, to move people away from the actual Qur'an and to prevent them from thinking over the Qur'an. In all cases, their interpretations bear no resemblance to what the Quranic interpretations are. Whoever wishes to follow the guidance of the Qur'an does so to his or her own advantage. "Do they want judgement according to the time of pagan ignorance? Is there any better judge than Allah for those of firm faith?” (Qur’an 5:50) “Have you considered those who were asked to accept judgement from Allah’s Book? When they are asked to accept judgement from Allah’s Book, some of them turn their backs and walk away!” (Qur’an 3:23) “Mankind was a single community, then Allah sent Prophets to bring good news and warning, and with them He sent the Book with the Truth, to judge between people in the disagreements. It was only those to whom it was given who disagreed about it after clear verses had come to them, because of rivalry between them. So by His leave Allah guided the believers to the truth they had differed about: Allah guides whoever He wills to a straight path.” (Qur’an 2:213) "This too, is a blessed Book which We have sent down – follow it and be conscious of your Lord, so that you may receive mercy – lest you say, ‘Books were sent to two communities before us: we were not aware of what they studied’, or ‘if only the Book had been sent down to us, we would have been better guided than them.’ Now your Lord has brought you clear evidence, guidance, and mercy. Who could be more wrong then someone who rejects Allah’s Revelations and turns away from them? We shall repay those who turn away from our verses with a painful punishment." (Qur’an 6:155-157) "And We made the Qur'an easy to learn. Do any of you wish to learn?" (Qur'an 54:17)
…JAZAKALLAH KHAIRAN …FII AMAN ALLAH
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