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Dozen reasons why Muslims should follow the Quran and nothing but the Quran

1- The Quran contains clear commands to all Muslims to follow the Quran Alone, and reject all hadith. The Arabic word hadith in general means all human sayings, narrations, talk, stories., etc. In a more specific sense, the word ‘hadith’ refers to the alleged personal sayings of the prophet Muhammad. The hadith is regarded by the majority of scholars to be the second source of law after the Quran. This is despite very clear commands given in the Quran to follow the Quran alone and reject all hadith. The following Quranic verses make this issue clear:

“These are God’s revelations that We recite to you truthfully. In which hadith other than God and His revelations do they believe?” 45:6

45:6 contains a clear commandment not to follow anything other than the Quran.

“Shall I seek other than God as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed?” 6:114

6:114 contains clear confirmation that:

– God is the only source of law.

– The Quran has all the details.

Further confirmation that the Quran has all the details we need is given in the following verse:

” ….. This (Quran) is not fabrticated hadith, but an authentication of what is with you, a detailed account of all things and guidance and mercy for people whop believe.” 12:111

“ ….. We did not leave anything out of the book; then to their Lord they will be summoned.” 6:38

“….. We have brought the Book down to you providing explanations for all things plus guidance and mercy and giving news to the submitters.” 16:89
We also read:

“A book that has been brought down to you, so let there be no constraint in your chest because of it, and so that you may warn with it, it is a reminder for the believers.

You shall all follow what has been brought down to you from your Lord and do not follow any allies besides Him. Rarely do you remember.” 7:2-3
7:2-3 include a clear commandment for us to follow what is revealed to us (Quran) and nothing else.

“Among the people, there is one who trades in baseless hadith to mislead from the path of God without knowledge and he does it as a mockery. For these is a humiliating punishment.” 31:6

“And when Our revelations are recited to him, he turns away in arrogance as if he never heard them and as if there is deafness in his ears. Give him news of a painful punishment.” 31:7
31:6-7 warn against following baseless hadith.

“Or do you have some book in which you are studying?” 68:37

In 68:37 God is mocking those who have other books than the Quran which they follow.
“So in which Hadith, other than this, do they believe” 77:50
In 77:50 is yet another clear mockery at all who follow other than the Quran.

 

2- In addition, Muslims today have been led to the belief that to follow the Prophet they must follow his sunna. The word ‘sunna’ which is used in the Quran, means the way of doing things or methodology. However, the Quran confirms that the only sunna is the sunna of God. No where in the Quran is there any mention of a sunna for Muhammad!

“Such was the sunna of God for those who have passed on before. You will find that there is no substitute for the sunna of God.”33:62
Indeed the Quran contains the command to follow the prophet, but this is also accompanied by a clear command to the Prophet to follow what was revealed to him (Quran) and nothing else. Thus to follow the prophet means to follow the Quran and nothing else:

“Say, “I am not different from other messengers. I have no idea what will happen to me or to you. I only follow what is revealed to me. I am no more than a clear warner.” 46:9 (also in 10:15).

“And We brought down to you the scripture, truthfully, confirming what is present of the scripture, and superseding it. So rule among them in accordance with what God has brought down, and do not follow their wishes away from the truth that came to you.” 5:48
The Quran makes the issue clear that following the messenger means following what was revealed to him. The true believers follow what was revealed to the messenger:
“Those who follow the messenger, the gentile prophet ……… Those who have believed in him, respected him, supported him, andfollowed the light which was brought down with him; they are the successful ones.” 7:157
All the above Quranic words make it very clear that following the Prophet means to follow the light which was revealed to him from God and that is the Quran.

 

3- The Quran confirms that the only duty of Muhammad (or of any messenger) is to deliver God’s message. Messengers are not sent to advocate their own personal teachings. They are called messengers of God because they deliver a message from God.

“The only duty of the messenger is to deliver the message.” 5:99

The same message is found in 5:92, 16:35, 16:82, 24:54, 29:18, 42:48 and 64:12.

 

4- God commands the believers to obey God and obey the messenger, but God also makes sure that the obedience to the messenger is linked to obeying the message he delivered and nothing else. Obeying the messenger does not mean that the messenger issued additional teachings outside of the Quran.

The confirmation that the obedience of the messenger is linked to obeying the message he delivered (the Quran) is confirmed in the following verse:

“Obey God and obey the messenger. If you shall turn away then the sole duty of the messenger is to clear delivery.” 64:12

Note how the obedience to the messenger and the deliverance of the Quran are linked in the same verse. For more details on the meaning of “obey the messenger”.

 

5- We never read any where in the Quran words like ‘Obey God and obey Muhammad’ or obey Jesus, or Moses. The words always say “the messenger”. This is to emphasise that what is to be obeyed is the message of the messenger and not his personal words.

 

6- The Quran also confirms that Muhammad was commanded not to teach any other teachings, otherwise he would incur severe punishment from God:

“A revelation from the Lord of the worlds. Had he attributed anything falsely to Us. We would have grabbed him by the right, and We would have severed his Aorta, none of you would be able to prevent it.” 69:43-47

 

7- Muhammad was made to swear that the only revelation he received from God was the Quran. This exposes all the allegations which claim that Muhammad received revelations from God independent of the Quran, and which is referred to as ‘Hadith Al-Qudsy’ (sacred hadith).

“Say, “What is the greatest testimony?” Say, “God is witness between me and you that this Quran has been inspired to me to warn you with it and whomever it reaches. Do you bear witness that there are other gods beside God.” Say, “I do not bear witness”. Say, “He is but One God and I am innocent of the Shirk which you commit.” 6:19

If the ‘Hadith Al-Qudsy’ was truly a revelation received by Muhammad from God (as is falsely claimed) we would expect the Quran, being fully detailed, to include such confirmation. Needless to say, no where in the Quran is there any indication that Muhammad received anything from God other than the Quran.

 

8- Prophet Muhammad himself commanded his people not to write his hadith, this is documented in the collection of ‘Muslim’ and other books:

“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)

It is a fact that the large majority of Muslims do not know that the Prophet prohibited the writing of his hadith, nor that the hadith present today and which is called ‘sahih’ (authentic) was written more than 200 years after Hijra!

 

9- For the first 150 years to 200 years after the death of the prophet, and in accordance to his commands, the writing of his hadith was forbidden. The first one to document a comprehensive collection of hadith was Al-Bukhari, note that Al-Bukhari was born in the year 194 After Hijrah. What this means is that the first of what is regarded as authentic hadith (sahih) to be compiled was written more than two whole centuries after the death of the Prophet!

Even if we were to follow the hadith (something which is clearly prohibited in the Quran), we would still be faced with the question: how accurate can a collection of sayings documented two centuries after the death of the Prophet be?

 

10- God commands the Prophet in the Quran to say that he is infallible in the revelation he delivers, but that he may commit errors in his personal words and hadith:

“Say: If I stray, then I stray to my own loss and if I am guided, it is because of what my Lord inspires to me. He is Hearer, Near.”34:50

In spite of the above confirmation of the fallibility of the Prophet, together with six incidents in the Quran where the Prophet was reprimanded by God for errors he committed, still the ones who idolise the Prophet claim that Muhammad was infallible! The six incidents are found in 8:67-68, 9:43, 9:113-114, 33:37, 66:1 and 80:1-11.

 

11- The Quran confirms that for every prophet there will be enemies of human and jinn devils who will fabricate fancy sayings (hadith) and attribute them to the Prophet to deceive the people:

“We have permitted the enemies of every prophet, human and jinn devils, to inspire to one another fancy sayings in order to deceive” 6:112

God also asserts that only the disbelievers will uphold such fabrications (see 6:113).

 

12- Finally, the Quran contains everything the genuine believer needs for the following reasons:

A- The Quran is complete and does not need an annex:

“The word of your Lord is complete in truth and justice” 6:115

B- The Quran is not in need of an explanatory supplement since it is clear and is not ambiguous:

“A.L.R. These are the signs of the clear book” 12:1

“We have made it easy to understand and in your own tongue may they take heed.” 44:58

C- The Quran is not in need of a correction manual since it is perfect and harbours no contradictions:

“A.L.R. This is a book whose verses have been perfected” 11:1

D- The Quran is not in need of a ‘details’ supplement since it is fully detailed:

“Shall I seek other than God as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed?” 6:114

For all these reasons, all Muslims should follow the Quran, the whole Quran and nothing but the Quran.

Praise God

 

By: A Muhammad

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