The current discourse surrounding Islam has delved into many discrepancies as the various religious figures take their turn in identifying the do’s and don’ts of the Islamic faith. As a result, religious societies are often found straying further and further away from the original scripture of the Quran, creating codes and values built on the numerous sources. While sources such as the Hadith and other Holy scriptures can no doubt aid in better clarifying and elaborating on points contained within the Quran, the Quran alone stands as the only stone-fixed code of the rights and wrongs of the Islamic religion.
Below are some random extracts taken from the various Islam-related popular websites available today that resonate the importance of “sticking” to the Quran, taking it back to basics.
• The Quran is detailed, and when God says He detailed His book it means FULLY detailed. God does not do half jobs. See Quran 6:114, 7:52, 11:1, 41:3, 10:37 and 12:111
• God does not need any addition to His book. God teaches us in the Quran that He does not run out of words and that if He so willed He could have given us hundreds, thousands or millions of books besides the Quran (see Quran 18:109). Since the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed, God did not give us any more books.
• God calls His book, the Quran, the BEST HADITH. HE called on His true believers to accept no other hadith as a source of this perfect religion . See Quran 7:185, 39:23, 45:6, and 77:50
• God calls on His true believers to make sure not to fall in the trap of idol-worship by following the words of the scholars instead of the words of God. See Quran 9:31
• God calls those who prohibit what He did not prohibit, aggressors, liars and idol-worshipers. Idol-worship is the only unforgivable sin, if maintained till death. See Quran 5:87, 9:37, 7:32, 6:119, 6:140 and 10:59
• Muhammad is represented only by the Quran. The Prophet Muhammad was the last Prophet and a messenger of God (See Quran 33:40). He was not the messenger of God because of who he (Muhammad) was, but because he was given the Quran (the message) to deliver to the world. The religion of Islam is a religion of God, not about Muhammad, who was blessed by God with the delivery of the message of the Quran. He did not have an agenda of his own. His job was to deliver to the world what God was giving him, the Quran. See Quran 42:48, 13:40, 5:99-100
•Muhammad cannot prohibit things, or make lawful things on his own. When he tried to do that God admonished him publicly, see Quran 66:1
66:1 reminds us that God is the only ONE to prohibit or make things lawful.
NO ONE can attribute to Muhammad a prohibition that God did not give him in the Quran. Anyone who tries to do so is admitting his/her refusal of God’s words and commandments in the Quran.
• The TRUE believers KNOW that when God says something, He means it, and when He does not, he means it as well. Everything given to us in the Quran was done deliberately and everything left out was also left out deliberately.
• God does not forget. See Quran 19:64. We are not to add to this religion what God deliberately left out and claim it to be from Him or His messenger. His messenger has only ONE message, the Quran. God already told us He does not run out of words. See Quran 18:109
• God does not need us to improve on His book, the Quran , but we very much need Him for every aspect of our lives. Those who think they have some improvement on the Quran are but asking for recognition of their idols as gods besides the ONE and ONLY GOD.
• God calls on His TRUE believers to verify every piece of information they see, hear or read, see Quran 17:36. So, Please VERIFY for yourself.
• There are indeed verses of the Quran that clearly order all believers to obey God and His Messenger. As believers living contemporary to the Messenger’s life, obeying the Quran goes hand in hand with obeying the Messenger as He is the most knowing and the most capable of explaining God’s orders. However, for all believers following the Messenger’s death, it is essential to follow the Message itself rather than any other texts. The Bukharis, Muslim, Ibn Majahs, Tirmidhis and Abu Dawuds, though they can be guiding and educational texts, are not integral to the Message – adequately and wholesomely contained in the Quran.
• Hadith is the same as the gospels of Christianity. Indeed the time span between death of Messenger Muhammad, and the compilation of the Sahihs was almost the same as that between the departure of Jesus, and compilation of the Bible. How can Muslims reject one but accept the other?
• Human intellect alone cannot solve life’s problems. God’s revelation is required for human guidance in the same way that vision requires light.
• God’s revelation in its complete and final form is safely preserved in the Quran. This is the universal and permanent source of guidance for humanity for all time. Therefore, no further revelation, nor any prophet, nor any messenger from God can come now. The Quran is the final book of God and Muhammad His last prophet and messenger. see The Quaranic Code 19 video
• Every claim of the Quran is based on reason and knowledge, and its truths are beyond space and time. In order to comprehend Quranic truths, it is essential to keep abreast of the advances made in human knowledge. And since God has endowed human beings with the ability to conquer the forces of nature, it is necessary that these forces be conquered only to fulfill God’s program for humanity.
• The life and character of the Prophet (P) represents the pinnacle of human dignity, decency, and greatness. His exemplary life is the best role model for humanity. There is no doubt about that part of the Prophet’s life which is preserved in the Quran. However, in regard to the part which is outside the Quran if there are historical narrations which contradicts the Quran, or if they go against the high moral character of the Prophet (P), then these narrations are to be questioned and should not be attributed to the Prophet (P). The same applies to the lives of his companions (R). see 19 Questions for Muslim Scholars
•The Quran states frequently that there is no compulsion in religion(2:256; 10:99; 88:21,22). The Quran advocates perfect freedom of belief and expression (18:29). The basic law regulating relations with unbelievers is stated in 60:8,9. Apostates can not be killed unless they fight against the believers (4:90). However, according to hadith and sunnah, a person who leaves Islam should be killed which we totally reject.
• The goal of the Deen is to promote obedience to the laws of God by freeing human beings from obedience to other human beings. Such obedience to the laws of God is only possible through the establishment of a system of government based on these laws. Without this, the Deen (or the system of life based on the Quran) is not possible. see Islam Way of Life
• The prophet (P) established this system of Deen for the first time in Medina. In this system, obedience was due to the laws and injunctions of the Quran. Matters of government, for which the Quran outlines only principles, were decided within the limits of those principles by mutual consultation of the Ummah.
• After the PROPHET (P), the rightly guided khalifas continued this system. That is, obedience was due only to the laws and injunctions of the Quran. Matters pertaining to the state, for which the Quran gives only principles, were decided within the limits of these principles by mutual consultation of the Ummah. This form of rule is known as “Khilafat ‘Ala Minhaj-e-Risalat” or governance in the footsteps of the Prophet (P).Unfortunately, “Khilafat ‘Ala Minhaj-e-Risalat” did not continue because of the introduction of monarchy. Thus the system of Deen disappeared which, in turn, led to the disintegration of the Ummah. During the period of “Khilafat ‘Ala Minhaj-e-Risalat“, all matters (secular and temporal) were under the system of Deen. After the disintegration of the Ummah, a dualism was created which separated religion and politics. That trend continues till today. see 19 Questions for Muslim Scholars
• As Muslims, our job is to establish once again the “Khilafat ‘Ala Minhaj-e-Risalat” which requires people to follow God’s laws. However, those who want to lead this effort must first bring their own lives under the fold of the laws of God.
• The system of Deen (“Khilafat ‘Ala Minhaj-e-Risalat“) which encompasses all aspects of life, if established, will cause the current dualism to disappear. Instead of turning to the government to decide political matters, or to the priesthood for personal and religious matters, people will turn to the Deen or laws of God, since both these institutions will be absorbed in the system of Deen. see Islam Way of Life
• Until this system of “Khilafat ‘Ala Minhaj-e-Risalat” is established, no individual has the right to demand change in the way different groups within the Ummah practice the five pillars of Islam, or come up with any new way and call it the way of “God and the Prophet (P).” see Salat , Zakat and Hajj
• The purpose of the system of Deen, based on the Quran, is to allow the development of the latent potential of human beings according to the permanent values given by God. Hence, it is necessary that this system accept the responsibility of providing the basic needs of life, such as food, housing, education, health care, etc. to all human beings. see Islam Way of Life