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What follows is a discussion between a friend and myslef on the issue of the Sunnah. This fellow is not convinced of the fact that the Prophet (sws) gave any religious guidance/practices besides the Qur'an. I hope it will be a very interesting and positive disuccion. I request the participants of the forum to share their views and understanding of the issue. All input is welcome.
[b] If I have only the Quran and nothing else then can I follow true islam or will we be rightly guided then? Please reply this question simply by saying "YES" or "NO". I don't need any explanation. [/b]
Answer: If we follow the Qur’an only we will of course be rightly guided. But the Qur’an requires you to follow the ma’roof (customs, practices, and concepts established and considered good in the society) of the society by disregarding which you can end up in negating the Qur’an itself. Similar is the case of the established practices of the Prophets of God.
Question: The Quran proclaims that IT(Quran) is complete, perfect and fully detailed and that religious regulations not specifically instituted in the quran constitute a religion other than Islam"
[6:19] Say, "Whose testimony is the greatest?" Say, "GOD's. He is the witness between me and you that this Quran has been inspired to me, to preach it to you and whomever it reaches. Indeed, you bear witness that there are other gods beside GOD." Say, "I do not testify as you do; there is only one god, and I disown your idolatry."
[6:38] All the creatures on earth, and all the birds that fly with wings, are communities like you. We did not leave anything out of this book. To their Lord, all these creatures will be summoned.
[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.
[6:115] The word of your Lord is complete, in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His words. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.
[50:45] We are fully aware of everything they utter, while you have no power over them. Therefore, remind with this Quran, those who reverence My warnings.
Then where can I find "5(five) times daily salat prayer" and their exact timings in the Quran? [/b]
Answer: Please go through the following discussion and do write back if the matter is not clear:
Question: Generally, Mahammadans follow Hadith & Quran in their daily religious practices. They also established 'Sariah Law' on the basis of the use of men-made hadith more than the use of Quran. But Almighty Allah said in the Quran that we should not accept any other source as a source of religious law except the Quran and also Almighty Allah ordered Prophet Muhammad to use only the Quran for preaching islam(6:19, 114,115, 50:45) [/b]
Answer: I am afraid the Muslim scholars have never considered the Hadith equal to the Qur’an in authority. No doubt that we are required by the Qur’an to follow every religious command of the Prophet (sws) but the authenticity and reliability of the Hadith cannot be established therefore it has always been remained subject to criticism and analysis. I do not know any scholars except for a very insignificant minority which holds that they are to follow the Hadith independently without analyzing the text and the process of communication. It must not be contradicting the Qur’an the established practices and must not offend common sense and known facts.
Question: Has there any single reference in the Nobel Quran from which it can be appered that we should follow men-made hadith besides Quran?
[53:3] 'Nor was he speaking out of a personal desire'. If he didn't speak on his own initiative then why is there so much attributed to him?
According to Sunni hadith (Ahmed, Vol.-1, page-171, Muslim Vol.18, page-229) it is also said that "Do not write down anything of me except the quran. Whoever writes other than that should delete it" [/b]
Answer: Of course the Prophet (Sws) never urged the companions to write his sayings and even forbade them from doing so in the beginning for at that time people could mix the Qur’an with his sayings which is not Qur’an. Later on he allowed some people to write some of his sayings if they wanted to. But we must be sure of the fact that the Prophet (sws) never went against the Qur’an or the Sunnah (established practice). It is also equally important to know that the Qur’an requires us to follow the Prophet (Sws) unquestionably. It is only the lack of reliability that we do not consider the Hadith a basic course of the religion. Who would dare to go against the Prophet (Sws) if he gave his own opinion and required them to follow it? His understanding of the Qur’an and his practice on its directives are surely error free. For if he erred the Almighty would correct him and thus his ijtihaad is also secured and approved by the Almighty.
Question: Now also please give me your valuable opinion of the following queries;-
(i) [5:6] "O you who believe, when you observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), you shall: (1) wash your faces, (2) wash your arms to the elbows, (3) wipe your heads, and (4) wash your feet to the ankles...."
The 'Muslim' masses today refuse to be satisfied with the commandments of God. they uphold commandments of men, such as the various Imams and Scholars. As a result, they have a prolonged ablution that depends on which "Sect" they follow.
Why we do this? [/b]
Answer: Wudu was performed before the verse of the wudu was revealed. Like the prayer and the fasting it is also a practice established by the Prophet (Sws) as part of the religion. It is only after the people started neglecting the practice and spoiling the order that the Almighty brought it here in the Qur’an. Once the issue has been discussed in the Qur’an, it has outlined all the basic requirements in this regard. Washing the organs three times or rinsing the mouth and the nose is nothing but the Prophet’s way of washing the face perfectly. We follow him for he knew better then we know but we do not say that if one does not rinse the mouth and nose then his wudu is not valid.
Question: (ii) [17:110) ".....You shall not utter your Contact Prayers (Salat) too loudly, nor secretly; use a moderate tone".
Despite this straightforward instruction from GOD the Muslim masses maintain total silence during the noon salat prayer, the afternoon Salat prayer, the third unit of the Sunset salat prayer and the second half of the
night salat prayer.[/b]
Answer: Please try to study the verse in its proper context. It only requires the Prophet to recite the Qur’an in that way in tahujjad (which is exclusive obligation for the Prophet)
Question: Where did they get these instructions? Remember we should not follow any other source except Quran(6:114) [/b]
Answer: Refer to the discussions above.
Question: (iii) It is God's commandment that we shall not mention any names in our salat prayers, except the name of God(72:18)
[72:18] "The mosques belong to GOD, therefore, do not call on anyone else beside GOD".
But the Muslim masses today follow the innovations that dictate upon them the praising and glorifying of Muhammad and Abraham while praying to their Lord. [/b]
Answer: Again I would request you kindly to study the verse in its proper context. Does it condemn polytheism or the Prophet (sws)? What does call connote?
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