The Inconsistency of Quran-Only Muslims

Following the sunnah is itself sunnah since the Prophet (s) himself followed the sunnah of past prophets in certain situations.

The Prophet (s) didn’t say things like, he was an Injeel-only or a Tawrat-only Muslim and on that basis disregard the normative example of past anbiya. And he certainly didn’t tell his ummah to be Quran-only Muslims.

Someone who has a Quran-only view of revelation might read the Quran and think, why is Muhammad (s) mentioned so infrequently? Why are other prophets and their stories so abundant in contrast? This ought to strike such people as a curiosity since Muhammad (s) was the final messenger- why should the final message have so little to do with the final Messenger?

Obviously these people don’t recognize asbab al-nuzul and all the Hadith literature which proves how tightly interwoven the verses and suras of the Quran are with the life and example of Rasulullah (s). By rejecting Hadith as fabrications, they are also, in effect, rejecting the Quran.

 

Following the sunnah is itself sunnah since the Prophet (s) himself followed the sunnah of past prophets in certain…

Posted by Daniel Haqiqatjou on Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Adam Abdelaziz

Bismi Allah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim
Al Salam Alukim Mr. Daniel,
My name is Adam Abdelaziz. I am a Muslim who follows God’s ordained the Almighty, the Most Merciful in the Quran. I am what you would call a ‘Quran-only’ Muslim. The following is a response to your essay on what you personally regard as a contradiction of a Muslim who follows the Quran, God’s Word which He sent down, only.
I must begin by pointing out what is conspicuously missing from your essay. First, there is not one mention of God in your piece. You mention the prophets and messengers, but I am afraid you fail to acknowledge the One and Only, the Almighty to whom we owe everything. He is the Author of the Tawrat, Injeel and the Quran, after all. The way to cite or reference what God said is to, of course, cite evidence from His Book. In this instance, that Book would be the Quran. Although you have reached the conclusion that those who follow the Quran only, God’s Word, are rejectors of the Quran, you do not cite any verses from the Quran. You certainly make claims about what the prophets and messengers said and did. Unfortunately, however, not once do you cite any verse where you found this information. In fact, you do not cite any sources at all. Save the claims you make about what the prophets and messengers said and did, which I will shortly disprove by referencing evidence from the Quran, Inshallah, you do not present any evidence. Respectfully, I would ask that before you make an apostate of a fellow Muslim, you would take the time to research and cite to the most relevant source regarding the Quran, which would naturally be the Quran itself. An argument is made with the backing of evidence and it is countered with the backing of evidence. God’s Holy Book, the Quran, is both a Guidance and Light. Therefore, I will start with the premise that a Verse can only be countered by a reference to another Verse. A Verse for a Verse. The amazing fact about God’s Quran, however, is that you find no contradiction at all, Praise God!
I will now begin by addressing the claims you make, one by one, and disproving them with evidence from the Quran, Inshallah. I would like to note here that the Quran is written in Arabic and that is the language in which it should be read. Therefore, I urge you and all reading this to go and read the Verses I reference in the original Arabic in which they were sent down from God.
Let us get started, and may God guide us all, Inshallah!
First, the Quran is a message from God. There is no god except God. This is the first and most important premise.
[Quran 26:9] And indeed your Lord surely, He is the Almighty, the Most Merciful.
[Quran 5:40] Do you not know that God possesses dominion over the heavens and the earth? He punishes whomever He wills and forgives whomever He wills. God is Omnipotent.
[Quran 6:3] He is the one God in the heavens and the earth. He knows your secrets and your declarations, and He knows everything you earn.
Therefore, let us never, ever forget that this is all about God and his message to the world. The following is what God in his Holy Book, the Quran, says about the believers and those who deny his revelations which he sent down.
[Quran 5:9] God promises those who believe and lead a righteous life forgiveness and a great recompense.
[Quran 5:10] As for those who disbelieve and reject our revelations, they are the dwellers of Hell.
God sent his messenger with a Book that is a guidance and a light.
[Quran 5:15] O people of the scripture, our messenger has come to you to proclaim for you many things you have concealed in the scripture, and to pardon many other transgressions you have committed. A beacon of light has come to you from God, and a clear scripture.
[Quran 5:16] With it, God guides those who seek His approval. He guides them to the paths of peace, leads them out of darkness into the light by His permission, and guides them to a straight path.
Therefore, it is the Quran which was sent down by God that guides those who believe. Not some other supplementary materials written by man.
Now I will address and disprove the argument you put forth, claiming that the prophets never said to follow the Tawrat-only or Injeel-only. In the Torah and Injeel God provided a Guidance and a Light. This Guidance and Light do not come through some other supplementary material written by man. Furthermore, it is only by that which was sent down by God are we supposed to judge. The following Verses prove this.
[Quran 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 scholars, as dictated to them in God’s scripture, and they were witnesses to it. Therefore, do not fear human beings, but fear Me. And do not trade away My Verses for a cheap price. Those who do not rule in accordance with God’s revelations are the disbelievers.
[Quran 5:45] And we decreed for them in it that a life is for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds an equivalent retribution. If one forfeits what is due to him as a charity, it will atone for his sins. Those who do not rule in accordance with God’s revelations are the unjust.
[Quran 5:46] Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous.
[Quran 5:47] The people of the Gospel shall rule in accordance with God’s revelations therein. Those who do not rule in accordance with God’s revelations are the wicked.
I will now address and disprove the false claim you put forth that Mohammed did not say to be Quran-only Muslims. How will I do this? By citing Verses from the Quran, of course! So let us go once again go to God’s Holy Book, the Quran.
[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 a Great Day.”
[Quran 10:16] Say, “Had God willed, I would not have recited it to you, nor would you have known anything about it. I have lived among you a whole life before this. Then will not use reason?”
[Quran 10:17] Who is more evil than one who fabricates lies about God, or rejects His revelations. Certainly, the criminals never succeed.
So contrary to what you stated, the prophet did certainly say to follow the Quran only and God makes clear that whoever fabricates lies or rejects His revelations is a criminal who will never succeed. The following is more of what God himself says about the Quran.
[Quran 2:2] This scripture is infallible. In it there is a guidance for the God-conscious.
[Quran 2:4] And they believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, and regarding the Hereafter, they are firmly certain.
[Quran 2:79] Woe to those who distort the scripture with their own hands, then say, “This is what God has revealed,” seeking a cheap material gain. Woe to them for such distortion, and woe to them for their illicit gains.
The following are Verses where God forbids the prophet to rule using anything except the scripture that was sent down by God.
[Quran 5:48] 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 when the truth has come to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had God willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To God is your final destiny – all of you – then He will inform you regarding your points of dispute.
[Quran 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. If they turn away, then know that God wants to afflict them with some of their sins. Indeed, many people are defiantly disobedient.
[Quran 5:50] Is it the law of the days of ignorance that they seek to uphold? Whose law is better than God’s for a people who firmly believe.

Someone who has a Quran-only view of revelation might read the Quran and think, why is Muhammad (s) mentioned so infrequently? Why are other prophets and their stories so abundant in contrast? This ought to strike such people as a curiosity since Muhammad (s) was the final messenger- why should the final message have so little to do with the final Messenger?
Regarding the points you make here, for starters you make a very, very dangerous and sacrilegious assumption. That assumption is that the Quran is somehow incomplete. Such an assumption is a disrespectful mockery of what is from God and Holy. It is not your place to be giving the Almighty editorial feedback. Please be more respectful when writing about the Quran. The following verses attest to this being a clear and complete Quran from God, one that only the transgressors mock and turn away from.
[Quran 12:3] We narrate to you the best of narrations through the revelation of this Quran. Before this, you were surely among the unaware.
[Quran 26:6] So verily they have denied so there will come to them the news of what they used to mock.
[Quran 7:2] This scripture has been revealed to you – you shall not harbor doubt about it in your heart – that you may warn with it, and to provide a reminder for the believers.
[Quran 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.”
[Quran 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.
[Quran 10:38] If they say, “He fabricated it,” say, “Then produce one Surah like these, and call on whomever you wish, other than God, if you are truthful.”
[Quran 10:39] Nay, they denied what they could not encompass of its knowledge and what they could not interpret. Thus, denied those who came before them. Then see how the end of the wrongdoers was.
[Quran 10:43] Some of them look to you, but can you guide the blind, even though they do not see?
Nonetheless, I will answer your very ignorant and disrespectful question of “why should the final message have so little to do with the final Messenger?” That is because the message is not about prophets and messengers, the message is about God. The following Verses from God’s Quran attest to this.
[Quran 87:0] In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
[Quran 87:1] Glorify the name of your Lord, the Highest.
[Quran 87:2] The One Who created, then proportioned.
[Quran 87:3] And the One Who measured then guided.
[Quran 87:4] And the One Who brings forth the pasture.
[Quran 87:6] We will make you recite, so do not forget.
[Quran 48:11] The Arabs who stay behind will say, “We have been preoccupied with our money and our families, so ask forgiveness for us!” They utter with their tongues what is not in their hearts. Say, “Who could protect you from God, if He willed any adversity for you, or if He willed any blessing for you?” God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.
Obviously these people don’t recognize asbab al-nuzul and all the Hadith literature which proves how tightly interwoven the verses and suras of the Quran are with the life and example of Rasulullah (s).
It sounds like you are the one who does not understand asbab al-nuzul, Mr. Daniel. Asbab al nuzul, is merely an exegetical attempt by people trying to make sense of what they could not understand. It is not even historically accurate, let alone divinely ordained since it was not sent down with God’s authority. The following verses makes clear that God has explained his verses for the believers in the Quran. This is a clear Quran, according to God, and He is not in need of any supplementary material for his verses to be clarified.
[Quran 26:2] These are the Verses of a clear scripture.
[Quran 12:1] Alif Laam Ra; these are the Verses of the clear Book.
[Quran 12:2] Indeed, we have sent it down as an Arabic Quran so that you may understand.
[Quran 12:111] In their stories, there is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not a fabricated narration but a confirmation of all previous scriptures, and a detailed explanation of everything and a guidance and mercy for those who believe.
[Quran 22:16] And thus we sent it down as clear Verses, and God guides whoever He wills.
[Quran 10:5] He is the One who rendered the sun radiant, and the moon a light, and He designed its phases that you may learn to count the years and to calculate. God did not create all this, except for a specific purpose. He explains the Signs for a people who know.
[Quran 10:6] Indeed in the alteration of the night and the day and what has been created by God in the heavens and the earth are Signs for a people who are God conscious.
[Quran 10:37] This Quran could not possibly be authored by any other than God. It confirms all previous scriptures and provides a fully detailed scripture. It is infallible, for it comes from the Lord of the worlds.
And the following Verses further show that what is to be followed MUST be sent with God’s authority. Furthermore, these Verses show that upholding any source beside the Quran reflects disbelief in the Quran.
[Quran 7:3] Follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord and do not follow any idols beside Him. Rarely do you take heed.
[Quran 7:51] Those who took their religion as an amusement and play and who were deluded by the worldly life, We forget them today, because they forgot their meeting on this day and because they had rejected our Verses.
[Quran 7:52] And surely, We had given them a Book which We have explained with knowledge as a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe.
[Quran 12:40] You do not worship beside Him except innovations that you have made up, you and your parents. God has never authorized such idols. All ruling belongs to God, and He has ruled that you shall not worship except Him. This is the perfect religion, but most people do not know.
[Quran 6:112] We have permitted the enemies of every prophet – human and jinn devils – to inspire in each other fancy words, to deceive. Had your Lord willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and their fabrications.
[Quran 6:113] This is to let the minds of those who do not believe in the Hereafter listen to such fabrications, and accept them, and thus expose their real convictions.
[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.
[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.
Mr. Daniel, your argument is inconsistent, you reject the Quran with the blashephemous nonsense you put forth, and you even make an apostate of fellow Muslims. It sounds to me like you are the inconsistent rejector, not us. Either one of two things have occurred here, Mr. Daniel: a) you never came anywhere near a Quran, or b) you read the Quran and you completely misunderstood it. I have already prayed for God to guide you, and I hope you start taking a moment to pray, reflect and ask God for His forgiveness.
I will end this essay with the following two Verses from God’s Holy Book, the Quran:
[Quran 7:156] And ordain for us righteousness in this world and in the hereafter. Indeed, we have to You. He said, “My punishment I inflict upon whom I will, but My Mercy encompasses everything. So, I will ordain it for those who are righteous and give zakat and those who believe in Our Verses.”
[Quran 7:157] “Those who follow the unlettered messenger, prophet whom they find written in the Tawrat and Injeel. He exhorts them to be righteous, enjoins them from evil, allows for them all good food, and prohibits that which is bad, and unloads the burdens and the shackles imposed upon them. Those who believe in him, respect him, support him, and follow the Light which has been sent down with him, those are the successful ones.”
Quran-only is the only way. This much I know is true, but God knows best, of course!
Al Salam Alikum
Best,
Adam Abdelaziz

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