Friday, January 13, 2012

Does Islam Need Hadith to "Explain" Qur'an?

I believe part of the reason there is so much hatred in the world today towards Muslims and Islam, is because so many Muslims follow the conjecture that is Hadith and ridiculous so-called Shariah "laws" that have absolutely no basis in Islam (e.g., stoning) This is what makes so many think that Islam is a terroristic religion and not a religion of peace. NOWHERE in the Qur'an is stoning advocated or even mentioned, yet certain Muslims insist on dolling out this sadistic form of punishment that is taken from Hadith. I just don't understand why anyone would rather follow the teachings of men over the words and teaching of God. The argument that we need Hadith to explain Qur'an doesn't fly with me, especially when God states in Qur'an:

"We sent down to you THIS BOOK truthfully, confirming all previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall judge among them according to what is sent down from God (this book), and do not follow their wishes if they deviate from the truth.... You shall judge among them according to what is send down from God (this book); do not follow their wishes, and BEWARE lest they divert you from that which is sent down to you from God (this book).... Would they seek the laws of ignorance? WHO IS BETTER THAN GOD as a lawmaker, for those who sincerely believe?" (Quran 5:48-50)

"They almost diverted you (O Muhammad) from our revelations to you; they wanted you to fabricate something else to consider you a friend. If it were not that we strengthened you, you almost leaned towards them a little bit. Had you done it, we would have doubled the punishment for you in this life, and after death; no one could have protected you against us." (17:73-75)

"When our verses are recited for them, those who do not expect to meet us would say, 'Bring a Quran other than this, or change it.' Say (O Muhammad), 'I cannot change it on my own initiative. I simply follow what is revealed to me. I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the retribution of a terrible day.' ...Who is more wicked than one who invents lies about God, or rejects His revelations? The guilty never succeed. Yet, they idolize beside God those who possess no power to harm them or benefit them, and say, 'These are our intercessors with God.' ...such is idolworship." (10:15-18)

"When you read the Quran, we place between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter an invisible barrier. And we place shields on their hearts, to prevent them from understanding Quran, and deafness in their ears. Consequently, when you preach your Lord IN THE QURAN ALONE they run away in aversion." (17:45-46)

"We did not leave anything out of this book, then all will be gathered before their Lord (for judgment). Those who do not believe our verses are deaf and dumb; in total darkness. God sends astray whomever He wills, and directs whomever He wills in the right path." (6:38-39)

"Shall I seek OTHER THAN GOD as a source of law, when He has revealed THIS BOOK FULLY DETAILED? ....The word of your Lord is COMPLETE, in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His words; He is the hearer, the omniscient. Yet, if you obey the majority of people, they will take you away from the path of God. That is because they follow CONJECTURE, and they fail to think." (6:114-116)

"They insist upon following conjecture, when the guidance is given to them herein from their Lord." (53:23)

"You (Muhammad) cannot guide even the ones you love. God is the one who guides whomever He wills, for He knows best those who deserve the guidance." (28:56)

...and last but not least:

"(On the day of judgment) the messenger will say, 'My Lord; my people have deserted THIS QURAN.' We thus set up against every prophet enemies from among the guilty. Your LORD SUFFICES AS A GUIDE AND SUPPORTER." (25:30-31)

I don't know how much more clear it can get. =)

Some people say that without Hadith Muslims wouldn't know how to pray.

Abraham, peace be upon him, was taught the salat.

"You shall strive in the cause of God as you should. He has blessed you, and imposed no hardship in your religion; the RELIGION OF YOUR FATHER ABRAHAM, Abraham is the one who named you "Muslims" in the beginning. Thus, the messenger serves as witness among you, just as you serve as a witness among the people. Therefore, you shall observe the Salat prayers, give the Zakat charity, and hold fast to God; He is your Lord; the best Lord, and the best supporter." (22:78)

"Abraham was neither Jewish , nor Christian; he was a monotheist; a Muslim; he never was an idol-worshiper. The people most worthy of following Abraham are those who follow him and this prophet (Muhammad), and those who believed. God is the Lord of the believers." (3:67-68)

"Then we inspired you (O Muhammad) to follow the religion of Abraham, monotheism; never was he an idol-worshiper." (16:123)

"As Abraham raised the foundation of Ka'ba, together with Ismail, they prayed, 'Our Lord, accept this work from us; You are the Hearer, the Omniscient. Our Lord, and make us Muslims (Submitters) to You and from our descendants let there be a nation of Muslims (Submitters) to you; AND TEACH US HOW TO PRACTICE OUR RELIGIOUS DUTIES, and redeem us; You are the Redeemer, the Merciful'" (2:127-128)

Read what God says here:

"Your Lord knows that you meditate during two-thirds of the night, or half of it, or one-third of it, and so do some of those who believed with you. GOD has designed the night and the day, and He knows that you cannot always do this. He has pardoned you. Instead, you shall read what you can of the Quran. He knows that some of you may be ill, others may be traveling in pursuit of GOD's provisions, and others may be striving in the cause of GOD. You shall read what you can of it, and observe the contact prayers (Salat), give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and lend GOD a loan of righteousness. Whatever good you send ahead on behalf of your souls, you will find it at GOD far better and generously rewarded. And implore GOD for forgiveness. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful." (73:20)

Does it make sense that God would issue a commandment to observe something that was not already known?

How would Muslims know the actions involved in salat, as instructions are not given in the Quran?
Because it was already give to Abraham, pbuh.

"And we granted him (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob as a gift, and we made them righteous. And we appointed them Imams who guide in accordance with our commandments. AND WE TAUGHT THEM RIGHTEOUS WORKS AND THE OBSERVANCE OF SALAT AND ZAKAT." (21:72-73)

"O Mary (Mariam), you shall obey your Lord, and shall prostrate and bow down with those who bow down." (3:43)

"(Jesus said) God has made me blessed wherever I go, and He commanded me to observe the SALAT PRAYERS and ZAKAT charity for as long as I live." (19:31)

Salat was already established by the time of Muhammad, pbuh.

FASTING CAME TO US VIA ABRAHAM: then modified in the Quran.

"You are permitted to have sexual intercourse with your wives during the night of fasting; they are your confidantes, and you are their confidantes. God knew that you used to betray your souls in the past. He has redeemed you, and He has pardoned you. Henceforth, you may have intercourse with them, seeking what God has permitted for you." (part of 2:187)

"O you who believe, fasting is decreed for you, AS IT WAS DECREED for those before you, that you may attain salvation." (2:183)

HAJJ (Pilgrimage) : came to us VIA ABRAHAM: Please note that the same verse also mentions the SALAT prayers bowing down and prostrating.

"We pointed out to Abraham the location of the shrine, and directed him to worship NONE beside Me, and to purify My shrine for those who would visit it, those who would retreat therein, and those who would BOW DOWN AND PROSTRATE. And you shall declare (O Abraham) that the people shall observe HAJJ. They will then come to you , walking or riding, from the farthest places." (22:26-27)

In early prayer books of Samaritan Jews, one can see their prayers are very similar to the way Muslims pray. There are similarities in the Russian Orthodox Church, as well.

Check out these Youtube videos:

Some verses from the Bible on prayer:

"They shall wash their hands and their feet..."(Exodus 30:21)

"Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him..."(Genesis 17:3)

"Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces." (Numbers 20:6)

"Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD..." (Joshua 7:6).

"David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground..."( 1 Samuel 20: 41)

"And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped..." (Joshua 5:14)

"When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the LORD."(Genesis 24:52)

"O come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!" (Psalm 95:6)

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