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The Forgotten Quran and the holy haddith

Updated on September 19, 2013

The Word of God, not the word of man

And the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) will say: "O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur'an (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and teachings).

There is a new movement in Islam that is gaining support very rapidly. The movement is often called “Qur’anism”. This movement is one in which the Qur’an is the only document in Islam that matters. I am not in favor of this term as names are often used as a means to divide rather than to unite. We all follow Allah, and we all know that Muhammad pbuh, is His messenger. Being that I am not in favor of this or any names, hence forth I will be referring to all sects as Islam, except when direct division is needed to provide context for readers who are not of the Islamic faith and have no basis for the conversation.

49:13"Oh humankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured among you in the sight of Allah is the who is the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)"

So as a Muslim convert, I have had many people with many views coming at me with the haddith. However I came to Islam through the Qur’an. In it I found the following verse, that I would like you to consider;

68:36-38 Should We treat the ones who have surrendered the same as those who are criminals? What is wrong with you, how do you judge? Or do you have another book which you study? In it you find whatever you wish to find?".

7:2 This Book has been sent down to you (Prophet) – let there be no anxiety in your heart about it – so that you may use it to give warning and to remind the believers (by telling them): ‘Follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord! Do not follow other masters beside Him. How seldom you take heed!’ ”

There many other such verses for reference here is 14 more for context; 16:89~ 16:114~ 6:50~ 21:10~ 28:85~ 7:52~ 6:105~ 15:1~ 6:115-116~ 6:105~ 25:30~ 5:50~ 3:23

In Islam we find many divisions biased on the haddith. The haddith was written by men and not a revelation from Allah. However many Muslims have forgotten the Qur’an in favor of the haddith. An example from personal experience; I was at the Mosque reading my Qur’an in preparation for this article, and I was approached and told I could not lay this way while reading the Nobel Qur’an, because Muhammad pbuh never laid that way while reading. The bother said nothing else to me, he did not ask my name, say a salam, or ask what I was studying. I have to wonder, who are men to decide the Will of Allah? Who are we to judge a person’s worth by the hand they eat with? Is it not the Place of Allah to Judge?

When I first came to Islam I converted during Ramadan, Alhamdullah. I fasted on my second day after I said Shahadah, Alhamdullah. I sat to eat, and quickly I was berated with some great force that I was eating with my left hand and this was not Islamic, I should eat with my right hand. Did Allah not make me left handed? Am I to deny my Creation in order to follow the word of a man? Let us not forget Muhammad pbuh did not write the haddith, in fact he forbade it. For over 200 year the haddith in all 6 accepted forms went unwritten. So how then can we know it is how Muhammad pbuh acted?

“Do not write anything from me except Quran. Anyone who wrote anything other than the Quran shall erase it." [Ahmed, Vol. 1, Page 171, and Sahih Moslim, Zuhd, Book 42, Number 7147]”

So what does God say?

The Qur’an also predicts the writing of haddith in order to divide Islam.

6:112 "We have permitted the enemies of every prophet human and jinn devils to inspire in each other fancy words, in order to deceive. Had your Lord willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and their fabrications."

Allah went further than predicating the writing of haddith. He allows the writing of haddith in order to expose true believes from those who follow man in their heart not Allah.

6:113-115 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 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. The Word of your Lord is complete, in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His Words. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient”

We Muslims have gone so far as to ignore the Qur’an and write our laws from haddith. Have we strayed so far from Allah that we forsake His Word the Noble Qur’an in favor of the word of men, who did not even know Muhammad pbuh? We have allowed Islam to break apart and divide us with the use of haddith, in direct violation of the Commandment of Allah in 49:13 and other such verses.

We humans have perverted Islam in the quest to satisfy our personal feelings and to further our own cause and not that of Allah. What is the difference in Sunni, Sufi, and Shia that cause so much hatred? The answer is the haddith that they follow.

I will not deny that we should try to live as the Prophets pbuta. However, when following those prophets has led us to deny our own brothers and sisters, we must stop and ask ourselves how this was allowed to happen. When the word of men allows us to kill our brothers and sisters, we must ask ourselves, why we have done this? When the word of men allows us to judge our brothers and sisters against the teachings of the Qur’an we must ask ourselves, how we came to this place? When we allow the words of men to dictate our law against the Qur’an we must ask ourselves, is this Allah’s Will or the will of man?

So I ask you brothers and sisters of Islam; will you allow the words of men to dictate your life? Will you allow the word of men to cause you to look down at another Muslim and say “his deen is no good because he does not follow my haddith”? Will you allow the haddith to cause you to directly violate the Commandments of Allah?

A video you might enjoy

This is a link to a video that makes tributes to Qur'an only believers. Which includes Muhammad peace be upon him. Remember there was no haddith during his time and not for 200 years after he passed.

So I invite all people to join in and answer some of the questions I have asked. Please be polite and respectful of the beliefs of other people. Profanity and name calling will not be tolerated. Thank you.


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    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Memphis TN

      Thank you Mathew James. I agree. I chose this name though as a "shock value". As many Muslims take the haddith over the Qur'an. However I do like your title also. It rings very true. 49:13 shows us just how right you are.

      I do not read the haddith, and when I discuss Islam with people I refuse the haddith as evidence. It is clearly not in line with the Laws that God send down to us.

    • Mathew James profile image

      Mathew James 

      5 years ago

      "The Forgotten Quran and the holy haddith" in my opinion we should say "The Holy Qur'an and forget the haddith". As soon as a person defines themself as being part of a sect, they have gone down the wrong path. As soon as a person creates a law not defined in the Qur'an they have gone down a wrong path. The Qur'an is a clear message and no other document is needed to make it any clearer.

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Memphis TN

      After reading your blog I will give it some consideration. Thank you.

    • amer786 profile image


      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Indeed examining a claim to prophet-hood should be done with great caution and care. I myself took well over one year to do my research and that is short by most accounts.

      Of course, in the end only Allah can guide. Allah tells prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in The Quran that it is He who guides, not you (O Muhammad, pbuh).

      I can only urge that given the current set of conditions and the prophecies pointing to these conditions and the advent of the Messiah, one should give it due diligence and priority.

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Memphis TN

      Wa Alykum Salam Amer. Thank you for your words I will read over your hub. I have not outright dismissed Ahmad, I am just cautious of calling him a true "prophet". I think perhaps "disciple" would be a term I would use until I was sure that a person claiming to be a prophet showed proofs. This of course is just my opinion though, and I did not mean to belittle anyone's beliefs. I am not God it is not my place to say who is or is not a prophet, or who will or will not go to Heaven. I simply meant to say that is how I feel about Ahmed. Maybe he is.

      I also meant that when it doubt it is best to follow God's example rather than mans. Even the honored prophets pbuta.

      I see we can agree on the rift and any person that did works to bridge these gaps should surly be honored among the ranks of Saint or Disciple if not a full prophet of God.

    • amer786 profile image


      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Pintalis, belated as-salaam-o-laikum (should have opened with that earlier)

      All true prophets claimed God’s name. Yes, imposters do exist but the Quran bears testimony that all true prophets were accused of being impostors. I feel we should not be dismissive if someone makes the claim, but rather be mindful. If by divine proofs you mean miracles, what such proofs were available to people who were entering into Islam or Christianity 100 years after the death of Muhammad (pbuh) and Jesus (pbuh)? Many would have entered based on other criteria too. Perhaps the best option is to supplicate the Almighty directly for such guidance.

      I feel that obedience to Allah and the prophets should not be viewed exclusively. The Quran repeatedly emphasizes on obeying the prophets. In a true sense, no true teaching of a prophet could contradict God’s message as the prophets are being divinely guided. But the texts do become corrupted. The Hadith have certainly suffered but there is criteria to establish some certitude. Many agree with the Quran.

      Ghulam Ahmad’s parallel with Jesus (peace be on them both) is a broad subject but I don’t want dwell into unless you are interested. In case you are, I wrote a Hub on the subject . . .

      Wasalaam, and may God Almighty guide humanity and mend this terrible rift that has occurred.

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Memphis TN

      I forgot to say shruken for your kind words. May God bless you always.

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Memphis TN

      Thank you for your thoughts Amer. I agree with you 100% that this is God's Domain. I have heard of the Agmadiyya movement, however I have issue with the part that Ghulam Ahmad is like Jesus. I think if this were the case we would have Divine proofs such as those given to all other Prophets peace be upon them all. Though from what I see it is the haddith that causes most extremism in Islam. The Bible teaches us that more people will be led to Hell by men claiming God's name than by Satan himself.

      But yes people will always differ in interpretations, and that is okay. What is not okay is when we put men into the ranks of the divine by following them over God. It is much like what Christianity has done with Jesus. Obedience to God is much more important than obedience to even the Prophets. And being that the haddith was not even written until 200 years after the death of Muhammad pbuh we can not even know it is Muhammad we are following, and there fore is it not more important then to follow only that which the Qur'an says, which is a Commandment from God.

      Scholars do not have a monopoly on God's law. As God reveals to you that which you need to do His Will through the Qur'an and the Bible and Torah. Or at least the way I read the Qur'an.

    • amer786 profile image


      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Pintalis, this is a good hub, and you echo the lament of all Muslims distraught over the divisive and incoherent condition. However, since the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself prophecized about this state and gave the good news of a divine guide (Mahdi & Messiah) to unite the Muslims and mankind with a correct disposition to God, then in my humble opinion it is not up to people to create movements for the reformation of religion. This is God’s domain, He will provide the guide and movement, then it is up to us to be obedient (as the Quran states obedience to prophets). A ‘Return to Quran’ movement is still questionable as people will always differ over interpretations. The only way to unite them is under a divine movement with leader or Khalifa. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said a divine guide will come for remedy and a real Caliphate will resume after him to safeguard the message and revival of Islam.

      My suggestion is that you look into The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam.


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