A Dozen reasons why Muslims should follow
the Quran and nothing but the Quran

Researched by: A. Muhammad

1- The Quran contains clear instructions to all Muslims to follow the Quran Alone and reject all hadith. The Arabic word hadith means all sayings, narrations, talk, stories, etc. In a narrower sense, the word 'hadith' refers to the sayings attributed to Prophet Muhammad. The hadith is regarded by the majority of traditional Muslim scholars to be the second source of law after the Quran, despite the clear commands given in the Quran to follow the Quran alone and reject all hadith. The following Quranic verses make this issue clear:

These are God's revelations (Quran) that We recite to you truthfully. In which hadith other than God and His revelations (Quran) do they believe? 45:6

Or have they not looked at the realm of the heavens and the earth and all things which God has created, and that perhaps their time may be drawing near? Which hadith after this (Quran) do they believe in? 7:185

God has brought down the Best Hadith; a Book (Quran) that is consistent in its frequent repetitions. 39:23

So in which hadith besides it (Quran) do they believe?

Or do you have some other book in which you are studying? 68:37

All the above verses contain the same clear commandment; not to follow any source of religious guidance and law other than the Quran.

The Quran has all the details we need:

Shall I seek other than God as a law maker when He has brought down to you the Book fully detailed? 6:114

6:114 contains clear confirmation that:

- God is the only law maker.

- The Quran has all the details.

Further confirmation that the Quran has all the details we need is given in the following verses:

This (Quran) is not fabricated hadith, but an authentication of what is with you, a detailed account of all things and guidance and mercy for people who believe. 12:111

We did not leave anything out of the Book; then to their Lord they will be summoned. 6:38

We have brought the Book down to you providing explanations for all things plus guidance and mercy, and giving news to the Muslims (submitters to God). 16:89

We also read:

A Book that has been brought down to you, so let there be no constraint in your chest because of it, and so that you may warn with it, it is a Reminder for the believers. You shall all follow what has been brought down to you from your Lord and do not follow any allies besides Him. Rarely do you remember! 7:2-3

Once again, we read in verses 7:2-3 clear instructions to follow the Quran and nothing else.

Among the people, there is one who trades in baseless hadith to mislead others from the path of God without knowledge and he does it as a mockery. For these is a humiliating punishment. 31:6

And when Our revelations are recited to him, he turns away in arrogance as if he never heard them and as if there is deafness in his ears. Give him news of a painful punishment. 31:7

The words in 31:6-7 warn against following baseless hadith.

Or do you have some book in which you are studying? 68:37

In 68:37 God is mocking those who have other books than the Quran which they follow.

So in which hadith besides it (Quran) do they believe?

In 77:50 we see yet another clear mockery aimed at all who follow other than the Quran.

2- In addition, Muslims today have been led to believe that in order to follow the Prophet they must follow his sunna. The word 'sunna' which is used in the Quran, means the way of doing things or methodology. The Quran speaks of only one sunna, which has no substitute, that being the Sunna of God. Nowhere in the Quran is there any mention of a sunna for Prophet Muhammad!

Such was the Sunna of God for those who have passed on before. You will find that there is no substitute for the Sunna of God. 33:62

Indeed the Quran contains the command to follow the Prophet. To do so, the believers must follow what the Prophet followed. The Quran tells us that Prophet Muhammad was commanded to follow nothing other than the Quran that was revealed to him. Thus, following the Prophet means following the Quran and nothing else:

Say (O Muhammad), "I am not a novelty among other messengers, nor do I know what will happen to me or to you. I follow nothing other than what is revealed to me (Quran). I am no more than a clear warner. 46:9 (also in 10:15).

And We brought down to you the Book, truthfully, confirming what is present of the Scripture, and superseding it. So rule among them in accordance with what God has brought down, and do not follow their desires in place of what has come to you of the truth. 5:48

The Quran makes the issue clear that following the messenger means following what was revealed to him. The true believers follow what was revealed to the messenger:

Those who follow the messenger, the gentile Prophet ......... Those who have believed in him, honoured him, supported him, and followed the light which was brought down with him; they are the successful ones.

In 7:157 it is made clear that following the Prophet means following the light which was revealed to him from God and that is the Quran.

3- The Quran confirms that the only duty of Prophet Muhammad (or of any messenger) is to deliver God's message. Messengers are not sent to advocate their own personal teachings. They are called messengers of God because they deliver a message from God.

The sole duty of the messenger is the delivery (of God's message). 5:99

The same message is found in 5:92, 16:35, 16:82, 24:54, 29:18, 42:48 and 64:12.

4- God commands the believers to obey God and obey the messenger, but God also makes sure that the obedience to the messenger is linked to obeying the message he delivered and nothing else. Obeying the messenger does not mean that the messenger issued additional teachings outside of the Quran.

The confirmation that obeying the messenger is linked to obeying the message he delivered (the Quran) is given in the following verse:

Obey God and obey the messenger. If you shall turn away then the sole duty of the messenger is the clear delivery (of God's message). 64:12

The obedience to the messenger and the deliverance of the Quran are linked in the same verse. For more details on the meaning of "obey the messenger" please go to: Obey God and obey the messenger

5- We never read any where in the Quran words such as 'Obey God and obey Muhammad' or obey Jesus, or Moses. The words always say "the messenger". This is to emphasise that what is to be obeyed is the message of the messenger and not his personal words.

6- The Quran also confirms that Prophet Muhammad was commanded not to teach any other teachings; otherwise he would incur severe punishment from God:

A revelation from the Lord of the worlds. Had he falsely attributed any sayings to Us, We would have grabbed him by the right, and We would have severed his aorta. None of you would be able to prevent it. 69:43-47

7- In one of the very significant verses in the Quran, we read about a testimony which God commanded Prophet Muhammad to utter:

Say (O Muhammad), "What thing is the greatest testimony?" Say, "God is Witness between me and you that this Quran has been revealed to me to warn you with it and whomever it reaches. Do you bear witness that there are other gods besides God?" Say, "I do not bear witness". Say, "He is but One God and I am innocent of the shirk which you commit. 6:19

The words above tell us that Prophet Muhammad was made to testify to receiving the Quran from God. In this testimony, which God calls
"the greatest testimony", we find no mention of other than the Quran.

The reader of the Quran is entitled to ask: If the hadith of the Prophet was a revelation received from God, as the hadith advocates claim, why was this revelation not included in the testimony above?
This testimony was intended to be proclaimed by Prophet Muhammad to all people, so it would not make sense to propose that God wanted Prophet Muhammad to testify to receiving only some of the revelation he received from God; assuming there were others! What about what is referred to as 'Hadith Al-Qudsy' (alleged to be words God spoke directly to the Prophet outside the Quran)? Would God not tell us in the Quran that He spoke directly to Prophet Muhammad, giving him what is alleged to be part of the revelation?

A revelation given to a messenger of God is not to be confused with various pieces of information of a personal nature that God inspired to the Prophet. We have an example in 66:3 where God inspired to the Prophet some information about his wives. This inspiration is altogether different from the revelation of a Scripture. This kind of inspiration which is of a personal nature, was for the benefit of the Prophet alone and does not constitute part of the revelation given to the people. The believers do not need to know the details of such inspiration in order to follow their religion.

Indeed God inspires all people, and not just His messengers, with various matters of personal nature. We have the example of the mother of Moses when God inspired her to throw her baby son into the river and not fear.

Throughout the Quran, we cannot see any evidence, 6:19 or otherwise, of any revelation Muhammad received other than the Quran.

8- Prophet Muhammad himself commanded his people not to write his hadith, this is documented in the collection of 'Muslim' and other books:

"Do not write down anything from me except the Quran. Whoever writes other than that should delete it" (Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, page 171 also Sahih Muslim, Book 42, Number 7147)

It is a fact that the large majority of Muslims do not know that the Prophet prohibited the writing of his hadith, nor that the hadith present today, which are called 'sahih' (authentic), were written more than 200 years after Hijra!

For more details please go to: History of hadith

9- For the first 150 years to 200 years after the death of the Prophet, and in accordance to his commands, the writing of his hadith was forbidden. Out of the 6 hadith collections we have today, which are regarded as 'sahih' (authentic), the first to be written was the collection of Al-Bukhari. Al-Bukhari was born in the year 194 After Hijrah. What this means is that the first of what are regarded as authentic hadith (sahih) to be compiled, were written more than two whole centuries after the death of the Prophet!

Even if we were to follow the hadith (something which is clearly prohibited in the Quran), we would still be faced with the question of how accurate can a collection of sayings documented two centuries after the death of the Prophet be?

Please see: Chinese Whispers

10- God commanded the Prophet in the Quran to say that he is infallible in the revelation he delivered, but that he may commit errors in his personal words and hadith:

Say, "If I stray, then I stray to my own loss, and if I am guided, it is by what my Lord inspires to me. He is Hearer, Near. 34:50

In spite of the above confirmation of the fallibility of Prophet Muhammad, together with six incidents in the Quran where the Prophet was reprimanded by God for errors he made, it is claimed by traditional Muslim scholars that Prophet Muhammad was infallible! The six incidents are found in 8:67-68, 9:43, 9:113-114, 33:37, 66:1 and 80:1-11.

11- The Quran confirms that for every Prophet there will be enemies of human and jinn devils who will fabricate fancy sayings (hadith) and attribute them to the Prophet to deceive the people:

And thus We have made enemies for every Prophet, human and jinn devils, to inspire to one another fancy sayings in order to deceive. 6:112

God also asserts that only the disbelievers will uphold such fabrications (6:113).

12- Finally, the Quran contains everything the genuine believer needs for the following reasons:

a- The Quran is complete and does not need additional sources:

The word of your Lord is complete, in truth and justice. 6:115

b- The Quran is not in need of an explanatory supplement since it is clear, easy to understand and is not ambiguous:

A.L.R. These are the signs of the clear Book. 12:1

We have made it easy to understand, and in your own tongue, so that they may take heed. 44:58

c- The Quran is not in need of a correction manual since it is perfect and harbours no contradictions:

A.L.R. A Book whose verses have been perfected. 11:1

d- The Quran is not in need of a 'details' supplement since it is fully detailed:

Shall I seek other than God as a law maker, when He has revealed to you the Book fully detailed? 6:114

For all the above reasons, all Muslims should follow the Quran,
the whole Quran and nothing but the Quran.

Praise God