The Authority of the Hadiths
By Sami Zaatari
In this day and age we as Muslims have several ignorant heretics who go around preaching that the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad is invalid, and basically worthless. These people preach that only the Quran must be sought after regarding rulings and how to live our lives, that the hadiths where the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad is to be found are not to be sought after or used, that they are all mere fabrications and so on.
Our modern day heretics who follow this doctrine are known as the ?Quranis', which basically means Quran only; hence they reject every single hadith. Another group are those who call themselves as moderate Muslims, the only difference between them and the Quranis is that they unlike the Quranis do not always dispute the validity of the hadiths, rather they do affirm that hadiths are authentic and reliable, however so they say hadiths and what is to be found in the hadiths are out-dated in our present day age and must not be consulted for advice, basically their approach is to ignore the hadiths and throw it away and rather we should go and consult secular western rules of law.
Both these groups are worst than each other, both of them have no basis in their doctrine, and both of them contradict what Allah has told us in the Quran.
Before quoting the verses from the Quran which affirm the validity of the hadiths we must first respond to one common emotional argument that the Quranis bring up which is ?how can you attack and condemn us as heretics when we say we should follow the Quran only? Is following the Quran a bad thing?'
Indeed this argument brought up by these heretics is baseless, because they do not even follow the Quran! These heretics claim to be Quran only, yet due to their ignorance or blatant devilish deception they choose to ignore certain teachings of the Quran hence they even label themselves wrongly since they are not Quranis at all.
Let us now consult the clear verses from the Quran which affirm the validity and importance of the hadiths, here is the first piece of evidence:
4: 59- O you who believe! Obey Allâh and obey the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allâh and His Messenger (SAW), if you believe in Allâh and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.
As you can see here, Allah commands us to obey the prophet Muhammad; the verse makes it very clear that the 2nd highest authority is that of the prophet Muhammad, basically his Sunnah! Notice the verse says if we have any problems or differences we should first refer to Allah, meaning the Noble Quran, and then the verse also says we should also refer to the prophet Muhammad, which basically means the Sunnah. And now I ask where do we find the Sunnah? We find it in the hadiths! But the Quranis say the hadiths are false, which obviously contradicts this verse, and which shows that they do not completely obey the Quran as they claim to, had they obeyed the Quran they would then be following the hadiths as well.
Here is what Ibn Kathirs tafsir says concerning this verse:
The Necessity of Referring to the Qur'an and Sunnah for Judgment
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((And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger). Mujahid and several others among the Salaf said that the Ayah means, "(Refer) to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger.'' This is a command from Allah that whatever areas the people dispute about, whether major or minor areas of the religion, they are required to refer to the Qur'an and Sunnah for judgment concerning these disputes. In another Ayah, Allah said,
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(And in whatsoever you differ, the decision thereof is with Allah). Therefore, whatever the Book and Sunnah decide and testify to the truth of, then it, is the plain truth. What is beyond truth, save falsehood This is why Allah said, u
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(if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day.) meaning, refer the disputes and conflicts that arise between you to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger for judgment. Allah's statement,
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(if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. ) indicates that those who do not refer to the Book and Sunnah for judgment in their disputes, are not believers in Allah or the Last Day. Allah said,
(That is better) meaning, referring to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger for judgment in various disputes is better,
(and more suitable for final determination.) meaning, "Has a better end and destination,'' as As-Suddi and several others have stated while Mujahid said, "Carries a better
So as you can see the very first Muslims even affirmed that the Sunnah must be followed which is basically found in the hadiths! Now since Quranis are very arrogant, they will say that the Salaf (first Muslims) were wrong, and that they the modern day Quranis are smarter than the Salaf and understand the Quran better than the first Muslims! This is exactly what I encountered with one Qurani, the Qurani was so arrogant he told me he was smarter in interpreting the Quran than one of the most knowledgeable Muslim scholar Ibn Abbas! And this Qurani also happened to be a revert to Islam!
This verse is also a proof against those who call themselves as moderate Muslims, because the verse commands us to refer to the prophet Muhammad's sunnah for a ruling, obviously this contradicts their satanic bankrupt claim that the sunnah is out-dated and not applicable in today's present world and that we should bring in secularism.
This verse here is sufficient enough to refute both of these heretical groups, there is no need for me to bring up many more verses to refute them, I like to keep things simple, and the Quran is the best book to use against liars and deviants, it is a very powerful book, all you need is one verse from this book to crush down the lies of liars. Hence there is really no need for me to quote verse after verse when this one single verse crushes these heretics.
And indeed Allah Knows BEST!