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Dissecting & Disproving the Kalām/Rhetoric of al-Qur’āniyyah/Qur’ānism

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This, sadly, is becoming a more Popular-Phenomenon: Persons ponfiticating/claiming that al-Qur’ān/The Qur’ān is the Only-Text necessary for one to be a Muslim & to function properly Islāmically. This Pathological-Madhab/Religio-Posture, which has evolved into a Hizb/Religio-Sectarian Grouping, known as al-Qur’āniyyah/Qur’ānism. This Hizb deems to encourage Muslims to abandon the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition, not only as per following it. But, this goes much deeper down the Rabbit-Hole…their Religio-Posture more sinisterly pontificates/claims that the Sunnah itself isn’t even at-Tanzīl/Revelation, just as The Qur’ān is. Now, for Obvious-Reasons, this Type/Kind of Religio-Posture is not only Theologically-Problematic, but equally Theologically-Dangerous.

The Purpose of this Article, actually, is to breakdown what the Qur’ānī/Qur’ānist-Arguments are & how to textually/intelligently dispute those exact Same-Arguments:

1. an-Naskh-ul-Qur’ān/Revelatory-Abrogation of The Qur’ān-

This is an Argument which is common amongst Qur’ānist, suggesting that The Qur’ān & the Sunnah don’t intersect, define, refine, correct one another, etc. Particularly as per the Naskh of The Qur’ān via the Sunnah: this is something which Qur’ānists completely reject. However, there’s Revelatory/Textual-Evidence that both The Qur’ān & the Sunnah affect one another via an-Naskh. The Naskh of The Qur’ān is manifested via 3-Categories:

a. Complete-Removal of Verses from The Qur’ān textually & them being replaced textually with Other-Verses, regardless to whether they were Makkan-Verses or Madinan-Verses.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.2, V.106; Chpt.87, V.6&7; at-Tabarī; as-Suyūtī)

b. Makkan-Verses from The Qur’ān being replaced by Madinan-Verses from The Qur’ān as per at-Tashrī` (Legislation): al-Ahkām (Judgments/Rulings).(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.13, V.39; Chpt.17, V.86; at-Tabarī; as-Suyūtī)

c. Verses from The Qur’ān being replaced by the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition, as per at-Tashrī`/al-Ahkām (Legislation/Ru: Wife-Beating, al-Mut`ah/Temporary-Marriage, etc.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.4, V.24&34; Mālik; Abū-Dāwud; at-Tabarī; as-Suyūtī)

2. Mistrust/Distrust of Masānid (Hadīth/Narration-Collections)

This is literally one of the most commonly used Qur’ānī-Arguments. They pontificate/claim that since the Masānid were compiled by Human-Beings then, by definition, it’s to be Matrūk/Religio-Rejected.

As per the Qur’ānist (those whom claim to only adhere to The Qur’ān), referring to the Hadīth/Narration by Abī-Sa`īd al-Khudhrī (May Allah be pleased with him), concerning the Command of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to document/record only The Qur’ān & not the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition (al-Bukhārī)…there’s 5-Things one must/should introspect upon.

They are the following:

a. How do they even know whether or not this is: Authentic, Reliable, Weak, Fabricated, etc.?!!!

b. The Fact that this Narration has been authenticated (as being Sahīh/Authentic) thus proves that the Religio-Postures of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) are just as much at-Tanzīl/Revelation as The Qur’ān itself.

c. The Fact that they’re literally relying upon a Hadīth/Record of the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition, to attempt to disprove the Validity of the Hadīth/Kitābah (Documentation) of the Sunnah, thus proves that the Sunnah is Mahlūl/Mafrūdh (Islāmically-Allowed/Mandated) to be recorded.

d. Had this Hadīth not/never been recorded, realistically we would’ve never even known that Muhammad had even stated this.

e. How do you know whether or not this Hadīth/Documentation of the Sunnah wasn’t made Mansūkh (Abrogated/Canceled) via Other-Nuzūl (Revelatory-Texts)?!!!

3. The Classic “Hadīth vs. Bible/Hadīth-Bible Comparison” Argument-

There’s a Pathological Pseudo-Narrative, pontificated by both Muslims & Non-Muslims alike, that Hadīth-Collections are exactly like The Bible, as per “mixing Truth with Falsehood”. The very 1st-Time that I was ever confronted with this Argument: I was 17-Years old at the Time. Fake-Wokers (those upon that Fake-Wokeness Rhetoric) actually, literally, spew this Rhetoric all of the Time. Yet, don’t be worried…here’s some Useful-Tools to help combat those Kinds/Types of Arguments:

a. Both the Qur’ān & the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition are at-Tanzīl/Revelation.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.53, V.3&4) This Revelatory-Text, alone, proves that anything which Muhammad (Peace be upon him) stated, did, etc. regarding al-Islām is automatically at-Tanzīl, whether it’s within The Qur’ān or not.

b. The Bible isn’t/has never been at-Tanzīl, but rather Distorted-Remnants/Versions of at-Tanzīl. Also, the Bible pontificates/promotes ash-Shirk/Association & al-Kufr/Disbelief.(at-Tabarī, as-Suyūtī, ibn-Kathīr)

c. The Qur’ān, by Virtue of how Allah personally describes it, within itself, is a Hadīth. Allah, in fact, literally refers to The Qur’ān within itself, Word4Word, as “al-Hadīth/Hadīth”.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.18, V.1-6)

d. Literally: the Same-Persons, via as-Salaf (as-Sahābah/the Companions [May Allah be pleased with them altogether] & Generations-1&2 of at-Tābi`īn/the Followers), whom’re Humanly-Responsible for documenting The Qur’ān also in turn documented the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition as well.

e. The same Mustalah/Authentication-Process which the Sunnah underwent, The Qur’ān underwent as well. And, this is a Non-Debatable Religio-Historical Fact. Also, the Mustalah of The Qur’ān was literally that much easier than the Mustalah of the Sunnah: in fact every/all Authentic-Hadīth (Narration/Documentation) concerning The Qur’ān is Scholastically-Classified as Sahīh-Mutawātir/Undoubtedly-Authentic.

f. By Virtue of their Religio-Posture, they clearly don’t even know or care to know what the Term “Hadīth” actually means. The Word/Term “Hadīth” means: Story/Tale, Relation, Narrative/Narration, Document/Documentation, Record/Recording, etc.(Lisān-ul-`Arab: Lexicon of the Arabic-Language, ibn-Manzhūr)

I hope that this Info. was helpful to any/all Persons whom’re serious about the Reality of al-Qur’āniyyah.

Gareth Bryant

1441, A.H./2019, C.E.

The Necessity to adhere to both the Qur’an & the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition jointly and indivisibly:

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It truly saddens me, so greatly, that there are Muslims whom dare say that it is not necessary to adhere to the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) via Hadith/Ahadith (Prophetic-Statements, actions, allowances, prohibitions, etc. which have been recorded, codified, etc.), using the same “following the Qur’an is just enough” argument. Well, I’d really love to know what you’re actually able to implement, or achieve, Islamically, without the usage of the Sunnah/Hadith, because, the last time that I’ve check, there’s the necessity to adhere to the Sunnah/Hadith, in every single affair of ours, as Muslims, and I can definitely prove it.

Let’s get this convo rockin’ wit some “Fun-Facts”:

1. The word Hadith (pl. Ahadith), according to the Arabic-Language, means the following:

a. Statement

b. Story

c. Relation

d. Narration

e. Declaration

f. Proclamation

g. Report

h. Message

i. Record/Recording

j. Document/Documentation

(Lisan-ul-`Arab/The Language of the Arab: Lexicon of the Arabic-Language)

2. The Qur’an, itself, the entire canon of revelation, known as “The Book of Allah” is a Hadith…Allah states, within Surat-il-Kahf/the Chapter of the Cave, “Will you, yourself, grieve over their statements/lies, just because they do not believe in this Hadith?”(Chpt.18, V.6), also within Surat-id-Duha/the Chapter of the Morning, “And, proclaim the Favor of your Lord.”(Chpt.93, V.11)…In both of these verses, respectively, the word “Hadith” is directly used, as well as the verbal conjugative derivative of the verb which the word “Hadith” comes from is also used…the verb that the word “Hadith” comes from is “Haddatha”*, which means “To tell”.(Ibid.)

3. Both The Qur’an & Sunnah were recorded/preserved during the lifetime of Muhammad (Peace be upon him).(al-Bukhari, al-Hakim, Fadha’il-ul-Qur’an, ibn-Hisham, al-Mustadrak) The Companions/Followers of Muhammad (Peace be upon him [May Allah be pleased with them all-together]) whom were able to both read & write, were commissioned, personally, by Muhammad, to document both the Verses of the Primary-Revelation/The Qur’an, as well as the Secondary-Revelation/the Sunnah, not to be included in the Mushaf/Textual-Document of The Qur’an itself…these persons are known as the following individuals:

a. al-Khulafa’-ur-Rashidun (the 1st Khulafa’/Islamic-Rulers [of the Muslims] after the death of Muhammad [Peace be upon him]):

`Abdullah ibn-`Uthman ibn-`Amir (Abu-Bakr as-Siddiq), `Umar ibn-ul-Khattab, `Uthman ibn-`Affan, `Ali ibn Abi-Talib.

b. al-`Asharat-ul-Mubashshirun (the 10-Companions promised Paradise (by name) during the lifetime of Muhammad [Peace be upon him]):

Abu-Bakr as-Siddiq, `Umar ibn-ul-Khattab, `Uthman ibn-`Affan, `Ali ibn Abi-Talib, `Abd-ur-Rahman ibn-`Awf, Talhah ibn-`Ubaydillah, Sa`d ibn Abi-Waqqas, Sa`id ibn-Zayd, az-Zubayr ibn-al-`Awwam, Abu-`Ubaydah ibn-il-Jarrah.

c. Nisa’-un-Nabi/the Wives of the Prophet:

Khadijah bint-Khuwaylid, Hafsah bint-`Umar (ibn-il-Khattab), `Ai’shah bint Abi-Bakr, etc.

d. Ahl-ul-Bayt/Members of the Prophetic-Household:

`Abdullah ibn-ul-`Abbas (ibn-`Abbas),  Khadijah bint-Khuwaylid, Hafsah bint-`Umar (ibn-il-Khattab), `Ai’shah bint Abi-Bakr, Abu-Bakr as-Siddiq, `Umar ibn-ul-Khattab, `Uthman ibn-`Affan, `Ali ibn Abi-Talib, Sa`d ibn Abi-Waqqas, etc.

e. Other various Companions:

Zayd ibn-Thabit (the Official-Scribe of Muhammad), Ubay ibn-Ka`b, `Abdullah ibn-Mas`ud, etc.

f. There’s even an official-account, by Harith ibn-Rabi` (Abu-Qatadah) whom personally asked Anas ibn-Malik whom were the documenters of The Qur’an, during the lifetime of Muhammad & Anas replied, “There were 4 & they were all from among al-Ansar/the Assistants (the 2nd-wave of early followers of Muhammad who helped al-Muhajirin/the Migrants spread Islam throughout the rest of the Arabian-Peninsula, outside of al-Hijaz [the traditional homeland of the Tribe of Muhammad: al-Quraysh, consisting of modern-day Jiddah, Ta’if, al-Makkah, al-Madinah, basically, the entire western-coast of the Arabian-Peninsula]): Ubay ibn-Ka`b, Mu`adh ibn-Jabal, Zayd ibn-Thabit and Abu-Zayd.(al-Bukhari) al-Muhajirun were the 1st-wave of early followers of Muhammad, whom were forced to flee from left al-Makkah, because of strict persecution, by the Pagan-Arabs during the lifetime of Muhammad. al-Ansar gave al-Muhajirin asylum, in their city, (originally) known as Yathrib (later renamed al-Madinah [lit. “The-City”]).(ar-Rahiq-ul-Makhtum/the Sealed-Nectar: Biography of Muhammad)

Now, since we’ve clarified, quite thoroughly, I may add, concerning the legitimacy of the Sunnah/Hadith, then, one has to ask one’s self:

1. How can I be a Muslim, a Muslim whom places his/her trust in The Qur’an, while The Qur’an recorded/preserved, in written/documented, form, yet I reject the Sunnah, and ironically, both The Qur’an & the Sunnah were recorded/preserved literarily, literally, by the same exact persons?!!!

2. If I trust those whom Muhammad (Peace be upon him) had trusted, to document/preserve The Qur’an, then, why would/should/do I have any such issue with trusting these same exact individuals, when it comes to the documentation/preservation of the Sunnah?!!!

Yeah…I know…really good questions to ask one’s self, right…#ThinkAboutIt

I, personally, would really love to have some actual dialogue with these kinds of people, whom claim to be Muslims, and yet completely doubt/reject the entire validity of the Sunnah.

Gareth Bryant/2013