As a Muslim, is it necessary to follow the Quran alone?
Well, many Quranists argue that a Muslim must follow the holy Quran alone as a source of religious guidance and reject all hadiths (ahadith). They even go further to claim that following any hadith as a source of religious guidance is tantamount to committing idol worshipping. In my opinion it is misunderstanding and exaggerating. God (Allah) sends His messenger not just to deliver a scripture but every God’s messenger is a great teacher as well.
Even we follow much wisdom of our academic or professional teachers so it is no harm to follow the wisdom of a prophet. Therefore a Muslim can follow many good hadiths of Prophet Muhammad. Of course, many hadiths are fabricated ones so a Muslim cannot blindly follow every reported hadith. However, it is a fact that no Muslim in the world follows every claimed hadith of the prophet.
On the other hand, many Muslims claim those who reject hadiths and follow the Quran alone are not Muslims. Many extremist Muslims even want to kill the Quranists if they can! This kind of attitude is also obviously wrong. Religion is a matter of belief. Different aspects of a religion cannot be sufficiently proved or disproved scientifically.
So a true religious man or woman must be humble, loving, forgiving and polite. Everybody knows Islam is the religion of peace, justice, charity, tolerance and love. God declares that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy for all mankind. Prophet Muhammad even forgave his worst opponents and enemies.
So in my opinion if one wants to follow the Quran alone is OK. We should not be hostile towards them. Let God be the ultimate Judge. In the name of religion if we kill or harm anybody we will take the position of God and that is shirk. We can make amicable and harmless discussion or debut with anybody but beyond that we should leave the things up to God because God is the sole Authority to decide on everything.
[The Quran 2:284] To GOD belongs everything in the heavens and the earth… He forgives whomever He wills, and punishes whomever He wills. GOD is Omnipotent.
[The Quran 39:53] O My servants, who exceeded the limits, never despair of GOD’s mercy. For GOD forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful.
Both the proponents of hadith and hadith rejectors have many arguments and counter arguments as to one should follow hadith or not. I am not going to discuss details on it here. In my personal opinion those who follow hadith and reject hadith both are Muslims as long as they are following the religion peacefully without harming anybody in the name of Allah.
Nobody should be extreme in their claims about religion because religion is a matter of belief without sufficient laboratory confirmation. Thank you and may God bless you all.
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