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The Real Islam of the University of Chicago’s Fred Donner

The following is a response to Dr. Stephen M Kirby’s criticism of Dr. Fred Donner’s book, Muhammad and the Believers at the Origins of Islam.

Indeed, Dr. Fred Donner’s book, Muhammad and the Believers at the Origins of Islam, is original in its research and certainly based on the Quran.

Stephen M Kirby’s criticism of Donner’s book can be summarized by the following unsavory facts.

  • Traditional Muslims Sources are not reliable. This is Donner’s truthful assertion.
  • Reliance on the Quran.
  • ‘O you who believe’ in the Quran is directed to anyone who believes in God.
  • The Quran makes a distinction between Christians who follow the Gospel and those who follow the Nicene Creed.
  • The Quran makes distinction between Jews who follow the Torah and those who follow the Talmud.

As we point out in our review of Robert Spencer’s book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran:

  • The Koran is the only source of law or the only criterion per 6:114
  • The Koran is a fully detailed scripture per 6:11410:37
  • The words of God in the Koran are complete per 6:115
  • No words can abrogate God’s words in the Koran per 6:115 and 10:37
  • Koran is Hadith per 7:18512:11139:2345:652:3468:4477:50
  • The Koran is the only acceptable Hadith per 77:5045:67:185
  • The Arabic word sunnah (system) refers only to God’s sunnah and never as the Prophet’s sunnah per 17:7733:6248:23
  • That God is the Teacher of the Koran per 55:2

Monotheism

The Quran reminds us of the first commandment throughout the Quran.

[3:18] GOD bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge. Truthfully and equitably, He is the absolute god; there is no god but He, the Almighty, Most Wise.

Numerous verses in the Quran remind us to worship God alone such as 2:112, 3:150, 4:36, 4:146, 7:70, 10:104, 12:39, 22:31, 39:3, 39:17, 39:45, 40:12, 60:4.  This is within the confines of the first commandment and a message preached by all previous messengers including Jesus and Moses.

[ Mark 10:17-18] As he was setting out on a journey a man came running up, knelt down before him and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to share in everlasting life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.’

[ Matthew 7:21] “None of those who call me `Lord’ will enter the kingdom of God, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

“…Go to my brothers and tell them, `I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” [ John 20:17]

Idolatry – An unforgivable sin in the Quran

The Quran condemns idolatry which, if maintained until death, is an unforgivable sin.

[4:48] GOD does not forgive idolatry, but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up idols beside GOD, has forged a horrendous offense.

[4:116] GOD does not forgive idol worship (if maintained until death), and He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who idolizes any idol beside GOD has strayed far astray.

Thus, any Christian who follows the creed of Trinity created centuries after Jesus’s death in Nicene, commits idolatry.

Any Muslim, who upholds Hadith other than the Quran commits idolatry.

Any Jew who upholds the Talmud instead of the Torah is committing idolatry.

[34:53] They have rejected it in the past; they have decided instead to uphold conjecture and guesswork.*

*34:53 People of all religions tend to forsake the word of God and uphold the words of men. The Jews and the Muslims uphold the Mishnah (Hadith) and Gemarrah (Sunna), while the Christians uphold a trinity invented by the Nicene Conference, 325 years after Jesus.

The following examines Dr. Stephen M Kirby’s charge thatDonner had based his book on his unique, personal version of Fantasy Islam.”

“Donner’s ambivalence about the “traditional” sources”

From a historian’s perspective, documentary evidence from that period is exceedingly limited. From the Quranic perspective, we cannot draw any religious conclusions except from the Quran itself (see above).

This is an eye-opening claim because according to Islamic Doctrine it is blasphemy for a Muslim to lie about Muhammad.”

The various sects in Islam exist not because of disagreements about the Quran but disagreements about Hadith (stories) of Muhammad or lying about Muhammad. Obviously, all the sects are not right about Muhammad in their respective Hadith and thus they differ.

“.. many other authoritative Muslim sources ..”

By authoritative Muslim sources, Stephen M Kirby, means Hadith and Sunnah written centuries after the death of the Prophet and the revelation of the Quran. Each sect has their own authentic Hadith or “… authoritative Muslim sources …” There is a trove of treasure for Western writers like Robert Spencer as well as Eastern writers, in books of Hadith written 200+ years after the revelation of the Koran. These books are fiction and contain all kinds of nonsense which are utilized by Stephen Kirby.

Christians and Jews in general could be “Believers”?

The answer is yes from the Quran:

[2:62, 5:69] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

The Jews, the Christians and those who received the Quran are free to follow their own scripture (Torah, Gospel or the Quran) and make judgements based on their scripture.

[5:44] We have sent down the Torah, containing guidance and light. Ruling in accordance with it were the Jewish prophets, as well as the rabbis and the priests, as dictated to them in GOD’s scripture, and as witnessed by them. Therefore, do not reverence human beings; you shall reverence Me instead. And do not trade away My revelations for a cheap price. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations are the disbelievers.

[5:46-47] Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous.
The people of the Gospel shall rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations therein. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations are the wicked.

[5:48] Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD’s revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny – all of you – then He will inform you of everything you had disputed.

“Here are ten Koran verses that specifically stated that Jews and Christians (People of the Book/Scripture) were not “believers” (I have not included the entire verse but have just noted the differentiations being made)”

Here are the complete verses together with verses prior or after for context.

[74:31] We appointed angels to be guardians of Hell, and we assigned their number (19) (1) to disturb the disbelievers, (2) to convince the Christians and Jews (that this is a divine scripture), (3) to strengthen the faith of the faithful, (4) to remove all traces of doubt from the hearts of Christians, Jews, as well as the believers, and (5) to expose those who harbor doubt in their hearts, and the disbelievers; they will say, “What did GOD mean by this allegory?” GOD thus sends astray whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills. None knows the soldiers of your Lord except He. This is a reminder for the people.

[2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

[2:117-121] The Initiator of the heavens and the earth: to have anything done, He simply says to it, “Be,” and it is.
Those who possess no knowledge say, “If only GOD could speak to us, or some miracle could come to us!” Others before them have uttered similar utterances; their minds are similar. We do manifest the miracles for those who have attained certainty.
We have sent you with the truth as a bearer of good news, as well as a warner. You are not answerable for those who incur Hell.
Neither the Jews, nor the Christians, will accept you, unless you follow their religion. Say, “GOD’s guidance is the true guidance.” If you acquiesce to their wishes, despite the knowledge you have received, you will find no ally or supporter to help you against GOD.
Those who received the scripture, and know it as it should be known, will believe in this. As for those who disbelieve, they are the losers.

[3:98-102] Say, “O followers of the scripture, why do you reject these revelations of GOD, when GOD is witnessing everything you do?”
Say, “O followers of the scripture, why do you repel from the path of GOD those who wish to believe, and seek to distort it, even though you are witnesses?” GOD is never unaware of anything you do. O you who believe, if you obey some of those who received the scripture, they will revert you, after having believed, into disbelievers. How can you disbelieve, when these revelations of GOD have been recited to you, and His messenger has come to you? Whoever holds fast to GOD will be guided in the right path. O you who believe, you shall observe GOD as He should be observed, and do not die except as Submitters.

[3:110] You are the best community ever raised among the people: you advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and you believe in GOD. If the followers of the scripture believed, it would be better for them. Some of them do believe, but the majority of them are wicked.

[5:44-46] We have sent down the Torah, containing guidance and light. Ruling in accordance with it were the Jewish prophets, as well as the rabbis and the priests, as dictated to them in GOD’s scripture, and as witnessed by them. Therefore, do not reverence human beings; you shall reverence Me instead. And do not trade away My revelations for a cheap price. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations are the disbelievers.
And we decreed for them in it that: the life for the life, the eye for the eye, the nose for the nose, the ear for the ear, the tooth for the tooth, and an equivalent injury for any injury. If one forfeits what is due to him as a charity, it will atone for his sins. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations are the unjust.
Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous.

[5:51] O you who believe, do not take certain Jews and Christians as allies; these are allies of one another. Those among you who ally themselves with these belong with them. GOD does not guide the transgressors.

[60:8-9] GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable.
GOD enjoins you only from befriending those who fight you because of religion, evict you from your homes, and band together with others to banish you. You shall not befriend them. Those who befriend them are the transgressors.

[5:64-66] The Jews even said, “GOD’s hand is tied down!” It is their hands that are tied down. They are condemned for uttering such a blasphemy. Instead, His hands are wide open, spending as He wills. For certain, your Lord’s revelations to you will cause many of them to plunge deeper into transgression and disbelief. Consequently, we have committed them to animosity and hatred among themselves until the Day of Resurrection. Whenever they ignite the flames of war, GOD puts them out. They roam the earth wickedly, and GOD dislikes the evildoers.
If only the people of the scripture believe and lead a righteous life, we will then remit their sins, and admit them into gardens of bliss.
If only they would uphold the Torah and the Gospel, and what is sent down to them herein from their Lord, they would be showered with blessings from above them and from beneath their feet. Some of them are righteous, but many of them are evildoers.

[5:69] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, and the Christians; any of them who (1) believe in GOD and (2) believe in the Last Day, and (3) lead a righteous life, have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

[5:82-84] You will find that the worst enemies of the believers are the Jews and the idol worshipers. And you will find that the closest people in friendship to the believers are those who say, “We are Christian.” This is because they have priests and monks among them, and they are not arrogant.
When they hear what was revealed to the messenger, you see their eyes flooding with tears as they recognize the truth therein, and they say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so count us among the witnesses.
Why should we not believe in GOD, and in the truth that has come to us, and hope that our Lord may admit us with the righteous people?”

[22:17] Those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, the Christians, the Zoroastrians, and the idol worshipers, GOD is the One who will judge among them on the Day of Resurrection. GOD witnesses all things.

“Donner said that the Koran was the best source of information about the early Believers’ movement; with these ten verses we can see that a distinction had been made between the People of the Scripture and the “believers” since the early days of Islam.”

The People of the Scripture in the Quran also includes those who received the Quran. The People of the Scripture include Muslims, Christians and the Jews.

[98:1] Those who disbelieved among the people of the scripture, as well as the idol worshipers, insist on their ways, despite the proof given to them.

[5:19] O people of the scripture, our messenger has come to you, to explain things to you, after a period of time without messengers, lest you say, “We did not receive any preacher or warner.” A preacher and warner has now come to you. GOD is Omnipotent.

[29:46] Do not argue with the people of the scripture (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) except in the nicest possible manner – unless they transgress – and say, “We believe in what was revealed to us and in what was revealed to you, and our god and your god is one and the same; to Him we are submitters.”

“We can see then that the Koran’s rejection of the divinity of Christ began in the very early days of the Believers’ movement, so it is difficult to see how Donner could claim that any Christians maintaining a belief in Christ’s divinity could have actually been a part of that movement.”


There are Christians today who not believe in the divinity of Christ just like Christians at the time of Muhammad. There are Christians today who reject the creation of Trinity by men 300+ years after the death of Jesus in the Nicene Creed.

The verses which Stephen Kirby refers to are reproduced below and they are a warning to those who uphold man-made divinity for Jesus. As pointed out above the Quran is equally strong on idolatry of anyone including Muhammad, Jesus, the saints, or scholars.

[5:72-75] Pagans indeed are those who say that GOD is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah himself said, “O Children of Israel, you shall worship GOD; my Lord and your Lord.” Anyone who sets up any idol beside GOD, GOD has forbidden Paradise for him, and his destiny is Hell. The wicked have no helpers.
Pagans indeed are those who say that GOD is a third of a trinity. There is no god except the one god. Unless they refrain from saying this, those who disbelieve among them will incur a painful retribution.
Would they not repent to GOD, and ask His forgiveness? GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
The Messiah, son of Mary, is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate!

[9:30] The Jews said, “Ezra is the son of GOD,” while the Christians said, “Jesus is the son of GOD!” These are blasphemies uttered by their mouths. They thus match the blasphemies of those who have disbelieved in the past. GOD condemns them. They have surely deviated.

[9:31] They have set up their religious leaders and scholars as lords, instead of GOD. Others deified the Messiah, son of Mary. They were all commanded to worship only one god. There is no god except He. Be He glorified, high above having any partners.

[4:48] GOD does not forgive idolatry, but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up idols beside GOD, has forged a horrendous offense.

[4:157-158] And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him – they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him.
Instead, GOD raised him to Him; GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.

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[3:49-51] As a messenger to the Children of Israel: “I come to you with a sign from your Lord – I create for you from clay the shape of a bird, then I blow into it, and it becomes a live bird by GOD’s leave. I restore vision to the blind, heal the leprous, and I revive the dead by GOD’s leave. I can tell you what you eat, and what you store in your homes. This should be a proof for you, if you are believers.
“I confirm previous scripture – the Torah – and I revoke certain prohibitions imposed upon you. I come to you with sufficient proof from your Lord. Therefore, you shall observe GOD, and obey me.
“GOD is my Lord and your Lord; you shall worship Him alone. This is the right path.”

[4:171-172]  O people of the scripture, do not transgress the limits of your religion, and do not say about GOD except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger of GOD, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him. Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messengers. You shall not say, “Trinity.” You shall refrain from this for your own good. GOD is only one god. Be He glorified; He is much too glorious to have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. GOD suffices as Lord and Master. The Messiah would never disdain from being a servant of GOD, nor would the closest angels. Those who disdain from worshiping Him, and are too arrogant to submit, He will summon them all before Him.

[19:29-36] She pointed to him. They said, “How can we talk with an infant in the crib?” (The infant spoke and) said, “I am a servant of GOD. He has given me the scripture, and has appointed me a prophet. “He made me blessed wherever I go, and enjoined me to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat) for as long as I live. “I am to honor my mother; He did not make me a disobedient rebel. And peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I get resurrected.”
That was Jesus, the son of Mary, and this is the truth of this matter, about which they continue to doubt. It does not befit GOD that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, “Be,” and it is. He also proclaimed, “GOD is my Lord and your Lord; you shall worship Him alone. This is the right path.”

[43:57-59] When the son of Mary was cited as an example, your people disregarded it.
They said, “Is it better to worship our gods, or to worship him?” They said this only to argue with you. Indeed, they are people who have joined the opposition.
He was no more than a servant whom we blessed, and we sent him as an example for the Children of Israel.

[61:6] Recall that Jesus, son of Mary, said, “O Children of Israel, I am GOD’s messenger to you, confirming the Torah and bringing good news of a messenger to come after me whose name will be even more praised (Ahmad).” Then, when he showed them the clear proofs, they said, “This is profound magic.”

“What about the Jews? Let’s start off with the first chapter of the Koran, Al-Fatihah. This chapter was revealed in Mecca and was among the first chapters of the Koran to be revealed.”

In his desperation, Stephen Kirby turns completely to fiction. He does refer to some Quran verses reproduced below but relies on “authoritative Muslim scholars.” He has no basis from the Quran. No comment is needed on his “authoritative sources” written centuries after the revelation of the Quran.


[1:1] In the name of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
[1:2] Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe.
[1:3] Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
[1:4] Master of the Day of Judgment.
[1:5] You alone we worship; You alone we ask for help.
[1:6] Guide us in the right path;
[1:7] the path of those whom You blessed; not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers.

[2:61] Recall that you said, “O Moses, we can no longer tolerate one kind of food. Call upon your Lord to produce for us such earthly crops as beans, cucumbers, garlic, lentils, and onions.” He said, “Do you wish to substitute that which is inferior for that which is good? Go down to Egypt, where you can find what you asked for.” They have incurred condemnation, humiliation, and disgrace, and brought upon themselves wrath from GOD. This is because they rejected GOD’s revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed.

[3:110-113] You are the best community ever raised among the people: you advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and you believe in GOD. If the followers of the scripture believed, it would be better for them. Some of them do believe, but the majority of them are wicked.
They can never harm you, beyond insulting you. If they fight you, they will turn around and flee. They can never win.
They shall be humiliated whenever you encounter them, unless they uphold GOD’s covenant, as well as their peace covenants with you. They have incurred wrath from GOD, and, consequently, they are committed to disgrace. This is because they rejected GOD’s revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed.
They are not all the same; among the followers of the scripture, there are those who are righteous. They recite GOD’s revelations through the night, and they fall prostrate.

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[60:13]  O you who believe, do not befriend people with whom GOD is angry, and who are hopelessly stuck in disbelief; they are just as hopeless as the disbelievers who are already in the graves.

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[2:109]  Many followers of the scripture would rather see you revert to disbelief, now that you have believed. This is due to jealousy on their part, after the truth has become evident to them. You shall pardon them, and leave them alone, until GOD issues His judgment. GOD is Omnipotent.

[3:71] O followers of the scripture, why do you confound the truth with falsehood, and conceal the truth, knowingly?

[3:98-100]  Say, “O followers of the scripture, why do you reject these revelations of GOD, when GOD is witnessing everything you do?”
Say, “O followers of the scripture, why do you repel from the path of GOD those who wish to believe, and seek to distort it, even though you are witnesses?” GOD is never unaware of anything you do.
O you who believe, if you obey some of those who received the scripture, they will revert you, after having believed, into disbelievers.

The Study Quran Translation

And when God is mentioned alone, the hearts of those who believe not in the Hereafter recoil. But when those apart from him are mentioned, behold, they rejoice. [39:45 – The Study Quran]

The translators of the Quran and the editors of THE STUDY QURAN validate that they do not follow nor observe God’s Words and commandments in the Quran. They demonstrate the condition of the majority of those who call themselves Muslims (the Arabic word Muslim translates in English as Submitter) who have either no knowledge of the Quran or if they do have the knowledge they simply do not obey God’s Words in the Quran.

Their translation (used here) states that the Quran is fully detailed for religious law and the only acceptable Hadith and Sunnah. BELIEF in God dictates that God should be BELIEVED. The editors and translators of this project do not believe nor submit to God’s own Words in the Quran.

QURAN – FULLY DETAILED

Say, “What thing is greatest as testimony?” Say, “God is witness between you and me. And this Quran has been revealed unto me, that thereby I may warn you and whomsoever it may reach. Do you bear witness there are other gods beside God?” say, “I bear no such witness.” Say, “He is only One God, and truly I am quit of that which you ascribe as partners unto him.” [6:19]

. . –We have neglected nothing in the book- . . [6:38]

(Say) “Shall I seek a judge apart from God, when it is He Who has sent down unto you the book, expounded?” Those unto whom We have given the Book know that it has been sent down from thy Lord in truth; so be not among the doubters. [6:114]

The Word of Thy Lord is fulfilled in truth and justice. None alters His Words, and He is the Hearing, the knowing. [6:115]

We have indeed brought them a Book, which We have expounded with knowledge, as a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe. [7:52]

Following a source other than Quran is but idolatry (18:27) as a god other than God is being followed for religious law.

RELIGION OF ABRAHAM

Islam (the Arabic word Islam translates in English as submission) is called the Religion of Abraham in the Quran. We produce the following translated verses from The Study Quran to point out that ours is indeed the Religion (Creed) of Abraham, and to point out that the translators left the Arabic word, a hanif, untranslated. Hanif translates as monotheist.

And who shuns the creed of Abraham, but a foolish soul? We chose him in this world and in the Hereafter he shall be among the righteous. [2:130]

And they say, “Be Jews or Christians and you shall be rightly guided.” Say, “Rather [ours is] the creed of Abraham, a hanif, and he was not of the idolaters,” [2:135]

Say, “Truly my Lord has guided me unto a straight path, an upright religion, the creed of Abraham, a hanif, and he was not of the idolaters.” [6:161]

Then we revealed unto thee, “Follow the creed of Abraham, a hanif, and he was not among the idolaters.” [16:123]

HADITH

Just like the Arabic word Hanif is untranslated above, The Study Quran translators and editors could have left the Arabic Words Hadith and Sunnah untranslated in the following verses. Leaving those two words untranslated would make sense as those words are increasing referred to in the media.

However, had The Study Quran translators and editors left the Arabic Words Hadith and Sunnah untranslated, the bottom would fall out of their entire project. The Quran makes it clear that the only Hadith to be followed is the Quran itself and no Hadith other than the Quran can be followed. We have inserted in the following translated verses the Arabic Word Hadith and the Arabic Word Sunnah.

Certainly in their stories is a lesson for those possessed on intellect. It is not a fabricated account (Hadith); rather, it is a confirmation of that which came before it, and an elaboration of all things, and a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe. [12:111]

So in what discourse (Hadith) after this will they believe? [77:50]

These are the signs of God that we recite unto thee in truth. So in what discourse (Hadith) after God and His signs do they believe? [45:6]

So leave Me with those who deny this discourse (Hadith). We shall lead them on little by little, whence they know not. [68:44]

So in what discourse (Hadith) after this will they believe. [7:185]

And among mankind are those who purchase idle discourse (Hadith) to lead astray from the way of God without knowledge and who take it in mockery; for them there shall be humiliating punishment. [31:6]

God has sent down the most beautiful discourse (Hadith), a Book con-similar, paired, whereat quivers the skin of those who fear their Lord. [39:23]

SUNNAH

Sunnah means system. The Quran only refers to God’s system and never to the Prophet’s system nor the messenger’s system nor to Mohammad’s system.

[That is] the wont (Sunnah) of God that came to pass aforetime; and you will find no alteration in the wont (Sunnah) of God. [48:23]

But their believing benefited them not when they saw Our Might. [That is} the wont (Sunnah) of God which has been passed among His servants; and the disbelievers were then lost. [40:85]

Thou shalt find no alteration in the wont (Sunnah) of God, and thou shalt find no change in the wont (Sunnah) of God. [35:43]

[That is] the wont (Sunnah) of God with those who passed before; and you will find no alteration in the wont (Sunnah) of God. [33:62]

FIRST COMMANDMENT

The first commandment – you shall not worship except God – is central to The Quran, the Torah, the Gospel and the Creed of Abraham.

God bears witness that there is no god but He, as do the angels and the possessors of knowledge, upholding justice. There is no god but He, the Mighty the Wise. [3:18]

Know, then, that there is no god but God, and ask forgiveness for thy sin and for the believing men and believing women. God knows your coming and going, and your abode. [47:19]

Say, “I am only a warner, and there is no god but God, the One, the Paramount. [38:65]

Indeed, when it is said unto them, “There is no god but God,” they waxed arrogant. [38:65]

NO DISTINCTION AMONG MESSENGERS

The Quran forbids us in making any distinction among God’s messengers. The Religion of Submission (In Arabic: Islam) is a Religion of God. It is not a religion about Mohammad, Jesus, Moses, who among others were merely messengers of God.

Say, “We believe in God, and in that which was sent down unto us, and in that which was sent down on Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in what Moses and Jesus were given, and in what the prophets were given from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them, and unto him we submit. [2:136]

The messenger believes in what was sent down to him from his Lord, as do the believers. Each believes in God, His Angels, His Books, and His messengers. “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and obey. Thy forgiveness, our Lord! And unto Thee is the journey’s end.” [2:285]

Say, “We believe in God, and in that which was sent down unto us, and in that which was sent down upon Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in what Moses, Jesus and the prophets were given from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them, and unto him we submit. [3:84]

But those who believe in God and His messengers and make no distinction between them – unto them He will give their rewards. God is forgiving, Merciful. [4:152]

DESERTION OF THE QURAN

And the Messenger will say, “O my Lord! Truly my people have taken this Quran for foolishness.” [24:30]

And so too have the translators and editors of The Study Quran taken the Quran as foolishness.

The translation has 1996 pages, sure to turn off anyone seeking a study of the Quran, even though the translation itself covers 1584 pages. Less than 20% of the words in the translation are the actual translated words of the Quran.

The translators and editors of The Study Quran suppress the Words of God in the Quran to the words of humans. They attribute reverence to those human’s words written centuries after the revelation of the Quran. They call those human words Hadith & Sunnah. As the Quran and their own translation states the only acceptable Hadith and the only acceptable Sunnah are the words of the Quran.

The Sunnis, Shias and the various sects in Islam have no differences about the Quran. Each sect has its own “authentic” Hadith. Each sect draws conclusions about various verses of the Quran through the lenses of their Hadith. So too have the translators and editors of The Study Quran. The simple and clear verses and the words of the Quran are drowned by the words of humans. The Creator’s Words are secondary to the words of God’s human creatures to the translators and editors of The Study Quran.

By giving the words of men in Hadith and Sunnah abrogation authority, over the Word of GOD in the Quran the translators and editors of The Study Quran have committed the very thing GOD commanded not to do in verses 6:114-115.

The Hadith and Sunnah literature may be valuable as sources of history but none of them can be used to derive meanings of the Quran. All interpretation and meaning should be derived in light of the Quran.

IN LIGHT OF THE QURAN

O you who believe! Ask not about things which, if they were disclosed to you, would trouble you. And if you ask them while the Quran is being sent down, they will be disclosed to you. God has pardoned this, and God is Forgiving, Clement. [5:101]

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Obey God and His Messenger.
Where do we find details about Salat in the Quran?

Obey God and His Messenger

In the name of God, most Gracious, most, Merciful

When two or more individuals open a joint account at a bank in USA, they have an option of opening an OR account or an AND account. When they open an OR account either party can withdraw funds by one person’s signature. However, when an AND account is opened, both parties must sign before funds can be withdrawn. In other words for the AND account approval of all parties is required for funds withdrawal or to make any changes to the account.

The Quran commands us to obey God AND His messenger. It commands us in 49:1 not to place our opinion above God AND His messenger. The Quran does not give us the luxury of obeying God OR His messenger. In other words we don’t have the choice of obeying God OR obeying His messenger. Thus, obeying God and His messenger boils down to obeying God as it requires God’s endorsement. God’s endorsement is in the words of the Quran. We obey God by following God’s words in the Quran.  We don’t place our opinion above God and His messenger by not placing our opinion outside the confines of the words of the Quran. We cannot obey God and His messenger until and unless what the messenger says coincides with the words of the Quran.

It is:                       obey God and His messenger.
It is not:               obey God or His messenger.

God has given the example of the use of word OR to mean EITHER. The word OR suggests option.

[23:6] Only with their spouses, or those who are rightfully theirs, do they have sexual relations; they are not to be blamed.

[70:30] (They have relations) only with their spouses, or what is legally theirs –
[70:31] anyone who transgresses these limits is a sinner.

God specifies in this category that sexual relations are allowed with EITHER their spouses OR what is legally theirs, but not both.

God has blessed us with all the words we need in the Glorious Quran.

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As submitters to God alone, our discussions and advocacy on any topic should be based on verses of the Quran.

For those interested here is a mathematical explanation for AND & OR for the mathematically structured book – the Quran

The Difference between And and Or

http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/71940.html

Date: 01/23/2008 at 11:59:54

From: Mikki

Subject: and/or

My son had a question that was marked wrong on his paper.  He pointed out to me that by the way it was worded, he felt as though he were correct.  Here is the question:  There are 3 knives, 4 spoons, 4 forks.  What fraction of the utensils are spoons OR forks? He answered 4/11 and was told the teachers edition says 8/11.  I understand the way he read it to be OR meaning one or the other.  If it’s 8/11, shouldn’t it be worded spoons AND forks?  If the answer is 8/11, I want my son to understand why.

Date: 01/23/2008 at 12:24:17

From: Doctor Peterson

Subject: Re: and/or

Hi, Mikki.

The words “and” and “or” can be ambiguous in English, so in math we give them precise meanings.  We have to teach those meanings, but often forget to, which may have happened here.

When we talk about the set of things that are A AND B, we mean that EACH of those things must be BOTH A and B.  Nothing is both a spoon and a fork!  (At least not in this problem.)  So “and” would have been inappropriate.  There are no utensils that are spoons and forks.

When we talk about the set of things that are A OR B, we mean that EACH of them may be EITHER A or B.  That is, we are including in the set BOTH those that are A, AND those that are B.  This is where the confusion and ambiguity come in!  There are 8 utensils that are spoons or forks.

Your son read it in a way that is commonly used in nontechnical English, taking “How many are A or B” to mean two separate questions combined: “How many are A, how many are B”.  I can see how that could be tempting in this case; the two numbers happen to be the same, so he could take the question to mean “How many are A (which is also the same as the number that are B”.  If there had been 3 spoons and 4 forks, that interpretation would not have made as much sense; the best answer he could give would be “3, or 4”.  We don’t combine questions like that in math, to avoid confusion.

So the book was right, but the question is ambiguous if the teacher has not taught (or does not know) the standard mathematical usage. (This usage is important in some later topics, such as probability, so it’s definitely worth teaching.)

If you have any further questions, feel free to write back.

– Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

 

Date: 01/23/2008 at 12:47:17

From: Doctor Riz

Subject: Re: and/or

Hi Mikki –

I’d like to add one piece to what Dr. Peterson wrote.  While this is a slightly different application of the idea, my students always found this particular example of the logical difference between AND and OR helpful.

In logic, an AND statement is only true if both parts of it are true. If I say, “I am in Vermont AND I am in New Hampshire” the only way that can be true is if I am standing on the border with one foot in each state.

An OR statement is true if either part is true.  If I say, “I am in Vermont OR I am in New Hampshire” that statement is true as long as I am in either state (it’s also true if I’m straddling the border).  The only way an OR statement is not true is if both parts are false, such as if I were standing in Massachusetts when I made my statement about being in Vermont or New Hampshire.

With your question about utensils being spoons OR forks, I count every utensil that is either a spoon or a fork, giving 8 of the 11.  If I were asked what fraction of the utensils were spoons AND forks, there would be zero since the utensil would have to be both things.  There IS a utensil you sometimes see in fast food places which is a spoon shape with teeth on the front edge, and it’s generally referred to as a “spork”, a combination of spoon and fork.  That’s what I’d need for a utensil to be considered a spoon AND a fork.

Does that help?  Write back if you have questions on any of this.

– Doctor Riz, The Math Forum

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

 

Date: 01/23/2008 at 13:33:11

From: Mikki

Subject: Thank you (and/or)

Thank you both for your prompt responses.  You have taught me something and definitely given me something to think about.

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The Study Quran

Could this Quran curb extremism?

The Study Quran project has a ruinous flaw which is promoted as central to the undertaking – commentary from outside the Quran.

The various sects of Islam have do not attribute their differences to the Quran, but to their own commentary. The commentary is based on sources external to the Quran. These sources known as traditions or Hadith and Sunnah are condemned in the Quran.

The Quran is a fully detailed scripture for religious law. Yes one may comment on the verses, but the comment must be supportable by other verses from the Quran. The source has to be internal rather than external to the Quran. There is a translation which does precisely that.

[Quran 5:101] O you who believe, do not ask about matters which, if revealed to you prematurely, would hurt you. If you ask about them in light of the Quran, they will become obvious to you. GOD has deliberately overlooked them. GOD is Forgiver, Clement.

For any study of a verse, the whole verse should be looked, subsequently verses before and after a particular verse and finally in light of the whole Quran prior to drawing any conclusion.

IN LIGHT OF THE QURAN – FREEDOM OF RELIGION

[2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way.

IN LIGHT OF THE QURAN – BASIC RULES FOR ALL FIGHTING

[60:8]  GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable.

[60:9]  GOD enjoins you only from befriending those who fight you because of religion, evict you from your homes, and band together with others to banish you. You shall not befriend them. Those who befriend them are the transgressors.

VERSE 47:4

[4:74] If you encounter (in war) those who disbelieve, you may strike the necks. If you take them as captives you may set them free or ransom them, until the war ends. Had GOD willed, He could have granted you victory, without war. But He thus tests you by one another. As for those who get killed in the cause of GOD, He will never put their sacrifice to waste.

Islamic Reformation

In “An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims,” Mr. Ali Rizvi ends by saying Islamic reformation needs radicals. We cannot agree more. Here is the radical idea from the Quran.

Quran is the only source of religious law and following any other source for religious law is idolatry (6:114-115; 7:52; 10:37, 6:19; 6:38). Yes this means that we accept the Quran literally, as it is actually written and without any need for metaphorical explanations. This concept within the words of the Quran is alien to ‘Muslim’ scholars, moderate Muslims and Western scholars of Islam.

Almost all contracts have a “The entire agreement clause.” The Quran makes it clear that it is the only source of religious law. No other source including Hadith or Sunnah may be a source of religious law. No outside or parol evidence other than the words of the Quran can be considered for religious law.

Those who call themselves Muslims and indeed the Moderate Muslims have little or no idea what the Quran states. Most who call themselves Muslims have set aside the Quran and go by volumes of Hadith & Sunnah written 250+ years after the revelation of the Quran. The Quran condemns any hadith or Sunnah (system) other than the Quran. The Western Scholars revel at all the nonsense in the books of Hadith/Sunnah and have no hesitation in defining Islam (in English: Submission) based on books other than the Quran.

Absolutely there should be the study of the Quran. Numerous translations are available in the internet for side by side comparisons. Most translators translate (including Western Scholars) through the lens of the books of Hadith/Sunnah. This is a fatal error. The Quran stands on its own and should be studied that way.

Mr. Reza Aslan in his book, “No god but God” narrates that when Abu Bakr was elected as Caliph he proceeded to carry out his duties with the principle, “what would Mohammad do” in a particular situation. The right principle to follow at that time as well as now is “what to do in light of the Quran.”

A study of the Quran and any conclusion should be based on examining the complete verse, looking at preceding/following verses and subsequently in light of the Quran (5:101).

Reading the Quran in Arabic (2:171), ablution before touching the Quran (56:79), prohibiting menstruating women from touching the Quran and carrying out religious duties, Sunni taraweeh in the month of Ramadan, holding the Quran over someone’s head, cutting-off of hand and FGM are not supported in the Quran. All of this, which qualifies as nonsense originates from the man-written and fabricated books of hadith/Sunnah.

[5:38]  The thief, male or female, you shall mark their hands* as a punishment for their crime, and to serve as an example from GOD. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.

*5:38 The practice of cutting off the thief’s hand, as decreed by the false Muslims, is a satanic practice without Quranic basis. Due to the special importance of this example, God has provided mathematical proof in support of marking the hand of the thief, rather than severing it. Verse 12:31 refers to the women who so admired Joseph that they “cut” their hands. Obviously, they did not “cut off” their hands; nobody can. The sum of sura and verse numbers are the same for 5:38 and 12:31, i.e., 43. It is also the will and mercy of God that this mathematical relationship conforms with the Quran’s 19-based code. Nineteen verses after 12:31, we see the same word (12:50).

[12:31]  When she heard of their gossip, she invited them, prepared for them a comfortable place, and gave each of them a knife. She then said to him, “Enter their room.” When they saw him, they so admired him, that they cut their hands. They said, “Glory be to GOD, this is not a human being; this is an honorable angel.”

IN LIGHT OF THE QURAN – FREEDOM OF RELIGION

[2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way.

IN LIGHT OF THE QURAN – BASIC RULES FOR ALL FIGHTING

[60:8]  GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable.

[60:9]  GOD enjoins you only from befriending those who fight you because of religion, evict you from your homes, and band together with others to banish you. You shall not befriend them. Those who befriend them are the transgressors.

VERSES REFERRED BY MR. ALI RIZVI

[4:88-89]  Why should you divide yourselves into two groups regarding hypocrites (among you)? GOD is the one who condemned them because of their own behavior. Do you want to guide those who are sent astray by GOD? Whomever GOD sends astray, you can never find a way to guide them.
They wish that you disbelieve as they have disbelieved, then you become equal. Do not consider them friends, unless they mobilize along with you in the cause of GOD. If they turn against you, you shall fight them, and you may kill them when you encounter them in war. You shall not accept them as friends, or allies.

[4:90-91]  Exempted are those who join people with whom you have signed a peace treaty, and those who come to you wishing not to fight you, nor fight their relatives. Had GOD willed, He could have permitted them to fight against you. Therefore, if they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then GOD gives you no excuse to fight them.
You will find others who wish to make peace with you, and also with their people. However, as soon as war erupts, they fight against you. Unless these people leave you alone, offer you peace, and stop fighting you, you may fight them when you encounter them. Against these, we give you a clear authorization.

Lessons from History

[8:12-13]  Recall that your Lord inspired the angels: “I am with you; so support those who believed. I will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved. You may strike them above the necks, and you may strike even every finger.”
This is what they have justly incurred by fighting GOD and His messenger. For those who fight against GOD and His messenger, GOD’s retribution is severe.

Grossness of Murder

[5:32]  Because of this, we decreed for the Children of Israel that anyone who murders any person who had not committed murder or horrendous crimes, it shall be as if he murdered all the people. And anyone who spares a life, it shall be as if he spared the lives of all the people. Our messengers went to them with clear proofs and revelations, but most of them, after all this, are still transgressing.

Capital Punishment: When is it Justified?

[5:33-34]  The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter.
Exempted are those who repent before you overcome them. You should know that GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[47:4]  If you encounter (in war) those who disbelieve, you may strike the necks. If you take them as captives you may set them free or ransom them, until the war ends. Had GOD willed, He could have granted you victory, without war. But He thus tests you by one another. As for those who get killed in the cause of GOD, He will never put their sacrifice to waste.

VERSE REFERRED BY OTHERS

[9:4-7]  If the idol worshipers sign a peace treaty with you, and do not violate it, nor band together with others against you, you shall fulfill your treaty with them until the expiration date. GOD loves the righteous.
Once the Sacred Months are past, (and they refuse to make peace) you may kill the idol worshipers when you encounter them, punish them, and resist every move they make. If they repent and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), you shall let them go. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
If one of the idol worshipers sought safe passage with you, you shall grant him safe passage, so that he can hear the word of GOD, then send him back to his place of security. That is because they are people who do not know.
How can the idol worshipers demand any pledge from GOD and from His messenger? Exempted are those who have signed a peace treaty with you at the Sacred Masjid. If they honor and uphold such a treaty, you shall uphold it as well. GOD loves the righteous.

Is there any defense for Hadith

The messenger said (on the Day of Judgement), “My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran.” [25:30]

PROPHET MUHAMMAD FORBIDDEN FROM ISSUING RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION OTHER
THAN THE QURAN

This is the utterance of an honorable messenger.
Not the utterance of a poet; rarely do you believe.
Nor the utterance of a soothsayer; rarely do you take heed.
A revelation from the Lord of the universe.
Had he uttered any other teachings.
We would have punished him.
We would have stopped the revelations to him. [69:40-46]

PROPHET MUHAMMAD FORBIDDEN FROM EXPLAINING THE QURAN

Do not move your tongue to hasten it.
It is we who will collect it into Quran.
Once we recite it, you shall follow such a Quran.
Then it is we who will explain it. [75:16-19]

GOD – TEACHER OF THE QURAN

The Most Gracious.
Teacher of the Quran. [55:1-2]

QURAN – FULLY DETAILED AND ONLY SOURCE OF RELIGIOUS LAW

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. [6:114-115]

This Quran could not possibly be authored by other than  GOD. It confirms all previous messages, and provides a fully detailed scripture. It is infallible, for it comes from the Lord of the universe. [10:37]

QURAN – COMPLETE AND FULLY PRESERVED

Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and, absolutely, we will preserve it. [15:19]
No falsehood could enter it, in the past or in the future; a revelation from a Most Wise, Praiseworthy. [41:42]

NO SALVATION WITHOUT OBEYING THE MESSENGER

Proclaim: “If you love GOD, you should follow me.” GOD will then love you, and forgive your sins. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.  Proclaim: “You shall obey GOD and the messenger.” If they
turn away, GOD does not love the disbelievers. [3:31-32]

MUHAMMAD REPRESENTED BY QURAN ALONE

Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD’s revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny – all of you – then He will inform you
of everything you had disputed. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD’s
revelations to you. Do not follow their wishes, and beware lest they divert you from some of GOD’s revelations to you. If they turn away, then know that GOD wills to punish them for some of their sins. Indeed, many people are wicked. Is it the law of the days of ignorance that they seek to uphold? Whose LAW IS BETTER THAN GOD’S for those who have attained certainty? [5:48-49]
They almost diverted you from the revelations we have given you. They wanted you to fabricate something else, in order to consider you a friend. [17:73]

PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S DUTY – DELIVER THE QURAN

If they argue with you, then say, “I have simply submitted myself to GOD; I and those who follow me.” You shall proclaim to those who received the scripture, as well as those who did not, “Would you submit?” If they submit, then they have been guided, but if they turn away, your sole mission is to deliver this message. GOD is Seer of all people. [3:20]

You shall obey GOD, and you shall obey the messenger, and beware. If you turn away, then know that the sole duty of our messenger is to deliver the message efficiently. [5:92]

The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message, and GOD knows everything you declare and everything you conceal. [5:99]

DISBELIEVERS – FORBIDDEN FROM UNDERSTANDING THE QURAN

When you read the Quran, we place between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter an invisible barrier. We place shields around their minds, to prevent them from
understanding it, and deafness in their ears. And when you preach your Lord, using the Quran alone, they run away aversion. [17:45-46]

We have to keep in mind that anyone who is rejecting the above verses from the Quran cannot qualify as a believer.

DURING PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S LIFE – OBEY ONLY RIGHTEOUS ORDERS

O you prophet, when the believing women (who abandoned the disbelievers) to seek asylum with you pledge to you that they will not set up any idols besides GOD, nor steal, nor commit adultery, nor kill their children, nor fabricate any falsehood, nor disobey your RIGHTEOUS
orders, you shall accept their pledge, and pray to GOD to forgive them. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. [60:12]

PROPHET MUHAMMAD WAS HUMAN AND MADE MISTAKES

Recall that you said to the one who was blessed by GOD, and blessed by you, “Keep your wife and reverence GOD,” and you hid inside yourself what GOD wished to proclaim. Thus, you feared the people, when you were supposed to fear only GOD. When Zeid was completely through with his wife, we had you marry her, in order to establish the precedent that a man may marry the divorced wife of his adopted son. GOD’s commands shall be done. [33:37]

He (Muhammad) frowned and turned away. When the blind man came to him. How do you know? He may purify himself. Or he may take heed, and benefit from the message. As for the rich man. You gave him your attention. Even though you could not guarantee his salvation.
The one who came to you eagerly. And is really reverent. You ignored him. Indeed, this is a reminder. [80:1-11]

GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO GUIDES

You cannot guide the ones you love. GOD is the only One who guides in accordance with His will, and in accordance with His knowledge of those who deserve the guidance. [28:56]

NO INTERCESSION

They worship beside GOD idols that possess no power to harm them or benefit them, and they say, “These are our intercessors at GOD!” Say, “Are you informing GOD of something He does not know in the heavens or the earth?” Be He glorified. He is the Most High; far above needing
partners. [10:18]

ARABIC LANGUAGE IS NOT NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND THE QURAN

If we made it a non-Arabic Quran they would have said, “Why did it come down in that language?” Whether it is Arabic or non-Arabic, say, “For those who believe, it is a guide and healing. As for those who disbelieve, they will be deaf and blind to it, as if they are being
addressed from faraway.” [41:44]

There is no support in the Quran that the knowledge of Arabic language will give us understanding or better understanding of the Quran.

HADITH

Shall we treat the Submitters like the criminals?
What is wrong with your logic?
Do you have another book to uphold?
In it, do you find anything you want? [68:35-38]

An example of the above verse is various different Hadith which gives numerous different accounts of certain incidence, thus leaving a person to accept the “most authentic” Hadith or “anything you want”.

ALL RELIGIOUS PRACTICES OF ISLAM CAME THROUGH PROPHET ABRAHAM

All religious practices – salat, zakat, fasting and pilgrimage came to us through prophet Abraham. The reader is invited to look at verse 22:26,27 (pilgrimage), verses 21:72-73 (salat & zakat) and verses 2;127-128 (all religious practices).

HADITH CONDEMNED IN QURAN BY NAME

These are GOD’s revelations that we recite to you truthfully. In which Hadith other than GOD and His revelations do they believe? [45:46]

GOD has revealed herein the best Hadith; a book that is consistent, and points out both ways (to Heaven and Hell). The skins of those who reverence their Lord cringe therefrom, then their skins and their hearts soften up for GOD’s message. Such is GOD’s guidance; He bestows it
upon whoever wills (to be guided). As for those sent astray by GOD, nothing can guide them. [39:23]

Among the people, there are those who uphold baseless Hadith, and thus divert others from the path of GOD without knowledge, and take it in vain. These have incurred a shameful retribution. [31:6]

THREE FAVORITE VERSES OF THOSE WHO ADVOCATE HADITH

FIRST
GOD and His angels help and support the prophet. O you who believe, you shall help and support him, and regard him as he should be regarded. [33:56]

This is one of the most abused verses in the Quran. Millions of muslims based on this verse glorify Muhammad against his will instead of glorifying God. There are two facts we have to keep in mind. First, whenever the word “nabi” is used in the Quran, it refers to Muhammad, when he was alive; not after his death. Second, in the same sura exactly thirteen verses ahead of this verse we find God and His angels do the same honoring for all the believers.

He is the One who helps you, together with His angels, to lead you out of darkness into the light. He is Most Merciful towards the believers. [33:43]

Verse 103 of sura 9 further clarifies the meaning of the words “Ssalloo” and “Yussallee”. In this verse we see that the prophet is commanded to “Yussallee” for the believers, just as they are asked to do for him in verse 33:56.

Take from their money a charity to purify them and sanctify them. And encourage them, for your encouragement reassures them. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient. [9:103]

SECOND

The messenger of GOD has set up a good example for those among you who seek GOD and the Last Day, and constantly think about GOD. [33:21]

This verse is the thirteenth verse of eighteen verses describing the Battle of the Parties and Muhammad’s example of courage. This verse has been taken out of context and a completely different religion has been created by unauthorized and unreasonable regulations called, “Sunnah of the Prophet”.

THIRD

[59:7] Whatever GOD restored to His messenger from the  (defeated) communities shall go to GOD and His messenger (in the form of a charity). You shall give it to the relatives, the orphans, the poor, and the traveling alien. Thus, it will not remain monopolized by the strong among you. You may keep the spoils given to you by the messenger, but do not take what he enjoins you from taking. You shall reverence GOD. GOD is strict in enforcing retribution. This verse deals with the spoils of war, distributed by Muhammad. Muslims have taken this verse as – whatever the messenger gives you take it, and whatever he forbids you abstain from it – and have come up with unreasonable and unauthorized set of Sunnah of the prophet.

Besides the above three verses those who advocate Hadith and Sunnah have a favorite question, “If the Quran is complete and fully detailed, where is the description of how to perform salat?” There is no Hadith or Sunnah which tells us how to perform salat.

CONCLUSION

It is obvious, that prophet Muhammad followed the Quran (75:18) and thus adhered to all the Quranic verses given above. Obeying the prophet and following the prophet is to uphold what he upheld – that the Quran is complete, fully detailed and the only source of religious law.

Where do we find details of Salat in the Quran?

FAVORITE QUESTION

“Where in the Quran do we find details how to perform Salat?”

There are two implications of the Question above:

1. An implication that challenges God’s assertion in the Quran that the Quran is fully detailed.

2. An implication that Hadith contains the details of Salat and therefore Hadith other than the Quran can be used for religious practice and rituals. The fact is that there is NO hadith which gives us details of how to perform Salat. God controls everything. Since God has condemned all Hadith other the Quran  (The Quran is the only acceptable hadith), it is God’s will that any hadith other than the Quran, not contain the any details of Salat.

Those who are knowledgeable of the Quran know that there are two sources for the religion of Submission (Islam).

1. The Quran which fully details all religious LAW.
2. Religious practices given to Prophet Abraham and passed on to us generation to generation since the time of Prophet Abraham.

Salat existed prior to Prophet Muhammad.

The Quran only corrects religious practices corrupted at the time of Muhammad as well as religious practices corrupted now. The following are some specific examples of how Salat has been corrupted now; which is similar to how salat was corrupted at the time of Prophet Muhammad.

CORRUPTION ONE

Ablution: Verse 5:6 give four steps for ablution. However, most Muslims have additional steps.

[5:6] O you who believe, when you observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), you shall: (1) wash your faces, (2) wash your arms to the elbows, (3) wipe your heads, and (4) wash your feet to
the ankles.

CORRUPTION TWO

The overwhelming majority of the mosques of the world do not follow the following crucial commandment. The name of Muhammad is placed next to the name of God in most mosques. The name of Muhammad is called upon together with the name of God in Azaan. The muslims nullify their Salat by adding the name of Muhammad to the shahaada decreed by God “La ellaha ella Allah” [3:18 & other verses]

[72:18] The places of worship to God; do not call on anyone else besides God.

CORRUPTION THREE

[2:37] Adam received from his Lord words, whereby God redeemed him; He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

Adam had to utter specific words in order to be redeemed by God. Similarly, God has given us specific words – the words of Sura 1, Al fatihah, in order to establish daily contact (salat) with Him, in order to be redeemed. It is God’s will that muslim masses all over the world know that the 786 stands for Basmallah or verse 1 of Sura Al-fatihah. 786 is the gematrical value of Basmallah which has 19 arabic letters.

Some Muslims when praying in congregation ignore the first numbered verse of the Quran, the first verse of sura Al-fatihah. When they reach the end of Al-fatihah, they shout in unison: “AAAAMEEEN” – a non-arabic, a non-Quranic word!!!!

CORRUPTION FOUR

The Quran commands us to use a moderate tone is Salat. Some Muslims remain silent is certain parts of their Salat.

[17:110] You shall not utter your Contact Prayers (Salat) too loudly, nor secretly; use a MODERATE tone.

CORRUPTION FIVE

After reciting Al-fatihah the potential muslims recite other chapters from the Quran. One of their favorites is Sura 112. What logical sense does it make that when we are performing contact prayers (salat) we tell God, “Say/Proclaim, `He is the One..'”!?

Sura 112:1-4 is reproduced below.

[112:1-4] Proclaim, “He is the One and only GOD.
“The Absolute GOD.
“Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten.
“None equals Him.”

 

Consequences of not accepting the Quran as the only source

Lot of humans call themselves Muslims. They are aware of and
accept the Quran as the word of God revealed to the last
prophet Muhammad.

But these humans who call themselves muslims do not accept
some basic truths in the Quran.

1. Quran is complete and provides explanations of
everything.
2. Quran is fully detailed.
3. Quran is the only acceptable Hadith.
4. God is the Teacher of the Quran.
5. God explains the Quran.

ONLY after the acceptance of the basic truths listed above
one may call himself a Muslim as such an individual BELIEVES
what God states in His Quran, which came from the mouth of
the prophet.

CONSEQUENCES

So what are the consequences for those reject the above
truths and call themselves Muslims. The consequences are
horrendous.

Any muslim would be quick to spell out the “five Pillars” of
Islam (Submission). But since the majority of those who call
themselves muslims reject the above basic truths, they are
forbidden by God to practice any of the five pillars
correctly.

God in His infinite Mercy allows no corruption in His
Kingdom – thus it is ALL or NOTHING.

Those who accept the basic truths above can have everything
but those reject have NOTHING.

“FIVE PILLARS” OR religious practices

As stated before since those who call themselves muslims
fail to accept the truths above, all the five pillars as
practiced by them VIOLATE the Quran.

FIRST PILLAR – SHAHAADA

“GOD bears witness that there is no god except He, and so
do the angels and those who possess knowledge. Truthfully
and equitably, He is the absolute god; there is no god
but He, the Almighty, Most Wise.” 3:18

The Shahaadah decreed by God is: “There is no god except
God,” or in Arabic “La Elaaha Ella Allah.” The majority of
the muslims fail to utter God’s shahaada, unless Mohammad’s
name is added to it. Their arrogance is explained by the
following verse: “When they were told, “Laa Elaaha Ella
Allah [There is no other god beside GOD],” they turned
arrogant.” 37:35

Also please note that in verse 3:18, God states, “GOD bears
witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels
and THOSE WHO POSSESS KNOWLEDGE.” We learn that those who
have a shahaada other than “la ellaaha ella Allah” DO NOT
POSSESS KNOWLEDGE in the eyes of God.

SECOND PILLAR – SALAT

Verse 17:110 informs us that a moderate tone should be used
in salat. Those who call themselves muslims have their own
rules.

“Say, “Call Him GOD, or call Him the Most Gracious;
whichever name you use, to Him belongs the best names.”
You shall not utter your Contact Prayers (Salat) too
loudly, nor secretly; use a MODERATE tone.” 17:110

“The places of worship belong to GOD; do not call on
anyone else beside GOD.” 72:18

No masjid except for a few exceptions in the world follow
the above commandment.

God has decreed four steps for ablution, but the majority of
those who call themselves muslims have their own rules.
“O you who believe, when you observe the Contact Prayers
(Salat), you shall: (1) wash your faces, (2) wash your
arms to the elbows, (3) wipe your heads, and (4) wash
your feet to the ankles.” 5:6

The favorite question of those call themselves Muslims is
“If the Quran is complete (as God claims) where do we find
details of Salat?”. The Quran lists ALL DETAILS of
ablutions. Even these details are not even adhered to by
them. Any sincere person should dwell on this. Why are the
detailed steps of ablution not followed as complete steps by
those claim to be muslims?

THIRD PILLAR – ZAKAT

Zakat Must Be Given “On The Day of Harvest” or when you get
your pay check, but “the muslims” have their own rules.

“Eat from their fruits, and give the DUE ALMS on the day of
harvest, and do not waste anything. He does not love the
wasters.” 6:141

FOURTH PILLAR – FASTING

God has given us the brains, eyes and hearing and we are
required to use them. Scientifically, we know the day the
month of Ramadan starts for the next hundred years, but the
majority of the muslims insist on starting the month after
seeing the moon with their naked eye, thus being forbidden
by God to start fasting at the right time. Also in most
“Muslim” countries; works comes to a standstill to
accommodate those who seek to fast in the month of Ramadan.

FIFTH PILLAR _ PILGRIMAGE

The Four Months of Hajj (Zul-Hijjah, Muharram, Safar, & Rabi
I) “Hajj shall be observed in the SPECIFIED MONTHS.” 2:197

After completing Hajj the false muslims go to their “second
sacred” mosque in Medina, thus nullifying their Hajj
(idolatry nullifies all good works). The Quran consistently
talks of one sacred mosque.

Fully detailed scripture

“The only people who truly believe in our revelations are those who
fall prostrate upon hearing them. They glorify and praise their
lord, without any arrogance.” Quran 32:15

QURAN – FULLY DETAILED AND ONLY SOURCE OF RELIGIOUS LAW

“..We did not leave anything out of this book..” 6:38

“Say, ‘Whose testimony is the greatest?’ Say, ‘God’s. He is the
witness between me and you that this Quran has been inspired to me,
to preach to you and whomever it reaches. Indeed, you bear witness
that there are other gods beside God.’ Say, ‘I do not testify as
you do; there is only one god, and I disown your idolatry.'”6:19

“Shall I seek other than God as a source of law, when He has
revealed 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.” 6:114

“The word of your Lord is complete in truth and justice. Nothing
shall abrogate His words. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.” 6:115

“We have given them a scripture that is fully detailed, with
knowledge, guidance, and mercy for the people who believe.” 7:52

“This Quran could not possibly be authored by other than God. It
confirms all previous messages, and provides a fully detailed
scripture. It is infallible; for it comes from the Lord of the
universe.” 10:37

“In their history, there is a lesson for those who possess
intelligence. This is not a fabricated Hadith; this (Quran)
confirms all previous scriptures, provides the details of
everything, and is a beacon and mercy for those who believe.”
12:111

“We place shields around their minds, to prevent them from
understanding it, and deafness in their ears. And when you preach
you Lord, using the Quran alone, they run away in aversion.” 17:46

“You shall recite what is revealed to you of your Lord’s scripture.
Nothing shall abrogate His words, and you shall not find any other
source beside it.” 18:27

“We have cited in this Quran every kind of example, but the human
being is the most argumentative creature.” 18:54

SOME VERSES IN THE QURAN WITH THE ARABIC WORD HADITH

“Have they not looked at the dominion of the heavens and the earth,
and all the things God has created? Does it ever occur to them that
the end of their life may be near? Which hadith, besides this do
they believe in?” 7:185

“Among the people, there are those who uphold baseless Hadith, and
thus divert others from the path of God without knowledge, and take
it in vain. These have incurred a shameful retribution.” 31:6

“God has revealed herein the best Hadith; a book that is consistent
and points out both ways (to heaven and hell). The skins of those
who reverence their Lord cringe therefrom, then their skins and
their hearts soften up for God’s message. Such is God’s guidance;
he bestows it upon whomever He wills. As for those sent astray by
God, nothing can guide them.” 39:23

“These are God’s revelations that we recite to you truthfully. In
which hadith other than God and His revelations do they believe?”
45:6

“Let them produce a hadith like this if they are truthful.” 52:34

“Therefore, let Me deal with those who reject this Hadith; we will
lead them on whence they never perceive.” 68:44

“Which Hadith other than this do they uphold?” 77:50

THE ARABIC WORD SUNNAH REFERS ONLY TO GOD’S SUNNAH AND NEVER AS THE PROPHET’S SUNNAH

“This has been consistently the case with all the messengers that
we sent before you, and you will find that our system (Sunnah)
never changes.” 17:77

“This is GOD’s eternal system (Sunnah), and you will find that
GOD’s system (Sunnah) is unchangeable.” 33:62

“Such is GOD’s system (Sunnah) throughout history, and you will
find that GOD’s system (Sunnah) is unchangeable.” 48:23

Is there any defense for Hadith?

The messenger said (on the Day of Judgement), “My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran.” [25:30]

PROPHET MUHAMMAD FORBIDDEN FROM ISSUING RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION OTHER
THAN THE QURAN

This is the utterance of an honorable messenger.
Not the utterance of a poet; rarely do you believe.
Nor the utterance of a soothsayer; rarely do you take
heed.
A revelation from the Lord of the universe.
Had he uttered any other teachings.
We would have punished him.
We would have stopped the revelations to him. [69:40-46]

PROPHET MUHAMMAD FORBIDDEN FROM EXPLAINING THE QURAN

Do not move your tongue to hasten it.
It is we who will collect it into Quran.
Once we recite it, you shall follow such a Quran.
Then it is we who will explain it. [75:16-19]

GOD – TEACHER OF THE QURAN

The Most Gracious.
Teacher of the Quran. [55:1-2]

QURAN – FULLY DETAILED AND ONLY SOURCE OF RELIGIOUS LAW

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. [6:114-115]
This Quran could not possibly be authored by other than
GOD. It confirms all previous messages, and provides a
fully detailed scripture. It is infallible, for it comes
from the Lord of the universe. [10:37]

QURAN – COMPLETE AND FULLY PRESERVED

Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and,
absolutely, we will preserve it. [15:19]
No falsehood could enter it, in the past or in the
future; a revelation from a Most Wise, Praiseworthy. [41:42]

NO SALVATION WITHOUT OBEYING THE MESSENGER

Proclaim: “If you love GOD, you should follow me.” GOD
will then love you, and forgive your sins. GOD is
Forgiver, Most Merciful.
Proclaim: “You shall obey GOD and the messenger.” If they
turn away, GOD does not love the disbelievers. [3:31-32]

MUHAMMAD REPRESENTED BY QURAN ALONE

Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully,
confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You
shall rule among them in accordance with GOD’s
revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they
differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you,
we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed,
He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts
you to the test through the revelations He has given each
of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is
your final destiny – all of you – then He will inform you
of everything you had disputed.
You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD’s
revelations to you. Do not follow their wishes, and
beware lest they divert you from some of GOD’s
revelations to you. If they turn away, then know that GOD
wills to punish them for some of their sins. Indeed, many
people are wicked.
Is it the law of the days of ignorance that they seek to
uphold? Whose LAW IS BETTER THAN GOD’S for those who have
attained certainty? [5:48-49]
They almost diverted you from the revelations we have
given you. They wanted you to fabricate something else,
in order to consider you a friend. [17:73]

PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S DUTY – DELIVER THE QURAN

If they argue with you, then say, “I have simply
submitted myself to GOD; I and those who follow me.” You
shall proclaim to those who received the scripture, as
well as those who did not, “Would you submit?” If they
submit, then they have been guided, but if they turn
away, your sole mission is to deliver this message. GOD
is Seer of all people. [3:20]

You shall obey GOD, and you shall obey the messenger, and
beware. If you turn away, then know that the sole duty of
our messenger is to deliver the message efficiently. [5:92]

The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message,
and GOD knows everything you declare and everything you
conceal. [5:99]

DISBELIEVERS – FORBIDDEN FROM UNDERSTANDING THE QURAN

When you read the Quran, we place between you and those
who do not believe in the Hereafter an invisible barrier.
We place shields around their minds, to prevent them from
understanding it, and deafness in their ears. And when
you preach your Lord, using the Quran alone, they run
away aversion. [17:45-46]

We have to keep in mind that anyone who is rejecting the above
verses from the Quran cannot qualify as a believer.

DURING PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S LIFE – OBEY ONLY RIGHTEOUS ORDERS

O you prophet, when the believing women (who abandoned
the disbelievers) to seek asylum with you pledge to you
that they will not set up any idols besides GOD, nor
steal, nor commit adultery, nor kill their children, nor
fabricate any falsehood, nor disobey your RIGHTEOUS
orders, you shall accept their pledge, and pray to GOD to
forgive them. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. [60:12]

PROPHET MUHAMMAD WAS HUMAN AND MADE MISTAKES

Recall that you said to the one who was blessed by GOD,
and blessed by you, “Keep your wife and reverence GOD,”
and you hid inside yourself what GOD wished to proclaim.
Thus, you feared the people, when you were supposed to
fear only GOD. When Zeid was completely through with his
wife, we had you marry her, in order to establish the
precedent that a man may marry the divorced wife of his
adopted son. GOD’s commands shall be done. [33:37]

He (Muhammad) frowned and turned away.
When the blind man came to him.
How do you know? He may purify himself.
Or he may take heed, and benefit from the message.
As for the rich man.
You gave him your attention.
Even though you could not guarantee his salvation.
The one who came to you eagerly.
And is really reverent.
You ignored him.
Indeed, this is a reminder. [80:1-11]

GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO GUIDES

You cannot guide the ones you love. GOD is the only One
who guides in accordance with His will, and in accordance
with His knowledge of those who deserve the guidance. [28:56]

NO INTERCESSION

They worship beside GOD idols that possess no power to
harm them or benefit them, and they say, “These are our
intercessors at GOD!” Say, “Are you informing GOD of
something He does not know in the heavens or the earth?”
Be He glorified. He is the Most High; far above needing
partners. [10:18]

ARABIC LANGUAGE IS NOT NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND THE QURAN

If we made it a non-Arabic Quran they would have said,
“Why did it come down in that language?” Whether it is
Arabic or non-Arabic, say, “For those who believe, it is
a guide and healing. As for those who disbelieve, they
will be deaf and blind to it, as if they are being
addressed from faraway.” [41:44]

There is no support in the Quran that the knowledge of Arabic
language will give us understanding or better understanding of the
Quran.

HADITH

Shall we treat the Submitters like the criminals?
What is wrong with your logic?
Do you have another book to uphold?
In it, do you find anything you want? [68:35-38]

An example of the above verse is various different Hadith which
gives numerous different accounts of certain incidence, thus
leaving a person to accept the “most authentic” Hadith or “anything
you want”.

ALL RELIGIOUS PRACTICES OF ISLAM CAME THROUGH PROPHET ABRAHAM

All religious practices – salat, zakat, fasting and pilgrimage acme
to us through prophet Abraham. The reader is invited to look at
verse 22:26,27 (pilgrimage), verses 21:72-73 (salat & zakat) and
verses 2;127-128 (all religious practices).

HADITH CONDEMNED IN QURAN BY NAME

These are GOD’s revelations that we recite to you
truthfully. In which Hadith other than GOD and His
revelations do they believe? [45:46]

GOD has revealed herein the best Hadith; a book that is
consistent, and points out both ways (to Heaven and
Hell). The skins of those who reverence their Lord cringe
therefrom, then their skins and their hearts soften up
for GOD’s message. Such is GOD’s guidance; He bestows it
upon whoever wills (to be guided). As for those sent
astray by GOD, nothing can guide them. [39:23]

Among the people, there are those who uphold baseless
Hadith, and thus divert others from the path of GOD
without knowledge, and take it in vain. These have
incurred a shameful retribution. [31:6]

THREE FAVORITE VERSES OF THOSE WHO ADVOCATE HADITH

FIRST
GOD and His angels help and support the prophet. O you
who believe, you shall help and support him, and regard
him as he should be regarded. [33:56]

This is one of the most abused verses in the Quran. Millions of
muslims based on this verse glorify Muhammad against his will
instead of glorifying God. There are two facts we have to keep in
mind. First, whenever the word “nabi” is used in the Quran, it
refers to Muhammad, when he was alive; not after his death. Second,
in the same sura exactly thirteen verses ahead of this verse we
find God and His angels do the same honoring for all the believers.

He is the One who helps you, together with His angels, to
lead you out of darkness into the light. He is Most
Merciful towards the believers. [33:43]

Verse 103 of sura 9 further clarifies the meaning of the words
“Ssalloo” and “Yussallee”. In this verse we see that the prophet is
commanded to “Yussallee” for the believers, just as they are asked
to do for him in verse 33:56.

Take from their money a charity to purify them and
sanctify them. And encourage them, for your encouragement
reassures them. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient. [9:103]

SECOND

The messenger of GOD has set up a good example for those
among you who seek GOD and the Last Day, and constantly
think about GOD. [33:21]

This verse is the thirteenth verse of eighteen verses describing
the Battle of the Parties and Muhammad’s example of courage. This
verse has been taken out of context and a completely different
religion has been created by unauthorized and unreasonable
regulations called, “Sunnah of the Prophet”.

THIRD

[59:7] Whatever GOD restored to His messenger from the
(defeated) communities shall go to GOD and His messenger
(in the form of a charity). You shall give it to the
relatives, the orphans, the poor, and the traveling
alien. Thus, it will not remain monopolized by the strong
among you. You may keep the spoils given to you by the
messenger, but do not take what he enjoins you from
taking. You shall reverence GOD. GOD is strict in
enforcing retribution.

This verse deals with the spoils of war, distributed by Muhammad.
Muslims have taken this verse as – whatever the messenger gives you
take it, and whatever he forbids you abstain from it – and have
come up with unreasonable and unauthorized set of Sunnah of the
prophet.

Besides the above three verses those who advocate Hadith and Sunnah
have a favorite question, “If the Quran is complete and fully
detailed, where is the description of how to perform salat?” This
question will be separate article inshallah,  but suffice it is for now, to state this fact; there is no Hadith or Sunnah which tells us how to perform salat.

CONCLUSION

It is obvious, that prophet Muhammad followed the Quran (75:18) and
thus adhered to all the Quranic verses given above. Obeying the
prophet and following the prophet is to uphold what he upheld –
that the Quran is complete, fully detailed and the only source of
religious law.