The objective of the write-up is neither to insult the companions of the Prophet of God nor to question what was said by the Messenger. This is a fact-based analysis of the claims made in the name of the Prophet of God.

Primary document Quran

Islam is a continuation of earlier monotheist faiths, as detailed in the obsequious primary document Quran. It has no central religious authority, no rite of passage and no official clergy, no official calendar, no official symbol and no official dress. Just one 100% internally verifiable look-up book the Quran.

Let us start with the premises that are rooted in the Quran, our Al Furqan, “The Criterion”.

Quran is the undisputed primary source of our Deen. Quran itself is the explanation and above all, God’s preemptive use of the very same terms the sectarians use for their sources as a warning. God describes the Quran as the “Best Hadith” Quran 39:23 and the “Best Tafsir” Quran 25:33 Let us not settle for less than the best that God has to offer.

This whole sectarian mess can be traced to the curse of “different interpretations” notion. Quran cannot be interpreted differently if one were to stick to the Quranic guidelines of how to interpret the verses of the Quran found in the Quran itself.

Islam is the ultimate do it yourself religion both on an individual level and community level. Islam is definitely not based on “reviews” of others, it is all about research and understanding of God’s words directly, using the God-given faculties of observation, reason, and logic. Failing to do so opens the possibility of being declared less than cattle by God Himself.

Unlike the third parties review methodology, the reason and logic methodology have a huge advantage; besides the only methodology sanctioned in the Quran itself (in fact, detailed foolproof guidelines of interpretation of the Quran are embedded in the Quran as one would expect from a Divine message) anybody, Muslim or non-Muslim who uses these embedded guidelines will arrive at the same conclusion unless one breaks the established rules of logic, sound research, and rational thought.

Since man has a forgetful nature, a few reminders. Let us start out by reminding ourselves how God in His own words describes the basis of knowledge;

7:52 “For We had certainly sent to them a Book based on knowledge, which We explained in detail (Arabic: fasalnahu), a guide and a mercy to all who believe”

Now let us remind ourselves what is it that will stand abandoned when all is said and done

25:30 “And the Messenger will say: O my Lord! my people deserted this Quran.” Notice only the Quran is mentioned here.

God’s most powerful Declaration

Before enforcing and/or accepting other than the Quran as a source of our Deen let us see the manner in which God affixes His stamp on the Quran in the most powerful manner;

” …”What thing is greatest in testimony?” Say, ” Allah is witness between me and you. And this Qur’an was revealed to me that I may warn you thereby …” Quran 6:19

And since Quran is our Furqan, hence, any claim of additional Wahi (revelation) will have to match this level of endorsement in clear terms before it can be accepted as Wahi. Needless to say, nothing comes even close.

The sectarian claims that the messenger of God was given wisdom (separate) and additional revelations other than the Quran doesn’t solve their issue. Once God declared that Quran is the Best Hadith 39:23, is the Best Tafsir 25:33, is fully detailed 6:114, is complete 6:115 and that the verses of the Quran are already in an explained state 17:12. Hence, it stands to reason that the claimed God-given wisdom of the messenger and/or additional revelations will mirror and fortify all these God’s declaration and not weaken them.

Real sayings of the Messenger of God

And let us refresh our memories a bit more and review what God instructs the Prophet of God to say repeatedly in the Quran;

The real authorized sayings of the Prophet of God.

1. “ …….. I only follow what is revealed to me (إن أتبع إلا ما يوحى إلي)…… “ Quran 10:15

2. “ …….. I only follow what is revealed to me (إن أتبع إلا ما يوحى إلي)…… “ Quran 46:9

3. “ …….. I only follow what is revealed to me (إن أتبع إلا ما يوحى إلي)…… “ Quran 6:50

4. “ …….. Only I follow what is revealed to me (إنما أتبع ما يوحى إلي) ……” Quran 7:203

The repeated use of (إنما) and (إلا) in the above verses leaves no room for anything other than what is Revealed in the Quran is to be followed, “doing more” than what is revealed is not an option. God perfected the Deen. Adding to or subtracting from perfection renders it imperfect. Besides Quran 7:203-204 only restrict the listening to the Quran, so, if there were additional revelations then these verses would be either expanded to include other than the Quran or not necessary, to begin with.

Then this:

Say, “Of your ‘partners’ is there any that can lead you to the Truth?” Say, “Allah leads to the Truth. So, who is more worthy of being followed? The One Who shows you the Way or he who finds no way unless he is guided? What is amiss with you? How do you judge?” Quran 10:35

So now, should you follow the guided Prophet or directly follow the ONE who was doing the guiding?

Additional Revelations issue

Allow me to address the additional Revelations issue in greater detail since it is related. The changing of the Qaba, the incident of the honey, the cutting of the palm tree and few others are all routinely used out of context, along with the bit about the Hikma, to try and prove that the Prophet of God received Revelations in addition to the “official” Revelations in the form of the Quran.

Needless to say, we need to exclusively follow these very same revelations for which the messenger of God is on record to have publicly declared them as revelations. Let us also take in the severity of failure to deliver the complete message. If the messenger of God had failed to deliver the message as per God’s very strict instructions, verbatim and publicly announcing them, God would have killed him by severing his aorta.

This obviously excludes any additional claims of revelations by third parties, even if the claims are ascribing them to any messenger of God. Especially single third party narrators paraphrasing such claims as opposed to a public declaration where a large number of witnesses would have been present and they too would have been on record testifying to the very same claim, preferably in a verbatim manner.

Additionally, it is clear from several verses that the revelations were in defined Surahs (chapters) and not loosely scattered reports. Quran 47:20 for one.

Furthermore, the messenger of God was made to say that his recitation of the Quran was for guidance and nothing else was mentioned. Continuing from the previous verse:

And to recite the Qur’an.” And whoever is guided is only guided for himself; and whoever strays – say, “I am only of the warners.” Quran 27:92

Similarly, using selective Quranic verses to try and justify the indefensible position that whatever the Messenger said were all revelations doesn’t add up. If that was so then in those instances where God corrected the messenger was God actually correcting Himself? An absurd notion to begin with. ref. Quran 9:43, 80:1-10, 66:1. But that is the beauty of the Quran, whenever attempts are made to sneak falsehood into it, this invariably results in easily spotted contradictions, a touchstone we cannot thank God enough for.

The.following two verses are a clear case in point yet again. There is no difference between the obedience of God and the obedience of His messenger;

1. “O you who believe! obey Allah and His Messenger and do not turn back from Him while you hear” 8:20
2. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger and transgresses His limits – He will put him into the Fire to abide eternally therein, and he will have a humiliating punishment. Quran 4:14

In both the above verses, it is clear that the words to be heard and the limits both belong to God, the clear use of the singular (عَنْهُ) in 8:20 and (حُدُودَهُ) in 4:14 leaves no doubt whatsoever. If there were more than one disobedience by turning away or more than one limits then here is where God would have separated them for our understanding.

Hence, the easiest way to obey the messenger is to exclusively follow what the messenger exclusively followed, nothing more nothing less. Because what he followed and what was revealed to him to recite as a guidance were all in Surah form and God collectively labeled these publicly proclaimed revelations as the Quran and declared Himself as the witness over it.

In light of the clear arguments from the Quran, our Furqan, it is time that all Muslims should fire their respective sect leaders and then follow it up with denouncing all sects. Islam is what the Quran says it is and pointing out this all-important fact does not make anybody a Quranist or Ahl al-Kalam or a Hadith rejector, whatever that means.

Just to be clear this is not something new as the sectarians would want you to believe. This issue can be traced back to the exact same era when Hadith were illegitimately elevated from mere historical records to religious scriptures. In fact Al-Jahiz is on record to have called the Haithers Al-nabita, the contemptible. This the guy who beat Charles Darwin on evolution by over a 1000 years. No wonder the Mutazili theologians were ostracized by the usual suspects.

Imam Shafi is on record to debate with Muslims who objected to other than the Quran as a source of Deen in the eighth century. This is recorded by Imam Shafi in his Jima`al-`Ilm. In fact, both Al-Shafi’i and Ibn Qutayba refer to those Muslim opponents of the Hadith as Ahl al-Kalam. Al-Shafii’s work responded to this group that rejected all claims in the Hadith literature. The argument of those Muslims was based on the same Quranic facts that Muslims today use that God declares the Quran as an explanation of everything (16:89). Rejecting Ahad (based on third-party single narrators) in no way is an insult to the Prophet of God, in fact rejecting impossible to verify claims in the name of the Prophet of God is a duty of every faithful.

By the way, over 99% of all Ahadith are Ahad.

To cut to the chase, the logic is simple and clearly laid out in the official message of God in no uncertain terms; the sects want to impose their own laws on people, God on the other hand categorically forbid believers from Judging (يحكم) by anything other than what was Revealed (أنزل). To ensure that whatever was Revealed was actually delivered publicly, God instructs the messenger to do exactly that (بلغ) announce/convey/proclaim/deliver the Revealed (أنزل) message. Whatever was not publicly conveyed and declared as a Revelations by the messenger should not be taken as a basis for judging because doing so will render one as a disbeliever (كافر).

Please read that last sentence again.

Hence, there may or may not have been communication between God and His Prophets other than the official message like the Quran but our focus must be what was explicitly declared by the Prophet of God to be the revelation. God communicates with His Prophets or for that matter with ordinary human beings as is indicated in the Quran. In fact, Quran is clear that God communicates with all His creations even innate objects like heavenly bodies, the Earth and the Moon are mentioned among others.

But here is the thing, the Wahi that is intended as a guide or injunctions for us as human beings and Jinn etc is in fact clearly defined in the Quran and was delivered publicly by the messenger and declared as Wahi and God stamped it by announcing that God Himself is the witness to the revelation of the Quran.

In short, if it is not in the Quran, please don’t call it Islam.

Here are the relevant verses;

Indeed, We sent down the Torah, in which was guidance and light. The prophets who submitted [to Allah] judged by it for the Jews, as did the rabbis and scholars by that with which they were entrusted of the Scripture of Allah, and they were witnesses thereto. So do not fear the people but fear Me, and do not exchange My verses for a small price. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed then it is those who are the disbelievers. Quran 5:44

and

O Messenger, announce (بَلِّغْ) that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, and if you do not, then you have not conveyed His message. And Allah will protect you from the people. Indeed, Allah does not guide the disbelieving people. Quran 5:67

To further elaborate on this all-important issue, in order for it to be classified as a Revelation, it is necessary for it to be announced, a public act by definition as demonstrated by the use of the word (بَلِّغْ) and the context elsewhere in the Quran. Quran 7:61-62. and 7:67-68 and 46:23. And this announcement must be done by the messenger himself and declare it to be a Wahi for it to become part and parcel of the official message. Certainly not left to any third party(s) to deduce from his actions or inactions.

In order to settle the matter of a public announcement in the above verse, God comforts the messenger of God that not to worry about public declarations of the Revelation to the people because God will protect you from the people. The mention of the people here and all the related verses buries assigning any value to a single narrator, which will be 99.9% of Hadith literature as previously mentioned is an actual number. It especially negates claims of where it was supposedly communicated in private.

In addition, a single narrator’s claim that it was made in Public is by definition problematic. Interestingly, 100% of the so-called Qudsi Ahadith falls into this latter category. Furthermore, there is no provision for implied or deduced Revelation on the basis of not able to come up with an “explanation” for a particular verse. Nor declaring something other than the officially revealed as “additional Revelations” under the disguise of “explanations” has any merit. The “best” explanation of God is just that, the best.

Why is this extremely important? Because if one were to use anything other than the Revealed word of God, as defined in the Quran, to judge others then in God’s own words as pointed out in the above verse and worth repeating here;

” …….. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed then it is those who are the disbelievers”. Quran 5:44

Imagine that !!!

That automatically takes care of what Obey the messenger means yet again. In fact not making the Revelation as the sole basis of Sharia is an option that cannot be ignored, If one were to venture out and actually judge others on anything other than the Revealed message then that will turn one into a disbeliever, as the verse above declares. The seriousness of the issue is further cemented in the subsequent verses by adding wrongdoers and defiantly disobedient to the mix. This was true of those who received Revelations before us and it is the same for us.

Please read and reflect on the verses from Quran 5:44 till 5:69 to fully understand the fundamental principles of Revelations.

Of course, there are many more relevant verses but the above is a very quick way of settling the counterclaims of the sect scene.

No Muslim in their right mind rejects Hadith if by the new and un-Quranic meaning of Hadith means saying of the Prophet of God. But any claim in the name of the Prophet of God must be evaluated in light of the message of God he delivered himself. As per the Quran, we will be labeled as liars if we fail to back our claims with four upright witnesses even for a social claim let alone those claims that have a direct bearing on the message of God.

The sect games, of course, quote verses devoid of context to promote the indefensible notion that every word that came out of the messenger’s mouth was a revelation/inspiration. Except, the seriously wanting claim falls apart when it is pointed out to them that if that was so then when God corrected and even admonishes the messenger for what he said and did would mean God was actually correcting Himself. Case in point Quran 80:1-12 Quran 66:1 and others.

Keeping the above, verses in mind and yet pushing people towards crude perfectionism in terms of how they should dress or look, what they should eat, how should they pray or indeed what should they say is the hallmark of oppressors, especially when threats of physical harm is added to the equation.

True perfectionism is the province of God alone and only God can match one’s abilities to a way of life focused on love, empathy, mercy and forgiveness, a guaranteed path leading to the freedom of the soul.

We have often seen the message of God diluted and distorted through the various secondary sources courted by these illegal and for-profit sect leaders. Most impartial observers saw through the sophistry of the “scholars” and figured that they were always in on it when it came to distortion of God’s words. The reasons for doing so were also very straightforward, in one word “subjugation”. From the perspective of these fake scholars, it was always about, peer pressure, fear of losing status, fear of losing position and of course the fear of the emperor were all routine motivations. God specifically warns us about this in clear terms;

CAN YOU, then, hope that they will believe in what you are preaching – seeing that a good many of them were wont to listen to the word of God and then, after having understood it, to pervert it knowingly? Quran 2:75

That brings us to the perverted verses

The practice of quoting truncated verses with the explicit objective to deceive is quite rampant in the sectarian circles. The most widely misquoted verse has to be Quran 59:7 (……” And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)……”. While there is really no need to go into a lengthy analysis of this obvious deception, the verse is often quoted to justify the unwarranted status given to the Hadith literature. Needless to say, the verse has to do with something completely different, the distribution of war booty.

The verse that needs analysis is one of the other favorites of the Kafirs, Quran 16:44. Here too the verse is not only quoted in part but when pointed out, lame attempts are made to try and dilute an important aspect of the message.

The part that is quoted is:
” …… that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them, …… ) Quran 16:44
The above translation is from Muhsin Khan. The rendering ” explain clearly” is a misdirection. First of all, the word form used is (لِتُبَيِّنَ ), bayyinah from the root Ba-Ya-Nun. The sense of the word is to make clear in a way one would do when distinguishing something from another. Where God mentions explaining the Quran God invariably does so by referring to the verses of the Quran: “We explain the verses” ( نُصَرِّفُ الْآيَاتِ ). Furthermore, as we can see the word often used for “explaining” is from the root Sad-Ra-Fa, in the mood ( مرفوع ). And finally, the fact that God ends the verse with ( لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ ) ” that they may reflect/give thought is significant. Giving thought or to reflect is often downgraded to “consider” aka George Sale.

The verse is not referring to explaining that which was revealed but the reference to making clear/or showing (لتبين), the process and significance of revelations themselves. Hence, the Prophet of God was to point out the significance of this revelation as a whole and the people were then supposed to reflect on the message. This makes even more sense given the mention of earlier scriptures at the beginning of the verses.

And then there is the verse about the prophet of God being an excellent example. Once again the verse is quoted in part:

“Certainly, you have in the messenger of Allah an excellent example ……) Quran 33:21

But they never mention Quran 60:4, where an Identical term is used for Prophet Abraham. The conduct in all the three related verses mentioned in Quran 33:21, 60:6 and 60:4 revolves around the belief in God and the Last Day. That is the core value of the example to be followed and not how high your trousers need to be. Or the left foot right foot nonsense.

Besides the above, verses where God reminds us to Obey Him and his messenger, are so far removed from obeying what Bukkhari and co. claims that it is not worth pursuing the argument in any meaningful way. It is mind-boggling that Quran 4:59 is also used to support Hadith literature. If anything the mention of people in authority along with God and the messenger points to the fact that all three means exactly the same thing, God’s message is to be obeyed and followed irrespective of who implements it.

In a nut shell. God’s instructions are very straightforward:
To the messenger: Say …
To believers: Obey the messenger

Evidence from the Hadith on “worship” of the Prophet

But it is ironic to note that the rank and file always had enough material in their respective sect’s literature to give them a wake-up call. And yet we see that almost all the members remain hypnotized by the so-called Sheiks and Imams of these sects. Here is something interesting to share;

Allah says:

– ٱتَّخَذُوٓاْ أَحۡبَارَهُمۡ وَرُهۡبَـٰنَهُمۡ أَرۡبَابً۬ا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ

“They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks as lords besides Allah…….” [At-Taubah, verse 31]

When Adee Ibn Hatim (radi Allahu ‘anhu), who used to be a Christian, heard this verse, he said, ‘O Messenger of Allah. We didn’t worship them.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, ‘Did they not make Haraam what Allah made Halaal and you listened to them; and they made Halaal what Allah made Haraam and you followed them? He replied, ‘Certainly.’

The Prophet of Allah (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, ‘THAT was your worship to them.’ [At-Tirmidhee (3/247)]

I am not going to endorse the above report as authentic simply because it also fails the criteria of truth as detailed in the Quran, as is the case with over 99% of all Ahadith but it should not pose any problems for those who eat up anything labeled as “Hadith” or “Sunnah”. So the question is why can’t they connect the dots screaming at them that they should be connected?

The issue of Ahadith

This commentary is in no way questioning the legitimate sayings of the Messenger of God but merely pointing out gaps in the claims of those who are ascribing words to the messenger of God. Let us first clarify how God mentions Sunnah in the Quran.

(1) Sunnatu-lawalina (of the former people)
(2) Sunnata-llahi (of God)

That is it, there is no third Sunnah type mentioned in the Quran.

Now, let us have a quick insight into the Ahadith reports, on which the popular Sunnah is based or partly based. The details in the Hadith literature should further clarify matters.

Since the Hadith promoters inexplicably ignored to first classify the Ahadith as Mutawatir (reported a mass) and Ahad (single narrator) before giving them labels as Sahih and Hasan and Daef, a lot of people are unaware of the fact that a full 99.9% of Ahadith, actual number as already mentioned, are basically third-party single narrations and when you add to it the fact that out of the top seven narrators with almost 17,000 reports, (Sunni version) five were teenagers, three out of those five barely making the teen cut and the other two were in their mid-twenties in 632 AD, just this piece of info should raise alarm bells in any reasonable person’s mind.

Add to it the strange omission of the Friday Sermons and we are left with gaps that no God-fearing thinking person can ignore. While the Friday sermon is ubiquitous in the Muslim world today, it may come as a shock to many that out of an estimated thousand or so sermons reportedly delivered by the messenger of God, not a single sermon was committed to memory by any of the thousands of attendees and passed on. Given the scale and reach of these supposedly regular sermons, it is more than strange that the famed memory champions of the time could not manage a single complete sermon so that it could make it into any of the popular collections.

These Friday sermons were the perfect opportunities for the recording of mutawatir reports, as the Quran demands. So if we ere to go with the famed memory champions narrative then it is not at all unreasonable to imagine that they were systematically pruned from all collections. The question is why?

To further understand the sophistry under the slogan of “the Prophet said” Let us quickly point out what is generally agreed regarding the most revered collection.

So Bukhari’s Ahadith collection was never in a single book form during his lifetime, the present Askalani’s collection is based on the commentary of Khushaymani, which in turn is based on the commentary or collection of Firabri who based his collection on some part of Bukhari’s collection.

It seems that we should abandon our exclusivity of belief in one God and surrender to a final edit done in the fifteenth century, yes fifteenth not eighth and start believing in Askalani’s collection and then believe that he did his job by choosing, out of 70 odd collections on offer at the time, Khushaymani to be the one and then we must believe that Firabri a student of Bukhari, did his job and of course, we must continue to believe blindly that Bukhari did his bit and ignore another “great” Muslim, who had trashed a big chunk of Bukhari’s collection and and and all this before we get into the Isnad chain, with hundreds of years passing between collections, commentaries, and Isnads, is this a joke at our expense?

Since we can make perfect sense of the 28 Surahs that Bukhari “explains” with these words “No Hadith were mentioned here” I am sure we will manage with the rest as well.

Here is the complete list of Surah Bukhari washed his hands off, some explanation; 23, 27, 29, 35, 51, 57, 58, 64, 67, 69, 70, 73, 76, 81, 82, 86, 88, 89, 90, 94, 100, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, and 109

Even in the cases where a particular chapter is dealt with, a very limited set of verses are included in the “explanations”. For example, in the case of Al Baqarah, out of the total 286 verses, only about 50 are mentioned in Bukhari’s collection and the same goes for the rest of the compilers.

In fact, out of the 6348 verses in the Quran, a mere 20 or so can be found actually referenced as explained in the Hadith literature. So where did this idea originate? And why don’t those propagating this obvious misdirection fact check it for themselves?

Ironically there are Ahadith that rue the fact that the Prophet of God left without explaining some verses. That include Usury, inheritance, doubtful things etc

Please feel free to explore the issue here

Those who promote the seriously flawed Hadith literature insist that they (or their sect leaders) have verified that “all” of Bukhari and Muslim compilation is beyond reproach (similar claims by other sects). Here we have to raise a relevant question: If the messenger of God himself could not tell the hypocrites from the genuine Sahaba then how did Bukhari and co. managed this impossible feat?

And from among those who are round about you of the dwellers of the desert there are hypocrites, and from among the people of Medina (also); they are stubborn in hypocrisy; you do not know them; We know them; We will chastise them twice then shall they be turned back to a grievous chastisement Quran [9:101]

So unless Bukhari and co. had access to voice recordings of the reporters and they were all experts at detecting lies through the tone of their speech, Quran 47:30 says (لحن القول) which is not just speech but the tone of the speech, then there is zero percent chance that they knew. If they were and they knew then all the compilations would have been identical.

Ironically Bukhari’s own report clearly points to this fact especially after the demise of the Messenger of God:

Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, “Some of my companions will come to me at my Lake Fount, and after I recognize them, they will then be taken away from me, whereupon I will say, ‘My companions!’ Then it will be said, ‘You do not know what they innovated (new things) in the religion after you.”

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Hadith 584

Lastly, let’s talk numbers.

Even if we lack expertise in a particular domain, one can rationally test the premises upon which a particular discipline is based.

One of the most basic tools available to us is a simple time and motion study. If someone were to claim that he or she just ran around the world unaided in 24 hours one can very easily calculate and prove that it is an impossibility, given the length of distance traveled and the speed a human being can generate while running unaided. Similarly, if the “science of Hadith” is so thorough as claimed then why is it that the claims don’t match the ground reality. Hence when science is applied to the claim of 600,000 Ahadith (or 600,000 versions of a smaller number) vetting in a mere 16 years period by Bukhari, the results are at best comical. Not to mention the fact that earlier another important compiler, Muslim, disputes the authenticity of hundreds of Ahadith declared authentic by Bukhari and refuse to declare them authentic and the other way around. Where is the science in it?

But we are going to focus on the claim of the 600,000 Ghusls and the two rakat that Bukhari performed before embarking on every new Hadith evaluation. The question we are going to ask is; how do you fit 600,000 Ghusls and an equal number of Istikhara prayers into a 16 years time frame? We are not even counting the countless interviews he supposedly did with the narrators and their family and friends, not to mention the traveling. Do the math as they say, please.

I don’t know about you but if I were to do a thorough job I will need at least 20 minutes to do the Bukhari Wudu and when you add taking clothes off and putting them back on then perhaps 25 minutes. I guess it will vary from individual to individual but I think this would be a reasonable average. When you add to it the Istikhara prayer itself, say another five minutes, the total bumps up to 30 minutes. So we now have a grand total of 30×600000=18000000 minutes, which translates into a shade over 34 years. Twice as much as the claim of 16 years famously associated with Bukhari. Of course if you were paying attention, let’s say our estimates are off by a full 15 minutes because Bukhari happened to be a Speedy Gonzales and he managed to do, the above Ghusl with embedded Wudu, undressing, dressing and the Istikhara prayer all in a mere 15 minutes, even then he would have used up every minute of the available 16 years. Hence no time left for the Istikhara dream let alone eating, sleeping, traveling or conduct interviews.

Realistically if we were to take him up on his word, it would have taken him hundreds of years.

Mind you I kept the argument to easily verifiable numbers, I did not question the integrity of the narrators, did not analyze the matn of the reports, did not question the methodology employed because all of them can be buried by subjective calls however illogical as is done by the traditionalist. Anybody who can count can verify these numbers for themselves and they don’t add up.

Note: Some of his followers also did the math and amateurishly tried to push a new claim that he only performed the Ghusl and Istikhara for the ones that he had already vetted but then he would have lost the claimed Divine hand in rejecting the remaining 593,000 reports hence losing the premise of the claim on which this obvious falsehood is based.

Sira of the Prophet of God

The actual sira of the messenger of God is even more problematic. Well over ninety percent of the popular sira in circulation is based on the work of a single individual who is supposed to have compiled the information some 80 years after the death of the Prophet of God. Needless to say, he never met any of the companions to verify the claims directly. The disturbing thing is that the original work of Ibn Ishaq, the gentleman, is nowhere to be found. In fact what we have is the work of Ibn Hisham and Tabari. Who in turn have based their work on two students of Ibn Ishaq, al-Bakka, and ibn Fadl al-Ansari. To add insult to injury the original work of these two gentlemen also perished. Most of the work of Tabari is also lost and bits that survived points to the fact that he just passed on whatever was in circulation.

So, we are left with an account of the Prophet of God that was compiled almost a century after his death and that original is lost and then next two originals are also lost and we are left with Ibn Hisham who was repeatedly labeled as a liar by his contemporaries and Tabari who has confessed that his work is nothing but unverified stories.

We are Muslims, the very word of God is in between our hands, how can we be expected to fall for this?

So what does God has to say?

Quran 45:6 These are God’s verses; we recite them for you truthfully. In which “Hadith”, after God and His verses, do they believe in?
Quran 45:7 Woe to every sinful fabricator
Quran 45:8 He hears God’s verses, then insists arrogantly on his way, as if he never heard them; promise him painful retribution.

And yet “they” insist. Why?

God’s clear warnings are systematically ignored.

So woe to those who write the book with their (own) hands then, they say, “This (is) from Allah,” to barter with it (for) a price little. So woe to them for what have written their hands and woe to them for what they earn. Quran 2:79

A reasonable question will be, who took it upon themselves to accept the claim of single narrators as something of value? When God in the Quran, our Furqan, and our Mizan, label those who cannot back their claims with four witnesses as liars. Yes, that is right, God calling them liars and this too in a mere social setting. Are we to believe that claims in the name of God and His messengers are to be accepted several notches below the standard laid out for mere social claims?

It is clear that over 90% of Mullahs exist and behaves as a group, they take their orders from religious cabals. The individual Mullah is dependent for their salaries on the personality-centric core of various sects. He is working for a boss and not you. His loyalties force him to work against the Ummah. In fact, the neighborhood Mosque Mullah is a plant and an instrument of manipulation. Why should we allow it to continue?

Before running to the mosques to collect the clearly made up contradictory extra points (Ibn Umar says it is 27, Abu Huraira says it is 25), please keep the below two verses in mind and note the use of the word “ever”;

And those who take a masjid (for causing) harm and (for) disbelief, and (for) division among the believers, and (as) a station for whoever warred (against) Allah and His Messenger before. And surely they will swear, “Not we wish except the good.” But Allah bears witness indeed, they (are) surely liars. (Do) not stand in it ever. A masjid founded on the righteousness from (the) first day (is) more worthy that you stand in it. Within it (are) men who love to purify themselves, and Allah loves the ones who purify themselves. Quran 9:107-108

It is a very sad reality that almost every single mosque standing today is built on sectarian lines (divisions) and God has forbidden us to never set foot in them since they are a source of divisions. No matter how you look at it going to mosques is not an option anymore till everything changes.

The issue of “Quran was given by the same people who gave us the Ahadith”

.As far as the argument that the same people who gave us the Hadith also gave us the Quran goes, let us do a quick reality check; not to mention Quran 9:101 and true to God’s warning, three out the next four Muslim leaders were murdered. Which gives one a good sense of the kind of environment ensued. Now let us see what really happened with respect to the Quran reaching us.

Instead of taking a measured approach in the face of Quran 9:101, “their” solution is to declare all the companions infallible under the “who gave us the Quran” slogan and when you challenge them that even if we were to assume God used them to pass down the Quran to us, it is interesting to note that although they were able to transmit every single verse of the Quran in a Mutawatir, Bil lafz (verbatim) manner but when they sat down to transmit the “sayings” of the Prophet of God, suddenly they all had terrible bouts of memory leaks and 99.9% of the time conveniently there was nobody else around to hear what the Profit of God had to say.

In my humble opinion, this whole issue can be reduced to how the Quran deals with claims. On one level, easily over 99% of all Ahadith are claims made by third-party single narrators hence not even worth bringing them up for debate, they must be systematically put aside. On another level, all claims related to “Obey the Messenger” cannot be corroborated through the Quran. The Quran does not say that “obey the messenger” means follow the Hadith. Similarly, the Quran does not say that Hadith can explain the Quran. All the noise about this or that missing from the Quran in order to justify Hadith is a ploy to distract the objectors from the fact that the claims by themselves on both levels have zero value in Islam.

In practice, the issue is further complicated. The report usually says one thing but the “scholars” step in to say something very different and this is precisely the problem with these so-called “explanations”. The first issue is the claim that they “explain” the verses of the Quran except that the Quranic verses are revealed in an already explained state. God testifies to that. The second issue is that these “explanations” of the already explained verses need to be explained and you guessed it, by “scholars” and not just any old scholar but a sect specific “scholar” tied to a specific sect or school of thought.

Hence, the main objective of this crude sophistry is to corner the market of “interpretations” and it is a big marketplace where millions change hands. Welcome to the ritual heavy, the illegal and for-profit world of organized religion.

On the other hand, the number of Hadith that qualifies as mutawatir (Quranic standard) range from less than a dozen to three hundred, in fact, the presence of a range by itself is troubling. No surprise then that the agreed upon number hovers around 10 in all and when you add the all-important bif lafz (verbatim) to it the number dips to half a dozen.

All these points strengthen the argument that the so-called “scholars” were in on it as mentioned already. The reason it is clear that the “scholars” are in on it is that the arguments for and against the Hadith literature are black and white to the point that even a child can easily figure it out. Speaking of children, a good number of Hadith narrators were just that kids as mentioned above.

The myth of the Consensus of the scholars

When everything else fails out comes the so-called consensus of the “scholars”. Reality check again, the scholars have not even agreed upon what constitutes consensus let alone form one about anything for that matter.

A quick reminder to how the five schools view consensus;

1. Hanafi: Through public agreement of Islamic jurists

2. Shafi: Through agreement of the entire community and public at large,

3. Maliki: Through agreement amongst the residents of Medina only

4. Hanbali: Through agreement and practice of Muhammad’s Companions only (There is still no consensus on what constitute a Sahaba. The Quran on the other hand attaches no good or bad meaning to the term. In fact, God has declared some to be the Hell bound others Paradise)

5. Usuli: Only the consensus of the ulama while the messenger of God was alive or Shia Imams

Don’t you think they should first sort this core issue before claiming consensus? No less than the death for blasphemy is based on not the Quran and not even the Hadith but this mythical consensus. In essence, they have illegally awarded themselves the right to kill another human being. Imagine that!

The Abrogation falsehood

The last trick up their sleeve is a late addition, abrogation. A notion so thoroughly refuted that it is not worth wasting time on. Let us just say that straightforward verse of the Quran are stripped of context and twisted to mean that some verse and in extreme cases some Hadith actually abrogates some other verse of the Quran. In typical fashion, the estimates of abrogated verse range from seven to several hundred. This one fact is enough to put this mischievous notion to one side.

The nonsense of abrogation was exposed by upright scholars throughout the history and one of the earliest opposition can be traced back to Abu Muslim Al-Asfahani, followed by Ibn Rushd and the Ibn Khaldun and many more. Among the modern scholars Mohammad Asad, Ahmed Subhy Mansour, Dr. Mohammad Omar Farooq and Shabbir Ahmed are often cited.

Shahada (شَهِدَ ) of the Hypocrites

Before moving to the positive, allow me to touch on something that will surely disturb a lot of you but it is necessary because it is a perfect illustration of how far we have deviated from the message of God.

The question is: How did the non-Quranic but popular Shahada found its way into Islam?

Below are the verses where the word (شَهِدَ ) is used in the context of testifying and in twelve out of thirteen it had nothing to do with the Shahada of the sectarians and in the thirteenth, this is what God has to say about it:

When the hypocrites come to you, [O Muhammad], they say, “We testify that you are the Messenger of Allah.” And Allah knows that you are His Messenger, and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars. Quran 63:01

Here are the verses where it is used in context:

(4:15:11) shahidū they testify فَإِنْ شَهِدُوا فَأَمْسِكُوهُنَّ فِي الْبُيُوتِ حَتَّىٰ يَتَوَفَّاهُنَّ الْمَوْتُ

(6:19:20) latashhadūna testify أَئِنَّكُمْ لَتَشْهَدُونَ أَنَّ مَعَ اللَّهِ آلِهَةً أُخْرَىٰ قُلْ لَا أَشْهَدُ

(6:19:28) ashhadu (do) I testify أَئِنَّكُمْ لَتَشْهَدُونَ أَنَّ مَعَ اللَّهِ آلِهَةً أُخْرَىٰ قُلْ لَا أَشْهَدُ

(6:150:5) yashhadūna testify قُلْ هَلُمَّ شُهَدَاءَكُمُ الَّذِينَ يَشْهَدُونَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ حَرَّمَ هَٰذَا

(6:150:11) shahidū they testify فَإِنْ شَهِدُوا فَلَا تَشْهَدْ مَعَهُمْ

(6:150:13) tashhad testify فَإِنْ شَهِدُوا فَلَا تَشْهَدْ مَعَهُمْ

(7:37:32) washahidū and they (will) testify قَالُوا ضَلُّوا عَنَّا وَشَهِدُوا عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِهِمْ أَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا كَافِرِينَ

(7:172:10) wa-ashhadahum and made them testify وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ

(12:81:10) shahid’nā we testify فَقُولُوا يَا أَبَانَا إِنَّ ابْنَكَ سَرَقَ وَمَا شَهِدْنَا إِلَّا بِمَا عَلِمْنَا

(41:20:5) shahida (will) testify حَتَّىٰ إِذَا مَا جَاءُوهَا شَهِدَ عَلَيْهِمْ سَمْعُهُمْ وَأَبْصَارُهُمْ وَجُلُودُهُمْ

(41:21:4) shahidttum you testify وَقَالُوا لِجُلُودِهِمْ لِمَ شَهِدْتُمْ عَلَيْنَا

(41:22:5) yashhada testify وَمَا كُنْتُمْ تَسْتَتِرُونَ أَنْ يَشْهَدَ عَلَيْكُمْ سَمْعُكُمْ وَلَا أَبْصَارُكُمْ

(63:1:5) nashhadu We testify إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ قَالُوا نَشْهَدُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ

Quran 7:158 is sometimes used by the sectarians to justify the Shahada of the hypocrites. The only problem is that the word (شَهِدَ ) is missing from the entire verse. In fact, the word “say” (قُلْ) is used by God in order to make the issue even more clear to us. Furthermore, the actual Shahada is also present in the same verse and is once again distinctly repeated without the “and Mohammad is his messenger” to remove all doubts.

Note: The total number of times the word from the root “shīn hā dāl” is used in different contexts is 160, mostly in terms of a witness(s)

Besides, there are numerous Ahadith where the true Shahada is detailed

How to interpret the Quran?

Let us move towards the positive. Just a quick mention of how to interpret the Quran.

When we interpret Islam wrong it is not Islam anymore, it is as simple as that. Similarly, when we succeed in interpreting some verses correctly and others incorrectly then it is just that, partly right and partly wrong. There are no blends, it is all black and white as one would expect from a Divine guide.

God is not in the business of maybes.

It is reasonable to assume that before wanting to discuss Islam unless we can agree on the methodology of interpreting Islam, we won’t be able to agree on anything. So let us keep the questions on hold for a bit and talk methodologies because whoever is able to convince the other side on the best methodology then one can just apply it and get all the answers all by themselves.

In my humble opinion, this is how I see it and millions have come to more or less the same conclusions;

Trust your God-given faculties of observation, logic and rational thought as reminded by scores of verses of the Quran. Yes, the thing to note and emphasize is that the methodology of how to interpret the Quranic verses is embedded in the Quran itself.

In contrast, a reference to those who may know more than an average person is mentioned only a few times and that too not in the popular “ask those who know” manner. Those who keep harping on “Ask a Shaikh” need to be told that the number of times “use your brain” is emphasized runs into hundreds and ask others none. There is no “ask those who know” in the Arabic version of the Quran. Please use your brain and observe, research and draw valid logical conclusions. Remember God is the teacher of the Quran. (Quran 55:02) The actual guidelines of the Quran are not about “asking” but some in the community should be entrusted with researching and making their findings public and open to debate.

For the record and with all due respect to those who have a different opinion, the thing about the Quran is, as one would expect from a Divine message, that it is fully Self-Referenced and the Checksums are also all embedded in the body of the message. The core message needed for salvation is easily understood by even a twelve-year-old. The Quran, of course, is much much more and is there for all of the humanity, and for all times to come. The message is designed once again to be relevant to people with varying degree of access to knowledge bases and brain power and happen to be living at different times and in different space.

When one decides to leverage the full potential of the book, Quran once again comes to the rescue to address the issues associated with serious research and truly demonstrates its timelessness so to speak. For starters, the use of particular words is demonstrated by its use in a priori manner within the Quran and hence protected from the natural evolution of the language. One must research this aspect first. Similarly, the methodology of non-contradiction (there are none in the Quran) not only protects the content and its interpretation but does it in a manner whereby and large the domain knowledge constraints are taken out of the equation. In simple terms, if your interpretation of a verse contradicts another verse then there are only three possibilities.

1. Your interpretation of the first verse is wrong

2. Or your interpretation of the second verse is wrong

3. Or your interpretation of both the verses is wrong, hence, seek another interpretation

God is not in the business of maybes as I said. Let’s put it this way, every verse in the Quran has a potential veto over a wrongly interpreted verse. We cannot thank God enough for this particular aspect of understanding the message of God. God in His infinite mercy has gifted us a touchstone and if people still insist on “different interpretations” then there is very little one can add to the argument.

Quran’s framework is based on a self-correcting mechanism that needs no outside input. The answer to the question; is it even possible to interpret the verses of the Quran in such a manner that it eliminates verses contradicting each other? The answer is not only an emphatic yes but yes on several levels. The non-contradiction claim of the Quran serves two purposes; one to point out that for mere humans to put together over 77,000 words, covering a full spectrum of domains, is not easy without some elements contradicting others and the second is to facilitate our understanding as mentioned above.

Mustansir Mir, Professor of Islamic Studies at Youngstown State University, eloquently argues for a multi-layered approach. He writes,

“From a linguistic standpoint, it is quite possible for a word, phrase or statement to have more than one layer of meaning, such that one layer would make sense to one audience in one age and another layer of meaning would, without negating the first, be meaningful to another audience in a subsequent age.”

So yes one is free to use different meanings associated with certain words but must do so only in a manner that it does not contradict a chosen meaning in another verse.

Add to it a simple rule of restricting the meaning of words to the Arabic language evenwhen they appear to be resembling words of a different language and be alive to the obvious allegorical references and you are done.

To seek the best of meaning is an additional and general guideline in order to understand the truth within the verses and hence take out hiding the truth from the equation.

Who in their right mind would refuse to follow the instructions of how to understand the intended message of a guide, found in the guide itself that is if the intention is to understand the message?

Indeed, there is no doubt.

A word of caution. Some in the Quran focused approach have taken a reactionary stance to the traditional Islam. Where even legitimate practices of the traditionalists are challenged for the sake of challenging them. One stark example is the issue of Salah. The notion that standing bowing prostration doesn’t mean all those things because their use in some verses points to a different context is strange. If we were to reverse this logic and make those different contexts as the baseline then standing should not mean standing anywhere in the Quran. Similarly if we were to change the definition of a Mosque to mean other than a physical structure then we have to do the same with monasteries and churches and synagogues. Quran 22:40. Here once again the non-contradiction aspect of the Quran guides us in the right direction.

The impossibility of different interpretations

Why is it that there is only one correct way to interpret the Quran?

First of all, let me qualify that. It is possible to extract more than one meaning from a given verse (s) of the Quran as long as each subsequent interpretation (s) does not negate the previous one.

Regardless of the number of extracted interpretations, each interpretation will have to pass the test of non-contradiction independently.

let us layout the two elements of non-contradiction. It is hoped that the issue of the language of understanding can also be easily settled through it.

Assuming one has already verified the Quran to be the very word of God, the logic is pretty straightforward.

1. The first rule is that there are no contradictions in the Quran

2. The second rule is that if the Quran was produced by other than God then one would find contradictions in that version of the Quran.

When we apply these two rules simultaneously to any interpretation of the Quran, either in its original Arabic or a translated version, we can make the following conclusion.

If one were to interpret the Quran in a way that was not intended by God then we are likely to introduce contradictions in the Quran because man is not capable of producing a different version of the Quran without any contradictions. Hence there can only be one correct way to interpret the Quran irrespective of the language of understanding.

One is free to claim that their interpreted version is the correct one but it is not possible to claim that there are more than one correct versions of the Quran. Of course, when they make such a claim they also take on the burden to defend it to be free of contradictions.

The choice dilemma

BTW which of the following must one follow and why?

Just to help the readers out of course you always have the option to throw a dart in the direction of the following collections and see where it lands and take that as the one “true” Sunnah and be prepared to be declared a “Kafir” by the followers of all the rest. Mind you, all of them are claimed to be vetted through the same magical “Science” of Hadith. Needless to say, each and every one of them ignores the all-important public delivery uncompromising condition of the official message and hopes nobody will notice that 99.9% of them are single third party narrations, the opposite of public.

1. Kutub Al-Sittah – (The six books of Sunnis )

Sahih Al-Bukhari ( صحيح البخاري ) Sahih Muslim ( صحيح مسلم ) Al-Sunan Al-Sughra ( السنن الصغرى ) Sunan Abi Dawood ( سنن أبي داود ) Sunan Al-Tirmidhi ( جامع الترمذي ) Sunan Ibn Maja ( سُنن ابن ماجه )

2. Al-Kutub Al-Arb’ah – (The four books of Shias)

Kitab Al-Kafi ( الكتاب الكافي ) Man La Yahduruhu Al-Faqih ( من لا يحضره الفقيه ) Tahdhib Al-Ahkam ( تهذیب الاحکام ) Al-Istibsar ( الاستبصار )

3. The Ibadi one Jami Sahih Tartib Al-Musnad

4. The Mu’tazila collection Comments on the Peak of Eloquence

Now comes the fun part, with the possible exception of the Ibadi collection, each and every collection has an interesting thread running through it. All the collectors were Persians and almost all of them appeared out of nowhere right after the defeat of the Persians. You just need two functioning brain cells to figure out the rest.

Now throw in the following to highlight the difficulty of choosing the correct version; Muwatta Imam Malik Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal Sunan Al-Darimi Shama’il Muhammadiyah often referred to as Shamaail Tirmidhi Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān Al-Mustadrak Alaa Al-Ṣaḥīḥaīn Al-Mawdū’āt Al-Kubrā Rīaḍ As-Ṣāliḥīn Mishkat Al-Masabih Talkhis Al-Mustadrak Majma Al-Zawa’id Bulugh Al-Maram Kanz al-Ummal Zujajat al-Masabih Minhaj us Sawi Muntakhab Ahadith The Book of Sulaym Ibn Qays Al-Sahifa Al-Sajjadiyya Uyun al Akhbar ar Reda Sharh Usul al-Kafi Nahj Al-Balagha Wasā’il Al-Shīʿa Bihar Al-Anwar Haqq al-Yaqeen Ain Al-Hayat (17th century) Qalam-e-Mowla Daim al-Islam ETC

I wish it was as simple as choosing a version or two and you were done. Not so fast as the saying goes, even after settling for a particular version you are still totally dependent on the “scholars” associated with that particular version. In essence, they have the final say in what you ought to believe and often their explanations are not only at odds with the word of God but the wordings in a given Hadith as well.

No matter where the dart lands, in essence, it will still be no more than a game of “my scholars are better than yours”.

I for one refuse to assign my eternity to this crapshoot.

Narrated Anas:

The fact which stops me from narrating a great number of Hadiths to you is that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Whoever tells a lie against me intentionally, then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire.”

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مَعْمَرٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْوَارِثِ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ، قَالَ أَنَسٌ إِنَّهُ لَيَمْنَعُنِي أَنْ أُحَدِّثَكُمْ حَدِيثًا كَثِيرًا أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ” مَنْ تَعَمَّدَ عَلَىَّ كَذِبًا فَلْيَتَبَوَّأْ مَقْعَدَهُ مِنَ النَّارِ “.

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 108 In-book reference: Book 3, Hadith 5

Some important verses

Perhaps these verses may help

80:11 Nay! Indeed, it (is) a reminder,

80:12 So whosoever wills may remember it.

80:13 In sheets honored,

80:14 Exalted, purified,

80:15 In (the) hands (of) scribes.

80:16 Noble, dutiful.

Surah Al-Qamar :

17. We made the Quran easy to learn. Is there anyone who would learn?

22. We made the Quran easy to remember. Is there anyone who would remember?

32. We made the Quran easy to understand. Is there anyone who would understand?

40. We made the Quran easy to memorize. Is there anyone who would memorize?

If you really are interested in the truth please read the following verses very carefully;

Indeed, those who came with falsehood are a group among you. Do not think it bad for you; rather it is good for you. For every person among them is what [punishment] he has earned from the sin, and he who took upon himself the greater portion thereof – for him is a great punishment. (11) Why, when you heard it, did not the believing men and believing women think good of one another and say, “This is an obvious falsehood”? (12) Why did they not produce for it, four witnesses? And when they do not produce the witnesses, then it is they, in the sight of Allah, who are the liars. (13) And if it had not been for the favour of Allah upon you and His mercy in this world and the Hereafter, you would have been touched for that [lie] in which you were involved by a great punishment (14) When you received it with your tongues and said with your mouths that of which you had no knowledge and thought it was insignificant while it was, in the sight of Allah, tremendous. (15) And why, when you heard it, did you not say, “It is not for us to speak of this. Exalted are You, [O Allah]; this is a great slander”? (16) Allah warns you against returning to the likes of this [conduct], ever, if you should be believers. (17) And Allah makes clear to you the verses, and Allah is Knowing and Wise. (18) Quran 24:11-18

The true level of our deviation from the straight path can be illustrated by naming the stuff we follow without taking the time to verify it. Just to help some of you out, besides the lies about Aysha’s chronologically impossible age, the false justification of slavery and killing of nonMuslims and the unIslamic notion of ruling the world under the disguise of Khalafat, Shahid Khan an FB user has compiled the following list;

Things NOT Contained In The Quran: List of Interpolations

1. Saying that the Quran is not self-sufficient and that there is a need for additional speculations.

2. Taking the hadiths as a source for Islam.

3. Sectarian scholars pronouncing fatwas or ijtihads (canonical jurisprudence).

4. Practices conforming to sectarian dictates.

5. Equating sects with the religion.

6. Reciting the Quran for the sake of its music without understanding the text.

7. Using the Quran as a book of prayer recited for the souls of the departed.

8. Contributing authority to the Prophet outside the scope of the Quran.

9. The fact that God created everything for the sake of Muhammad.

10. Competition between prophets. Supremacy of some prophets over other prophets.

11. Imitation of the ways and manners of the Prophet even before his prophethood.

12. The belief that the Quran has missing points which can be found in other books.

13. To announce certain select devotees to be Muslim saints and visit their tombs with all sorts of reverential rituals.

14. To idolize the sheikhs of religious orders.

15. Establishing a type of communication with the sheikhs by a special ritual called rabýta. 16. To claim that only the Sunnites or the Shiites are to go to paradise.

17. To declare the Jews and Christians as the future dwellers of hell.

18. To adopt Arabic customs and traditions as religious practices.

19. To come forth alleging to be reformist with a view to changing the Quranic religion.

20. To formulate religious precepts ascribing them to the Prophet.

21. To claim that the vote of the majority always prevails.

22. To interpret the continuity of sects as evidence of their genuineness.

23. The Hanafi sect. (Yes they are sects under the disguise of Madhab)

24. The Shafi sect.

25. The Hanbali sect.

26. The Maliki sect.

27. The Jafari sect.

28. All Sunni and Shii sects.

29. Any sect like Maturidiya, Ashariya.

30. A canon book called Majalla.

31. To deny reason and favor apishness.

32. Hostility against science.

33. Hostility against the arts.

34. To abide by the rules that the book entitled Sahihi Bukhari lays down.

35. To abide by the rules of the hadith book entitled Muslim

36. To abide by the rules of the hadith books Kutub-i Sitte or other such books.

37. To venerate individuals to whom religiosity is ascribed other than the Prophet.

38. The allegation that all of those who had the privilege to set eyes on the Prophet (sahaba) were on the right path.

39. The wearing of the headscarf.

40. The wearing of the veil.

41. Segregation of men and women.

42. The fact that a woman is not allowed to travel alone.

43. The wrong and absurd belief that a woman can never repay the debts she owes to her husband even if she were to lick him from head to foot when he is in a deplorable state covered with pus.

44. “If prostration was permitted to any entity other that God, the wife should prostrate herself before her husband” claimed the hadith.

45. That a woman cannot become a head of state or an administrator.

46. That women have no right to vote for the governing body of the government.

47. That women’s voices must not be audible to men.

48. That women are not allowed to perform the Friday salat.

49. That women are not allowed to perform salat, fast, recite the Quran or enter a mosque during their period.

50. Covering women with all sorts of outer garments.

51. That it is forbidden for women to shake hands with men.

52. That a man is not allowed to sit in a chair previously occupied by a woman whose warmth is still preserved.

53. That a woman cannot stay in an enclosed space where there are men.

54. That women are considered along with dogs and pigs to invalidate the salat of a praying man.

55. That the majority of women are doomed to go to hell.

56. That women are evil by nature.

57. That women lack intelligence.

58. That women must be kept indoors.

59. That it is forbidden for women to wear perfume.

60. That women are not allowed to use makeup.

61. That a wife must obey her husband as a slave does.

62. That a woman is required to have sexual relations whenever her husband calls her.

63. That two female witnesses equal one male witness.

64. That a woman must have her parents’ permission in order to get married.

65. Stoning to death of the adulterer.

66. That the papyrus on which the verse regarding adultery was on was eaten by a goat.

67. Arguments about killing adulterers being practiced even among monkeys.

68. Prohibition of a man’s wearing golden ornaments.

69. Prohibition of men wearing silk.

70. Prohibition of use of golden and silver utensils and plates.

71. Prohibition of sculpture.

72. Prohibition of drawing and painting.

73. Prohibition of chess.

74. Prohibition of musical instruments and music.

75. Prohibition of consumption of seafood like mussels, shrimps, etc.

76. Prohibition of eating the flesh of donkeys, horses or wild animals

77. The fact that kidneys and ram’s testicles are abominable to eat.

78. The fact that smoking is religiously unlawful.

79. That there is a separate list containing things considered to be abominable (makruh). 80. That the sexual act must take place under covers.

81. The prohibition for the couple to look at each other’s sexual organs.

82. Prohibition of masturbation.

83. Prohibition for women to use birth control.

84. That an individual should keep his/her sexual organs covered even when taking a bath lest the angels be offended.

85. Circumcision of men.

86. Circumcision of women.

87. The sunna of letting beards grow.

88. The prohibition of trimming a beard.

89. The sunna according to which the hair had to be parted from the middle of the scalp.

90. The sunna regarding the oiling of hair.

91. The sunna of applying henna to hair and beard.

92. The sunna of applying mascara to the eyes for men.

93. That lying face down is a satanic act.

94. To sleep on a mattress spread on the ground.

95. To use one’s right foot going out of the house or getting up from the bed.

96. To enter a soiled place like a WC with the left foot.

97. Saying that canonical purification of the body can only be performed using water after defecating.

98. The obligation for men to crouch when urinating.

99. To relieve yourself in the direction of Mecca.

100. The fact that eating with the left hand is a satanic act.

101. To wound a turban.

102. To use miswak to clean the teeth.

103. To wear a robe with a long skirt reaching down to one’s feet.

104. For men to wear a loose dress (antari). .

105. To wear shalwar (a type of wide trousers) as sunna.

106. To interpret as a meritorious act the wearing of white, green or black raiment.

107. The prohibition to wear yellow or red.

108. To consider eating dates or squash as meritorious acts.

109. To eat seated on the ground.

110. To eat from the same dish with others.

111. To eat with three fingers.

112. To drink water in three gulps.

113. To drink water in a seated position.

114. To lick one’s fingers after having eaten with them.

115. Not to use perfumes containing alcohol.

116. Not to use eau de cologne.

117. To kill black dogs.

118. Not to let dogs into the home.

119. To cover the mirrors at night.

120. To perform black magic with or without the use of the Quran.

121. To write on and wear amulets.

122. To use the Quran as a book of magic.

123. To believe that whistling is a satanic act.

124. To knock on wood or wear trinkets against the evil eye.

125. To take fortunetellers and magicians for religious figures.

126. Feasts celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan and on the occasion of sacrifices.

127. To avoid passing underneath a ladder and to consider black cats, black dogs as ominous signs and to melt lead against the evil eye.

128. To believe that there are special days on which linen can be washed and sexual intercourse can be performed.

129. To recite the Mevlit (poem written to celebrate the birth and the death of the Prophet) for the souls of the departed.

130. To hold ceremonies for the soul of the dead on the 7th, 40th and 52nd days after death. 131. Stories concocted about the suffering that the dead is to be subjected to after burial. 132. Rumors about the bridge of Sýrat from this world to paradise, more slender than a hair and sharper than a sword and a person’s traversing it riding the animal he sacrificed in this world.

133. The belief that a person who cannot avoid his urine from sprinkling on his clothes shall undergo excruciating torture in the grave.

134. To fast in the place of a dead person.

135. To go on Hajj in the place of a dead person.

136. That tears shed after a death will cause his soul to suffer beyond endurance.

137. To predict the hour of the Day of Judgment.

138. The Muslim Messiah, Mahdi.

139. The Antichrist.

140. To say that Dabbe has the ears of an elephant, eyes of a hog and head of an ox.

141. The Second Coming of Christ.

142. The belief that Agog and Magog are Turks.

143. Racism, superiority of the Arab race.

144. The belief that Agog and Magog are the homunculus.

145. To set down prayer hours not indicated in the Quran.

146. To prescribe a certain number of rakats as a binding duty.

147. The requirement of performing the salat by reciting verses in the original Arabic language.

148. Prohibition for women to conduct the congregational prayer.

149. To have to repeat always the same thing during the kneeling and prostrating in the course of the performance of the salat.

150. The obligation to recite the fatiha at every rakat.

151. The obligation to sit and recite attahiyyat at the end of the salat.

152. To make a long list of the particular requirements during the salat not mentioned in the Quran.

153. To make a detailed description of the praying man with regard to his posture,such as how he will place his hands).

154. That the compensation of a wilfully broken fast is two months without interruption.

155. Special salats like the taravih (the superfluous night service during the month of Ramadan performed immediately after the prescribed night service of worship, consisting of twenty genuflections with an interval for rest and breathing after each two or four acts), and the congregational prayers at the end of the month of fasting and at the festival of sacrifice. 156. To put people in misery by restricting the period of Hajj to a short space of time.

157. The stoning of Satan during the Hajj.

158. To slaughter animals at the Festival of Sacrifice.

159. To believe that certain restrictions start after the Hajj.

160. Calling holy the water from the well zamzam, to pray over sugar or salt for luck.

161. To give zakat (alms, charity) as 1/40 of one’s assets.

162. To assign special rates for zakat for camels, sheep and agricultural products.

163. The belief that one invalidates his ablution by certain acts other than nature’s call.

164. The belief that total ablution (ghusl) is required not only after sexual intercourse but also by other causes.

165. To make the order of acts during the performance of ablution strictly binding.

166. To say that rinsing one’s mouth and blowing one’s nose during the major ablution is a binding duty.

167. The requirement of washing one’s heels along with the feet.

168. Details such as the obligation of pouring water three times each to the right and left of a person performing the total ablution.

169. The requirement of total ablution before reciting the Quran.

170. Saying that one sins when he/she goes about not having performed total ablution.

171. The nullification of ablutions for a person who has a tooth filled.

172. The nullification of ablutions for men/women having a tattoo.

173. Martyrdom for those having died in an earthquake or a flood.

174. Martyrdom of those having suffered stomach pains.

175. That the earth is supported by an ox or a fish.

176. The belief that earthquakes occur when the fish shakes its tail.

177. The fact that the moon is unattainable.

178. To define the setting of the sun as the loss of the sun as a guide for prostrating.

179. The belief that the eclipses of the sun and the moon occur when they are drawn by carriages equipped with handles.

180. Existence of angels in the form of bulls, lions and eagles.

181. Accounts related to the 600 wings of Gabriel.

182. God’s opening His calf in paradise.

183. God’s touching the back of the Prophet.

184. God’s coming down on earth on special days to shake the hands of His creatures.

185. The bargaining between God and the Prophet for the reduction of the times of salat from 50 down to 5.

186. The Institution of the caliphate.

187. The sultanate and the making the subjects into slaves of the political power.

188. Classes of clergy.

189. To sanctify the Arabic language and ascribe sanctity to the Arabic letters.

190. To terrorize people with the countries outside the dominion of Islam (Dar-ul Harb).

191. To loot and disregard the rights of people living outside the dominion of Islam.

192. To beat or kill persons who refuse to perform salat.

193. To compel people to fast and beat those who fail to do so.

194. To beat women who have put on makeup and go around uncovered.

195. To kill the renegades (of Islam to other religions).

196. To flog the renegades (even those who convert from one sect to another).

197. To make conquests merely for the sake of looting.

198. To beat drunkards.

199. To use force and compel people to abide by religious rules.

200. To call Islam by the names of sects, etc.

The myth of the Muslim majority

What “vast Majority”? The reality is a sea of fragmented competing sects constantly at each other’s throats. The only thing that unites them is defending their illegal relevance and attacking those who point out the illegality of their position.They are in it for the money. They are masters at duping the unsuspecting to part with their hard earned wages. When pushed, the majority of their own members reject their sect’s nonsense. People are not fools in general, they can tell when they have been taken for a ride. It is one thing to go along with the “majority” under duress and another to take all this nonsense to heart.

Here is what God has to say about the majority:

2:100 … the majority do not believe (in The One God)

2:243. … Majority are ungrateful.

3:110 … the majority are wicked.

4:114 … the majority whispers lies.

5:32 …. the majority are transgressors

5:49 …. majority are wicked

5:59 …. majority are wicked

5:62 … the majority hasten to sin and transgression and consuming money illicitly. Miserable indeed is what they were doing.

5:64 …. the majority are rebels and rejecturers

5:66 … the majority practice on indecency.

5:71 … the majority are blind and deaf;

5:81 …. the majority are wicked

5: 103 …. the majority do not use common sense.

6:37 … the majority do not understand

6: 111 … the majority do not understand .

6: 116 … the majority would lead you astray they follow nothing but mere surmise and they do nothing but make conjectures.

6: 119. … The majority wants to mislead you with their interests .

7:17 … the majority are ungrateful

7: 102 … the majority are fasikun

7: 131 … majority do not actually know.

7: 187 … majority do not actually know

8:34 … the majority do not actually know.

9: 8 … the majority is wicked .

10:36 … the majority following conjecture .

10:55 … the majority do not actually know

10:60 … the majority are ungrateful

10:92 … the majority are heedless.

11:17 .. the majority do not believe the Quran.

12:21 … the majority do not actually know

12:38 … the majority are ungrateful

12:40 … the majority do not actually know.

12:68 … … majority do not actually know.

12:103 … the majority do not believe

12:106 … the majority associating the one God.

13:1 ….. the majority do not believe …

16:38 …. … the majority do not actually know.

16:75 …. … the majority do not actually know.

16:83 … the majority are Kufr

16: 101 … … majority do not actually know.

17:89 …. the majority are Kufr

21:24 … the majority do not know what is right and wrong.

21:93 … the majority disintegrated because of their made religion.

23:70 … the majority do not like the truth.

25:44 …. majority are more astrayed than livestock.

25:50 …. the majority do not want to hear the truth but continue to deny.

The above list is not exhaustive, dozens more verses say similar things

(thanks to Wan Ibnul Bahar)

In summary:

What is so difficult to understand about straightforward declarations of God in the Quran:

1. Quran is the Best Hadith 39:23

2. Quran is the Best Tafsir 25:33

3. Quran is Fully detailed 6:114

4. Quran is Complete 6:115

5. Quran’s completing the Deen was time-stamped with the words “This day” Quran 5:03

6. Remember God is the teacher of the Quran. Quran 55:02

And then this;

“وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ فَصَّلْنَاهُ تَفْصِيلًا …………” Quran 17:12 Even Hilali the ultra-conservative translates it as “And We have explained everything (in detail) with FULL EXPLANATION”

Presenting arguments contrary to these crystal clear declarations of God amounts to not believing in God. There is no other way to put it.

These are God’s verses; we recite them for you truthfully. In which “Hadith”, after God and His verses, do they believe in? Quran 45:6

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