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Shawal 1426

Volume 21 No 11

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

Whom should we trust,
Bukhari or God Almighty?

In God the believers should trust. That is what God says throughout the Quran. Nobody who calls him or herself a Muslim will doubt this fact. Muslims will actually become offended with even the slight suggestion that they should trust Bukhari instead of God. Of course they trust God, they would say. There should be no question about that. However, that is not exactly what the majority of Muslims are doing today. They are putting their trust not in the Almighty God, but in the hands and mind of Bukhari who compiled volumes and volumes of hadiths (sayings) attributed to Prophet Muhammad some 200 years after the prophet’s death, without any authority from God and the prophet.

Why hadith?

The proponents of hadith argue that the Quran does not cover all the details one may need to live an Islamic way of life. They also contend that the Quran is difficult to understand, and therefore one needs to refer to hadiths for explanation or clarification. Nothing can be further from the truth.

It is true that the Quran does not give all the details some people expect to have. However, when God says the Quran is complete and detailed (10:37), why should anyone argue? For example, there are four prohibited food categories in the Quran. They are simple and clear. However, according to hadith books, there are so many prohibitions that anyone who may

want to follow these prohibitions diligently will have a miserable life. However, God teaches us in the Quran that making prohibitions and attributing them to God is a gross offense (3:97; 16:116). Therefore, bringing misery to oneself just because one may feel holier is not righteousness. It is the exact opposite. It is double jeopardy. Have a miserable life, plus incur God’s condemnation.

Say, "Who prohibited the nice things GOD has created for His creatures, and the good provisions?" Say, "Such provisions are to be enjoyed in this life by those who believe. Moreover, the good provisions will be exclusively theirs on the Day of Resurrection." We thus explain the revelations for people who know. [7:32]

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