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Practices Of Submission Without Hadith

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Question: How can we learn to pray, or know the amount of Zakat or how to perform Hajj without believing in Hadiths?

Let us examine whether we can execute the so called five pillars of Islam using Quran alone or whether we need anything else to help us execute it.


The five pillars of Islam existed prior to the revelation of Quran.

The first pillar - Shahadah existed ever since the first human being sent on earth who was also the first messenger, Adam.

[21:25] We did not send any messenger before you except with the inspiration: "There is no God except Me; you shall worship Me alone."

The other pillars, viz. the rituals of Salat, Zakat, Fasting and Hajj were for the first time taught to Abraham.

Abraham: Delivered All Religious Duties of Submission (Islam)

[21:73] We made them imams who guided in accordance with our commandments, and we taught them how to work righteousness, and how to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat).* To us, they were devoted worshipers.

God then chose the system to pass these rituals to us from one generation to the next one. If you trust in God you should know that He is perfect. He knows that some of these rituals will be corrupted along the passing and He therefore sent messengers, prophets and scriptures to correct these rituals. When the Quran was revealed it corrected the parts of those duties that had been corrupted over the years. The mentioning of other names besides the name of God, the practice of Wudu, as was the way to perform the fasting was restored, just to mention a few examples. As we learn from 16:64, only the duties that were/are corrupted and disputed, were/are corrected in the Quran.

Muhammad was commanded to follow the religion of Abraham, see 16:123. The messengers before Muhammad too followed the religion of Abraham. Obviously the messengers before Muhammad could not follow the Hadiths and Sunna of Muhammad.

For example:

Moses said Salat:
[10:87] We inspired Moses and his brother. "Maintain your homes in Egypt for the time being, turn your homes into synagogues, and maintain the Contact Prayers (Salat). Give good news to the believers."

Jesus said Salat:
[19:31] "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.

Ismail said Salat:
[19:55] He used to enjoin his family to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat); he was acceptable to his Lord.

We also know that certain generations lost the Contact Prayers:

[19:59] After them, He substituted generations who lost the Contact Prayers (Salat), and pursued their lusts. They will suffer the consequences.

This is what happened to the Jews and the Christians.

So, the pillars of Islam have been passed on to us through generations and are universally accepted among those who did not lose the rituals.

The third revelation given to Muhammad (sura 73), and about 20 years before the delivery of the whole Quran, Muhammad was ordered to perform Salat and pay Zakat. Al-Fatehah which is part of Salat was the fifth revelation. He had nothing else to go with it except what the followers of Abraham in his time were doing. So he knew the Salat before the whole Quran was delivered to him. Thus the practices were already in use and practiced for thousands of years before Muhammad. Quran later, made the needed correction in what was corrupted and did not give all the rituals back to Muhammad, it has already been given to Abraham.

You will find in the Quran, for example, words like Umrah, Arafat, Safa and Marwa and sacred months described as the Quran teaches about Hajj.

None of these terms is explained in the Quran, not because the Quran is NOT complete, but because God already taught us that all these rituals are to be inherited and learned from previous generations and are well known to them. All rituals should be devoted to GOD ALONE. Most of these practices are universally accepted.

What is universally accepted could fall under 2 categories; one that is done in the name of God, the other that is done as custom or tradition and not done in the name of God. We look at the first category, as this is what concerns us. Everything that is done in the name of God (as in religious requirements) cannot be God's law under all circumstances. These should be verified with God's laws to ensure that the universally followed practice does not contradict God's laws. For example, the world over practices idol worship. We know that this is against God's law.

Salat and the other rituals of Islam are not mentioned in Hadiths and Sunna as well. So the Hadiths and Sunna are in no way going to help anybody to learn how to observe Salat of give Zakat or observe Hajj, etc.

It is not we who refute the alleged Hadiths and Sunna of Muhammad. God is commanding us not to follow any Hadiths other than His and His revelations. See 45:6, 77:50 and others. We reject Hadiths because Hadiths are not God's words. As stated in our site Hadiths and Sunna are nothing but Satanic innovations, full of lies and fabrications attributed to Muhammad.

Hadiths of Muhammad, which are claimed as being divinely inspired, are alleged sayings (in fact lies and fabrications) attributed to Muhammad documented about more than 200 years after prophet Muhammad's death. They are Hadith (narration) of men and women who never met the Prophet; in fact, the grandparents of their grandparents too apparently never met the Prophet. It is well known that the first book of Hadith is that of Bukhary, who was born more than 200 years after the death of prophet Muhammad. These Hadith normally starts by saying ABC said he heard his father, may GOD bless his soul, say that that he heard his older brother, may GOD bless his soul, say that he was sitting with his grandmother, may GOD bless his soul, and she told him that she was having dinner one day with her great uncle, may GOD bless his soul, when he stated that his maternal grandfather may GOD bless his soul, knew Imam Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Amawy, who mentioned that his grandparent heard from his oldest uncle that he met the great companion of the Prophet, Omar ibn Khaled Al-Yamany, and he told him that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said '...'.

Thus, the Hadith is simply a narration by Bukhary's source, claiming that he or she heard something about the Prophet across eight generations of the dead. How can such volume of documents be trusted upon? Obeying hadith is not obeying the Prophet. Instead, it is obedience to the men and women who narrated the Hadiths. The true obedience of prophet Muhammad is only by obeying the Quran, which is indeed a narration through the Prophet. Thus the Quran is the only true and proven Hadith from prophet Muhammad. Additionally and most importantly, in the Quran GOD assures us of its preservation (15:9) and not that of the Hadith, etc. Please see for the details.

Additionally and most importantly, in the Quran GOD assures us of its preservation (15:9) and not that of the Hadith, Sunna, etc. Following Hadiths as a source of religious jurisprudence would contradict the divine assertion given by God in Quran that Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed and should therefore be the only source of religious laws and guidance. God says in 6:38 that He did not leave out anything out of Quran. Please see also: Quran: All You Need For Salvation.


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