There is a deviant group of people who claim to follow the Quran only, and not the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (SAW). Please provide us with scholarly proof that they are on the wrong path, so we can give them da’wah,
Praise be to Allah.
Some people have started to claim that the Sunnah is not a source of legislation. They call themselves al-Qur’aniyyeen and say that we have the Qur’an, so we take as halal whatever it allows and take as haram whatever it forbids. The Sunnah, according to their claims, is full of fabricated ahaadeeth falsely attributed to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). They are the successors of other people about whom the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) told us.
Ahmad, Abu Dawood and al-Haakim reported with a sahih isnad= authentic narration from al-Miqdaam that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Soon there will be a time when a man will be reclining on his couch, narrating a hadith from me, and he will say, Between us and you is the Book of Allah: what it says is halal, we take as halal, and what it says is haram, we take as haram.
But listen! Whatever the Messenger of Allah forbids is like what Allah forbids. (Al-Fath al-Kabeer, 3/438. Al-Tirmidhi reported it with different wording and said that it is Hasan sahih. Sunan al-Tirmidhi bi Sharh Ibn al-Arabi, al-Saawi edn., 10/132).
The name al-Qur’aniyyeen does not befit these people, because the Qur’an tells us, in almost one hundred aayahs, to obey the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Obedience to the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is considered in the Qur’an to be a part of obedience to Allah, may He be glorified. He who obeys the Messenger, has indeed obeyed Allah, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you (O Muhammad) as a watcher over them. [al-Nisa 4:80 interpretation of the meaning].
The Qur’an, which they claim to follow, denies the faith of the one who refuses to obey the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and does not accept his ruling: But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission. [al-Nisa 4:65 interpretation of the meaning]
Their suggestion that the Sunnah is contaminated with fabricated ahadith=fabricated statements is not valid, because the scholars of this ummah took the utmost care to purify the Sunnah from all alien elements.
If they had any doubts about the truthfulness of any narrator, or there was the slightest possibility that he could have forgotten something, this would be sufficient grounds for rejecting a hadith.
Even the enemies of this ummah have stated that no other nation has paid so much attention to examining its reports and their narrators, especially in the case of reports narrated from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
For it to be obligatory to follow a hadith, it is sufficient for it to be known that it is a sahih (authentic, sound) hadith narrated from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was content to convey his message by sending just one of his Companions, which proves that the hadith reported by one trustworthy person must be followed.
Moreover, we would ask these people: where are the āyāt=verses which tell us how to pray, or which tell us that the obligatory prayers are five times daily, or which tell us about the Nisab=threshold on various kinds of wealth for the purpose of zakat=almsgiving, or about the details of the rituals of Hajj, and other rulings which we can only know from the Sunnah?
Al-Mawsooah al-Fiqhiyyah, 1/44
For more information on the shar’i evidence that the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a source of evidence,
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Justification for following the Sunnah
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Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan
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