Punishment for Apostasy: A Quranic Perspective
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Punishment for Apostasy
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Misconceptions about exegesis of the Quran
Since there has been some discussion going on(here and here) about the exegesis/tafsir of Al-Quran, I am quoting from the article “
It is pro “tafsir al-quran bil quran” or the “Originalist” approach.
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Quran: The Criterion over Hadiths
I seek refuge with Allah from the Shaitaan, the rejected.
One of the most important points that the most traditional Muslims ignore, forget or are unaware of, is that Al Quran is Al Furqan/The Criterion:
Chapter 2/185: Ramadan is the month in which Al Quran was revealed, as a guide for mankind, clarifications from the guidance, and the Criterion…
It means that it is Al Quran’s function to distinguish between right and wrong i.e. we should judge all information according to Al Quran, the Criterion.
So what about the books of Hadiths and the Bible? Does Al Quran really need them to be explained? Not if it is the Criterion, which it surely is.
The important point to understand is that a criterion cannot be lacking details. Al Quran is The Criterion that will judge the Hadiths and the Bibles etc as well as all other information. So, for example, if a person wants to find out which of the Hadiths are closer to the truth, first he will read and understand Al Quran alone(without help from Hadiths), and then judge the Hadiths according to what he has read in Al Quran.
Suppose, someone says " ‘XYZ Hadith’ explains Al-Quraan. We cannot understand Al-Quraan without 'XYZ Hadith' "... But if we cannot understand Al-Quraan without ‘XYZ Hadith’, then how can we judge ‘XYZ Hadith’ by Al-Quraan/Al-Furqaan?
It shows that Al Quran does not require Hadiths to be explained. Because if the Criterion requires Hadiths to be explained, then it is not much of a criterion to begin with, because then it would not be a criterion over those Hadiths which explain it.
This is simple and irrefutable logic. The Criterion should be complete and cannot be lacking details.
If a Hadith is confirmed by Al-Quran, then one can accept that Hadith. But it should be because of one’s belief/emaan on the ayaat, since we are not supposed to believe in any hadees/narration after Allah and His ayaat:
Chapter 45/6: These are the verses of Allah that We recite to you with the truth. So which hadees/narration after Allah and His verses do they believe in?
Emaan/belief should begin and end with the verses of Allah. What else have they been making part of their emaan?!
Hijab/Veil according to the Quran
Does Al-Quran command women to cover their faces and heads? What about the Bible? What is the dress code according to Al-Quran? The answer is very different from the traditional belief.
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