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Following the Quran Alone vs. Turning to Outside Sources for Guidance

The Quran, a cornerstone of Muslim faith, is revered as a comprehensive and definitive guide for believers worldwide. However, an analysis uncovers discrepancies in how adherents interpret its teachings.


The Quran itself emphasises its clarity and completeness, as stated in the following verse: "This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah." (2:2) Yet, many followers profess allegiance to the Quran but diverge from its precepts when confronted with conflicting beliefs, often turning to ancillary texts and customs. This inclination casts doubt on the depth of their conviction in the Quran's integrity and lucidity.


The Quran asserts its own sufficiency, declaring: "And We have sent down to thee the Book explaining all things, a guide, a mercy, and glad tidings to Muslims." (16:89)


In instances of discordance between personal beliefs and Quranic tenets, some individuals posit the Quran as inscrutable, seeking elucidation from external sources and exegeses. This approach undermines the Quran's proclaimed supremacy as the ultimate arbiter of truth.


The Quran affirms its lucidity and accessibility, stating: "A Book whereof the verses are explained in detail; a Qur'an in Arabic, for people who understand." (41:3) A paradigm shift emerges as certain adherents demand validation for their convictions not from the Quran but within its verses, thereby diminishing the Quran's authority and fostering a dependence on secondary materials.


The Quran cautions against following the dictates of ancestors or imams when they contradict divine guidance: "And when it is said to them: 'Come to what Allah hath revealed and to the Messenger': They say: 'Enough for us are the ways we found our fathers following.' What! Even though their fathers were void of knowledge and guidance?" (5:104)


The dissonance between avowed faith in the Quran's entirety and the reliance on extraneous interpretations prompts a critical examination of the dominance of divine revelation versus human conjecture in shaping beliefs.


The Quran asserts its divine origin and warns against following conjecture: "Then is it only a part of the Book that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? But what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life? And on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful of what ye do." (2:85)


In essence, the disjuncture between professed faith in the Quran's completeness and the inclination towards external authorities underscores the necessity for introspection within the Muslim community.


Reassessing the bedrock of their faith and reinstating the Quran as the paramount yardstick for truth are imperative to uphold Islam's foundational principles, as the Quran commands: "O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination." (4:59)

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