Following Just the Qur’an and Sunnah

Often we come across Muslims saying that they prefer just keeping to the Qur’an and Sunnah. They do so to avoid being a follower of this or that (madhabs, salafiyah, wahabi etc). They quote the Hadith of the Prophet (s.a.w.) where he said to this effect, that he was leaving behind two things i.e. the Qur’an and his Sunnah and those following it would not go astray.


Though this is valid in a general sense, one needs to understand it is a wider context. In a general sense it means following the message of the Qur’an in a literal sense. You read and follow what you find in the Qur’an; you read and follow what you find in Ahadith. This is ‘blind following’ without wisdom. Satan becomes your guide and he is known to take on the form of many human beings. Let me off you this example. My daughter sent me a lengthy Hadith on  fasting the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. She said that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said that fasting a single day is like fasting a whole year. One  days = 10 years!. Why bother to fast the month of Ramadhan which is only for one month when you can do 10 days and earn 10 years! This is how Islamic preaching is done today (dakwah). Everyone is offered a Qur’anic verse or Hadith in a distorted manner to become rich, prosperous or a martyr etc. This what happened to many innocent Muslims from Britain and around the world when they joined the fight in Syria. This is how the Ikhwan Muslimin of Egypt lost Egypt. Look at the Arab World today.


Just what do people mean when they speak about Qur’an and Sunnah? Do you think that keeping a beard and wearing a turban is Sunnah? Please go and study Fiqh. The length of a beard needs to be the length equivalent to that of Nabi Harun (.a.s.) as when Musa (a.s.) took hold of him by his beard and definitely not some hairy growth on one’s chin! As for the turban. In those days it took on the form of one’s shroud, not some one metre piece of cloth forming a turban. So when one speaks about the Qur’an and Sunnah, he or she needs to understand it in-depth and not just end with “imitation branded goods”!

Just following the Qur’an and Sunnah is not good enough. You need to possess wisdom. Take the example of Sayyidna ‘Umar (r.a.). A man had heard the Prophet (s.a.w.) saying that “whosoever recites there is no god but Allah, will enter paradise.” ‘Umar (r.a.) dragged this man back to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and asked the Prophet whether he had said such a thing. The Prophet (s.a.w.) said he did. ‘Umar (r.a.) responded that if such was allowed, Muslim would not strive but just rely on this (to this effect). The Prophet (s.a.w.) was firm, however, we do find other sayings of his which elaborate this situation i.e. that this level of faith amounts to an atom’s weight of faith, which will see one through to heaven after a lengthy period of time in hell!. Once when conducting a class, a new French convert told me that it was time for the Zohor Prayer. He was right but he lack wisdom and adab (etiquettes). Though it is good to perform prayer on time, Allah has provided a time frame for it. You can’t expect a surgeon to abandon his patient on the operating table just because the call to prayer has been announced! A little knowledge is extremely dangerous.

One needs to possess a great deal of wisdom, not corrupt wisdom, not manipulative wisdom. Being an intellect is just “Ilmul Yaqeen”. You need “Ainul Yaqeen and “Haqqul Yaqeen” (refer to Qur’an); you needed a dedicated teacher of total submission, not some emotional guy with a sword of vengeance, the result of ‘sour grapes’. If you are just a pure follower of the Qur’an and Sunnah, you are still driving around with a camel, because if I Prophet (s.a.w.) was present, he would be going around in a jet!

One of the major reasons for backwardness is the lack of wisdom. It is this lack of wisdom that has prevented Muslims from meeting the challenges of the modern world. They are stuck with rotten unIslamic local culture and cultural imperialism. There are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration. It not a straightforward situation. There are many external forces as well as the state of iman amongst Muslims. Today, we think that as soon as we achieve power, we must implement “hukum”. Please go back and study the Seerah of the Prophet (s.a.w.); the era of Mecca and the era of Medina. It takes a certain type of people to form a state; not some imitators of fashion, outwardness but people of principled character!

Muslims need to return to the basic foundation and that is: Only Allah exists; we exist by His permission. Nothing takes place without His consent. Evidence of this can be found in the Qur’an. At the Battle of Badr, the Muslims almost lost. The Prophet (s.a.w.) took a handful of sand, recited a supplication and threw it in the air. Allah then sent His hosts to help the Muslims succeed. However in Surah Anfal verse 17 Allah says, “It was not you who slew them; it was Allah…”

We live on two parallel railway tracks; one is dunya (this world) and the other akhirah (heaven). If you just follow your ‘nafs’ (ego), you will not be able to see the wider picture. Allah will not dominate it; it is all about you. However, if Allah dominates your existence, whether you like it or not, you will have to submit to His divine decree. Even the Prophet (s.a.w.) did this at Taif. He did not take up Allah’s offer presented to him by Jibra’il (a.s.). If you follow the worldly path, you will be manipulated through the same Qur’an and Sunnah but if you follow the “Path of Muhammad” (Surah Shura verse 53), then he is “Siratal Mustaqeem” (the Straight Path – Allah’s Path)!

Finally, How come 313 ill-equipped Muslim could defeat 1,000 Quraish? How come, with the Prophet’s presence at Uhud, they lost? Why are the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab World unable to achieve success? The answer is in what I have already stated. In short, you were created along with the jinn to serve Allah and until you do so for His sake sincerely, you will not achieve success. Have no expectations in your servitude; just do so out of reverence and humility. END