THERE IS NO NEED FOR COMMENTARIES, HADITHS, BOOKS ON ISLAMIC ‘CATECHISM,’ ETC. 32 – Those who disbelieved said: “Why did the Quran not come to him all at once?” It was sent thus We may keep your heart resolute. So We enunciated it by steps and distinctly.
33 – There is not an example they advance to which We do not give you the truth and the best commentary (ahsena tafsir). 25 The Distinguisher, 32-33
The infidels have often been warned in the Quran; therefore, their protests are directed to the Quran. All interpretations and commentaries are included in the Quran. The only place where the Arabic word tafsir is mentioned is in the verse quoted above. God says that the best commentary of the Quran is the Quran itself. A considerable number of books entitled ‘Commentary (tafsir) on the Quran’ contain hadiths that are judged to be companions to it. While the Quran is the commentary, other commentaries are superfluous and cannot be taken as sources. Islam may be understood without reference to commentaries.
1 – Gracious
2 – Taught the Quran 55 Gracious, 1-2
17 – Surely its collection and recitation is Our responsibility.
18 – So, as We recite it, follow its reading.
19 – Then it is We who will explain it. 75 The Resurrection, 17-19
God has assumed the task of teaching and explaining the Quran. In other words, the Quran is self-explanatory. If in a given verse, an explanation has remained unclear; in another verse everything becomes clear. So the Quran has no need for hadiths, commentaries or canonical jurisprudence. There is no mention in the Quran about the need to refer to such books. The Quran states that it is God who will teach and explain everything in the best manner possible. As an instance of this we can refer our readers to Sura Prologue, 4, where it is said that God is the Master of the Day of Religion. Readers of the Quran who want to know what the ‘Day of Religion’ means may refer to the following verses to understand what it means: 15 Al Hijr 35; 26 The Poets 82; 37 Who Stand on Row 20; 38 Sad 78; 83 The Cheaters 11. Having read through them they come to the conclusion that it means the day when we shall be raised from the dead. As we observe from this, whatever we are after in the name of religion exists in the Quran. The Quran is self-explanatory.