NOTHING HAS BEEN OMITTED FROM THE BOOK 38 – Nothing have We omitted from the Book. 6 The Cattle, 38
Considering that God states that nothing has been omitted from the Book, those who make use of the Book as a prayer recited for the souls of the departed and who are enchanted by its music are ignorant of its meaning. They try to supersede the Quran with books on ‘Islamic catechism,’ to replace the meaning of it by incantations, to substitute the dead for the living and to favor the Islam of the sectarians in total disregard of the Quran. They seem to be doomed to remain in the dark unless they begin to pay due attention to the meaning inherent in it and be more concerned with the living than the dead.
154 – What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
155 – Why do you not take heed?
156 – Do you have solid proof?
157 – Then bring your Book, if you are truthful. 37 Who Stand in a Row, 154-157
36 – What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
37 – Have you a book through which you learn?
38 – In it, do you find anything you want? 68 The Pen, 36-38
49 – You shall judge between them in accordance with God’s revelations to you. 5 The Feast, 49
These verses point to the fact that religious commands are from God. All other injunctions and admonitions are false, null and void in religious terms. If a given word or behavior attributed to the Prophet is brought forth as evidence for an act not mentioned in the Quran, the hadith in question is sure to be unfounded; or it may have been a personal opinion of the Prophet which is of no consequence in religious terms. It is explicitly stated in the Quran (Sura The Feast, 49) that the Prophet lived solely by the Quran, the Book that contains all the religious prescriptions. If we take the Quran as our only guidance, we are sure to be on the right path and have no need for any further authority. (We shall study the issue of obedience to God and His prophets in Chapter 27.)
69 – This is nothing but a reminder and a Quran making things evident (mübiyn). 36 Yasin, 69
The Arabic word mubin, comes from beyan (evident, clear). The same expression is encountered in such verses as 26 The Poets 2; 27 The Ant 1; 28 The History 2.. These statements that declare that the Quran is clear enough as an answer to those who contend that the Quran can be understood only by reference to the hadiths and the sayings of the imams of religious schools. In verse 79 of Sura The Ant, the Prophet is addressed with the following words: “So put your trust in God, you are following the evident truth.” It is the Quran that reveals the truth to the Prophet. Therefore, all that is attributed to the Prophet is valid so long as it is sanctioned by the Quran. The Quran, which is clear, is a sufficient source for us to understand both it and the Prophet.