ACTING ACCORDING TO THE QURAN IS ACTING ACCORDING TO THE PROPHET 45 – Say: “I do but warn you according to revelation.” 21 The Prophets, 45
19 – This Quran has been revealed to Me that I may warn you… 6 The Cattle, 19
15 – When Our clear signs are recited to them, those who do not hope to meet Us say “Bring a Quran other than this, or change it.” Say “It is not for me to change it of my will. I follow only what is revealed to me.” 10 Jonah, 15
We observe clearly that the revelation that the Quran contains the only source that the Prophet drew on, the Book denied by disbelievers who wanted to make alterations to it. The duty of the Prophet was to relate the Quran revealed unto him. Therefore, to follow the path of the Quran is to follow the path of the Prophet. The Prophet is referred to in the Quran more often than not with the attribute of ‘messenger.’ His mission was to carry on the messages he received from God to mankind. There is no reference to any other source or book. Had God deemed it necessary He would have referred us to other revelations and sources to believe in. Nevertheless, we observe today hundreds of volumes on hadiths and canonical jurisprudence claiming an authority tantamount to the authority of the Quran. While the authority of the Quran is absolute, being the only source of Islam, today it has come to be considered merely as one of the books on Islam. Its role has been reduced to an absolute minimum. The Quranic verses we have quoted above plainly reject this mentality that belittles the Quran and attributes invented sayings to Muhammad.