HOW TO RECONCILE THESE HADITHS WITH ISLAM?
Having stressed the fact that a hadith cannot be a source of Islam, we evaluated the hadiths according to:
1. The Quran
2. Other hadiths
4. Interpolations of hadiths
and revised our conclusions, which once more corroborated our opinions. Some of the hadiths we examined contradicted the Quran, some were clashing with other hadiths, some were paradoxical, while others were mere additions. To avoid stuffing our book with further encyclopedic data we produced but ten instances in every chapter. We hope that our undertaking will enable people to perceive the light shed by the Quran and the darkness enveloping the hadiths.
We wonder whether the members of the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi and Hanbali sects still contend that these hadiths are worthy of being considered part of God’s religion. If so, they must abandon them altogether. If, moreover, these hadiths are considered unreliable, the mentality of the sects will automatically suffer a reversal and the sects themselves will, of necessity, be rendered null and void. The consequence will be the victory of the only source of religion, the Quran; God’s will! We saw in Chapter 2 that the Quran was in fact a complete work wherein everything was explained sufficiently. And in the course of the last four chapters, we produced samples of hadiths to enable our readers to be convinced that the Quran is indeed the sole source of Islam. If this fact has been made plain enough, return to the Quran, take stock of what have been demonstrated regarding your traditions and conventions that may have been generated from sectarian practices and hadiths. Abandoning all your preconceived habits, start then from the very beginning by returning to the Quran. If you still insist on your former convictions, why not pore over the Quran again and again and revise the hadiths in Its light.
77 – And it certainly is a guide and a mercy to those who believe. 27 The Ant, 77