Learning our Deen (Islam)

August 6, 2007

Quran tells us to follow the Sunnah (Hadith) = Obey the Messenger

Filed under: Beginner — Um Abdullah M. @ 8:34 pm

1st point = Obediance of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)

  • Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and beware (of evil): if ye do turn back, know ye that it is Our Messenger’s duty to proclaim (the Message) in the clearest manner. (5: 92).
  • O ye who believe! obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: that is best, and most suitable for final determination. (4: 59).
  • Say: “Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger: but if ye turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him and ye for that placed on you. If ye obey him, ye shall be on right guidance.(24: 54).
  • And whoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger, Allâh shall admit him in the Gardens underneath which rivers flow. (4:13)
  • And whoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger, he has won a great success. (33:71)
  • And we sent no messenger, but that he should be obeyed by the leave of Allâh. (4:64)

These are only a some of the verse ordering to obey the Messenger of Allah :s:

They are many.

Now, you might say:

“that is not evidance for following his sunnah, obeying the prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) means obeying what is in Quran that he came with from Allah”

That is incorrect, becasue the Quran is Allah’s words not the Prophets (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) words, so obeying the what is in the Quran is obeying Allah ‘azza wa jal.

It can’t mean obeying the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) because it is not his words, so it is not his commands.

Here is a scenerio to make it more clear:

Ms A. told Ms B. : ” Your mother says: clean your room or no watching TV for a whole month”.

Ms. B goes and cleans her room.

Now Ms. B cleaning her room was obediance to who? her mother or Ms A.?

of course she would be obeying her mother, because her mother is the one who ordered her to clean her room, Ms. B is just a conveyer of the mother’s words\her orders.
But, when the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) himself (with his words) orders the believers to do something or forbids them from something, then doing what he says would be called obediance to him, because the words are his.

There are even more clear evidances for that, which I will put in next post insha Allah.

also, u notice in some verses, the word “obey” is repeated, first “obey Allah” then “obey” again before mentioning the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, which is to stress that we must obey the Messenger himself, in what he tells us.

Point 2

Sunnah is revelation from Allah

  1. The Prophets commands by his words are revelation itself, and they are the commands of Allah by meaning sent down to the Messenger to be delivered to the believers by the Messenger’s words.So the Quran is revelation by meaning and wordand the Sunnah is revelation by meaning only.
    Evidance of that is:And whoever obeys the Messenger, thereby obeys Allâh. (4:80)
    It is obediance to Allah because:
  1. Allah has commanded us in Quran to obey the Messenger, so obeying him would be obeying Allah’s command
  2. The Prophet’s (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) teachings are not from himself, but from Allah, He is the one who tought him to teach the believers, so obeying the Prophet’s teachings would be obeying Allah.

Also, some points regarding this

  1. The Messenger of Allah would not make up his own commands, and he wouldn’t know what Allah wants us to do unless Allah tought him what He wants, and to say that the Messenger of Allah made up things from himself without the command of Allah, would be saying that the Messenger of Allah betrayed the Message and that Allah choose an untrustworthy man to deliver His message, and that would be an attack on Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
  2. The Messenger is sent to deliver the book and explaing it to the people, and Allah states clearly that he sent Prophet Muhammad sallallau alayhi wa sallam to explain to people what Allah has sent to themAnd We have also sent down unto you (O Muhammad SAW) the reminder and the advice (the Qur’ân), that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them, and that they may give thought. (16:44)

Also, check the part of the ayah that is in color blue (above)


1 Comment »

  1. jazakillah khair

    Comment by Sami'ul Islaam Ibn 'Alam — January 12, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

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