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The desertion of Quran by the majority seeking for other sources

Introduction

God has repeatedly mentioned in the Quran that Quran is guidance, mercy, healing and good news providing clear proofs as well as clarifying its verses for the people who believe. Hence, to those who believe in God, His guidance should be enough to stay in the straight path through appropriate beliefs and perfect practices decreed by Him. But it is unfortunate that many of us who claim that they believe in God, even in His guidance are not able to find it to be enough for what they need to become righteous to Him. Guidance given by Him who has created us and who knows us better than we know ourselves would not be enough cannot be acceptable to any believer who has common sense. What can be thought of the root cause of desertion of the Quran for other sources is failing to find exact details what need to practice the rites decreed by God because of misinterpretation of certain verses as well as inappropriate reflection to many.

Reflection on certain divine teachings in the Quran

This study is aimed to understand the root cause of desertion of Quran for other sources, even though God has made it a means to achieve righteousness with Him. Here are certain matters in the Quran how are dealt when the Quran is around us for more than 1400 years may help us to have a real picture:

Quran as a means to achieve righteousness
[2:1] (By) Alef.Laam.Meem.
[2:2] This scripture wherein there is no doubt, is guidance for the righteous (lil’muttaqeen).
Note: This verse followed by an oath of God taking by referring to 3 letters of the Arabic alphabet confirms that this scripture (Quran) is the means for those who submit to God, then want to achieve His nearness to be on the journey: MuslimMu’meenMuttaqeen reflected in many subsequent verses in the Quran including the verse mentioned below:
[49:14] The Arabs said: “We believe.” Say: “You have not believed (yet), but (you should) say: ‘We have submitted”, since the belief has not yet entered into your hearts. And if you obey God and His messenger, He will not put any of your works to waste. Indeed, God is Forgiving, Most Merciful.

Expressing gratefulness to God for giving us the clear guidance
[2:185] Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed as guidance for the people, the clear guidance, and the statute book. So whoever among you witnesses the month, then he should fast in it. And whoever is ill or on a journey then (should fast) the prescribed number in other days. God wishes for you ease and He does not wish for you hardship, and that you can complete the prescribed number, and that you can glorify God for what He has guided you, so that you may be grateful.
Note: Fasting is decreed during the month of Ramadan to glorify God to be thankful to Him for giving us guidance to reach our goal and to complete the prescribed number of days in other months if someone is sick or on a journey while we have to reflect to the fact that we must study, understand and follow the Quran being our guidance to have real benefit even from fasting too.

[2:187] Permitted for you is to approach unto your wives during the nights of fasting. They are garments for you and you are garments for them. God knew that you used to betray your souls. So He has redeemed you and has forgiven you. Now, you may have relation with them and seek what God has prescribed for you. And you may eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn. Then, you shall fast until the night. And do not have relation with them while you are devoted in the masjid. These are the God given limits, so do not transgress them. Thus, God makes His revelations clear to the people so that they may be righteous (yattaquuna).
Note: This verse is an update of fasting being the existing practice permitting sexual relation between the fasting spouses during the nights of fasting if someone does not stay in the masjids for commemoration of God while details on how to fast is included in the verse. Even though there is a hint to stay in the masjids but not a specific order for us to stay in the masjids during the last 10 days of Ramadan except innovation, and to link to 10 nights from the items of God’s oath found in (89:2) to this invented last 10 days event makes no sense except misinterpretation.

Declaration of faith
[3:18] God bears witness that there is no other god besides He, and so do the angels and the knowledgeable standing with justice. There is no other god besides He, the Almighty, the Most Wise.
Note: Shahadah is a declaration of faith repeated in a number of verses in the Quran but it is a key verse that can be reflected to avoid the corrupt form of it appending Muhammad’s name as a messenger of God, even reflecting to the order given to Muhammad in this matter to see corrupt:
[47:19] Therefore, you (Muhammad) shall know that there is no god besides God (in Arabic, laa ilaaha illaa allah), and ask forgiveness of your sins and of the believing men as well as the believing women. And God is aware of your (all) endeavor and attainment.

Inspiration of the whole Quran into prophet’s soul
[44:3] Indeed, we have revealed it (scripture) in a blessed night, indeed, we are warning.
[44:4] In it (the blessed night), every matter of wisdom is clarified.
Note: Quran was placed (inspired) into prophet’s soul clarifying every matter in it.

[97:1] Indeed, we revealed it (the Quran) in the Night of Power.
[97:2] And do you know what the Night of Power is?
[97:3] The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
[97:4] The angels and the Spirit (the Gabriel) descend therein (the Night of Power), by their Lord’s leave, with every command.
[97:5] Peace it (the Night of Power) is until the advent of the dawn.
Note: This sura depicts the completion process of revealing the whole Quran involving the Gabriel and the angels indicating the significance of the night, which is better than a thousand months in the mathematical language but no ritual is decreed associated with the night while the annual observance of laylatal qadr is an innovation.

Warning for the prophet but a reminder for us
[69:43] It is a revelation from Lord of the worlds.
[69:44] And if he (Muhammad) had uttered any other utterances (al-aqaaweeli).
[69:45] Certainly, we would have caught him up by the right hand.
[69:46] Then we would have certainly cut off the aorta (main artery) from him.
[69:47] Then no one from you could prevent him from (it).
[69:48] Indeed, this is a reminder (la-tadhkiratun) for the righteous (lil’muttaqeena).
Note: Here is a warning for the prophet not to recite any teachings other than the Quran, which is a reminder for the righteous. So there should have not any doubt that collection of prophet’s sayings claimed as hadiths are made up stories and the prophet was innocent of it

Explanation of Quran is in the Quran
[75:16] Do not move your (Muhammad) tongue with it (Quran) to hasten it.
[75:17] Indeed, it is upon us to collect it and recite it.
[75:18] So when we recite it, then you (Muhammad) shall follow its recitation.
[75:19] Then indeed, it is upon us to clarify it.
Note: The direct proof has reflected in the above verses that Quran has enough details and the prophet did not explain Quran with his own words except the false claim by the ignorant.

Studying Quran to understand its messages
[16:98] So, when you read the Quran, you shall seek refuge in God from Satan, the rejected.
Note: Satan will do his utmost to keep us away from the message to make us losers as our great enemy and we must pay proper attention when we read the Quran to know God’s teachings but just customary recitation of “I refuge in God from the Satan the rejected” before recitation of the Quran is a misinterpretation.
[54:17] We made the Quran easy to learn. Does any of you wish to learn?
Note: Emphasis has just been given to the memorization of Quran with a notion around us that it is difficult to understand while memorization played an important role for verbal communication down the generations until having a standardized Quran in 1918 (printed in 1924) but studying it and knowing its messages are the main objective for all generations of people to follow it as guidance for all the people of the world.
[56:77] Indeed, this is undoubtedly an honorable Quran (innahu la-qur’aanun kareemin).
Note: God has ensured Quran to be honorable assigning one of His own attributes to it that we should value His words as they should be valued if we are really certain about the Hereafter to stay in the straight path expecting recompense from Him when we meet Him.
[56:78] In a protected book.
Note: God, the author of Quran has guaranteed to prevail authentic the Quran at all its phases: revelation (what Gabriel revealed), recitation (prophet’s recitation) and scripture (written form).
[56:79] None can grasp (touch) it except the sincere (laa-yamassuhu illaa al-mut’haruuna).
Note: None can understand the Quran except the sincere but ablution (wudu) requires for reading the Quran is a myth while ablution only requires for observing the Salat prayer.

Divine promise to protect the Quran
[15:9] Indeed, we have sent down the reminder (Quran), and indeed, we will preserve it.
Note: The myth around us about the divine promise to protect the Quran from any distortions is the invisible force will come down to protect it when any extraneous materials are attempted to inject into it while we know now what is directly connected to this promise is the mathematical coding of Quran, which will serve to continue the purified Quran in the world removing any insertions occur down its communication.
[27:82] And when the punishment is almost due against them, we will produce for them a creature from the earth speaking to them that the people are not certain about our revelations.
Note: The prophecy in the Quran to produce a creature from the earth for authenticity of the Quran to bring people back to the Quran when the majority people are away from God’s revelations what we know now is computer while there is a myth around us that it will be brought from Makkah, or from somewhere else. Its head is like the head of a bull, its eyes are like the eyes of a pig, its ears are like the ears of an elephant, its horns are like the horns of a stag, its neck is like the neck of an ostrich, its chest is like the chest of a lion, its colour is like the colour of a tiger, its haunches are like the haunches of a cat, its tail is like the tail of a ram, and its legs are like the legs of a camel. Is not the description shocking to a person who has common sense?

Advent of a messenger after Muhammad
[3:81] And when God took a covenant from the prophets: “Whatever I have given you of scripture and wisdom, then a messenger comes to you confirming what is with you. You shall believe in him and support him.” He said: “Do you agree and bear My covenant on that?” They said: “We agree.” He said: “Then bear witness, and I am with you of the witnesses.”
Note: The prophecy in the Quran to send a messenger after delivering all the scriptures is a clear indication that Muhammad was the last prophet but not the last messenger.
[33:7] And when we took from the prophets their covenant, and from you (Muhammad), and from Noah, and Abraham, and Moses, and Jesus the son of Mary. And we took from them a solemn covenant.
Note: This verse is a confirmation of the prophecy in the verse, 3:81 and an assurance for us to eliminate any doubt from our hearts about Muhammad to be the prophesied messenger.
[33:40] Muhammad was not father of anyone of your men but having a messenger of God and seal of the prophets, and God has done being Knower of everything.
Note: The core message in the verse is not Muhammad but the message given to him (Quran) is a messenger of God and seal of the prophets. This is not only the case but there are other instances of “rasuul” in the Quran that directly refer to the God’s message to be His messenger. Even though our understanding of Quran to be the last scripture is not incorrect but we fail to make its right interpretation for long because of personality cult in our beliefs and practices.

System in the Quran to exist a pure Quran
[74:1] O you the hidden one.
[74:2] Stand and warn.
[74:3] Glorify your Lord.
[74:4] Purify your garment (Quran).
[74:5] And get rid of the uncleanliness (extraneous).
[74:6] And do not be greedy.
Note: There is hint in the above verses to remove what would be extraneous in the Quran in order to purify it, and uphold the purified message to commemorate God, and the purification will be done by the hidden one by His leave based on His given system in the Quran and the Quran is referred to be our garment while these verses are misinterpreted around the prophet referring to his garments, which does not make any sense when God is concerned.

[74:30] Over it is nineteen.
Note: A hint of 19-based mathematical coding of the Quran and a prophetic sign for the messenger who has been destined to unveil the code of the Quran by God’s leave.
[74:31] And we made the angels to be guardians of Hell, and we did not make their number except: (1) to warn the disbelievers, (2) to make certain for those who were given the scripture (Jews and Christians), (3) to strengthen the faith of those who believed (Muslims), and (4) to eliminate any doubt from those who were given the scripture (Jews and Christians) and the believers (Muslims). And that those who have disease in their hearts (hypocrites) as well as the disbelievers would say, “What did God mean by this allegory?” Thus, God misguides whomever He wills and He guides whomever He wills. None knows your Lord’s soldiers except He. And it is but a reminder for the humans.
Note: Here is the hint of the mathematical coding of Quran. Both it (hiya) and a reminder (dhik’raa) in the last phrase of the verse are in the feminine form that make it different from the Quran, which is also a reminder (dhik’r) but in the masculine form.

Difference between prophet and messenger
[2:213] The people used to be one community when God sent the prophets as bearers of good news as well as warners, and He sent down with them the scripture containing the truth to judge between the people of what they disputed in it. And they did not differ in it except those who were given it out of jealously among themselves after what came to them the clear proofs. Then God guides those who believed to the truth what they disputed in it in accordance with His will. And God guides whoever He wills in a straight path.
Note: Prophets are given scripture to deliver as defined in the verse while messengers are commissioned to deliver any other messages other than scripture as confirmed in 3:81. However, according to Quran all prophets are messengers but all messengers are not prophets.

Idolizing the prophet
[3:31] Say: “If you love God, then follow me (prophet); God will love you and He will forgive your sins.” And God is Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Note: There should not be any doubt that this order from God for the believers to follow the prophet for the message what has been sent down to him when he had a direct contact with the people as well as for the believers of the subsequent generations when he is no more among them. Hence, the order for us now to follow the message (Quran) what he left for us but none can find any logic to interpret it to be an order from God for the believers to follow his sayings or how he had dressed up or led his family life, even his sayings were not compiled rather than 150 years later after his death.
[33:56] Indeed, God and His angels support the prophet. O you who believe, you shall support him, and regard him as he should be regarded.
Note: This verse is the root cause of idolizing Muhammad, which has been misinterpreted to send blessings to him, even “Darud” was inserted into our 5 times Salat prayer while God has ordered the contemporary believers here to follow, support and respect the prophet when he was with them, and this order for us now is to follow the message (Quran) what he left for us. In addition, the word “prophet” is consistently used in reference to Muhammad in the Quran referring to him during his life not after his death.

How to respect messenger
[49:1] O you who believe, do not place your opinion above that of God and His messenger. You shall reverence God. God is Hearer, Omniscient.
Note: The messenger delivered the God’s message, who strictly followed His commands, and the believers should not have any opinion and plan other than God and His messenger.
[49:2] O you who believe, do not raise your voices above the voice of the prophet, nor shall you shout at him as you shout at each other, lest your works become nullified while you do not perceive.
[49:3] Surely, those who lower their voices at the messenger of God are the ones whose hearts are prepared by God to become righteous. They have deserved forgiveness and a great recompense.
Note: In 49:2-3 God has taught the contemporary believers how they should behave with the messenger during his lifetime. Obviously, they could not possibly raise their voices above the prophet’s voice.
[49:4] Indeed, those who call you (Muhammad) from behind the walls, most of them do not understand.
Note: It is also a God’s teaching for the contemporary believers to respect the messenger when he was alive and it was not befitting for the believers to call the prophet from the other side of the wall being a leader and a fatherly figure among them.

Reconciliation of disputes between spouses
[4:34] Men are caregivers of women because God has given them certain qualities and because they spend from their wealth. So, the righteous women voluntarily accept that what God has enjoined to guard. If you fear rebellion from them (women), then you should advise them, and you may desert them in the bed and even you may completely ignore them (wa-id’ribuuhunna). But if they obey you, then do not seek a way against them. Indeed, God is Most High, Most Great.
Note: God has stated the steps of reconciliation: advice, desertion in bed and complete desertion, when there are disputes between spouses but there is no indication for using the physical force in marriage except misinterpretation of the Arabic word, id’ribuuhunna from the multiple meaning root word, daraba, which means cover, ignore, desert, strike and so on.

Women’s dress code
[24:31] And tell the believing women to subdue their eyes and maintain their chastity. They shall not reveal their body parts except what is needed. They shall place covers over their chests and shall not expose except to their husbands, their fathers, the fathers of their husbands, their sons, the sons of their husbands, their brothers, the sons of their brothers, the sons of their sisters, other women, the male servants or employees whose sexual drive has been nullified, or the children who have no knowledge of private body parts of the women. They shall not strike their feet when they walk in order to shake and reveal any private parts of their bodies. You all shall repent to God, O you believers so that you may succeed.
Note: This verse is the root cause of misconception about the dress code of women, and head covering becomes a fashion as religious observant. The words, “Yadribna” comes from the root word “Daraba” (verb) meaning to beat, strike, cover, set up, travel, take away, give, get out, draw over, separate etc. and “Khumurihinna” comes from the root word “Khimar” (noun) meaning cover or any cover along with a prefixed “Bi” means in, with or by in the verse and zeenatahunna or zeenatihinna comes from the root word, “zeena” meaning women body parts translating to ornaments or adornment while the Arabic counter part of ornament is “zukhruf”.

Conclusion

Review is done reflecting to the following to find the causes of desertion of the Quran for other sources as teachings of Islam: (1) Quran as a means to achieve righteousness, (2) expressing gratefulness to God for giving us the clear guidance, (3) declaration of faith, (4) inspiration of the whole Quran, (5) prophet recited nothing but the Quran, (6) explanation of Quran is in the Quran, (7) studying Quran to understand its messages, (8) divine promise to protect the Quran, (9) advent of a messenger after Muhammad, (10) system in the Quran to exist a pure Quran, (11) difference between prophet and messenger, (12) idolizing the prophet, (13) how to respect messenger, (14) women’s dress code and (15) reconciliation of disputes between spouses.

It is clear from the review that the causes of desertion of the Quran for other sources as teachings of Islam by the majority who claim them Muslims or Islamic scholars are because of misinterpretation and inappropriate reflection to many verses of the Quran. If they could reflect to the infinite wisdom of God, they would not fall into such situation to make them defiant or make other losers. So, we are being deceived by the ignorant scholars for disregarding the ways and means given by God being aware of our all needs to be righteous to Him. Thus, those who are mocking God gathering around the monasteries are the criminals in the eye of God and if we can avoid them and what they advocate, we may expect to be guided to take initiatives to practice His region in a right way according to His guidance to please Him to be rewarded by Him.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless. Tafazzal (2/22/2019).