I was just reading the Qur’an, actually started reading it, and there are already some points I do not really agree with.
They ‘authors/translators/scholars’ warned us that what we are reading is not the Qur’an, but rather their interpretation of it, which is in line with their school of thought; so in case, we are reading another interpretation of the ‘Qur’an’, we should not be surprised if we have read two different ‘Qur’an’.
In this same line of though, there’s a certain rigidity as the ‘authors’ claim of being on the only and right path, thereby rejecting any other interpretation of the Qur’an, which is not in line with the Hadiths they believe to be authentic – I will talk/write about Hadiths later on – to be a major sin, equivalent of ousting oneself from Islam.
When I first came to Islam, I was told about how the Qur’an has retained its sanctity over the years, and that at nearly 1400 years of age, the Qur’an is the same – word for word – as it has been revealed; something which I believe as even the earliest copies of the Qur’an tally to a T with the Qur’an we have now; plus, the oral tradition that reigned supreme in the Middle East, carried itself around the globe, so that there were, and there are millions of people who have memorized the same, identical Qur’an by heart, irrespective of their denominations.
This is fairly impressive, as I remember that God supposedly said in the Qur’an that His words will stand the trial of time, and that the Qur’an has been crafted in such a way so that nobody can even subtract or add a letter into it, without being exposed.
I have not learnt Arabic, so I prefer not to go on any further with this claim.
My problem is with the hadiths, the hadith that these ‘authors’ relied upon, when they gave their ‘best’ meaning, so that it could be closest in line with what it said in the Qur’an.
The Hadiths are basically the teachings of Muhammad; things Muhammad said about the Qur’an; if the Qur’an is a textbook, then the Hadiths are the annexes, the explication of the Qur’an; as I said, when I first came to Islam, I was told about the Book, the ONLY book, which is the Qur’an, but after having accepted Islam as a true religion, I was told of these Hadiths, which I was also bound to accept, and God be my witness, there are thousands of them, and with each school of thought, or denominations, brandishing that their selected Hadiths are the most ‘authentic’, and by ‘authentic’, I mean, ‘preserved’, that is, the Hadiths are considered on a par with the Qur’an when it comes to its forbearance of the effect of time, and ‘malicious’ human intervention.
Whichever, the hadith tell you about this and that, like how to pray, what to do before doing something, how to understand a certain verse, but there are certain hadiths which can operate harshly, and which doesn’t sound ‘divine’ at all – despite their ‘authenticity’.
Weirdly enough, when I was young, I would believe in all the Hadiths, as I was bent sure that they were inviolable, and sacred, and all; but now, not so much, there are some hadiths that do not touch me at all, but some people, Muslim in particular, would not flinch to accuse me of Blasphemy if I said something like that with them.
I understand the importance of the Hadith, but this is not where it ends; if you believe in the Qur’an, and assuming you are in a denomination, X, then you are supposed to be believing in ALL the Hadiths that this denominator has ‘verified’ as being more authentic; now the Hadiths, will get you going down a vicious spin down to confusion – why?
Hadiths are collected by some people, some of these people are said of having lived around the same time of the prophet, some, a few generation after; these collectors of Hadiths have had to remember thousands of these hadiths, there’s one guy, Al Bukhari who was said to have remembered as many as 600,000 hadiths, but which he brought down to a meagre 6000, then halved to 3000 – after having ‘deleted’ the dubious ones, the identical ones, and so on.
How he knew which of which was dubious, he had to verify with 5 or 10, and sometimes as much as 20 or so other people, about the truthfulness of the person who gave him the hadiths; now if one person out of 20 tells him that the guy who gave him the hadith has lied, then, the collector might not, would not take the hadith he had from him.
You see where this is going – it’s going fantastical.
I seek God, I believe in metaphysics, but going fantasy again, especially after that I have left Hinduism: NO SIR.