Dr. Jeffery Lang: An Argument Advanced by Qur’an-Only Refuted?

“And woe, that day, to the rejectors of truth! Then in what hadith, after this, will they believe? (Holy Qur’an 77:49-50)

Many people who believe in the ‘Qur’an only’ movement will often advance this particular verse of the Holy Qur’an to advance their position.

This is certainly their pre-eminent verse. It is a main-stray verse among all the Quranist.

Here is an interesting argument put forward by Dr. Jeffery Lang, one of the greatest Muslim minds of our age.

“It is doubtful that hadith in these passages refers to the narratives relating the deeds and utterances of the Prophet. In the first place it came to have this restricted meaning in Islamic scholarship well after his lifetime. Secondly, it is inconceivable that while the Prophet was alive his enemies preferred his hadiths to the Qur’an or were promoting them in an effort to undermine his mission. Instead hadith must carry here one of its more common connotations, such as, speech, chitchat, conversation, prattle, gossip, tales, report or account.”

Source: (pg 174 “Losing My Religion: A Call for Help-Jeffery Lang”)

There are two points to be gleamed from this.

a) In the first place it came to have this restricted meaning in Islamic scholarship well after his lifetime.

This is true, and Dr. Jeffery Lang has an irrefutable point here.

b). Secondly, it is inconceivable that while the Prophet was alive his enemies preferred his hadiths to the Qur’an or were promoting them in an effort to undermine his mission.

This is also an excellent point!  I mean why on earth would the enemies of the Blessed Messenger (saw) use his hadith over the Holy Qur’an?  In fact why would they use his oral narrations  at all?

So let us break this verse down:

And woe, that day, to the rejectors of truth!” -This statement is talking about those who are rejecting the Qur’an. It is directed towards an immediate target audience towards a future impeding doom.

That is why the Quranist are at a loss for trying to use this statement as a reference to those who use hadith. 
You can shut them down every single time.

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3 responses to “Dr. Jeffery Lang: An Argument Advanced by Qur’an-Only Refuted?

  1. Pingback: Dr. Jeffery Lang: Our children are suspicious of Hadith | primaquran

  2. That Allah warn us against the Hadith and its fabricators well in advance is not a proof that this understanding is valid. The Quran is for ALL time, and the corruptors of Islam and their work on making Islam a religion with blind rituals have always been going on. To arrive at the Deen of Allah we must reject ALL Hadith;
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    • “Whilst studying the Quran, certain merits are needed; an unadulterated perception, impervious to prejudice and biased opinions, removal of previous or existing notions and perspicacity of Quranic teaching”

      And that is the problem, isn’t it? Can you say for example that you nor your group are free from this?

      Can you say with certainty that you or your group don’t approach the Qur’an with your won presuppositions, cultural upbringings and use them as filters?

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