A Major Problem: The Defamatory Idea that the Hadiths Have Abrogated Verses
We have already looked at the subject of abrogation. We have examined, with full supporting evidence, the illogicality of the idea that one verse can cancel out another. The problem here is that some supposed scholars of religion have gone so far as to say that hadiths have abrogated the commands in verses.
Those who make that claim are essentially defaming our Prophet (pbuh). They are cunningly trying to make people believe that our Prophet (pbuh) went beyond the Qur’an with his words and practices and did things that are not in the Qur’an (surely our Prophet is beyond that).
Our Prophet (pbuh) governed on the basis of the Qur’an and lived by the Qur’an alone. Our Prophet (pbuh) has absolutely no authority to make anything lawful or unlawful outside the Qur’an, and because of his prophethood and powerful fear of God, he would in any case never do such a thing. Almighty God reveals in a verse that this attracts His wrath:
… this (the Qur’an) is the word of a noble messenger. It is not the word of a poet –how little faith you have! Nor the word of a fortune-teller –how little heed you pay! It is a revelation from the Lord of all the worlds. If he had made up any sayings and ascribed them to Us, We would have seized him by force, and then We would have cut off his life-blood and not one of you could have protected him. (Qur'an, 69:40-47)
The Qur’an is an explanation of everything and has been preserved. As God reveals in one verse:
...This (the Qur’an) is not a narration which has been invented but confirmation of all that came before, a clarification of everything, and a guidance and a mercy for people who believe. (Qur'an, 12:111)
As is clear from the verse, “O Prophet! Why do you make unlawful what God has made lawful for you, seeking to please your wives? God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful” (Qur'an, 66:1), our Prophet (pbuh) has no authority to make lawful things unlawful, even in his own private life. In addition, God makes it clear in numerous verses, such as “Jurisdiction over it belongs to God alone” (Qur'an, 6:57) and “Nor does He share His rule with anyone” (Qur'an, 18:26) that He is the only source of commandments and jurisdiction. God’s commandments are in the Qur’an.
It is therefore impossible for our Prophet (pbuh) to issue a commandment that God has not issued.
When access to the Qur’an is obstructed and some people have the sheer effrontery to say that the verses of the Qur’an have been abrogated by hadiths, it becomes exceedingly easy to fabricate a new religion and attract large masses of people toward it. Let us have a look at some fabricated hadiths in order to see this new Islam which is entirely different from the one in the Qur’an.