The Holy Qur’an: The Source Of Beliefs

Question

Is the Holy Qur'an merely the source of belief? What other sources should we consult to understand the teachings of the faith?


Answer

The entire religion is housed in the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah. The Holy Qur'an reforms both our belief and actions. Therefore, many religious teachings have been explicated in the Holy Qur'an. The Sunnah consists of the practices which the Almighty Allah has taught to us through the Holy Prophet (sws). Your question is directed to the people who take the Holy Qur'an as the only source of religion. The religious teachings reached us through the Sunnah have been referred to by the Holy Qur'an as known and conventional practices so it does not explicate them. However, if something of the sunnah has not been presented in the Sunnah then the Holy Qur'an has clearly explicated its methodology. A prominent example of this is the method of making ablution.

(Translated into English by Abid Mahmood)

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

Answered by this author