In both 2016 and 2017 I’ve posted much about hadith authenticity (or more about what is not authentic), not from a Quranist perspective — although my sympathies are with them more often than not — but from a logical and intellectual perspective. I will continue to do this now that 2018 is upon us, but this post right here that I got from Tumblr sums up just about all of my beliefs about the hadith.
While I agree that the hadith are an important part of Islam when they elaborate further on what is found in the Quran, there’s no way that I can believe something that violates or contradicts what is clearly established in the Quran. Hadith are secondary to the Quran, and it’s disheartening for me to see how people have corrupted Islam and turned it into some legalistic cult by elevating them to the level of the Quran or even higher! I’m here trying to follow God, not people who want to control every aspect of my life.
I converted to Islam three years ago because I believed the Quran was true when I read it. It’s not a religion that insults my intellect or my wanting to question and challenge. Islam invites doing this to bring about progress, and getting an education is a duty upon every single Muslim. I’ve already said all I had to say about this a long time ago, but I think it’s important that we remind ourselves of this from time to time because it’s so easy to fall into legalism and corruption.
May God guide us to the right path. Happy New Year!