Wednesday 11 May 2011

The term “Hadith Rejector”

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The term “Hadith Rejector”

What does it mean to “reject”?

[v. ri-jekt; n. ree-jekt] –verb (used with object)

1. to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.

2. to refuse to grant (a request, demand, etc.).

3. to refuse to accept (someone or something); rebuff: The other children rejected him. The publisher rejected the author’s latest novel.

What does it mean to “Reject Hadith” or to be labelled as a “Hadith Rejector”?

Quranists are often labelled as “Rejectors of Hadith”. It has a derogatory connotation that to “Reject Hadith” is to be a “kafir” or a non-believer in God’s commands and to be non-supportive of the Messenger of God. Calling someone a “Hadith Rejector” seems to imply that they are somehow “disobedient” to the Messenger and to God. Sadly, quite often, the term “Hadith Rejector” is used as a synonym for non-muslim.

This piece will hopefully show InshaaAllah why the terms “Hadith Rejection” and “Hadith Rejector” need to be clarified. The terms do not necessarily have to imply negative connotations. It is however important to clarify what it is that Quranists DO reject.


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