We are not “Qur’an only”, but we are “Qur’an first” — a tradition which has a long lineage amongst those who learn and teach the recitation of the Qur’an. Imam Abu Hanifa, even if not the Hanafi madhab as it subsequently developed, was also “Qur’an first”. If a hadith contradicted the outward meaning of the Qur’an, he rejected the narration. Aisha did the same. It is sad that people who try their best to return the Qur’an to its rightful place are given nicknames and labels, and are written off as unlearned fools. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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