Surah 7:3


Dr. Zohurul Hoque & Husain Nuri


7:3  "You follow what has been revealed to you from your Rabb, and do not follow besides Him any patron.  Little it is what you mind!"

7:3 The pronoun 'you' primarily addresses the mankind, particularly the believers, who must adhere to the Qur'ân. The verse ends stating little is what you mind, implying the plain message of the verse is often overlooked due to simplicity of the tone. The Muslims are duty bound to follow what has been revealed to you from your Rabb, a command reiterated in various format again and again in the Qur'ân (6:19,114; 21:10; 25:30; 28:56; 29:51; 36:11; 43:43-4), without ever explicitly or implicitly giving permission to follow anything other than the Qur'ân. On the other hand, for spiritual advancement, the Qur'ân prohibits following any work that is not revealed from the Rabb (10:109). In the context of abiding by the divine revelation, the directive not to follow awliyâ' (lit. patrons, protectors) implies not to obey those authorities whose subjective and parochial views are detrimental to the spirit of the Qur'ân.







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