Ever thought what "Al-Furqan" refers to?

"Blessed is He Who has revealed unto His slave the Criterion (of right and wrong), that he may be a warner to the peoples: " 25:1 (Surah Al-Furqan)

"The Criterion" = "Al-Furqan"

The reference is -- the Criterion (or Standard) of judging a matter and concluding what is right or wrong, Halal or Haram.

Allah Almighty has stated in very plain terms that His Final Message is the Criterion of right and wrong.

Whenever we are confused or indecisive about a certain matter, not knowing what to do or how to handle it in manner that's proper, we are required to refer to the Quran. Once we do that, we will either find direct information / commandments concerning the problem we are facing; or, we will surely find the general framework of spiritual, social and legal values / principles within the Quran which will help to provide us with the much needed guidelines to deduce a satisfactory conclusion.

The Divine commandment to the Prophet (SAAW) which must also be followed by all believers to judge in accordance with the Final Message of Allah is highlighted in Verse 5:48 of Surah Al-Maidah as well: "And unto you have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah has revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which has come unto you."

But the Muslims have flouted this vital instruction of Allah (The Most High) by preferring to choose another book (that is, Hadith, from which ensue the Fiqh and Shariah containing very little or nothing of the Quran) as their criterion instead, being hardly aware of the seriousness of such a violation and its consequences in the Hereafter.

Allah Almighty has categorically stated in His final Message that the Quran is "Al-Furqan" but the Ummah has turned away and said 'no.' Two hundred years after the passing away of Prophet Muhammad (SAAW), the Muslims gradually drifted away from the Divine and flawless Book of Allah, and began getting attracted to this man-written literature as their standard of judging Halal and Haram.

Though the Noble Quran is a stand-alone Book, mainstream Muslims place the Hadith next to the Quran and call it "second to the Quran." This gesture turns still more unethical and insolent when it is invariably followed by their claim that the Hadith is indispensible because it "explains the Quran."

Thus, the first offence of the Ummah against Allah is right here ..
To claim that the Quran cannot be understood without the Hadith would mean that the Quran is not complete nor independent. I would say 'AstaghfarAllah' to that. It's a contradiction and a mockery of the Words of Allah as stated in Verse 5:3 of Surah Al-Maidah where Allah mentions "This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor unto you, and have chosen for you as religion AL- ISLAM." Please note the Divine Words - "perfected" and "completed." Why is the Book of Allah (religion) "perfected?" It's "perfected" because it's got nothing lacking in it. And for this reason, Allah's favor has been "completed" unto us.

The second violation of the Ummah ..
To claim that the perfected Quran cannot be understood without the Hadith, a man-written book filled with flaws, would automatically imply that the Quran is not fit to be a Criterion because it's "incomplete." Again, rudely refuting what Allah has categorically stated in Verse 25:1.

May Allah grant guidance to the ignorant and arrogant amongst us.

Last but not least, it is NOT for a Hadith adherent to justify their stance, claiming that the Hadith "explains" the Quran by narrating what isn't found in the Quran. Rather, it is they who ought to be questioned that if the Quran does not narrate or command a certain issue, how can the Hadith have the audacity to authorize itself to narrate or add that issue?