With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 42 (Shura-Consultation)
Dealing with differences
Verse 10: Whatever it be wherein ye differ, the decision thereof is with Allah: such is Allah my Lord: In Him I trust, and to Him I turn.
Differences if not dealt with lead to diputes and ultimately disunity. Resolving differences is never easy but ultimately necessary. However, the manner of resolving differences if left to human devices are unlikely to succeed and may even undermine the truth. The verse makes it clear that the final decision (Hukm) is Allah (SWT)’s. Furthermore it is also clear that the role of unalterable law maker is that of Allah (SWT).
Cross reference – Sura 5 Verse 48: To you (O Muhammed) We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee.
In the above verse we see that this was also made plain to the Prophet (SAW) to use the Quran as his criterion for decision making and so too, it continues to be the principle for our times.