Upfront and honest
May 21, 2011 3 Comments
I found this post on a forum:
entitled “Some of our Quran-alone speakers need to be more upfront”
“To be a Quran-only follower means to follow the authentic traditional Islam adhered to by our Prophet (SAAW), minus all later-time annexations in the form of Hadith, fatwas etc. not included in the Quran nor warranted by the Quran.
By the Grace of Allah, there are folks who are waking up to this truth and coming to the path of the Quran-alone, putting aside all man-made stories and ideologies. Many of them are also inviting others to this path. May Allah Almighty reward their efforts and grant them success.
Much to our pleasure, the Quranic lectures of our Quran-only brothers and sisters speak extensively on various Quranic topics. How much of their talks interpret the Quran correctly or otherwise is another matter which I will not discuss now. However, I repeat, may Allah bless their efforts.
Unfortunately there is a problem which is constantly causing a setback to the hard work of many of our Quran-alone speakers. The problem sprouts from their own mindsets. Majority of them seem too infatuated by the notion of attaining a ‘celebrity status’ within their small or large groups of fans instead of winning the admiration of Allah Almighty. While speaking directly on Quranic issues, our enlightened speakers hesitate to forthrightly expose those aspects within the Muslim spiritual world that distract believers from the Glorious Quran. These aspects and issues are the widespread corruption infused by the Hadith literature and fatwas galore! Thus, the efforts of our insightful speakers are left incomplete because of their wariness and evasion to directly highlight these issues and the necessity of their exclusion. Reason? The uneasiness caused by the possibility of losing their audience.
Alongside Quran followers, the Quranic lectures are also attended by many Hadith followers or ‘quasi’ Hadithers who have little or no idea of the speakers’ stance toward Hadith. Hence, they take it for granted (more or less) that these speakers accept Hadith as a source of law like the mainstream “scholars.” These attendees appreciate the Quranic lectures they hear. Then, when they prepare their own words – written or vocal – they quote the contents of these Quranic lectures and gradually spice them up with the stories and ‘chinese whispers’ of the Ahadith / fatwas which is a customary practice of the mainstream, thus once again contaminating the purity of the Quran and wasting the efforts of our Quran-only speakers. This brings everyone back to square one.
The fault here lies squarely on our orators. They intelligently uphold the Truth but cowardly conceal the evil forces that are hellbent upon hurting the Truth.
Just think of it this way. After beginning to receive the Divine Message, the Prophet (SAAW) invited the Makkans to submit to Allah Almighty alone, which means, the Quran alone. This was Allah’s command. Allah did NOT tell the Prophet in the Quran to nurture the sentiments of the idolaters and merge pagan values with Allah’s Commandments. NO question about that.
Unlike the wisdom and courage of our Prophet (SAAW), our present Quran-alone speakers aka “scholars” are working with a HIDDEN AGENDA. While their mission is to promote the Quran, their strategy is to observe silence towards the enemy of the Quran. May Allah (The Highest) grant them greater fortitude and a desire for a ‘celebrity status’ in the Hereafter rather than this fleeting earthly life.”
Of course this is one quranist’s opinion. It seems to me that the terms Quranism and Quranist not only aid effective communication, but can also prevent misunderstandings and address the issues presented above.