Concerns and precautions


Today I read this statement: “when was the last time an American or a Frenchman tried to disassociate themselves from their fellow citizens by calling themselves other than An American or French because they didn’t agree with them or were afraid they will be painted in the same colors. If anything those who are not in the sect scene has to set an example of how a Muslim ought to be and let the sect members have a go and try to justify that they are true Muslims. ”

I don’t think anyone is saying Quranists are not muslims, are they? I am muslim. I am a muslim. I am a Muslim(?) not sure about capital letters – they confuse me. But I am a Quranist. By now I think we are getting a feel for what a Quranist is… I’m thinking: “Quran alone” mentality, meaning Quran is the one divine source, and a rejection of any other sources claiming to be divine. I just honestly don’t see Quranism as a sect, because the Quran claims it is the one divine source, afaics. I think it’s just a communication thing.

Concerns to be aware of:

I do have concerns that the term Quranism is not safeguarded from being undermined. For example

A. if “Quranism” becomes associated with misperceptions/doubts, such as

  1.  misperception of being a sect,
  2.  misperception of being disobedient to / not heeding the Messengers,
  3.  misperception that the name is not mentioned in the Qur’an therefore we can’t use it,
  4.  misperception of exclusivism, clubs / groups / cliques

More on Misperceptions here in this article

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B. if the ones with money and power feel threatened enough by the Truth that they launch an effective campaign to brand Quranists as heretics, apostates, rejecters of the truth and liars and disbelievers.

Pre-emptive precautions 

If Quranism were to be undermined, God Forbid, (when I say undermined, I mean that by popular usage the true meaning of Quranism were to become obscured, confused or associated with negativity, as has already happened to the term “muslim”), then it is a real possibility that a new defining term would be required. Until the same happens again, and again.  I think that’s why it’s very important to get the term Quranists into popular usage in a positive way as a synonym for the Quranic meaning of muslim, and nip such misperceptions in the bud from the outset.

I also think it is not incorrect to say Quranism is a man-made term. The English term Quranism is not in the Quran. That is not in dispute. One might say Utopia is not in either but it is still described. Furthermore lots of things are man-made; that doesn’t automatically mean they are not useful or conducive to establishing good, or useful for effective communication. Quranism is a term that is one word. One word to summarise it’s meaning.  The term Quranism is also being used to propogate Truth vs Falsehood.  Quranism as a term can help open the channels of communication, accurately and honesty. The term is a practicality, a facilitator. The only way Quranism could ever be a sect is if it listed a set of stipulated beliefs, from other than what is described in Noble Qur’an, where the ones who stipulate the belief set refused to include those who disagreed with any part of the belief set and excommunicated them or labelled them. Even that which is stipulated in the Quran, I think we can all agree is subject to any number of interpretations, which is what makes QuranistVoices blog so very openly diverse and accepting of all opinions / viewpoints / thoughts and feelings, especially if they are backed up by Quranic proof/evidence. In the end, we will be judged on our own individual actions so we have to be able to conclude that for every action we take, there is a real justification for it, based on our own reasoning, pondering and reflection / our own interpretation of the Divine Message, not just because someone else told us so. Just thinking out loud 🙂 Peace

58/2: Our current situation


One thing I love about about us is that we have no fear revising our views when the evidence comes. Have a look at 58/2, Yusuf Ali’s translation:

If any men among you divorce their wives by Zihar (calling them mothers), they cannot be their mothers: None can be their mothers except those who gave them birth. And in fact they use words (both) iniquitous and false: but truly Allah is one that blots out (sins), and forgives (again and again)

In short, this is a disgraceful translation. The word ‘wives’ (azwaj) isn’t there. The word ‘divorce’ (talaq) isn’t there. Obviously the phrase ‘calling them mothers’ isn’t there, it’s in brackets.

So where does that leave us? Mushu is doing some work on this so we shall probably see some ‘Mushu’s thoughts’ soon.

Islam, islam and the Quranist


Not to confuse you, but there are two ‘islams’:

Islam and islam

Islam is the name of a culture. There are people with Islamic names, who eat Islamic food, who sing Islamic songs, who want to protect Islamic lands, who are attached to Islamic traditions. When you read a book called Islam for Dummies, it is describing this Islam.

islam is the name of a philosophy. this philosophy’s goal is the attainment of salam or peace. It seeks to take human beings to a place where is no conflict, harm or danger. it does not need a particular host culture to work. it can work in any culture whatsoever.

Quranists seek islam. They can be from the culture of Islam or not, but they seek islam.

The Golden Formula


Ever since Secondary School, the teachers, students, and sadly the books, would continuously force us into thinking Islam is the Golden Formula for a wonderful Utopia. Despite the fact that we were miserable children, with miserable lives in a miserable country, we were brainwashed into believing Islam is the only solution. Islam is the true answer. Islam will set you free!

They also got us thinking that Islam isn’t working because of us: artists, dreamers, lovers of life!

You’d see us dying every day. This friend gives up break dance lessons because it’s “revealing her shame (aka, body!)” and that other friend abandoning his God-given (and god-given) painting talents for God.

I wondered why people grew so close-minded.
I wondered why they ignored their dreams in pain and followed a path free of self-expression.
Why they agreed on a world so dull and empty.
Why they hated Jews.
Why they blindly followed their sexist Sheikhs.
Why they nod their heads when a TV-image of an Islamic Scholar tells them to beat their wives.
Why everyone secretly ridiculed Religious Studies teachers.
Why it was called “Religious Studies”, not “Philosophical and Religious studies”.
Why we were made to hate our friends if they eat with left hands.
Why any religious subjects that would cause us great disgust required prolonged lectures and excuses to be justified.
Why the over-religious ones were usually mad or faking happiness because they Prophet used to be a “smiling man”.
Why religious university majors were only done by people with low scores?
Why those Religious Scholars dared category ALL of the world’s science into “Religious” and “non-Religious”?!
Why you cannot attend a university Religion class without wearing hijab!
Why Muslims think the world is theirs and, 
Why the world is not theirs and never will be, despite their Islam, the “golden” formula that can conquer the world and make it a beautiful place.

So, we were Muslims. We were melophobic. We were hateful. We denounced art and passion. We had absolutely no religious tolerance. We were hurt and never confessed it. We supported honor killing. We killed our children because they fell in love. We worshiped the patriarchy system. We were willing to kill black puppies! We didn’t believe in freedom.

So what went wrong? Who told us there’s such a thing as “punishable blasphemy”? Who told us the male has the right to dominate, and who told us to stone our people (after spying on them to see who they’re having sex with!)? Who trapped us in daily routines and who worried us TO DEATH about trivial issues such as the correct way to do a salaat position or what foot to use at various occasions?

And WHY is drawing a cartoon of Muhammad punishable and haraam (even if the person who did the drawing doesn’t abide by Islamic law!), but killing apostate (people with spouses and children) is an obligation?

A GOLDEN FORMULA that never worked, and we’re still trying.

Oops!

And now that we mention it.

The Sunna IN the Quran


Joseph Shaer linked us to a very interesting discussion in Quranology Discussions. It’s about obeying the messenger which is textually speaking, obeying Allah.

I like to add, the messenger delivered a set of instructions for us as well. It’s all in the Quran though. Have a look at 2/21-39. That’s the messenger’s first address to us.