The Quran and the Counter Movement 2

Can Quranism ever be at the forefront of the Counter Movement? I don’t think so. Quranism is a specific response to a specific cultural condition. It uses specific cultural references such as quran,islam,deen and tries to re-root these references back into its own socio-cultural millieu, which is Islam. Therefore it is unlikely to be accepted on a global scale as the Counter Movement.

However, this doesn’t mean the Quran itself cannot be used. After all, what is the Quran but a perfect self-actualisation system under the auspices of God? The Quran has the philosophy (qawl in Quranic terms) to lead the counter movement but we dont need to use its original references.

Take for example the word ‘islam’, it means ‘acquirement of salam’ and ‘salam’ is exposed all through the text of the Quran. Why cant we just absorb that philosophy and bring it to the table of the Counter Movement?

The least we can do as Quranists is to export our concepts in the most user-friendly packages available. Dogma is our biggest enemy. The Quran itself is flexible yet those who stand by it are dogmatic.

The Muslim defines himself..

Check this out on Yahoo Answers :

muslim is the answer
to be a muslim a proper practicing muslim is the best according to islam
follow the quran and the sunnah Of the great prophet Muhammad PBUH and you will be on your way to heaven InshAllah.

The question was which ‘sect’ is the true sect. Of course this guy who answers this is oblivious to the existence of non-Sunni Muslims. Sadly, there’s 1.2 billion of him and not even 1 percent Quranists. So for Quranists who introduce themselves as ‘Muslims’, good luck….

The Quran and the Counter Movement

It’s all well and good conducting a deep research into the Quran. It keeps our faith and conceptual framework strong. We are able to see how the Quran continues to unveil deeper and deeper layers of truth to us. I for one am continually amazed by this. However, this is not why we’re here on earth. As the Quran itself says, we are here to serve (51/56). We all serve something. The best of course is to serve Allah.

What do I mean by the counter-movement? I mean the movement which counters the enslaving nature of current world politics. How does the Quran play a role in this? The Quran opposes oppression and slavery. It wants everyone to be masters of their own domain, not to be slaves of others. Indeed that was the nabi’s statement when he says ‘kunoo rabbaniyeen’ (3/79)

How does the Quran stand in this counter movement though?

will continue later..