9/11 and the Formation of a Quranist Identity


Today is the anniversary of 9/11. 10 years have passed since the day I stood in my parents living room, staring at the impossible images on TV. I had a gut feeling then that life as we knew it was about to change. I remember saying to another Quranist a few laters that ‘the twin pillars of civilisation’ had come crashing down’. Whoever perpetrated 9/11 didn’t matter. What mattered was that now there were more believers in the ‘global Islamic threat’. Many, many more.

 

Ten years have now gone by. Afghanistan was invaded, then Iraq. 7/7 happened in London and we don’t know where it will all end. It all seems beyond our control but we must remember that everything comes from Allah and can, despite their difficulties, be a boon.

 

Being a Quranist does not dissociate me with the problems of Islam. On the contrary, I am now charged with the question ‘if the Quran doesn’t preach terror, why are there Islamic terrorists’. It’s a fair question. After all, it’s not like the terrorists are simply nominally Muslim. No, no, lets be honest here. They claim to be jihad-ing for Islam! They try to speak for Islam and Muslims everywhere.

 

However, Islam, like any human civilisation, has a variety of adherents. There is Traditionalist Islam (Sunni and Shia), Mystical Islam (Sufi), Puritanical Islam (Wahabi) and of course, us – Quranist Islam. We are a type of Islam.

 

Today, I was given the honour of speaking at the South African Quranic Conference where I spoke about ‘The Formation of the Quranist Identity’. I do believe that the Quranist Identity will be a powerful tool to stop the slow descent of Islam into Islamofascism. The ‘Quranist space’ is a space where free thinking is allowed, even encouraged. Free thinking is something Islamofascists fear because it unravels their lies.

 

Our job now as Quranists is to nurture this space to allow its ideas to take root in the Ummah. Please see the rest of my presentation here:

 

Formation  of a Quranist Identity A:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f_S2eWhpMg

 

Formation  of a Quranist Identity B:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO5vhYEnoE0

 

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About Farouk A. Peru
I am a human being in the world, blogging my existence. My thought systems may be found in my website: www.farouk.name

3 Responses to 9/11 and the Formation of a Quranist Identity

  1. Theresa says:

    The problem is not ISLAM but RADICAL Islam

    CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN THE NAME OF ISLAM

    1) The September 11 2001 massacre was done ‘in the name of Islam.’
    By Bin Laden’s open declared “holy war” Jihad against Christians and Jews, as he openly admitted the crime as a jihad. [books.google.com/books?id=fNqdmUnqTJUC&pg=PA70] In fact, Bin Laden denounced US ‘ presence in Saudi Arabia already in 1994 [books.google.com/books?id=kpHaCDAQcgUC&pg=PA301].

    2) By ringleader of the 19 Arab-Islamic hijackers: Mohammed Atta, who gave directions to shout “Allah Akbar.” [books.google.com/books?id=c6obAQAAMAAJ&q=atta] [nytimes.com/2002/07/07/books/chapters/0707-1st-dsouz.html?pagewanted=2] [guardian.co.uk/world/2001/sep/30/terrorism.september113]

    2) And as al-Qaeda terrorists bragged on al-Jazeera shouting just that [edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/meast/09/12/alqaeda.911.claim] when they saw the images of the flying planes into the buildings that butchered 3,000 and injured 6,000 innocent people.

    3) Just as the (grandchildren of Arab immigrants who use civilians causing their deaths in order to appear as “victims.” Those that call themselves since 1960s exclusively as) “Palestinians” celebrated the attacks shouting “Allah akbar.” [nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0911.html] [pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/israel.palestine/campagna.html]

    See more: HISTORY – Time line [some] Important dates in radical ‘ISLAM VS WORLD’ http://islamism-arabism.webs.com/History.html

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  3. thebigmo says:

    Good stuff. I would not be too worried about what people say about Islam. We are after all not recognized as Muslims by most Sunnis and Shias. That fact alone is the ultimate testimony that our Islam is very different from theirs. Unless these terrorist can back what they do through the Quran then they have nothing. Pointing that fact to people is usually enough. However with Muslims it usually means you will face resistance.

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