Russel Brand and the Quran – A Comparison


I watched this Russell Brand video (which seems to be doing the rounds on facebook, gettijng http://www.realfarmacy.com/must-watch-russell-brand-destroys-everything-were-being-told/

 

seems like a lot of Quranic Themes:

 

Russell Brand talks about being humble

 

Qur’an says

31:19 “Be humble in how you walk and lower your voice. For the harshest of all voices is the donkey’s voice.”

 

Russell Brand talks about Materialism

 

Qur’an says:

28:60 Anything that is given to you is only the materials of this world, and its glitter. What is with God is far better, and everlasting. Do you not reason?

 

Qur’an says

29:64 What is the life of this world but amusement and play? But the Home of the Hereafter; that is life indeed, if they but knew.

Qur’an says

89:20 You love money, a love that is excessive.

 

Russel Brand talks about worshipping of celebrities or treating them like kings/queens/royalty/magical/special

 

Qur’an says

35:40 Say, “Have you seen your ‘partners’ whom you call upon besides God? Show me what they created of the earth! Or have they any share in the heavens? Or have We given them a scripture as evidence to prove their fallacies?” Nay, those who exploit the weak, support one another with delusions.

 

Russell Brand talks about exploitation, oppression, corruption

 

Qur’an says

56:45 Before this, they were sunk in luxury, exploiting the poor.

 

Qur’an says

28:77 “Seek with the provisions bestowed upon you by God the abode of the Hereafter, and do not forget your share in this world, and do good as God has done good to you. Do not seek corruption in the land. God does not like the corruptors.”

 

Russell Brand talks about Justice and Equality

 

Qur’an says

5:8 O you who acknowledge, stand for God as witnesses for justice, and let not the hatred towards a people make you avoid being just. Be just, for it is closer to awareness, and be aware of God. God is Expert over what you do.

 

33:35 Surely, for submitting men and submitting women, believing men and believing women, devoted men and devoted women, truthful men and truthful women, steadfast men and steadfast women, humble men and humble women, charitable men and charitable women, abstinent men and abstinent women (abstaining from all vices), chaste men and chaste women, men who remain mindful of God and women who remain mindful (of God), for them, God has readied forgiveness and an immense reward.

 

Qur’an says

11:85 “My people, give full measure and weight with justice, do not hold back from the people what is theirs, and do not roam the land corrupting.”

 

Qur’an says

16:90 God orders justice and goodness, and that you shall help your relatives, and He forbids from evil, vice, and transgression. He warns you that you may remember.

 

Russell Brand talks about respect for our Planet and its Resources

 

Qur’an says

31:18 “Do not turn your cheek arrogantly from people, nor shall you roam the earth insolently. For God does not like the arrogant show offs.”

 

20:81 Saying, “Partake and enjoy the decent provisions which We have bestowed upon you. But do not disregard equity and none shall be deprived of the natural resources. Transgress not in this respect lest My disapproval should descend on you. And those peoples on whom descends My disapproval, certainly perish.”

 

Russell Brand talks about Excess and greed

 

Qur’an says

5:87 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Do not deprive yourselves of the good things of life that God has made lawful to you. But commit no excesses. God does not love those who exceed the limits. *

 

Qur’an says

74:6 Do not be greedy.

 

Russell Brand talks about focusing on what is important

 

Qur’an says

2:149 From wherever you start forth (whichever way you proceed, and whatever you are preoccupied with), keep yourself focused on the Masjid-il-Haraam (the Sacred Masjid, the Ultimate Center for the unity of all mankind.) This is the truth from your Lord. God is not unaware of what you do (with your life).

 

Qur’an says

17:36 You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.

 

Russell Brand talks about real heroes

 

5:32 “…And whoever saves one life it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind…”

 

Qur’an says

53:32 Those who abstain from the greater transgressions that deplete the communal energy, and from shameful deeds and stinginess, even though they may sometimes waver, your Lord is of limitless forgiveness. He knows you best since He brings you into being from the earth, and when you were still hidden in the bellies of your mothers? Therefore, claim not piety for yourselves. He knows best as to who is righteous.

Russell Brand talks about Vanity

 

Qur’an says

2:264 O you who believe, do not nullify your charities with insult and harm; like the one who spends his money in vanity to show the people, and he does not believe in God and the Last Day. His example is like a stone on which there is dust, then it is subjected to heavy rain which leaves it bare. They cannot do anything with what they earned; and God does not guide the rejecting people.

Russell Brand talks about having a spiritual connection, improving, bettering, galvanizing, assisting, reforming

 

Qur’an says

98:5 And they were not commanded except to serve God and be loyal to His system, monotheists, and uphold the communion and contribute towards betterment. Such is the valuable system.

18:2 A Perfect Book, unerringly straight, meant to warn people of the destructive results of their wrongdoings. And to give good news to those who believe in the message and make reforms in their individual and collective lives, that theirs shall be a generous reward.

 

Qur’an says

2:195 Spend in the cause of God, but do not throw your resources to disaster. Do kindness, for God loves those who do kindness.

 

Russel Brand discusses Economy, Monopolies, consumerism, the elite, the politicians, the rulers

 

Qur’an says

59:7 Whatever God provided to His messenger from the people of the townships, then it shall be to God and His messenger; for the relatives, the orphans, the poor, and the wayfarer. Thus, it will not remain monopolized by the rich among you. You may take what the messenger gives you, but do not take what he withholds you from taking. Be aware of God, for God is mighty in retribution.

 

Qur’an says

4:161 For practicing usury/interest when they were told not to, and for consuming people’s money unjustly. We have prepared for the ingrates amongst them a painful retribution;*

 

Qur’an says

3:130 O you who acknowledge, do not consume usury multiplying over, and be aware of God that you may succeed.*

 

Russell Brand talks about superficiality, artificiality, nonsense, peace and harmony

 

Qur’an says

25:72 And [know that true servants of God are only] those who never bear witness to what is false,* and [who], whenever they pass by [people engaged in] frivolity, pass on with dignity;

 

Qur’an says

28:55 and, whenever they heard frivolous talk,* having turned away from it and said: “Unto us shall be accounted Our deeds, and unto you, your deeds. Peace be upon you – [but] we do not seek out such as are ignorant [of the meaning of right and wrong].”

Soap


If your bar of soap gets a bit dirty – do you need to get a different bar of soap to clean it? Or does it clean itself?
Same with the Tafsir of the Quran!
Soap’s function is to clean therefore it is self-cleaning. Quran is a book of explanation therefore it is self explaining.
Just thinking out loud

My response to the term ‘Just Muslim’


We had an interesting discussion thanks to Asfora’s repost of her essay ‘Submitters and Quranists’ on Quranology Discussions where the term ‘just muslim without any sects’ came up. Here is my opinion on that along with a simile i devised:

 ‎’Just muslim’ is an untenable term anyway. It’s equivalent of saying ‘im just a computer user’ when asked ‘which operating system do you use’. The fact is, one can only access a pc’s facilities with an operating system, just as one can only access the universal principles of islam through a methodology. Quranists acknowledge that there are in fact other access methods but feel that their operating system is the most efficient. Submitters/19ers/Rashadite​s however feel that thier operating system is IT, anyone who rejects it are simply not computer users at all.

The deceptive “Just Muslim” label

Starbocks


Fiction

An old friend invited me to go shopping with her. We shopped til we dropped and decided to go get a Starbocks.

Friend: You go grab a table and I’ll order. What do you want?
Me: Just a drink for me please
Friend: Ok what do you want?
Me: Just a drink!
Friend: I know, I heard you the first time! I mean! What kind of drink do you want?
Me: Seriously just a drink, thanks.
Friend: Yeah but what? – Hot drink? Cold drink? Juice? Tea? Coffee? Latte? Cappuccino? Hot chocolate?
Me: Just a drink!!
Friend: (looks puzzled) Um…Ok, whatever.

Friend goes to order. I go get a table. Friend comes back with her drink and an Irish Cream Liqueur Froppuccino for me.
I tell her I can’t drink it because I don’t do dairy.

She gets annoyed at me for not saying anything.

Quran Alone and Quranism part 2


Following up from Quran Alone-ism and Quranism part 1 I have read several comments recently about the term “Quran Alone.”

Someone commented recently that “I think much of the problem is also in labels. In reality NO ONE follows “Qur’an Alone”. I also obey speed limits, traffic lights, and the instruction manual for my microwave oven. The real – and correct – stance for any believer is and must be something “Qur’an First, then see where Allah directs us”. But human being – because we are human beings – will always try to over-analyze and over-decorate such a simple guideline.”

Other comments from various other discussions are ones such as “Quran Alone is a big fat delusion” and “I agree that Aḥādīth are lesser in importance to the Recitation, and there is definitely possibility of error in them (which calls for a certain scrutiny or critical eye), but I don’t see the need to completely reject and throw them out the window.”

My personal thought about the term “Quran Alone” is that, in context, I take it as a reference to an acknowledgement that the Quran is the sole authority in terms of Divine Guidance, as opposed to taking other sources such as the 6 books of Hadith and such. I don’t take the “Alone” to mean a literal, absolutist reference to the word. It’s similar to when my mum asks me what cheese I want on my sandwich; red or white. I know the Red Leicester cheese is not literally red. Just redder than the Cheshire cheese which is the other type that is sitting in the fridge waiting to be used up. And if she asks me if I want salad on it and mayonnaise or “only cheese” and I say I want just cheese please, then she still knows to put the cheese between 2 slices of buttered bread, and put it on a plate. (If I’m lucky I’ll get a bag of cheese and onion crisps and a Wagon Wheel too but that’s besides the point). She knows I don’t mean just serve me some slices of cheese based on my previous answer. It’s from the context.

But anyway that point aside, I prefer the term “Quranism” because it’s means the same to me as my understanding of Quran Alone(ness) or Quran Alone(ism), it’s just more precise, easier to use, less easily confused, 1 word instead of 2, and the ones who support the use of the term Quranism can be referred to as Quranists which to me sounds a lot better that the cumbersome term “Quran Aloners” Yes we are all muslims. Surely you got that from the context! 🙂

Anyway, that’s just me thinking out loud again, as I am wont to do. What do you think?

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Was I short-changed?


A fictional tale.

After shopping around for a long time, I decided to buy a top of the range BRAND NAME  printer.

The salesperson in the store told me it would be everything I needed as it was a complete office system for printing the best photos, scanning, faxing to make life easier, more peaceful and stress free.

Excited, I got my BRAND NAME printer home. I had no idea what to do with it.

I phoned the store where I bought it from and they told me that to be able to understand what to do with it and get it working I must buy:

– software installation CD and drivers

– a USB cable

– ink cartridges

– 6 instruction and advice books

And they said I needed to register for a special workshop to show me how to use it. They told me the printer I had chosen was so technologically advanced and complicated that it is impossible to be able to just buy one and expect to be able to understand how to use it without help from the professionals.

They referred me to their OWN 3rd PARTY BRAND of the parts and accessories they told me were missing, which were non-manufacturer approved. I bought them and:

  • The USB cable was from a different country and I had to buy a separate adapter to get it to fit.
  • Of the 4 ink cartridges, 1 seemed to fit ok but the other 3 did not.
  • The software was not compatible with my Operating System
  • I went to the professionals workshop and they tried to convince me that learning to use the printer would take a lot of time, many years, maybe even a whole lifetime to be able to understand how to use it, and tried to convince me that printing, scanning and faxing were not that important anyway. They told me the manufacturer had explained everything in the 3rd Party software, and warned me of the dangers of using anyone else’s 3rd party hardware or software.
  • And then I got a virus from their online support website.

Afterwards I found out that the manufacturer had provided a BRAND NAME USB cable and a BRAND NAME software installation CD and BRAND NAME ink cartridges all in the original box, all fully guaranteed with a lifetime quality assurance warranty. I also found simple and clear instructions on how to get it up and running, without needing to attend the professionals workshop.

Moral of the story – Always read the instruction manual.

One Common Goal


InshaaAllah we can all be increased in knowledge. I personally think that everyone has a unique brain, understanding, viewpoint. If someone says they believe in the Quran, Allah, the Prophets the angels and the last day… I don’t see a huge problem. Maybe some might believe in a special significance of a certain verse about numbers. From what I understand, for some people, the numbers increase them in faith in Allah. I don’t see a problem with that either if that is their sincere belief. Some might let the numbers become the focus instead of Allah’s Words. Letting that happen, to my mind, would be a bit like buying a TomTom but leaving it in its packaging and telling everyone how wonderful the picture on the box is. I’m all for ripping the box open and getting the TomTom installed. Some people like to carefully take it out and save the packaging. Different people, different ways, different methods, one common goal. Allah is the best Judge.