The ‘Bad’ Side of Quranist Islam.

My reply in our Quranists Support Group:

Quranist Islam is a space where we remove all obstacles to free thought. That’s why you will never see anyone getting ‘kafir’ed’ there and not see any kind of imam you need to adhere to. The ‘downside’ , if you wanna call it that, …to this freedom is the existence of all sorts of views we may find outlandish. My humble suggestion is, just take it a day at a time. Always practice what you feel is right and if you feel you want to, discuss what you want.


Scary Attitudes of Emerging QF’ists…

An innocent post in an fb forum today turned some fanatics against a good friend of fine. My friend innocently posted a link to an archived website of Dr Kamal Omar and recieved a baptism of fire that would put the American Govt to shame!

The QF’ists who attacked him were repulsed by the notion that Dr Omar discovered a very quranic notion of al-kitab before their guru. Note that their guru himself didn’t say a word, only his minions did.

This is a very sad situation. These people are quranists but do not use the term. Yet, in their commitment to unity (apparently having a name makes them a sect), they are fanatical about the originality and authenticity of their pedigree. Should this be what quranism is about? Who cares who discovered a concept! We should care that a concept is discovered and we should work on refining it.

Unity….NOT uniformity. Association…NOT sect!

See also: An Analysis of Quranic Fundamentalism

The Enemy of My Enemy is a quranist..

Being a Quranist is sometimes like playing war in pre 1945 Europe. You gang up with France to whack Italy, then launch an Armada with Spain to whack England then join all the others to whack the Germans…

There are 16 kinds of quranism at present. 16 types of approaches towards the Quran! This is due to the fact that we allow free thinking and a democratic approach to the book. But it does lead to many wierd scenarios..

I was bickering with ‘A’ about the existence of rituals in islam (i dont believe there are). That wasn’t so friendly so I was a little surprised when ‘A’ joined me in the debate against ‘B’ and ‘C’, who believe that RK was the messenger of the covenant.

But that’s how things are with quranists, we have a buffet of views which are so radically different that it will surprise us who we debate with…and who we debate alongside. The key is to remember that we are here to PROTECT the democracy of reading…everyone has a right to read and think!

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.


And now that we mention it.