6/38 – Nothing have neglected from WHERE ?

Interesting comment in our FB group today about 6/38:

And there is not a creature in the Earth, or a bird that fly’s with its wings, but are nations like you. We did not leave anything out of THE BOOK; then to their Lord they will be gathered
quranist are fond of using this verse to state that the Quran is fully-detailed but I personally cant accept this. Have a look at the context. It’s talking about dabbah (creatures) and tha’ir (birds). Al-kitab here refers to this, the kitab of nature. To me, its a miscontextualised reading to say that al-kitab refers to the Quran.

How can we practise the Quran if we spend our lives trying to understand it?

Quranists, more than any other Muslim group in my opinion, have no ending in sight when it comes to constantly studying and revising their views on Quranic interpretation. It’s not that anything is wrong with us. It’s just that other Muslims don’t really think there’s anything more to the Quran than the interpretations which already exist. This is not to insult them but it’s not in their sphere of concerns. Try going into a Sunni or Shia bookshop and ask for a book which analyses the rendition of the story of Musa from chapter to chapter. You will draw a blank because the subject simply isn’t important enough.

But that leaves us with the question of the title:  How can we practise the Quran if we spend our lives trying to understand it?

To me, it works like this: We can practise the Quran immediately by simply reading some short chapters like al-fatiha, al-asr and al-ikhlas. Basically it tells us to believe in God, be good and what life is basically about. Practice according to your knowledge.

However, as you go on through life, you will experience more signs of God. The Quran is the clarification of these signs. We read the Quran, read our lives, then read the Quran, then practise and on and on.

The Quran’s depth in unfathomable. There are an unlimited number of angles which we can explore in the course of lives. Living must of course continue but the Quran acts as like God’s council to us. It keeps us on the straight path.

This is a very organic process and very individual. No two people read the same way so it’s good to share notes. The Quran is the perfect map for the travel of life.

Opinions of Scholars Vs Actually Reading?

Good discussiontoday in islamic-research.org. Rizwan Ahmed asked this thought-provoking question:

Is what scholars say and their “opinion” more important to what it says in the Quran?
My answer was:
I dont think this dichotomy exists. Your question constructs and ‘either or’ situation which I believe does not represent the situation. So it’s not between:
Scholar’s Opinion vs What the Quran Says
It’s rather:
…Scholar’s Opinion Vs Public Opinion about what the Quran says.Sorry to be pedantic, just need to be clear here.

As a Quranist (only speaking for myself here), I challenge Traditional Interpretations because I feel they do not represent the message and nor do they have the authority to do so. I offer my own interpretation as another option among many, not to be the final word in interpretation. I do not believe there should be any authority in Quranic interpretation whatsoever. Everyone should read and interpret for himself.

So not students learning at the feet of the scholar but rather travellers sharing notes.

Hope you’ll benefit from this…