God: The only god of Abraham. The supreme intelligence who many know by these names: The Lord, The Almighty, The Most-Merciful, Yahweh, Jehovah, Jah, Adonai, The Holy Spirit, The Great Spirit, The Creator, Eloh, Elohim, El, Olodumare, The Father, Dios, Deus, Yallah, Khoda & Allah.
Welcome to the Quranist path
In the Quran we are told to follow
and to be Pro-God or submissive to God (Muslimoona lillaahi). God was the only god of Abraham (God bless him & keep him) and this god alone is a Quranist's main concern. He is the Ultimate Lord. Humanity's ultimate superior. No matter what rituals you practice or the evidences that you hold to be true about the world around you, the one, Most Important Truth is that we are to let our only god be the god of Abraham. Our success depends on our decision to see & treat no one as His equal. As we go through this journey here on earth we make the choice to side with God continuously. Sometimes we jump ship. At other times we want to jump ship, and most times we forget about God completely. But through all our travails, dramas, victories, disasters, confusions and setbacks God is continually teaching us. The lessons suprise us, devastate us, rattle us, frustrate us, amuse us, and confuse us. The paths that God puts us on sometimes just don't sit well with us. But the only way to ensure that we learn from God's lessons and make real progress is to always keep God as our captain and always follow His commands; even if we have to adjust mistaken understandings.
Why the term Quranists? Because a Quranist, by choice, is someone who follows the Quran and the teachings that are found in it. Nothing more and nothing less. We go by Ahlul-Quran, Quranies, Quranites, Quraniyoona, Quran-aloners & Quranists. But we are not a sect (new or old). We believe that the religion of God's last prophet, Muhammad, (God bless him & keep him) only consisted in following the book given to him, the Quran. These names are descriptives that describe the idea behind the truth to which we ascribe. Calling to Quranism is no more than calling to adherence to the Quran. No more, no less. The sect and religion of our forefather Abraham (God bless him & keep him) is the only sect and religion we recognize as valid. In the end, we obey the last prophet by obeying the Quran, as his only duty was to preach it 24:54, and follow it 6:50. His role was not to explain but to study it 75:19, 9:11, 6:105. Nor did he create an empire where he was ruler of the believers 88:22. His "Sunna" is not to be looked for within the rumors of the Hadeeth, nor do they qualify as places seek his "Sunna." Only the Quran can guide us!
THE SUNNAH IS IN THE QURAN!!!
The meaning of the Arabic word Sunnah as Muslims use it today is the same as the Arabic word Uswatun to be found in the Quran. It means example or exemplar. Sunnis, Shiites and other Muslims believe that this Sunnah or example of the last prophet can only be found in the early Islamic compilations they call the Hadeeth (literally narrations and/or events). The current idea of the Sunnah may be based on these Hadeeth but following these Hadeeth does not equal following the Sunnah. Those who look for this Sunnah in the Hadeeth are very mistaken. The Sunnah of our beloved last prophet (God bless him and keep him) cannot be found in these books. The hadeeth are essentially hearsay and rumor. As for almost all commonly accepted hadeeth, these rumors were only authenticated by confirming the good reputations of the narrators, mostly after they had already passed away. Authenticating the reputation of a person does not authenticate his story. Many of these rumors contradict each other and even contradict the Quran, despite classifications of sahih (sound), hassan (excellent) or da'eef (weak). Yet Muslims do not want to give them up because they fear that they are giving up following the example of the last prophet.
Following the Hadeeth DOES NOT equal following the Sunnah. The Quran gives us an example in 24:4 and 24:11-16 of how to authenticate rumors and hearsay. It suggests that we have atleast 4 eye-witnesses to any rumor or hearsay to consider it authentic. Almost all of the most widely accepted Hadeeths do not have 4 or more companions testifying to any one hadeeth of our beloved last prophet? Nor do 4 or more narrators factor into each level of any specific narration. So even if there are 100 narrators in a chain with only one companion of the last prophet as a witness or 100 companions as witnesses with a sole narrator anywhere in the chain witnessing the hadeeth, these hadeeths do not fit the Quranic qualifications and CANNOT be taken as authenic, despite an association with Bukhari's name or anyone else's. In the case of Mutawaatar hadeeth, the rumor can be authenticated Quranically. And in studying these sayings we must Quranically understand the role of our beloved last prophet. It was to practice, study and expose the Quran, making it available and putting it in plain view to everyone he could reach. Not to explain it. So even Mutawaatir Hadeeths in the end only prove redundant in our quest to follow the Sunnah.
Contrary to what Sunni, Shiite or other Muslims may say Quranists/Quranites/Quran-aloners are very respectful of our last prophet and do obey him. We also are commited to following his example. However, the Sunnah as far as we see it is not in the hadeeth and cannot be ascertained from non-quranic rumors and hearsay. We see the Sunnah clearly in the Quran and in how the Quran tells the last prophet what to say and do.
Coincidentally, there are also many hadeeths and records of the early Caliphs that state that these early Caliphs ordered the hadeeths to be burned or destroyed fearing they might be taken as a source of authority along with and equal to the Quran. There are even some Hadeeths that state that our beloved last prophet ordered hadeeths about him to be destroyed because they could be taken as divine guidance and equal to the book of God.
Despite what these hadeeths say, as they are hearsay and rumor in the end as well, if we go to the Quran we will see what the Quran tells us to do and what it considers authentic rumor or hearsay. In the end, the only thing we truly know that the prophet spoke and gave to us from his very mouth is the Quran. When we take what the last prophet gives us and forbid what he forbids us we are taking what the Quran gives us and forbidding what the Quran forbids.
Quranists have different opinions on the following ideas based on their own interpretations of the Quran but what we all share in common are the following:
Faith, Submission & Devotion to the god of Abraham
(God bless him & Keep him)
Faith in God's prophets, laws & angels
Belief in the Quran as God's message
Avoidance of Evil deeds & Racing towards all Good.
God & The Quran as our Guide
Respect for others' freedom of religion & of culture.
Doing Right by our families, friends, neighbors, migrants, the abandoned and those less fortunate.
The study and practice of the whole Quran with intelligence and reason as an axis of our faith.
The belief that extremism (Al-I'tidaa'u) is disliked by God.
The belief that Submission to God is the only religion God accepts from humanity
Submission to God is humanity's only road to success. When God is on our side there is no enemy too strong, and no wall too high. In submitting to God we will gain His Good Pleasure in this life & the next.
"We will bear faith to God, in that which has been REVEALED to us . . . 2:136
The Quranists here believe that Muhammad, the prophet and messenger of God was God's last prophet and His last messneger. There is always the possibility of God bringing about messengers FOR him, inspired by God given talents and even special, God given experiences and events. But these new messengers are not specifically and personally chosen by God to deliver new messages directly from God to humanity. And there can even exist prophets who bring new things to humanity that confirm God and his message in the Quran. But these prophecies although they may bring knowledge from the unseen that confirm the Quran they are not prophecies delievered personally by God for the distinct purpose of enlightening all humanity. With that said, God's prophet and messenger Muhammad (God bless him) was the last of God's messengers and the last of God's prophets specifically because bringing a message from God, who is unseen, cannot be done without prophethood, which is bringing knowledge from the unseen realm. The Quranists here also do NOT believe that Cl. Arabic is the same language as Hebrew or Aramaic (although they are related.) Nor do we believe that any of the peoples of humanity that possess any of its beautiful, God-given colors is inherently evil, inferior or ill-willed.
46:12, 16:103 & 30:22, 49:13
Moreover not all of these Quranist groups hold the same opinions about Salat, Ramadan, the role of the Hadeeth or Pilgrimage. What they do have in common is that they promote the Quran as the centerpiece of their faith, study and attention. Quranists.com does not vouch for any non-Quranic, and illogical opinion they may express, the levels of their faith in the Quran, or the levels to which they practice what they preach.