“Shall I seek other than Allah as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book that in places explains itself? Those who received the scripture recognize that it has been revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbor any doubt.” (Qur’an 6:114)
I start off with this particular verse because many of the misguided individuals who follow one or more of the competing sects of the Quranist religion will often quote this as saying that the Qur’an has everything you need to understand all aspects of Islam.
However, they like to rely upon a poorly translated version of the Arabic mufassalan as ‘explained in details‘.
Interpretation is important. How we understand various verses in the Qur’an is also very important.
“O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah, as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples, “Who are my supporters for Allah ?” The disciples said, “We are supporters of Allah.” And a faction of the Children of Israel believed and a faction disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant.” (Qur’an 61:14)
“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him, you will be returned.” (Qur’an 2:245)
“You alone we worship and you alone we ask for help.” (Qur’an 1:5)
You can see that a whole multitude of Quraniyoon from Sam Gerrans/ Joseph Islam/ Free-Minds/ Monotheist Group they struggle with the verses above.
Why is that? It is simple. Because if we were to allow the Qur’an to speak on it’s apparent meaning than all Muslims, like myself, including those who follow the Quraniyoon religion like Sam Gerrans, Shabir Ahmed, Rashad Khalifa, Joseph Islam, Aisha Musa, everyone at the Free Minds and Monotheist Groups could all rightly be accused of shirk.
Shirk-associating partners/objects/ with Allah.
Every one of us uses and employs the use of the internet, youtube, social media as helping to get across our message. We are not relying solely upon Allah (swt), that is if we are to take this verse on a very literal basis.
Take for example https://www.islamawakened.com/quran/1/5/default.htm
Look at how Quranist juggle and struggle with Qur’an 1:5
|The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab||You ˹alone˺ we worship and You ˹alone˺ we ask for help.|
Though Mustafa Khatta is NOT a Qur’an Only Muslim is it not interesting in a translation self-described as ‘The CLEAR Quran’ that we have ‘alone’ with the apostrophe.
|[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)||You alone we serve, and You alone we seek for help.|
Or in the case of Shabir Ahmed of ‘Our Beacon’ a shameful and total butchering of the translation to avoid the problem altogether. Behold!
|Shabbir Ahmed||(Realizing these facts), we affirm to obey Your Commands only and ask You to help us as we do that.|
|Rashad Khalifa||You alone we worship; You alone we ask for help.|
Sam Gerrans –
|Thee alone we serve And from Thee alone we seek help.|
So you can see that the ‘Quranist‘ struggle with this all the while accusing those who follow Islam of shirk.
As I digress why would I assert this? I assert this because each and every one of these various competing self-proclaimed Qur’aniyoon groups all have to DEFINE the ARABIC language.
They will assert that this word means this or it means that. Guess what they rely upon? They rely upon Arabic lexicons, dictionaries, secondary sources to define what the words mean in the Qur’an itself. This brings us to their preserved translation of mufassalan. -that which explains itself at places.
“Shall I seek other than Allah as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed? Those who received the scripture recognize that it has been revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbor any doubt.” (Qur’an 6:114)
If this verse is understood in the way that the self-proclaimed Quraniyoon relies upon than it is an error.
There is nowhere in the Qur’an in which a list of all the words are given with their various understandings, imports, meanings, and nuances. Only the meanest of people would argue against this most important fact.
So if we are to look at the following verses above and taken them literally it would mean.
- The Qur’an has everything inside of it -which it doesn’t. In fact, the very verse that says it is ‘fully detailed‘ does not ironically tell us what this entails! You can only use deduction to say ‘all matters relating to jurisprudence or law‘.
- That Jesus was blaspheming in asserting that Allah (swt) has supporters or helpers or that the Creator of the Universe would need assistance or support.
- The blasphemous assertions that Allah (swt) needs loans or is capable of receiving loans.
- The idea that every time someone goes to see a doctor, lawyer, specialist of any kind that we are all going against “you alone we ask for help.” In this regards Dr. Shabir Ahmed alone was devious enough to recognize this, and thus, blatantly shredded the Arabic text in his molested translation.
Because I am not afraid to show what the opposing views are let me give you some attempts by a self-proclaimed adherent of the Quran only religion whom will tell you that the Salaah is NOT ritual prayer.
Here is one such video.
I would encourage you to watch the above video in its entirety and then watch the following video:
So in the first video Salaah is simply doing good things. Personally, even in the first video, I felt Joseph really struggled to explain the ‘middle salaah‘.
“Be ever mindful of prayers, especially the middle prayer; and stand up before Allah in devotion. (Qur’an 2:238)
It is such a strained reading of the Arabic text. It is another example of a human being making the Qur’an conform to their thought process rather than the other way around.
However, this person cannot escape the following verse in the Qur’an.
“O you who believed! When the call is made for congregational prayer then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade; that is better for you if you knew. And when the prayer has ended, disperse within the land and seek of Allah’s grace, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.” (Qur’an 62:9-10)
I have done Jospeh favour above by translating the Arabic word Juma -as a congregation.
At 3:48 he says, ‘Is this additional third Salaah, it is it SEEMS SO.‘ You have to ask yourself at this point if the Qu’ran produces certainty or if it gives rise to conjecture like this what is the point?
Does that sound ‘fully detailed‘ to you?
@ 3:52 Joseph says, ‘Remember that this that once we understand that the salaah sessions have nothing to do with rituals than we won’t be so nit-picky about the number of Salaahs , the Qur’an gives us a minimum of two salaahs a day, two salaah sessions...’
@5:26 “This is my opinion once again this is my opinion.”
Again this person just like many other self-proclaimed Quraniyoon do not have cogent arguments or even a very clear thought process behind the things that they are saying.
So let us get this right. The Salah is not a ritual prayer but yet Allah demands that we meet to discuss the Qur’an in the morning and the evening? So Salaah is not a ritual in terms of movements and directions, but it certainly is a ritual in terms of the timings we have to meet?
The other thing is Joseph is quite literally all over the place in that this verse most assuredly does instruct a timing for congregational prayers.
All Muslim groups, competing groups through mass transmitted practice have held congregational prayers on Friday. The only dissenting view here is from these people who come online and say ‘this is my opinion‘ and this ‘seems so‘.
From the same people who claim the rest of us deny what is ‘fully detailed‘ and ‘clear‘.
Remember that Joseph says at 4:04 “The Qur’an gives us a minimum of two salaahs a day.”
Now think about this, people. If salaah is supposed to be just reflecting on Allah, reading the Qur’an and being a good person why even emphasize a number? Why even say 2? Why even emphasizes timing? This all seems very redundant, especially from a creator that has given all things in detail.
The other thing that I wish Joseph would think about is this. If he says it could be any day, these congregational salaah’s than why is he so certain that ‘guard the middle salaah‘ isn’t just talking about this middle salaah and not extremes in behavior?
Or maybe -who knows that he will walk this position back.
Self-proclaimed adherents of the ‘Quran Only Religion’ are certainly not in agreement on the very basic issue of Salaah.
Now seeing that these sects are not in agreement with one another as some of them indeed agree that Salaah is a type of ritual prayer I focused this article on those who don’t agree with it.
I find that they have nothing cogent nor consistent. Saying, “this is my opinion” or, “it seems so” is not from a book that ‘contains all the details‘ but from a mind befuddled and confused.
May Allah (swt) guide us to that which is beloved to Allah (swt).