And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.”
(Holy Qur’an 25:30)
With the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All types of true and perfect praise are due to Allah, Lord, Cherisher and Sustainer of all existence. I ask that peace and blessings be upon the last and final Messenger, our Noble Prophet (saw). Everything that is good and beneficial with in this web site, all the praise is due to Allah (swt). All of the mistakes are mine. Whom ever Allah (swt) guides no one can misguide them. Whom ever Allah (swt) leaves to stray no one can guide them.
The opening citation of the Holy Qur’an sets the tone. I feel strongly that we the Muslims have gone far from the primary source of our faith, namely the Holy Qur’an.
This web site is more about my own personal views and reflections. You could even say a personal journey of my thoughts and feelings on matters related to Islam.
I would like very much for people to be able to take something useful from this web site. If this website can be a voice for the voiceless than all praise belongs to Allah (swt).
I feel there maybe many Muslims out there struggling with their faith. It could be a particular issue in theology, or jurisprudence that has given them many sleepless nights. It could be that a person may have suffered severe emotional and psychological abuse at the hands of seemingly benign Sufi tariqah. A tariqah that demanded absolute obedience, and allegiance. This could have ended up being a severely traumatic experience for that person. Rather than being spiritually liberating, it could have been spiritually draining.
It could be that a person was confronted with a view with in the Islamic paradigm that focused so much on legalism that it left the person feeling hopelessly encumbered. ‘Islam is such a burden’ they may feel.
It could be that some Muslims are on the verge of leaving their faith. They may well feel, ‘Well, if this is Islam than I want no part of it.’
Some Muslims maybe so disgusting by the sectarianism and the infighting. They may ask, ‘Is there really a way through this madness?‘
Fear not! I believe that together we will discover that Islam is a lot more vast than the various factions with in the Islamic paradigm would have any one of us to believe.
What is the tone of this web site?
I would like us to take a look at the following verses of the Holy Qur’an.
So by mercy from Allah , [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude and harsh in heart, they would have fleed from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah . Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]. (Holy Qur’an 3:159)
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” (Holy Qur’an 16:125)
The example of Pharaoh.
“O eminent ones, I have not known you to have a god other than me.” (Holy Qur’an 28:38)
“Go to Pharaoh. Indeed, he has transgressed.” (Holy Qur’an 20:24)
So we can see that Pharaoh has committed the highest form of sin against Allah (swt) namely the claim of divinity! Allah (swt) also says that he was a transgressor!
Nonetheless look at the way in which Allah (swt) ask Moses and Aaron (peace be upon them both) to conduct themselves while speaking with him.
“And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear Allah.” (Holy Qur’an 20:44)
“Virtue and evil are not equal. If you replace evil habits by virtuous ones, you will certainty find that your enemies will become your intimate friends. (Holy Qur’an 41:34)
“If Allah were to punish men according to what they deserve, He would not leave on the back of the (earth) a single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated Term: when their Term expires, verily Allah has in His sight all His Servants. (Holy Qur’an 35:45)
Allah (swt) is the Most Merciful! If Allah (swt) was to exact his justice upon us (a frail humanity) he would have wiped out everyone and everything.
As one Imam has stated, “Do not look down upon others because their sins are different than yours.” How true is this?
“Verily, you (O Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He knows best those who are the guided.” (Holy Quran 28:56)
If the best example the Blessed Messenger (saw) could not guide whom he liked to the truth it would be the epitome of arrogance and futility to think that anyone of us could force another to capitulate to our position.
I think that once we recognize and respect that guidance is the sole jurisdiction of Allah (swt) we can take the ego and the ‘I’ out of our discussions and exchanges. Because than what this becomes is a journey about truth to The Truth. It does not become about ‘you’ and ‘I’ ,but about us on a mutual journey of inquiry and exchange.
With that said I sincerely hope and pray that Allah (swt) would bless us with his guidance and grace. I hope that if there is something in Prima-Qur’an that is factually wrong or in error that Allah (swt) would open my heart and my eyes to accept this.
So what is Prima-Qur’an?
Prima is from the Latin word which simply means ‘First’ or ‘foremost’.
Prima Qur’an is about using the Holy Qur’an, primarily for guidance in matters of theology, jurisprudence and spirituality.
Prima-Qur’an rejects any source that clashes with the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. It is about Muslims going back to the Holy Qur’an first. It is about Muslims looking to the Holy Qur’an first and foremost for guidance and healing.
The position of Prima-Qur’an is distinct from from Sola-Qur’an.
Sola is Latin for ‘only’ or ‘alone’.
Sola Qur’an– That is to say to take the Holy Qur’an alone.
Sola-Qur’an does not allow for Muslims to take for guidance in theology, jurisprudence and spirituality anything other than the Holy Qur’an. Sola-Qur’an discounts the oral tradition or ‘hadith’ entirely.
That is not the position of Prima-Qur’an.
Prima-Qur’an also sets itself apart from Para-Qur’an. (Sunni & Shi’a factions for example)
Para is from Latin and means ‘along side’ or ‘adjacent’ to something.
That is to say to put as anything as authority along side or even superseding the Holy Qur’an in matters of theology, jurisprudence and spirituality.
Para-Qur’an is easily the position adopted by most of the world’s Muslims today.
So for illustration purposes you can see that the stack of books on the top is what I feel represents the majority of today’s Muslims, in their approach to the sacred sources.
They will say Qur’an & Sunnah or Qur’an & Hadith or Qur’an and 12 Imams.
Where as the stack of books on the bottom is what I feel represents the Prima-Qur’an position. That you are most welcome to reference and utilize books of history, jurisprudence, ahadith, fiqh, tafsir and so forth but that the Prima-Qur’an position is to say: Qur’an than Sunnah or Qur’an than Hadith.
Harith ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, sent Mu’adh to Yemen and he said, “How will you judge?” Mu’adh said, “I will judge according to the Book of Allah.” The Prophet said, “What if it is not in the Book of Allah?” Mu’adh said, “Then with the tradition (sunnah) of the Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet said, “What if it is not in the tradition of the Messenger of Allah?” Mu’adh said, “Then I will strive to form an opinion (ijtihad).” The Prophet said, “All praise is due to Allah who has made suitable the messenger of the Messenger of Allah.”
Source: (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1327)
Prima-Qur’an invites Muslims to take the Holy Qur’an as their primary source for theological, legal and spiritual guidance.
Prima-Qur’an also invites Muslims to take ‘fiqh’ or understanding that is tawatur or ‘continuous mass testimony and practice’ across all schools of jurisprudence.
That is to say we take the sunnah of the Blessed Messenger (saw).
A clear principle of this is the statement of Allah (swt).
“And obey Allah and obey the Messenger. But if you turn away, then Our Messenger is responsible only for conveying the message clearly. (Holy Quran 64:12)
This verse above becomes very important in distinguishing my position from Sola-Qur’an or ‘Qur’an only’ Muslims. I believe that the Blessed Messenger (saw) not only was a ‘mouth piece’ for the Holy Qur’an. I believe that the Blessed Messenger (saw) must have explained the message clearly.
“Then, it is on Us to explain it.” (The Holy Qur’an 75:19)
If it was the sole job of the Blessed Messenger (saw) to simply be a mouth piece of the Holy Qur’an this verse above would be sufficient. Yet, we see in quite a number of places that there is a corollary, that not only does Allah (swt) give the Blessed Messenger (saw) the revelation, He (swt) explains it to the Blessed Messenger (saw).
So in Prima-Qur’an we understand this as follows:
The Holy Qur’an as a revelation was given via:
Allah-Gabriel-The Messenger- to His (saw) community.
The Holy Qur’an as an explanation was given via:
Allah-Gabriel-The Messenger-to His (saw) community.
Thus, not only does the Blessed Messenger (saw) give the people the revelation he explains to the people as well.
The Holy Qur’an makes it abundantly clear that the Blessed Messenger (saw) is a universal Messenger with a universal message.
“O mankind! The Messenger has come to you with the truth from your Lord, so believe: it is better for you. And if you disbelieve, to Allah belongs what is in the heavens and in the earth. And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. (Holy Qur’an 4:17o)
I reject the claim that because the Blessed Messenger (saw) is not with us today than the above verse does not mean anything. I reject the claim that because the Blessed Messenger (saw) did not physically go to every human being that he was not a universal messenger.
So this leads me to believe the following:
1) The Blessed Messenger (saw) delivered the Holy Qur’an.
2) The Blessed Messenger (saw) explained the Holy Qur’an.
3) The Holy Qur’an is universal guidance.
4) The Blessed Messenger (saw) is a universal Messenger.
The Message of and the explanation of the Holy Qur’an as given by the Blessed Messenger (saw) should be able to reach all of humanity.
Question: How does the understanding of the Holy Qur’an reach us?
Answer: Through the ‘practice that was mass transmitted’ known as ‘Sunnah’ that does not contradict, conflict with or go against the clear teachings and/or spirit of the Holy Qur’an.
We have to get to the understanding of Islam prior to the civil war and factions that appeared among the Muslims.
Think about it like this. If the position of the ‘Quran-alone’ Muslims is correct than what factors caused those early Muslims to abandon their ‘Quran alone’ position? Everyone among the Muslims today are making claims.
Together we need to be like archaeologist and dig through the strata of disparate historical narratives, jurisprudence, and factionalism, among the Muslims, to find that pristine Islam, that existed prior to the Civil War.
This is why we ask Muslims to look at the jurisprudence of the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali, Ja’fari, Zaydi, Ibadi, and Thahiri schools for answers. We also invite Muslims to look at the rulings of Imams such as Al Awaza’i, Sufyan Al-Thawri, Said Ibn Al-Musayyib, Al-Layth ibn sa’dand Ibrahim Al-Nakhai among others for answers.
“Blessed is He who sent down the Furqan (the Criterion) upon His Servant that he may be to the worlds a warner.” (Holy Qur’an 25:1)
Prima-Qur’an endorses the Amman Message. I would highly encourage you to read it.
The ‘Amman Message’ was endorsed by scholars, and notable Muslim preachers and representatives of various Muslim theological, and juristic approaches. It states:
“In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad and his pure and noble family
(1) Whosoever is an adherent to one of the four Sunni schools (Mathahib) of Islamic jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i and Hanbali), the two Shi’i schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Ja`fari andZaydi), the Ibadi school of Islamic jurisprudence and the Thahiri school of Islamic jurisprudence, is a Muslim. Declaring that person an apostate is impossible and impermissible. Verily his (or her) blood, honour, and property are inviolable. Moreover, in accordance with the Shaykh Al-Azhar’sfatwa, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare whosoever subscribes to the Ash`ari creed or whoever practices real Tasawwuf (Sufism) an apostate. Likewise, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare whosoever subscribes to true Salafi thought an apostate.
Equally, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare as apostates any group of Muslims who believes in God, Glorified and Exalted be He, and His Messenger (may peace and blessings be upon him) and the pillars of faith, and acknowledges the five pillars of Islam, and does not deny any necessarily self-evident tenet of religion.
(2) There exists more in common between the various schools of Islamic jurisprudence than there is difference between them. The adherents to the eight schools of Islamic jurisprudence are in agreement as regards the basic principles of Islam. All believe in Allah (God), Glorified and Exalted be He, the One and the Unique; that the Noble Qur’an is the Revealed Word of God; and that our master Muhammad, may blessings and peace be upon him, is a Prophet and Messenger unto all mankind. All are in agreement about the five pillars of Islam: the two testaments of faith (shahadatayn); the ritual prayer (salat); almsgiving (zakat); fasting the month of Ramadan (sawm), and the Hajj to the sacred house of God (in Mecca). All are also in agreement about the foundations of belief: belief in Allah (God), His angels, His scriptures, His messengers, and in the Day of Judgment, in Divine Providence in good and in evil. Disagreements between the ‘ulama(scholars) of the eight schools of Islamic jurisprudence are only with respect to the ancillary branches of religion (furu`) and not as regards the principles and fundamentals (usul) [of the religion of Islam]. Disagreement with respect to the ancillary branches of religion (furu`) is a mercy. Long ago it was said that variance in opinion among the ‘ulama (scholars) “is a good affair”.
(3) Acknowledgement of the schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Mathahib) within Islam means adhering to a fundamental methodology in the issuance of fatwas: no one may issue a fatwa without the requisite personal qualifications which each school of Islamic jurisprudence determines [for its own adherents]. No one may issue a fatwa without adhering to the methodology of the schools of Islamic jurisprudence. No one may claim to do unlimited Ijtihad and create a new school of Islamic jurisprudence or to issue unacceptable fatwas that take Muslims out of the principles and certainties of the Shari`ah and what has been established in respect of its schools of jurisprudence.”
In other words the various schools of jurisprudence are a basic skeleton.
I understand the term ‘skeleton’ here to mean- frame – framework – carcass – outline – shell
Thus, we are not asking anyone to abandon the ‘skeleton’ of their respective schools of jurisprudence.
There is only one caveat here. If you find something in your research, and your studies that you deeply feel clashes with what you find in the Holy Qur’an than you should take what is certain; that being the Holy Qur’an.
The sectarianism has deeply divided the Muslim community. It has not allowed us to ‘think outside the box’.
It does not allow us to consider the fiqh (jurisprudence) and aapproaches that others may take, simply because we consider them ‘the other’.
I have often thought how many marriages would be saved in the Sunni community, if the Shi’a position on divorced was adopted.
I personally find the Ibadi position on leadership to be more egalitarian and in the true spirit of Islam. This is contrasted with the Shi’a view, giving preference to the ‘Ahl Bayt’ or the ‘Household’. It is also contrasted with the Sunni view that right of rule belongs to a particular tribe.
When you see these divergent schools of jurisprudence agree on something like praying the five daily prayers you can be certain that this was what Allah (swt) ordained for the Blessed Messenger (saw) and his community.
Finally, as I believe in upholding the Holy Qur’an above anything else the following should outline the position of Prima-Quran.
These are positions that Prima-Qur’an upholds as we find them to be fundamental in respecting the timeless wisdom, beauty, and integrity contained with in our most guarded revelation.
#1) The Holy Qur’an is divinely protected revelation from Almighty Allah. It is tawatur or ‘continuous mass testimony’ that cannot be superseded by anything else.
#2) (The sunnah, jurisprudence and hadith are supplementary; their authority never over rides the revelation. We sift through this information because we believe the Blessed Messenger (saw) explained the revelation.)
#3) The Holy Qur’an is complete.
We reject the claim of many scholars of the Sunni faction in particular that the Qur’an does not contain the entirety of the Qur’an; but only what Allah intended for us to have.
We also reject the claim of Rashad Khalifa and his ‘Qur’an only’ faction that has taken two verses out of the Qur’an; as they did not conform to their numerical suppositions.
#3) The Holy Qur’an is not abrogated by anything including itself.
#4) Muslims are advised to continue to follow their respective schools of jurisprudence; but should feel free to abandon any position, if they feel it contradicts with the Holy Qur’an, and the mass transmitted sunnah.
#5) Muslims are advised to follow the mass transmitted sunnah. We believe it is the Blessed Messenger (saw) conveying the message of the Holy Qur’an clearly, and put into practice by his community. It should not go against a clear teaching or position of the Holy Qur’an.
An example of mass transmitted sunnah: The rakats in the prayers. (2,4,4,3,4) The five daily prayers themselves.
These graphs above reflect more and more the reality of educated and well informed Muslims. There are Sunni Muslims who are not convinced about certain aspects of Sunni doctrine. Thus, these people become enamored with the Shi’a Muslims. However; upon closer inspection they find that Shi’a Islam is riddled with many of the same issues that Sunni Islam has and possibly more. Like wise there are Shi’a Muslims who are not convinced about certain aspects of Shi’a doctrine. Thus, these people become enamored with Sunni Muslims. Yet upon closer scrutiny they find the grass is not greener on the other side. The same can be said for those who find excess in Sufism and those who find Salafism too legalistic. There are many Muslims who love Islam but are not necessarily in love with being pigeon holed into these paradigms.
Unfortunately we Muslims (both converts and those raised Muslims) are the products of surroundings. We have been coined with terms such as ‘Shi’a’ and ‘Sunni’ or this or that label for a very long time. We have become entrenched in positions that do not allow us to consider the points and positions of other Muslims whom do not belong to our respective camps. If you were born in Pakistan it is highly likely that you are a Sunni Muslim, and more than likely following the Hanafi school of jurisprudence, and more than likely influenced by either the divides of the Barelwi and Deobandi.
If your a convert like myself, it is likely that you happened a Mosque that was ‘Salafi’ in orientation or maybe even of the ‘Ahmadiyyah movement’, or possibly a Sunni Mosque that was orientated towards the ‘Naqshabandi tariqah’: one of many Sufi orders in the Muslims world.
What happens is as born and raised Muslims we never get a chance to really investigate what we were brought up with. We are just supposed to follow. As convert Muslims it may seem as if it is a matter of rolling the dice; and being instructed by one of the myriad views, held among those who are called Muslims.
Prima-Qur’an is NOT a sect!
Sectarianism is categorically forbidden in Islam.
“As for those who divide their religion and break up into shias (sects), you have no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.” (Holy Qur’an, 6:159)
If we look at the diagram above we can see that prior to the civil wars among the Muslims. Muslims were known only as Muslims. There was no other distinctive appellation. However, after the civil wars among the Muslims they split into three major shi’a (sects).
The Shi’a (sect) of Muaviyah which latter innovated the appellation ‘Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah’ and they are also known as ‘Sunni Shi’a’ or Sunni sect This term ‘Sunni’ is used for a broad definition for a federation of various sub sects that use this term,‘Sunni’.
You also have the Shi’a (sect) of Ali which latter innovated the appellation the ‘Ithna Asheri’ or 12ers. The term Shi’a is used for a broad definition of a federation of various sub sects that use the term ‘Shi’a’
There was another loosely Shi’a (sect) of Ali that are known as the ‘Ghuraba’ or and latter they innovated the appellation of the ‘Ibadi’.
Thus we have three major sects with a myriad number of sub sects.
1) The Ithna Asheri Shi’a (or 12er Imam sect)
2) The Sunni Shi’a ( or Sunni sect)
3) The Ibadi Shi’a (or Ibadi sect)
If someone ask me ‘What kind of Muslim are you?’ I simply say to them, ‘I have not been given a more beautiful name other than Muslim’.
“And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Abraham. Allah named you “Muslims” before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people.” (Holy Qur’an 22:78)
Prima-Qur’an is a debate with in the paradigm of Islam. We encourage Muslims to pray in all Masjids. We encourage Muslims to have fellowship with all Muslims. We encourage Muslims to trade and do business with all Muslims.
It is simply a methodology or approach that I think will be helpful to many and Allah knows best. The purpose here is not to come along and change everything you know. This is not the purpose of Prima-Qur’an.
“Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is guided” (Holy Qur’an 16:125)
We ask Allah to keep us humble, and sincere. Welcome to Prima-Qur’an and I hope that Allah enriches you by this site and that you yourselves enrich others through your contributions.
“It is not for any human being that Allah should give him the Book, and the wisdom and the Prophethood that he should than say to men: ‘Be devoted to me rather than Allah; but rather (he would say): “Become men of Allah by spreading the knowledge of the divine writ, and by your own deep study of it.” (Holy Qur’an 3:79)
“Allah puts forth a Parable a man belonging to many partners at variance with each other, and a man belonging entirely to one master: are those two equal in comparison? Praise be to Allah! but most of them have no knowledge.” (Holy Qur’an 39:29)
“And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them” (Holy Qur’an 3:105)
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