“O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice.” (Holy Qur’an 33:70)
I find “Qur’an Only” Islam to be intellectually bankrupt. Beyond the idea that saying that ‘I bear witness that Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah‘ upon entering Islam, or saying salawat upon the Blessed Messenger (saw) to be acts of shirk-or association of partners with Allah (swt) they really have little more to offer in theology.
I find no attempt at all to discuss theological issues about the attributes of Allah in any meaningful way.
No discussion on issues like free will and determinism, no discussion on rather we see Allah in the hereafter, rather souls remain in hell or are released, rather Allah is divinely simplistic in being or a unity, rather the Qur’an is created or uncreated, rather who or what creates actions, nor any meaningful definition of the sifat of Allah (swt).
Just rail against hadith. It is all they can bring to the table as to the rest….good luck!
Probably ‘the‘ single greatest contribution that some of them have made on the issue of creed and theology is the idea of rather or not the prophets are sinless or infallible.
My over all critique which I consider to be a soft critique but nonetheless shows some real challenges with having this position here:
Another article I wrote: Questions for ‘Qur’an Only‘ Muslims that can’t be swept under the rug here:
Even though they used to say that the hadith -oral traditions came some 300 years after the Blessed Messenger (saw). Al hamdulilah the more educated among them have backed away from that claim.
See Harold Motzki (a Non Muslim orientalist and academic) who made short work of that Quranist claim here: https://primaquran.wordpress.com/orientalist-dr-harold-motzki-takes-quran-only-muslims-to-task/
(There are screen shots for you as I believe the PDF was removed)
Or their more ridiculous claim that the Blessed Messenger (saw) wrote the Holy Qur’an.
This was refuted in total here: https://primaquran.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/refutation-of-quran-only-muslims-who-say-muhammed-wrote-the-quran/
Their very huge blunder that many of them make when concerning the word ‘hikma‘. You can read about that here:
Or you may be interested in seeing those of them who have taken it upon themselves to answer the following challenge here:
Check out the responses in the comments section above by ‘Submitter‘ as well as ‘Ahamad M.V‘
Ahamad M.V has a web site here: www/quran-islam.org.
He has a bizarre and unsubstantiated claim that the Holy Qur’an is the ‘19th scripture‘.
Nor have I seen among those at http://www.free-minds.org/ & http://submission.org/http://submission.org/ & http://www.ourbeacon.com/ or any of the others that I may have left out any meaningful attempt to engage in the theological issues.
Yet the only thing that the “Qur’an Only“ Muslims can offer one is constant railing against the hadith literature.
I have a feeling that many of these people (at least those I had met) are well educated but don’t really have insight and wisdom. It is possible that many of them were exposed to very heavy handed tactics of traditional Muslims. It would make any one want to run away from it all.
Like a friend of mine here in Singapore. His parents are from Najaf. His family is 12er Shi’a. They left Iraq during the time of Saddam Hussein. They settled in London. My friend only wants to be known as an identify with as a Muslim. The 12er Shi’a theology does not resonate with him at all..
He takes jobs half way across the planet to avoid being pressed into their worldview.
He wants no part of it.
The fact that many of the ‘Qur’an only‘ Muslims rely heavily upon orientalist writings is very telling.
When I announced what my intentions were for this blog a Quranist Muslim in Singapore approached me, she was (is) a level headed woman. She is an American convert to Islam. Her husband is of Pakistani origin. They raise money for charitable causes… and work with NGO’s
Her husband was quite excited to learn that I was not really into “traditionalist Islam” and was keen to have me start another web site that would promote ‘Qur’an Only‘ Islam.
Yet, he was unable to answer questions about the textual history of Islam, that the concept of the number (19) MIGHT work for certain qir’aat of the Holy Qur’an but not for others.
That we can’t even speak about “over it are 19” until we have established that the basmallah is indeed a verse over every surah of the Holy Qur’an.
How do we do that?!!
Submission.org has appealed to extra-Qur’anic material to prove their claims.
I respected their identify but I parted ways telling the husband (who got easily irritated) that I do not believe in their version of ‘Qur’an only‘ Islam.
I turned down funding from this couple because I will not promote a cause that I don’t believe in nor do I find to be intellectually viable-at all.
I have found that many among the ‘Qur’an only‘ Muslims for the most part are as easily agitated, turned up and unfocused as are traditionalist Muslims.
So yes, the ‘Qur’an Only‘ position maybe a rallying cry for Muslims who have had it up to their neck with ‘traditionalist‘.
Yet It is important for those western Muslims, those in Turkey, Kuwait, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Egypt or any where else who are enamored with the ‘Qur’an Only‘ position to understand just how intellectually bankrupt the position is.
A movement that cannot interact with the compilation and transmission of the Holy Qur’an in any meaningful way, nor a movement that interacts with the theological questions that have gripped the Muslim ummah is not a movement or position I would want to invest my trust in.