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May 10

Who are the Real Sectarians?

The Quranists, being at the beginning of our modern emergence, face the great opposition from Quranic Fundamentalists (QFists for short) about the very term. Many QFists (people who believe in the Quran as the sole source of islam yet oppose the term ‘Quranist’) believe we should only use the term ‘Muslim’. They accuse Quranists of being sectarians by the very act of taking the name!

Who is a sectarian? A sectarian is one who builds walls around themselves. They consider themselves to be the exclusive owners of salvation. The chosen ones of Allah. Some Sunnis and Shia have this view of themselves where they think that out of the ’73 sects’ (this is from a hadith), they belong to the the one which is saved.

QFists who have this view tend to call themselves ‘Muslim’ and attack those who call themselves ‘Quranists’. It is difficult to tell if they realise that by taking on this name with no qualifier beyond the word ‘Muslim’, they are making a serious insinuation. That other Muslims are not Muslims at all.

How does the Quran view this interpretation? The Quran never puts itself forward as the only source of truth. Anyone who practices the instructions of Allah is a muslim. That would mean that not only that muslims can be found among the Sunnis, Shia, Salafi and Sufis but also among people of other religions and ideologies. The Quran is simply an overseer of truth. It does not limit truth to itself.

As for the QFists who deem themselves only Muslims, one must ask them if they find uniformity in their views. The answer is an all too incriminating no. There isn’t anyone who can claim to have the absolutely correct interpretation and so the QFist who thinks he has all the answers is merely deluding himself. Their own debates bear witness to the fact that they are in the same boat as other Quranists.

We are Quranists, an association of individuals and associations whose point of unity is that we believe the only divine source of Islam is the Quran. We are open to work with anyone who will work with us to uphold Quranic values. We believe that islam is a shared trait, not exclusive to us. Compare this to people who say ‘WE are the Muslims’ and ask the Quranic Fundamentalist : WHO ARE THE REAL SECTARIANS?

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