The Quranyon: A Sign of Islamic Decline
27 Jan, 2008
- There are indications that many Muslims are deserting the mainstream Islam to the less known Islamic sect called the Quranyon. Any observer of the religious debates in the Middle East, whether in the printed press or the Internet, must notice the growth of this rather new Islamic sect under the name of the New Ahnaf. Even the once extinct Islamic sect known as Almutazella seems to have been resurrected in some Middle Eastern countries. These new groups are currently neither well organized nor influential and probably will never be, but their rising number is significant because it reflects the deepening cracks in the Islamic structure.
- The Quranyon and the Sunna
The Quranyon build their argument on the false assumption that
the Quran is Allah’s preserved word and, therefore, is infallible.
They claim the Quran is a complete book; therefore Muslims do not
need any other sources of information. In effect, they promote an
essentially different brand of Islam based only on the Quran.
Although they promote themselves as Islamic reformers and defenders
of the Quran, but to the other Muslims, they are simply heretics.
The Quranyon have full knowledge of Mohammed’s history (Sira) and
his example (Sunna), but their knowledge leads them to a laughable
conclusions. In effect, their argument goes like this: ‘because the
history of Mohammed is disgraceful, and because his ahadith (deeds
and sayings) are filled with nonsense, then these ahadith must be
wrong!’ This is like saying ‘because all the available evidence
incriminates the suspect, then all the available evidence must be
wrong! This back to front irrational analysis is not unique to the
Quranyon but common among Muslim scholars in general and reflects
the extent of damage that Islam inflicts on human wisdom.
By rejecting the Sunna, the Quranyon free themselves from the
impossible task of defending Mohammed’s conduct. They are aware that
the charges against him, like the ones published in FFI and IW are
indefensible because they are based on authentic Islamic sources.
Having denied the most authentic Islamic sources, the Quranyon have
one answer to all the charges against Mohammed, which is: ‘it is all
history, so it may not be true’. The Quranyon may not be aware of
it, but their intense inclination to deny the Sunna, is an indirect
admission from them that Mohammed is a liability rather than an
asset to Islam.
The Quranyon and the Quran
The Arabic word Qurani (Quranist) relates to the Quran, a group
of Quranists is called Quranyon. The Quranyon are extremely happy to
be given a name that relates them to the Quran. It gives them some
protection against the inevitable charges of being infidels. Their
association with the Quran gives them a false sense of security;
after all it is not easy to describe people who believe in the Quran
It looks bizarre that the Quranyon reject the Sunna because they
believe it shames Islam and Mohammed but they are happy to accept
the Quran. Any objective reading of the Quran reveals as many
absurdities in it as in the Sunna, if not more. So why are the
Quranyon happy to defend the Quran?
To explain such a strange attitude let us take the hypothetical
example of a thief who is confronted with a rather blurred video
footage for him while shoplifting in a supermarket. The video
footage may be a little blurred yet clear enough to prove the crime.
The thief then uses that slight lack of clarity in the footage as a
basis for his defense, he might claim that he wasn’t shoplifting or
that it wasn’t him at all.
The Quran is an ambiguous book filled with repetitions and
contradictions. In various chapters of the Quran there is enough
nonsense to prove its gross inanities. The Sunna’s role is to
clarify the Quran and puts it in focus, thereby highlighting further
its absurdities. This is why the Quranyon prefer to read the Quran
without the Sunna; they prefer some darkness to give them a free
hand to articulate the language to come up with the meaning that
suits their desires.
In their efforts to preserve the Quran, the Quranyon are not
ashamed to present some of the most stupid argument. Their
rationalization for explaining the Quranic blunders by creating an
entirely new meaning for the Quranic verses goes like this: “Because
the obvious meaning of the verse is logically wrong and
unacceptable, then it cannot be the meaning intended by the Quran!”
They even claim that the Quran has its own Quranic (not Arabic!)
language to justify their extraordinary interpretation of its
blunders! This may explain why this trend appeals to some
dissatisfied Arab Muslims who are not ashamed to violate all the
rules and principles of their language to justify the Quranic
errors. They find in such false cosmetic repairs a comfortable
compromise that allows them to believe in Islam without having to
believe in its absurdities.
Muslims consider the Sunna as complementary and explanatory to
the Quran. This is quite true. However, acceptance of the Sunna
leaves the Quranyon with little room to practice their skills in
distorting the language. The Quranyon cannot apply their skills of
language trickery to the ahadith because these come in different
books and in different wordings, which denies the Quranyon their
only weapon of language falsification to come up with their desired
A Quran only Islam
The Quranyon like to be seen as Muslim intellectuals (although
the two words should not come together) and Islamic reformers. Their
desperation to present Islam as a modern and civilized religion
forced them to adopt a strategy of self-deceit to accept the Quran
and self-deceit to believe that the rest of Muslims will accept
The Quranyon’s claims about the unreliability of Sunna because it
reached us through history is another laughable argument. It must
have escaped their minds that everything about Islam, from the Quran
to Mohammed’s history and his Sunna, have all reached us through the
same history. The Quran was written by humans, kept by humans and
collected by humans. The Quranyon cannot dispute the fact that
Caliph Uthman, who ordered the writings of the official four state
copies of the Quran, did so to avoid the problems caused by the
existence of too many different versions. Indeed, Uthman ordered all
other copies of the Quran to be destroyed because they were
dissimilar from his version. The burning of the other copies has
outraged many important figures in Islam, like Ibn Masoud, who
refused to recognize Uthman’s official version of the Quran.
The Quran repeatedly asks the Muslims to follow Mohammed’s
example (Sunna). If the Quranyon discount the Sunna then they have
to answer the important question: How can Muslims follow Mohammed’s
example if they do not recognize that example?
The Quranyon are not a well-defined group and they do not all
agree on clear and recognized teachings. They even accuse one
another of being infidels! By definition, the Submitters are
Quranyon, but are branded as infidels by all the others. Probably
the only thing the Quranyon have in common is their rejection of the
Sunna and their determination to justify the Quranic blunders at all
costs. However, a Quran only Islam looks so weird to be recognized
as Islam at all. Although the Quran is Islam’s holy book, but the
bulk of the religion is made of Sunna. All the details of Islam like
how to perform the prayers are completely distorted by the Quranyon
because they are only briefly mentioned in the Quran. For example,
in the case of prayers, they only recognize three prayers rather
than five, which they perform differently from the mainstream
In reality, The Quranyon make fundamental changes to the core
issues of Islam, in other words they introduce Bidaa (innovation) on
a major scale, which is a lethal sin in Islam. Their practice has
precedence in Islamic history, like the members of Al-Mutazela group
who were completely eradicated during the Abbasid dynasty. The
current violence between the various Islamic sects is another
reminder of the non-existent Islamic tolerance. Indeed some Quranyon
have already been murdered on the basis they were infidels in
The Quranyon’s state of mind is another sad demonstration of the
damage that Islam can inflict on the human mind. These people have
spotted more than enough of the Islamic garbage to wake them up to
the fact that Islam is just a mad man’s cult. Instead of leaving
Islam, they embark on a desperate process of self-deception because
their confused minds cannot imagine that life can exist outside
The rising number of the Quranyon reflects the damage control being carried out by some Muslims to conceal the deepening cracks in Islam. But these are cosmetic and superficial repairs and can never hold the structure together for long. We must also keep in mind that not all the Quranyon truly believe in what they say. Many unconvinced Muslims think of this group as a safe sanctuary from the real Islam. Some of the Quranyon reject the Quran soon after they reject the Sunna, and continue their journey to enlightenment and freedom. Indeed many of the Quranyon only pretend to be so to stay legally alive in the Islamic societies. The current apparent Islamic tolerance to their existence may not be long lasting. Probably the reason they are left alone is because they are considered as a disillusioned group of non-practicing Muslims who will eventually return to the circle of Islam.
Mumin Salih is a Middle Eastern ex-Muslim.