How “Modernist Muslims” Read the Qur’an

Muslims believe that the Qur’an was revealed to mankind as clear guidance, based on an objective meaning – commands intended to be understood and applied by us. There cannot be unlimited interpretations of the Qur’an because, for the Qur’an to have any meaning, this necessitates discernment between things (unless the author is a poor communicator).

However, there are some who prefer to describe the Qur’an as entirely “subjective”, allowing them to disregard those commands that are not to their liking, and “read” into the Qur’an whatever they feel they would like it to mean.

A Muslim reads the Qur’an as containing deliberately chosen words. A “modernist Muslim” reads it as an inkblot test, random ink splashes on a page, projecting their own desired meanings onto it.


4 replies »

  1. I don’t believe that it is apart of the Sunnan of the prophet (sws) to mock or disrespect others just because they don’t see things like you. Many of the Sahaba disagreed on various issues we will surely also disagree. No two people will ever agree on every subject 100%. While I don’t completely disagree with you I find the picture you chose disrespectful and tasteless.

    Don’t forget to be humble.

    “Not equal is the good response and the bad response. You shall resort to the nicest possible response. Thus, the one who used to be your enemy, may become your best friend.” [41:34]

  2. If the author was a good communicator, you wouldn’t need intermediaries to interpret it! The fact that you do need them, and the main schools of thought disagree in many of their interpretations, indicate how unlikely it is that that a divine creator is responsible for the Qur’an.

    If God really had wanted to communicate with us in the time of Christ and the time of Muhammad, it would have made more sense for him to use more advanced, less flexible, languages such as Latin or Greek.

    • Salaam,

      Indeed when God says:
      A blessed Book which We have revealed to you, that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.

      When He says:
      Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon their hearts?

      When He says:
      Upon Us is the explanation of Quran.

      Who is Us? The scholars, the imams, the sunna?

      Most muslims don’t read the Quran to understand it.
      They think it is far to difficult for them.

      So they become blind followers of “people who know”!

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