Am I a Muslim?

A question I get all the time

Am I a Muslim?

I’ll try to be brief.

While I believe that the Qur’an is from God and preserved (as per the Traditionalist’s position) I do not believe that the religion the Traditionalist conflates with the Qur’an has any implicit or inherit merit – or anything whatever to do with the Qur’an.

The directives in the Qur’an are clear enough when read without a pre-existing expectation of – or allegiance to – brand Islam.

Despite what the Traditionalists like to claim, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad were no more Traditionalist Muslims than they were Catholics or Mormons.

To me, Traditionalist Islam is a mechanism designed to limit and control men, and a barrier to intelligent engagement with the Qur’an.

I accept that there are good men who hold to various sects, but there are also good men who prefer fish and chips over steak.

Traditionalist Islam claims a special understanding of the Qur’an. I have studied its claims and I don’t believe them. I ignore them when choosing the path for my soul in this life in the same way I ignore Catholicism or Mormonism.

In the sense the Qur’an uses the term muslīm means one submitted (in this case: to God). In that sense, I regard myself as Muslim.

Beyond that, I’m not much interested in party affiliations, and regard the ongoing and independent use of my own mind as a duty before God.

About the Author Sam Gerrans

Sam Gerrans is an English writer and speaker with professional backgrounds in media, strategic communications, and technologies. He is driven by commitment to ultimate meaning, and focused on authentic approaches to revelation and Realpolitik. He is founder of Quranite.com and author of The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation where his consistent, Qur'an-centric hermeneutical methodology is applied to the text of the Qur’an in its entirety. Read more...

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