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Joseph A Islam
Salamun Alaikum (Peace be upon you)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AREAS OF RESEARCH AND SCRUTINY
jurisprudence and the early formative period
and thought including the Prophetic Sira (Biography), the Maghazi genre and the
canonisation of the Ahadith
Quranic Exegesis /
Tafsir within the ambit of both classical and modern commentaries.
Islamic poetry in
its historical context and development
and the influences of early grammarian schools in particular relation to
Quranic manuscripts and transmission.
Biblical scholarship with particular interest in textual criticism including a
scrutiny of early formative history of the Biblical canon.
Study of the Jewish Tanakh
and the reading / appreciation of the Jewish Talmud
in its historical context.
My research with
regards to Islam in particular has endeavoured me to scrutinise as wide a perspective
as personally possible covering both the ambit of traditional (Muslim) and Oriental
AREAS OF INTEREST AND RESEARCH
VIEWS AND AFFILIATIONS
Though you may find references to my work
or links to this website elsewhere, I am not affiliated with any
religious group, sect, particular doctrine, thought, author, website or any
religious or academic authority whatsoever. I am also neither a 'Quranist'
nor a 'traditionalist'. Yet, I do recognise that truth can exist in
various guises and be shared by the adherents of different theological
My complete submission is to the following verse of the Quran in which I believe
in what the Messenger of God believed and those termed as 'wal-mu'minuna' (and
the believers) believed.
messenger believes in that which has been revealed to him from his Lord and (so
do) believers. Each one believes in God and His angels and His scriptures and
His messengers - We make no distinction between any of His messengers - and they
say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is
My humble yet ardent and
sustained efforts are simply to discern using the guidance revealed
by God to humankind.
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MISSION OF MY WORK
To present consistent, clear and cogent
arguments from the Quran with a view to address popular misconceptions
of Muslim and anti-Islamic thoughts that remain at variance with the
true message of the Quran.
To challenge extreme interpretations and
mistranslations which have often lead to extremism, sectarianism and
To challenge unfounded doctrines and
rituals, unquranic beliefs and punishments neither advocated nor
supported by the Quran.
To vindicate the truth and to present a
peaceful and tolerant message of the Quran.
I, Joseph Islam (the author)
categorically denounce any form of extremism or discrimination against
fellow human beings regardless of gender, culture, race or religion and
uphold the sanctity of human life in all its forms. I categorically
denounce any form of injustice and continually work towards (God
willing) promoting tolerance and peace which I also firmly believe to be the
essence of the message of all God's scriptures.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE AND A DISCLAIMER
I personally do not claim to be an authority
over any particular speciality, discipline or thought other than to
sincerely present you with what I feel are clear arguments as a result of
sustained ardent academic research during my life. Research is an ongoing
endeavour and I am always open to better use of evidence and sources of
arguments. I am a mere servant of God with all the inherent weaknesses of a
fallible human being.
Anything true that I share is a blessing from God. All mistakes are only my
own and my soul shall bear the brunt of any transgressions on the Day of
If it is your intention to solely follow an authority of a particular line
of thought, then I humbly submit that this website, its purpose and its
content may not be for you.
It is a complex web of acquiring information and I believe that God takes us
past what I call are 'watering places' if He intends to guide and 'water'
those that truly seek His way. It is often a case of traversing these
stepping stones with an open mind / heart and indeed moving on when the time
My work (my humble effort) is merely a small piece in this immense web.
Please take anything from it that is good and move on from anything that you
do not find convincing.
My work represents my own personal journey and seeking a path which represents
'truth'. It is solely intended for free thinkers and those with critical thought.
who are prepared to engage with the Quran for themselves to understand its
message through sustained endeavour and seeking guidance from their Creator
I humbly request the reader to analyse the arguments presented with complete
sincerity, an open mind and to verify all the claims for themselves with no other
motive other than to seek the path of truth. Please do not follow me or
my work blindly.
Please accept or reject the claims based on
the veracity and strength of the arguments, the evidence submitted and not
merely on the grounds that it may not represent a popular majority view or the
view of a particular scholar or preacher. The majority view may not always be
correct and no authority or authorities have exclusive claim to 'the truth',
whatever that may be.
The Quran remains the final source of
judgement and the ultimate authority for all true believers.
Let us race (fa-is'tabiqu) with one another in
good works (2:148).
May God help all those that sincerely seek His way. Ameen.
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