The concept of God’s consented decree (Masajidil-lah) according to the Reading does not allow for the establishment of a house of worship, neither is it part of God’s prescribed way (deen-nil-lah). It is simply not part of God’s statute (or the sha’iral-lah.)1 The observation of consented decree is manifested through human values: by translating these decrees into personal actions and deeds – that is, by finding an appropriate application for them in life based on intelligence and reason.
That the deen is not an institution accessible through houses of worship should be evident by now. The ploy of making a sanctioned life possible only through access to ‘company’ premises is common to all religions, and religion is not what the Reading advocates.
The instruction to discipline oneself upon receiving the knowledge of the Reading in 2:185-187 was nothing new. It had been decreed to people long before the Reading was revealed. Surely, these people did not know what a mosque was. They could not, since the instruction a’kiffuna-fil-ma-sajid had not been interpreted by them (against the constructs of their language) as indicating a mosque. When the same instruction was given after the Reading was revealed to the Arabs, they introduced a new concept of rituals of fasting for one month to encourage their followers to retreat to a physical building. Then, on top of this, they are in the ridiculous position of having to insist the verse means ‘you must refrain from sexual intercourse with your wives when you retreat to the mosque‘. There is simply no logic in the instruction.
2:183 gives a reason why self-discipline is enjoined on Muslims:
O you who believe, self-discipline is decreed for you, as it was decreed for the people before you, so that you might be observant for a certain number of days. (2:183 and part of 2:184)
So, the self-disciplining of oneself was not a recent introduction. Rather, it is God’s decree and has been practised by the previous people who received God’s revelations. The religionists twisted the meaning of the word “Som-huu” to impose fasting on innocent people. All that is required for mankind is to discipline themselves when they acquire the knowledge about God after the Reading is revealed to them (2:185-186) by Gabriel (2:97)2.
Each time the religionists distort a word from one verse they are forced to distort other words to cover their backs. As soon as we make a comparison to examine the rationality of a concept within the structure and integrity of the Reading as whole, we notice the divergence of the meaning in the message arising from the distortion by the religionists.
1 Or the sha’irah of Allah; this is in stark contrast to the catalogue of intolerant and often bizarre rulings created by the religionists known as the shar’iah. Please note the similarity of the vocalic sound – but they are not the same.
2 2:97: Muhammad was made to say, ‘Anyone who opposes Gabriel should know that he revealed this scripture into your heart with God’s permission, confirming previous scriptures, and providing guidance and good news for the believers”. The Quran can be transmitted to anyone’s heart and it can happen at anytime of the year. The Hijrah Calendar was not invented 13 years after Muhammad became a prophet. Thus, the month of Ramadhan was not there.