« on: April 02, 2013, 09:58:46 AM »
I think what JewishDude has set out above is a smart and perceptive strategy; one which is pragmatic and within probable reach.
I would like to make 3 points:
1. Structure. I have always associated a Quran-alone way of life with an unorganised and dispersed network of adherents. By "unorganised," I do not mean "lacking the skills of organisation," rather, I mean a lack of centralisation. This is primarily because we have no central religious figurehead. We study the Quran for ourselves, and we implement it for ourselves; hence a need for neither centralisation, nor congregation. As for propagation, I have always imagined each one of us playing their part to propagate the Quran's message; personally, this is what I have been doing for the past 10 years. I use appropriate circumstances and suitable opportunities in conversation to discuss the Quran's message with anyone. What we currently have is a sort of anarcho-Quranism, where the focus is on individual work; this form of organisation (or lack thereof) has its limits, and is inherently incapable of serving a community-level role.
2. Support. As our numbers increase, by the grace of God, we must begin to pay regard to the needs of new-comers whom will undoubtedly need support. Their needs, be it social or ideological, are, for the most part, only truly satisfied by community-level services. Not forgetting, that a pronounced and manifestly publicized community presence of a Quran-alone centre or support network, will surely arouse an investigation by curious minds about the Quran-alone way of life. Something similar has already been established by the Submitters of Tuscon, Arizona. They, along with Dr Khalifa, established United Submitters International. They currently have chapters in the States, London, Paris, Nigeria, and many others. I have attended one of their meetings and it focused solely on Quran study. I love those guys and I consider them my brethren; I felt a warm sense of belonging and brotherhood when I sat with them. But I think they lack a key element which JewishDude emphasised, alas, it is egalitarianism.
3. Scope. As JewishDude mentioned, egalitarianism is key. Inclusivity is the spirit of equality. I think most members of this forum, and Quran-alone people in general, are reasonably tolerant of even the most extreme views. We have God to thank for making us a "middle" community. In any community, being able to tolerate the disparity of beliefs, religious or otherwise, is key to the durability of co-operation and to the strength of unity, "E pluribus unum."
For the time being, our community exists in cyberspace. This website, and similar websites, offer support to new-comers and help us in our dialogue and in the exchange of our ideas. It has gone a long way to bring us all together into a sort of pseudo-community, for that I am thankful to the administrator's of this site, and I am ever thankful to God.
Perhaps we are still at the stage of infantile growth, and the flowering season has not yet come upon us, so we have found no reason to organise.
Still, perhaps in the coming years the demographics will change substantially, this thread is a heads-up for that time.
Thanks to Jewishdude for this thread, his input is greatly valued.