Karaite Israelite Mosque of Ascension




(The Original Kedar-Rite of the Karaim)




The Koran refers to Jews and Christians as the "People of the Book". However the Koran is also a Book. It is through the understanding of the Koran that one can become a Muslim. The Koran is the Book for this dispensation. Therefore it is imperative that the identity of a Muslim is intertwined with the infallible book of distinction which is the Koran. Karaite which is an anglicized form of the Qurra or Qara means one who reads or recites the scriptures. This initially referred to the Scriptures of Abraham, and was later extended to include the Torah of Moses, the Psalms of David, the Injeel of Jesus and most recently the Koran of the Prophet Muhammad. In fact the name Koran means the Book of the Karaites.

To be a Muslim is a pillar of Karaism. The Koran and all previous scriptures teach obedience and submission. Therefore Readers of the Scriptures who were always known as Karaites were also always called or named Muslims. However one cannot be referred to as a Muslim if he or she does not Read the guiding scripture in order to understand submission from whence one would be worthy of being called a Muslim. Therefore to be a Muslim is only possible through Karaism.

The Millata(Religion) of Abraham the Hanif is Karaism. Hanif refers to one who turns away from idols or rejects idols. When Abraham turned away from the idols of his father he became known as a Hanif and in embracing the Oneness of God he obtained another pillar of Karaism which is Tawhid. In his willigness to sacrfice his son, Abraham became known as a Muslim meaning one who wholeheartedly submits to the authority of God. However all of these manifestations are dependent on one's ability to read the scripture. This is Karaism. Even the Prophet Muhammad was given the miracle of Karaism when he was commanded by the Angel Gabriel to read: Kara, Kara, Kara!

Therefore the name of the religion of the Koran is Karaism and being a Muslim is a pillar of Karaism!

 There were Muslims before the Prophet Muhammad. Abraham was a Muslim Therefore historically Submission or being a Muslim could be achieved without the Koran. Although there were Karaites meaning readers or reciters of the various scriptures before the Koran the name Kara distinctly connects Muslims to the distinct revelation which was given to the Prophet Muhammad and named the Koran(Kara). The name Karaite distinguishes the definition of Muslim which existed before the Prophet to that which requires acceptance of the Koran. It allows us to embrace the Koran as the Prophet Muhammad did which was through the miracle of responding to the Angelic command to Read (Kara). Only those who accept the Prophet Muhammad will acknowledge the Koran as a divine revelation. Therefore it is the connection to the Koran which bears the name of the reading miracle that distinguishes the true followers of the Prophet Muhammad.

 The Final revelation of Karaism is the Koran.