THE KARAITE ISRAEL MOSQUE OF ASCENSION
AND THE TEMPLE OF KEDAR MINISTRIES
(The Original Kedar-Rite of the Karaim)
THE DIVINE MADHAB OR SCHOOL OF VERIFICATION
(The Hanafi Madhab of the Ananiyya )
As Qaray Karaites of the Orignal Kedar Rite we follow a branch of the Hanafi Madhab(School) that Abu Hanifa taught to his student Anan Ben David. This Madhab is based largely on the Koran in relation to analytical process of conclusion or judgment known as Qiyas(Analogy) and Ra'y(Opinion)
1. DIRECT JUDGMENT OR CONFIRMATION FROM OPENLY UNDERSTOOD KORANIC VERSES
CONCERNING THAT WHICH IS OPENLY AND DIRECTLY MENTIONED IN THE KORAN:
As the last and final revelation the Holy Koran is authoritative in verifying what is true and false in all other scriptures. The Holy Koran is the only pure,perfect and uncorrupted communication actively in existence. All previous divinely revealed revelations such as the Original Torah and Injeel have descended into the status of an abrogated and now forgotten communication.
Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it.
In this regard the content of all other actively existing scriptures must be judged in relation to the Holy Koran. That which is openly confirmed in the Koran is declared true, while that which is openly negated is declared to be false.
For example the Holy Koran states that when the family of Jacob arrived in Egypt that Joseph placed his parents on a throne. However the Book of Genesis states that Joseph's mother(Rachel) had died sometime before and therefore never made it to Egypt.
And he raised his parents upon the throne and they fell down in prostration before him, and he said: O my father! this is the significance of my vision of old; my Lord has indeed made it to be true
And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
According to the Open truth as revealed in the Koran and the Divine Madhab of Verification the biblical account is declared False as it contradicts the open and undebatable words of the authoritative and divinely mandated scripture.
The vision that was being fulfilled was Joseph's dream about the Sun Moon and 11 stars bowing down to him. This referred to the fact that his father, mother and 11 brothers would come under his authority in Egypt.
When Yusuf said to his father: O my father! surely I saw eleven stars and the sun and the moon-- I saw them making obeisance to me.
The vision of the Sun the Moon and eleven stars is also found in the Bible and therefore we also have an example of the Quran Openly verifying Biblical scripture and confirming it as True.
Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
This verified vision further reinforces the fact that the Biblical account of Rachael's death was false as the vision could have only been fulfilled if his parents and 11 brothers arrived in Egypt where they would come under his authority.
2. Indirect Judgment based on generally related and applicable verses
CONCERNING THAT WHICH IS NOT MENTIONED SPECIFICALLY OR DIRECTLY IN THE HOLY KORAN :
The Holy Koran acknowledges that there are Messengers and of course messages that have not been mentioned in the Holy Koran.
And certainly We sent messengers before you: there are some of them that We have mentioned to you and there are others whom We have not mentioned to you,
If that which is found in other scriptures is not specifically, directly and openly confirmed or negated then we as Karaites(Readers) or Bereans are required to diligently search the Koran for general references and applications from which we can clearly conclude a confirmation or negation of the subject matter at hand.
Circumcision is not specifically and directly mentioned in the Holy Koran. However there are general references which by law pertain to circumcision. These Koranic verses forbid one to alter the creation. Since circumcision is an altering of the nature by which man was created and designed it is therefore forbidden. In this regard all other scriptures which declare circumcision to be the mark of the Abrahamic covenant and required by law are declared false. The following Koranic verses stand in opposition to circumcision.
Then set your face upright for religion in the right state-- the nature made by Allah in which He has made men; there is no altering of Allah's creation; that is the right religion, but most people do not know--
3. Confirmation through deductive reasoning,contextual verification and comparative study:
CONCERNING THAT WHICH CAN EXTRACTED FROM WITHIN THE KORAN
Islamic scholars have been divided over the issue as to whether Ishmael or Isaac was the intended sacrificial son of Abraham.The Holy Koran confirms the fact that Abraham was commanded to sacrifice his son. However the Koranic verse that refers to this event does not mentioned the name of the intended sacrificial boy. It is through deductive reasoning, contextual verification and comparative study that the Madhab of verification is able to conclude that it was Isaac and not Ishmael.
Although the Koranic verse(37:101) of description does not mention the name of the son of Abraham who was the intended sacrifice it refers to him in relation to the term GOOD NEWS
In the very same Koranic chapter Isaac is later openly referred to in relation to the term GOOD NEWS. With this common identifying marker it can easily be concluded that the intended sacrificial son was Isaac.
So We gave him the GOOD NEWS of a boy, possessing forbearance.
And We gave him the GOOD NEWS of Ishaq, a prophet among the good ones.
The name Isaac(Ishaq) is openly mentioned twice in Surah 37 which is the chapter containing the description of the Sacrificial Boy. However the name Ishmael does not appear anywhere at all throughout the entire chapter. That is obviously because the chapter has no information that is pertaining to Ishmael.
4. Judging and discerning that which is debatable in secular matters
CONCERNING INSTANCES WHERE NO SPECIFIC OR GENERAL RULINGS, REFERENCES OR INFORMATION IN THE KORAN CAN BE USED FOR CONCLUSIVE JUDGMENT FOR THAT WHICH IS BEING DEBATED IN NON-KORANIC SOURCES
That which cannot be confirmed or negated by Koranic Judgment meaning neither directly and specifically, generally or through the disciplines of deductive reasoning, contextual verification and comparative analysis should be judged by all historical, scientific and theological information available on the subject of study and interest.
This methodology or Madhab(school) of verification is not only applicable in confirming the content of other scriptures but is that which is used to confirm or negate all information that exists outside the realm of the Holy Koran.
The Holy Koran states that it makes things Clear with Knowledge.
And certainly We have brought them a Book which We have made clear with knowledge, a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe.
but none knows its interpretation except Allah, and those who are firmly rooted in knowledge
However knowledge and truth also exist outside of the Koran. Therefore the Koran is informing us that clarification and verification of truth may also be obtained by accessing accompanying knowledge which exists outside of the Koran.
When accessing knowledge from outside of the Koran one must remember that Non-Koranic institutions, sources and outlets are fallible thus being subject to corruption and error. Therefore they should be analysed and questioned for potential inaccuracies. If the subject matter being reviewed is generally debated with various opinions, interpretations and conclusions then all positions should be brought forth for constructive dispute. It is from within the range of this dispute that the Madhab will be guided to the most logical and compelling position.
5. Judging that which is universally accepted and undisputed in matters
CONCERNING INSTANCES WHERE NO SPECIFIC OR GENERAL RULINGS, REFERENCES OR INFORMATION IN THE QURAN CAN BE USED FOR CONCLUSIVE JUDGMENT FOR THAT WHICH IS UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED
MUTAWATIR - If the subject matter is not specifically or generally mentioned at all in the Holy Koran, and is neither being confirmed or negated through deductive reasoning, contextual verification and comparative analysis from within the Koran and yet the information is understood by one universally accepted position without any contradicting information available, then the universal position is accepted until a time that compelling and contradicting information is brought forth or revealed.
MUTAWATIR - Mutawatir, (successively fully authenticated)
If someone requests a source or reference for something that is so readily and frequently confirmed and available one can deny the request and declare the information as Mutawatir. At this point the sourcing and referencing now respectfully becomes the responsibility of the requester.
For example if someone were to ask for a reference to support the understanding that Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God or that Muslims believe that Muhammad is a Prophet, the appropriate response would be to declare the requested information as Mutawatir meaning successively confirmed in an abundance of sources. To offer a source for such commonly understood information is to encourage laziness and ignorance. The person who receives the response of Mutawatir should not pursue the matter any further in requesting a source until they themselves have made a genuine effort to look up the information.