Karaite Israelite Mosque of Ascension




(The Original Kedar-Rite of the Karaim)




The name Murjiah is derived from the etymological root of Irja meaning to postpone. In this regard the Murjiah were those who accepted Ali as the rightful inheritor of the Caliphate but believed that his appointment had been postponed due to the fact that at the time of the Prophet Muhammad's passing he had not yet reached the Koranc age of maturity which is 40.

SURAH 46:15
And We have enjoined on man doing of good to his parents; with trouble did his mother bear him and with trouble did she bring him forth; and the bearing of him and the weaning of him was thirty months; until when he ATTAINS HIS MATURITY AND REACHES FORTY YEARS.

 The Prophet Muhammad was 40 years old when he first received the call to Prophethood. This was in accordance with the Koranic age of maturity. As mentioned above when the Prophet Muhammad had passed away Ali was not yet 40. In fact Ali was approximately 30 and did not reach forty until 6 years into the reign of Caliph Omar. Since it would not be proper to ask a Caliph to step down Omar rightfully stayed in office as Caliph until his assassination in 644. At this time Ali was now approximately 44 years old and was by rightful inheritance and Koranic Maturity ready to take his divinely ordained role as Caliph.

In regards to the above mentioned the designated Koranic period of postponement came to an end. However in opposition to divine appointment, Uthman became the successor to Omar. This rebellion in preventing Ali from his inheritance was followed by Muwaiya and the Sufyani Caliphs. Therefore the Murijites recognize the Caliphates of both Abu Bakr and Omar, while rejecting that of Uthman, Muwaiya and the other Sufyanis.

  Abu Hanifa was a Murijite and in terms of theology the Murijites developed a very tolerant methodology in regards to judgment. This ideology or temperament was reflected in the Hanafi Madhab (School). Abu Hanifa was also counted among the Qurra or Karaites meaning the entrusted Readers or Reciters. He was known to have read the Koran over 7,000 times.


Sayyid Abul Makarim Hashim Bin Sulaymaan Al-Baharaani

Translated by:
Sayyid Mohsen Al-Husaini Al-Milani 

Shiabooks.ca Miami, Florida 2006

Page 73: Footnotes:

Murjiah are divided into four groups: " ... The Maaseriyyah who are the followers of Amir Bin Qays Bin Maaser and known as the Murjah of Iraq (Abu Hanifa is one of the followers of this sect.)

 Therefore Abu Hanifa was a Murijite-Karaite. Among his most prominent students was a man named Anan Ben David. Many Jews began to follow the teachings principles, rituals and customs of Anan and as a result they began to rebel against the Rabbis. However they stubbornly refused to accept Jesus and Muhammad as Prophets and became known as Jewish Karaites as opposed to the Murijite Karaites.

 The Murijite Karaites of Anan Ben David were also known as Qaray Karaites The name Qaray refers to the Kohen Priesthood Tribe of Kedar (Arabia) known as Banu Qarayza. The descendants of Qarayza Priests who followed the example of Abdallah Ibn Salaam in accepting the Prophet Muhammad became the designated Priests and teachers of the Kedar-Rite. Therefore the Original Kedar-Rite refers to the practices and teachings of the Qaray Karaites. In Turkish speaking areas the Qaray Karaites became known as Qaraylar or Karaylar Karaites. Lar is a suffix added to indicate plurality. 

  In summary Qaray-Karaites follow the Hanafi Madhab of Abu Hanifa which is a School of the Murjiah or Murjites.