RESPONSE TO EP 18 TRIGGERED COMMENTATOR
This is a quick blog post about the Quran math videos series. In the free e-book titled Quran Math Miracles available for free download from this website I highly praised and supplicated good for those whom I benefit from in these videos. Furthermore I likewise make it clear in this series of videos that my videos are based on two separate methodologies. One being based on the Uthmanic Quran codex which follows more faithfully the Quran as it was written and is the methodology used by the Noon Center for Quran Research and Studies, directed by Sheikh Bassam Jarrar. The other methodology uses modern grammar rules and is used by those at QuranWay.com. Whenever I add my own findings or observations I follow the methodology of the Uthmanic Quran codex which is used by the Noon Center for Quran Research and Studies.
The purpose of this post is to explain why I will no longer be referring to or using the findings published by Quranway.com. I was contacted by an employee from Quranway.com in Oct 2017 and while the researchers and the owner of Quranway are honorable and seem to be good polite and well mannered reasonable people, this zealous employee was unfortunately extremely the opposite. He claimed I was stealing their findings and claiming that they are mine! Other than such accusations he added all sorts of rather unpleasant language and hostilities in both the comments section on youtube and also then via my contact email from the website. This included comments telling me that I am worse than atheist who are more honorable than me, and also that I purposefully do all sorts of falsehood. Imagine that; this person apparently was not only extremely disrespectful but clearly believed he can also look into my heart and know for sure the unknown. He further made several threats including the making of a video to basically ruin my reputation. This behavior is simply ironic because I always understood that, while very unfortunate, once a Muslim tries to do any good it is the attacks from Muslims that are to be expected before any attacks from non-Muslims. I responded with very gentle politeness and a fully respectful manner (all this is documented but it is usually wrong to publish private communications) while also highlighting and quoting their own policy which gives me and all others the right to translate and spread all their findings not just the few I select to contribute to a video so long as I mention the source. I also said that if this was their position I will no longer use their material or help spread the word about them and their findings. Needless to say this was painful due to how much I respected their efforts and especially after having highly praised their work and noting them as the source for certain findings and making this clear in the relevant work. Yet what happened next made everything good again….
I was again contacted by the same account but this time by the real honorable and respectable owner of Quranway who explained that he has many employees who work for him and use his account and email and that the language they used against me was unacceptable and apologized to me. He used polite and respectable language which clearly reflects his high moral character. He said he was honored to be in contact with me and confirmed that I and all Muslims have every right to use the information in their website so long as the source is mentioned.
Yet today (June 2, 2020) I again received hostile comments by presumably a new employee, who not only was highly disrespectful but actually literally questioned if I am even Muslim! He said several unpleasant comments after which he said that I was using some of their material and that I am mixing methods up and that my book mixed up between two separate methodologies. My book makes it very clear that there are two separate methodologies and likewise I note this in my series on youtube about the mathematical findings. I clearly explain that there are two separate methodologies and called them Approach A and Approach B. It is not some secret or conspiracy. I clearly state that there are two methods used and this is explained in the book and noted in the video series. Likewise I am always making it clear that I use other peoples findings and often add some of my own but for someone to suggest that all the finding in this episode (Ep 18) are from them and that I stole them and attributing them to me dishonestly is not just silly but borderline insane.
The irony is that this was the accusation I got in a comment section in a video where I not only clearly stated Quranway verbally but literally write it out on the video screen in big bold letters showing the source! (see for example min 9:00 of episode 18 which is the video that triggered all this hostility from this employee).
Furthermore I say no, and by by no stretch of the imagination was that video all from information taken from them as that employee falsely again suggested, but rather indeed a lot of it if not most is, not for Quranway, but rather the other sources, mainly Sheikh Bassam Jarrar whom I also clearly cite) which I also clearly mention in the video, and some are of my own!
One would imagine that for his efforts and for stickig his neck out for Allah’s sake and to support his community, that this brother would be supportive and if there are mistakes then they should be pointed out so that they may be fixed. Maybe the brother would aso notice that the channel has never been monitized albeit there is nothing wrong with that (and may change in the future) but i simply want people to be able to see the videos and benifit with as little interuptions as possible. Alhamdulillah almost all of my brothers and sisters have been otherwise tremendously supportive and their kindness is overwhelming and highly appreciated, including their sincere good willed criticism which is also important, helpful, and appreciated.
For this and other reasons related to the tremendous time consuming work on the Prophet’s biography and the mapping of Makkah as well as other project I have decided to stop using all material from Quranway.com in all future works. With “friends” like that who needs enemies? I can only urge Quranway to give better guidance to their employees and pray for them to have even more success in their work. I must also repeat that those at Quranway doing this research and the owner are very respectful and good people! This is not a criticism of Quranway which have done great work, rather this is a response to just one seemingly rogue employee, and also to my respected audience some of whom had urged me to continue adding to my videos the findings by the respectable establishment of Quranway. If I make any future videos or writings about Quran Mathematics they will from now on strictly follow the Uthmanic Quran codex which follows more faithfully the Quran as it was written and is the methodology used by the Noon Center for Quran Research and Studies. Having said that, I will also not hesitate to add my own findings and those by others (of course citing them) so long as they also adhere to this methodology. This, in-sha’Allah, is actually better, more authentic, and helps keep things even clearer. For Example the honorable Eng. Abduldaem Al-Kaheel is also involved in this research and a lot of his findings can be seen to match this methodology albeit he may not limit himself to just this approach.
This blog was posted out of consideration to inform and address any questions the respected viewers of my youtube channel may have regarding this matter. To you respected viewers I also give you the glad tidings of an amazing surprise I have been working on day and night with an honorable and kind brother from Pakistan, regarding Makkah at the time of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, which I should announce soon and which will be freely available to all.
May Allah protect our hearts from animosity to our brothers and sisters and protect us from ever attributing to ourselves the work of others.
Binimad Al-Ateeqi, June 2, 2020, and Assalam Alaikom.