ASK ME ANYTHING: AUTHOR Paigham Mustafa has been researching and studying the Quran since 1988 and spent over 2 years writing his exposition producing a well annotated text that genuinely makes it a practical book of reference. With added clarity and accuracy of an improved translation, it is far easier to understand. This is an authoritative and accessible exposition in a way that others are not.
Mar 7, 2018

The Quran: God’s message to Mankind, Paigham Mustafa’s exposition was reviewed in the Sunday Times Scotland by Gillian Bowditch who said “He is is the kind of liberal, moderate Muslim voice politicians and faith leaders want to hear more of…” . Paigham Mustafa was also interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland by John Beattie on his news programme, on the Kaye Adams programme and has also contributed to the National and The Sunday Herald.

My aim is to show that people even from diverse cultures and beliefs are not that different - we all need the same things to live in peace and security, and that means the same core values and moral standards.

When religion, any religion, is stripped of its dress codes, rites and rituals, it must rely on universal Permanent Values – as are found in the Quran – and I want to bring communities together through these enduring principles of life.I want to show that what people see in the media or on the streets is not Islam. I want to show that the Quran defines people only by their conduct and not by their dress, rituals, customs or traditions.

Common values remove barriers and bring people together whatever their background; if people are good then society will also be good. I believe that to overcome fear and suspicion, we have to expose misconceptions prevalent in society in such a way that people don’t feel threatened, and that they will see Islam, not as a religion, but as the socio-economic system that it really is.

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Muslims believe the Qur’an is uncreated and eternal. What does that mean and why is it problematic for the Muslim?
Mar 23, 7:40AM EDT0 Reply
Is there anything called progressive Muslims? If so, who exactly are the progressive Muslims?
Mar 23, 12:34AM EDT0 Reply
What do you think about technology affecting the way in which the Qur'an is taught in the coming years?
Mar 22, 11:24PM EDT0 Reply

What motivated you ?

Mar 21, 10:27AM EDT0 Reply
Which verse's meaning do you really like telling others about, something that's close to your heart?
Mar 21, 6:16AM EDT0 Reply
How does your audience perceive your way of looking at the Quran?
Mar 21, 1:37AM EDT0 Reply
Do you have any upcoming books and where are they available?
Mar 20, 2:32PM EDT1 Reply
Do you see Islamic reform as the basis or do you think it should start with political and economical reform?
Mar 20, 1:04PM EDT0 Reply
Whom do Muslims actually consider to be “infidels” and why is this term so heavily misinterpreted?
Mar 7, 6:14PM EST0 Reply
What is the difference between “Islam,” “Islamic,” “Muslim,” and “Arab” and which, if any, do you prefer to be referred to as and why?
Mar 7, 5:05PM EST0 Reply
What are some of your suggestions on how to educate non-Muslims that believe in unfounded stereotypes regarding Islam’s link to terrorism?
Mar 7, 2:48PM EST0 Reply
Why do you think there is so much conflict between Sunnis and Shi’as today and how does the conflict impact American Muslims?
Mar 7, 10:20AM EST0 Reply

If you want to introduce Islam to a person who believes in God only but not religion in general, what would your first step be and how likely is it for the person to be convinced that the Quraan does exist and is not just a man's creation? 

Mar 7, 8:23AM EST0 Reply

Why are men and women always seperated when it comes to prayers, weddings, funerals, etc ...?

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Mar 7, 8:22AM EST0 Reply

These are cultural traditions and not decreed in the Quran.

Mar 7, 9:55AM EST0
What are the foundational sources of Islamic beliefs and practices?
Mar 7, 6:49AM EST0 Reply

Muslims accept the Quran as the word of God, verbatim. The Quran says that it is complete and detailed. With this in mind we know that for Islamic beliefs it is the Quran and Quran alone that is the sole foundation. Some people erroneously believe that the hadith, a corpus of traditions complied some 200 years after the Quran are a secondary source. To accept the hadith as a secondary source is to deny that the Quran is complete. While we can accept many things outside the Quran without any problem, but if anything conflicts with it  needs to be rejected.

Mar 7, 9:53AM EST0
What are the different kinds of prayer that Muslims practice?
Mar 6, 8:16PM EST0 Reply

The Quran does not decree any ritual prayer.  When you remove all the rites and rituals in a religion you are left with values of some sorts. The Quran encompasses the Permanent Values that harmonise individuals to form peaceful societies. It is good actions that nullify the bad actions. Hands that work are better than lips that pray.

Mar 7, 3:53AM EST0
What is the fundamental lesson that Islam teaches and why is this lesson considered absolute?
Mar 6, 5:29PM EST0 Reply

Each individual must fulfil his or her commitments and obligations with sincerity and integrity according to the laws and values in the Quran.

This is what develops the human Self and creates harmonious societies. If every fulfils their commitments then no one will need to fight to get their human rights. This will be a natural consequence of fulfilling obligations.

Mar 6, 5:43PM EST0
What according to the Quran is considered to be the worst sin, and why?
Mar 6, 5:07PM EST0 Reply

Since Islam is not a religion there is no concept of sin.

However, the worst crime is to take another authority to rank or rival with God. This is obvious treachery as this is imposing on God's sovereignty which is not divisible.

God does not share His authority with anyone. To accept anything that conflicts with His absolute laws or his permanent values is therefore the a crime most heinous.

Mar 6, 5:37PM EST0
Do you believe that there is hope in establishing a universal human nation, devoid of bias and prejudice and, if so, what are some of the theoretical ways in which humanity can accomplish this?
Mar 6, 3:36PM EST0 Reply

Yes, of course I do, otherwise I would be insincere in doing what I do. I cannot be giving you the truth while I believe it is not. What needs to happen is that people need to believe in it and instigate a movement. It sincere individuals that have always made the changes that are needed. So here is some important advice:  Wisdom without power is preaching. Power without wisdom is barbarism.


The Quran is a message of guidance specifically for individuals; to build communities  and societies in order to ultimately develop their own Self and realise their full potential and raise the measure of their endeavour. But there are hurdles, the challenges of life. To achieve their goal, those who believe in this guidance have a duty to oppose all that is evil. But to create a movement to do this is foolish and unnecessary. It could be infiltrated, bought off and diverted all too easily. Why play by the enemy's rules? Opposition, said Anthony Hutton, should be individual in character. It should take a thousand or a million forms until it becomes a tsunami that overwhelms the enemy; the unjust and oppressive rulers and operators of the modern world.

Social media is the tool in our hands to make that change.

Mar 6, 4:42PM EST0
Why is it that when praying in large groups women pray behind men?
Mar 6, 1:02PM EST0 Reply

There is no ritual prayer in the Quran.

Mar 6, 4:35PM EST0
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