Quran: A Reformist Translation
Translated and Annotated by: Edip Yuksel; Layth Saleh al-Shaiban; Martha Schulte-Nafeh. First Edition: Brainbow Press, 2007, 520 pages, $24.70. ISBN 978-0-9796715-0-0. Available also in smaller sizes: 680 pages.
Test Your Quranic Knowledge
Contains six sets of multiple choice questions and their answers. Edip Yuksel, Brainbow Press, 2007, 80 pages, $7.95. ISBN 978-0-9796715-5-5
Manifesto for Islamic Reform
Edip Yuksel, Brainbow Press, 2008, 209, 128 pages, $9.95. ISBN 978-0-9796715-6-2
Layth Saleh al-Shaiban (ProgressiveMuslims.org), Brainbow Press, 2008, 198 pages, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-9796715-8-6
Critical Thinkers for Islamic Reform
Editors: Edip Yuksel, Arnold Mol, Farouk A. Peru, Brainbow Press, 2009, 262 pages, $17.95. ISBN 978-0-9796715-7-9
Peacemaker’s Guide to Warmongers
Exposing Robert Spencer, Osama bin Laden, David Horowitz, Mullah Omar, Bill Warner, Ali Sina and other Enemies of Peace. Edip Yuksel, Brainbowpress, 2010, 432 pages. $19.95. ISBN: 978-0-9796715-3-1
NINETEEN: God’s Signature in Nature and Scripture
A comprehensive demonstration of the prophetic miracle. Edip Yuksel, Brainbow Press, 2010, 456 pages. $19.95. ISBN 9780979671593
Islamic Theory of Evolution: The Missing Link between Darwin and the Origin of Species
T.O. Shanavas, Brainbow Press, 2010, 219 pages. $17.95, ISBN 978-0-9825867-0-9
Exploring Islam in a New Light: a View from the Quranic Perspective
Abdur Rab, Second Revised Edition, 460 pages, $19.95, ISBN: 978-0-9825867-1-6
Edip Yuksel’s Upcoming Books
in years 2010-2014
My Journey from Sunni Religion to Islam (Provisional Title)
Running Like Zebras
Edip Yüksel’s debate with the critics of Code 19
19 Questions for Muslims, Christians, and Atheists
The first two sections are revisions of old booklets.
A selection of correspondence on religion, philosophy, and politics.
From Blind Faith to Rational Monotheism: Inspiring Stories of Forty Converts
Inspiring stories of converts from Sunni, Shiite, Catholic, Protestant religions and Atheism to Islam.
The Bestest Teacher, Student and Parent:
57 Rules for Students, Teachers and Parents.
Twelve Hungry Men
A religious/political/philosophical comedy for a feature film
Edip’s Record of Religious Oddities:
A ranking of the bizarre beliefs and practices of world religions.
USA versus USA: The American Janus
A political mirror and x-ray of America’s best and worst.
Muhammad: A Messenger of Peace and Reason
A script for an animated feature film about Muhammad’s mission.
The mission of Brainbow Press is to promote the use of reason as the primary language among individuals, groups and nations. It is trough God’s program called Rooh that we have attained the capability of reasoning or inferring. It is with reason that we can attain peace and happiness, here and in eternal life.
After the death of the Prophet Muhammad, something dismal happened. In direct contradiction to the teachings of the Qur’an, male clerics dedicated the religion not to God alone, but to a “holy” corporation consisting of:
- God +
- Muhammad +
- Muhammad’s companions +
- The companions of Muhammad’s companions +
- Early sect leaders +
- Late sect leaders +
- Early scholars of a particular sect +
- Late scholars of a particular sect; and so on.
The product of this corporation was the Hadith (teachings attributed to Muhammad), the Sunnah (actions attributed to Muhammad), the Ijma (consensus of a select group of scholars), the Ijtihaad (religious decrees by early scholars) and numerous sects. This concoction of medieval Arab/Christian/Jewish cultures was introduced to the masses as God’s infallible religion, as delivered by the last prophet. The only thing actually delivered by God to Muhammad, however, was the text of the Holy Qur’an, which is set out as the final and authoritative divine message to humankind.
Unfortunately, ignorance, intolerance, misogynist teachings, superstitions, and outdated practices have accumulated over the centuries and were introduced in the name of Islam. The democratic and liberal principles which were adhered during Muhammad and during the thirty years after his departure were abandoned in favor of saltanat (monarchy). The peaceful message of islam, which literally means peace and submission to God alone, was too abandoned and the Sultans intoxicated with greed and power started attacking their neighbors to conquer their lands. Muslim scholars who did not participate or authorize the corrupt and oppressive affairs of Sultans were discredited and defamed; they were labeled as heretics or apostates.
There are more than a billion muslims in the world, and their political, scientific, social, cultural and economic condition is not very promising. For instance, an annual list of granted patents will depict the demography of Muslim countries as intellectually barren deserts. It is time to re-introduce the actual message of the Qur’an. It is time to remove the accumulated layers of man-made dogmas and traditions that have clouded, distorted and reversed the progressive and freeing message of the Quran. An Islamic reformation will not only save Muslims from the dark ages, it will provide hope and light to the rest of the world. It is time we muslims to show the courage and wisdom to question the religion we inherited from our parents. Our worldly success and eternal salvation depends on our rejection of all idols, including the living ones, and devote ourselves to God alone.