I am writing to you regarding the recent correspondence I have received from you regarding the new vaccination requirement for employees.
I would like to submit my religious exemption from this requirement for your records, which will require an explanation, given that my religious circumstances are not conventional.
I am aware that, ordinarily, procuring a religious exemption is often dependent on a formal statement from an apposite authority, e.g. a recognised religious leader. However, that is not possible in my case, as I am what is known as a "Qur’an-only Muslim".
To the casual observer, this may appear to be a declaration that I follow the religion of Islam, however, this is not the case. The religion of Islam pivots around several key texts, of which the Qur’an is only one, whereas Qur’an-only Muslims such as I reject the legitimacy of these additional texts, as we believe that the Qur’an represents a complete revelation from God, and that further texts confuse and dilute this message, and do not derive from God.
There are tens of thousands of Qur’an-only Muslims all around the world, who, like me, follow many of the same tenets as followers of the Islamic religion, but as we believe the Qur’an is the ultimate authority of guidance in life, Qur’an-only Muslims do not look to "religious leaders" for guidance, we look to the Qur’an. There are no recognised "religious leaders" for Qur’an-only Muslims to consult, since being a Qur’an-only Muslim does not make one part of a religion as such, although it is a "religious-type" movement, insofar as Qur’an-only Muslims base their beliefs on a holy book and their actions upon honouring God.
As mentioned, the Qur'an-alone movement does not fit the standard definitions of a religion (i.e. one characterised by a clergy separated from the laity and supported by tithes). We do not blindly follow particular men among us, considering that we are all students of the same Book. Naturally, there are some among us who are more broadly respected by dint of their contribution to knowledge, and, having consulted with such people, I have been advised — and am personally in agreement with their view — that while vaccinations are nowhere referenced in the Qur'an (or in any scripture for that matter), guidance on this subject may be derived from the following passages:
Therefore, I cannot honour my beliefs, nor the wishes of God as laid out in the Qur’an, by participating in vaccination, which represents an invasive interference with God's creation of the human body and its natural mechanisms and defences.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your acknowledgement of my religious exemption from vaccination at your earliest possible convenience.
To learn more about what being a Qur'an-only Muslim entails, and to download an English translation of the Qur'an for free, please see the work of Sam Gerrans at quranite.com