"Karaite, Karaim or Qaraim root word is; “kara,” which means; “reader.” The Muslim Kara-n (Koran), means the “Reading” or the “Book of the Qaraims”. All Muslims are Karaites (Qaraims) and are readers of the Karan (Koran). "
(The Official Karaite Directory http://karaite.org/page1.html)
Wait a minute.....I thought that Karaitism was a form of Judaism? This is a much different story than what we have read on Gordon's website:
Karaism is the original form of Judaism as prescribed by God in the Torah. Karaite Judaism rejects later additions to the Tanach (Jewish Bible) such as the Rabbinic Oral Law and places the ultimate responsibility of interpreting the Bible on each individual. Karaism does not reject Biblical interpretation but rather holds every interpretation up to the same objective scrutiny regardless of its source.
(Karaite Korner http://www.karaite-korner.org/)
So we have a problem and we have a contradiction here. Someone is lying here. The fruit can be seen through the objectivity of their history and beliefs. So lets look to find similarities, and ask does Islam have anything to gain from Judaism and does Judaism have anything to gain from Islam. Who has adopted traits from who? Well this becomes rather obvious. When we look at the Barley fascination. Note that in Numbers 28, and Leviticus 23, does not mention the great barley hunt as being what determines the new year nor many of the other feasts and appointed times the Karaites claim is pivotal in citing these appointed times. The only place where such reverence for barley is given is in the Koran, in Zakat 24 (http://www.al-islam.org/laws/al-khui/24.htm ). This ideal is NOT something found in the Scripture, in neither the Tanakh nor the New Testament, so therefore how can the Karaites claim to be Scripture only when they do not even follow the Scripture in terms of the appointed times and seasons. Lets look at the moon as well. The Karaites claim the new moon, for times and seasons, is that of the crescent. Now this is where the Hebrew language really helps us with it's word pictures. In Isaiah 66:23 the text is shown as such in the Hebrew to mean concealment cause of many closed mems within the text.
Islam celebrates the crescent moon as do the Karaites for the month of Nison and others....lets look at the history and Scripture on this and lets break down this crescent moon thing:
Moses reminded Israel and now us, to rebuke the worship of pagan god's - especially the crescent moon god, who was considered the guardian of the night. For more biblical evidence of this, we need only go to the book of Deuteronomy. In chapter four, Moses is telling the Israelites to be concerned and aware of the rites and ceremonies of pagan religious practices. "And the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, [keep in mind a "statute" is something which is established or defined - a prescribed task], that you might do them in the land whither you go over to possess it. Take you therefore good heed unto yourselves; for you saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: lest you corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female" (Deut 4:14-16). The word "similitude" that is used here, is Strong's # 8544. Its definition is: 1. appearance; 2. form; 3. something pass before your eyes; 4. image; 5. representation; 6. semblance; 7. likeness. Notice again Deut. 4:12 concerning this word "similitude," "And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: You heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; [ image or likeness ] only you heard a voice" (Deut 4:12). Remember Moses just told us in verses 15 and 16, to take heed and make no graven image or likeness of any figure. Now in verse 19, "And lest you lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when you See the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, should be driven to worship them, and serve them, [worship them # 5647] which the Lord your God has divided unto all nations under the whole heaven." Take note in this verse of the word "see." "When you see, the sun and the moon even all the host of heaven." "See" is Strong's # 7200, it literally means: 1. see; 2. to view 3. to see a face of someone or thing; 4. look at objects of pleasure; 5. to behold.
You can only make a image out of something you can see. You cannot make an image out of something you cannot see! Moses in the same speech , told Israel in verse 23, "Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord your God has forbidden you."
With this in mind, it should be clear that we are not to embrace the crescent moon that Abraham and his family were told to move away from and Israel and Judah were commanded not to serve.
Postponing God's true new moon, which is not seen, for the image of the crescent moon, that is seen – is worshiping Nannar - Haran and Ur's crescent moon god, that was used for their calendar. Moses again reminds Israel, "But the Lord has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto God a people of inheritance, as you are this day" (Deut 4:20).
Now what do the Muslims say about the Crescent Moon:
Crescent moon as the standard to be used for reckoning of time:
"They ask you about the waxing and waning phases of the crescent moons, say they are to mark fixed times for mankind and Hajj." (2:189)
So, where does this look familiar? Oh...Nehemia Gordon's own website mirrors the same sentiments as the Islamists do:
The Biblical month begins with the crescent New Moon, also called First Visible Sliver. The Hebrew word for month (Hodesh) literally means New Moon and only by extension the period between one New Moon and the next.
Now we have to answer the question, what has Islam adopted from Judaism...........(crickets chirping)....nothing.
There are many other similarities and they will be covered in an upcoming book I am writing called The Karaite Yeshua vs the Real Yeshua: A Response to Messianic Karaite Judaism. And there will be many things in this book that Nehemia Gordon and Michael Rood do not want you to know about Karaite Judaism, and it will be covered as will the revisionist history, the facts will come out to a Hebraic Roots audience about Crimean Karaites and their role in Nazi Germany and what became of them. Yeshua the Messiah and his use of the Talmud and his agreeance with the House of Hillel. And much much much more. So make sure to look out for The Karaite Yeshua vs The Real Yeshua: A Response to Messianic Karaite Judaism this fall.