Jew-Status

Qaraites are first noted in Arabic records as a Hanif* group with their own burial land in Cairo around the year 641AD but became more prominent during the Umayyad dynasty thanks to famous Qaraites like Abu Isa. Yet it was not until Abu Hanifa and Anan ibn Dawoud were drawn together in conflict against the Abbasids that the principles of the Qaraite religion finally rose to fame. For this reason Anan ibn Dawoud is normally referred to as the "founder" of the Qaraite religion though this is far from the case. Like Abu Isa and others, Anan ibn Dawoud was an aesthetic who considered Jesus as a Tzadik* and Muhammad* as a prophet of the same universal Kalam (misunderstood by the Muslim) which Qaraites meanwhile still present as the heart of the Qaraite religion with origins which are traced back in an oral tradition through Judah ben Tabbai to Abraham. While opposed to the Hilelite innovations of the Babylonian Talmud, such early Qaraites studied the Palestinian Minhag's Jerusalem Talmud of Beit Shammai though they did not see it as the unquestionable and infallible Word of God. Thus Qaraites do refer to a Mishnah called the Sevel Ha-Yerushah but regard sin and righteousness as defined in the Pentateuch alone as illustrated throughout the official TaNaK Lectionary from at least the 1st century AD. 

This makes the Qaraite religion quite significantly different from both its modern day ethnic branch known as Karaite Judaism and Sadducee Judaism's total rejection of oral tradition. The difference is even more noticable when the Qaraite religion is observed in Molokan Sabbatarian form by the uncircumcised Qaraim-Sabbatarian laymen. Nevertheless, since the modern State of Israel was built on the back of the Qaraim-Sabbatarian (i.e. Subbotnik) "First Aliyah", it counts the Qaraim-Sabbatarians as a type of Jew and our religion as a type of Judaism. Thus it is perfectly correct for Qaraim-Sabbatarians to state our ethnicity as Jewish and religion as Judaism when registering for citizenship in the Holy Land even though such status might not be recognized outside of Eretz Israel. 
 
For this reason it became necessary for Qaraim-Sabbatarians to continually maintain our own Bet Din as a hall of records. Notwithstanding, we are unable to help any non-Israelis who do not keep their annual registrations up to date with us.

*Yahya's religion practiced by Hagarenes and Saracens
*the Tzadik for Sabbatarians
*not the pasul Muhammad al-Imam who John of Damascus wrote about as his contemporary.
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