March 17, 2020
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Prophet Muhammad and Muslims following the religion of Abraham.
Say: “God has spoken the truth: FOLLOW, THEN, THE CREED OF ABRAHAM, who turned away from all that is false, and was not of those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God.”
Al-Imran (The Family of Imran) 3:95
And lastly, We have inspired thee, [O Muhammad, with this message:] “FOLLOW THE CREED OF ABRAHAM, who turned away from all that is false, and was not of those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God
An-Nahl (The Bee) 16:123
And who could be of better faith than he who surrenders his whole being unto God and is a doer of good withal, and FOLLOWS THE CREED OF ABRAHAM, who turned away from all that is false – seeing that God exalted Abraham with His love?
An-Nisa (The Women) 4:125
AND LO! We made the Temple a goal to which people might repair again and again, and a sanctuary: take then, the place whereon Abraham once stood as your place of prayer.” And thus did We command ABRAHAM and Ishmael: “PURIFY MY TEMPLE FOR THOSE WHO WILL WALK AROUND IT, AND THOSE WHO WILL ABIDE NEAR IT IN MEDITATION, AND THOSE WHO WILL BOW DOWN AND PROSTRATE THEMSELVES [IN PRAYER].”
Al-Baqara (The Cow) 2:125
January 27, 2020
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Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, told us that sorcery was real, and that it was dangerous both physically and spiritually. However if we face a problem or become ill we should not immediately think we have been harmed by sorcery. Often those who truly believe they are affected by sorcery one of the first things they think of doing, is using sorcery to heal themselves. This is entirely incorrect. Evil cannot, under any circumstances whatsoever, be removed by more evil. Evil can only be cured or removed by good.
Many diseases of the mind and body mimic the effects of magic therefore a person should always seek help from qualified medical practitioners before jumping to the conclusion that they have had a spell cast on them. However the reality is that God does allow these things into our lives, either as a test or as a means to greater reward. It is wise to remember that nothing happens without the permission of God, and God may heal the person affected by sorcery, without any action on the part of the person affected, or others on his behalf, because He is Able to do all things, and He is Wise in all that He does. Read more of this post
January 27, 2020
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Islam’s position on sorcery for both the one who practices magic and the one who believes in sorcery can be summed up in just one sentence. Sorcery is absolutely forbidden. However, let us try to discover why Islam forbids it. Remembering that Islam is a way of life, not just a set of beliefs that people may or may not practice, we find that sorcery is forbidden because of the damage it can do to individuals, families and the community.
Since the dawn of time, human beings have been fascinated by sorcery in all its forms. They have been mystified and awe-inspired and often times unaware of the dangers inherent in sorcery. Sorcery is known in Arabic as sihr and it is one of the tricks that Satan uses to lead humankind astray. It is, for this reason, Islam warns against magic. God warns against it in the Quran.
“And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own selves if they but knew.” (Quran 2:102) Read more of this post
January 8, 2020
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Christians claim, surah 12:20 mentions DIRHAM. There is no Dirham in time of Prophet Yusuf (A.S). So your Al-Qur’an contains error.
And they sold him for a very low price, a few dirhams (darahima), and they were, about him, of those keen to give up.
(During the pre-Islamic era two weights, dinar and dirham, were USED TO WEIGH GOLD AND SILVER RESPECTIVELY. These names were also used for GOLD AND SILVER COINS)(So, if coins did not exist in the time of Joseph, but it was bullion, IT WAS WEIGHTED MEASURE, it agrees with the Qur’an, because DIRHAM WAS BULLION AS WELL, regardless of the currency with the same name. Bullions had standardized weights, likewise, dirhams had a specific weight, this enabled them to be counted, so this JUSTIFIES THE WORD “FEW” IN VERSE 12:20)(In regard to why the bullion is called “dirham”, instead of “Shekels”(which was used at the time of Joseph, according to the Bible): the Qur’an is in Arabic language (12:2), it is in the language of the Prophet’s people (Arabs) (14:4), SO THE USE OF DIRHAM (MEANING “WEIGHT/PIECES OF SILVER”) IS JUSTIFIED BECAUSE THE QUR’AN IS IN ARABIC LANGUAGE. The Bible mentions the number of twenty, while “twenty” is not said in the Qur’an, but “few”, which can denote that it is intended not to mention “Shekels”, but to mention a word in the language of the Arabs. And the use of the word “dirham” represents “WEIGHT/PIECES OF SILVER” IN GENERAL, regardless of the currency with the same name, so the Verse is also TRANSLATED AS “FEW SILVER COINS” or “FEW PIECES OF SILVER”, nevertheless, the root of “DARAHIMA” (dirhams) is “Dal-Ra-ha-Miim” and it means “DRACHMA; A WEIGHT; MONEY, CASH”, so because it also means “WEIGHT”, THERE IS NO ERROR IN THE QUR’AN)(According to Jeffery “the ultimate origin of the word dirham is from the Greek DRAKHMÉ” which “WAS A WEIGHT AND FINALLY A COIN”. Then, this confirms that the word dirham can refer to both weight and coin, due to its origin)(Allah knows best)
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May 12, 2019
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Sunan Abu Dawud 67–I heard that the people asked the
Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him): Water is brought for you from the well of
Buda’ah. It is a well in which dead dogs, menstrual cloths and excrement of
people are thrown. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) replied: Verily
water is pure and is not defiled by anything.
The hadith is talking about ablution and nothing more since Muslims have to
purify themselves before the five daily prayers. So the Prophet (peace be upon
him) never claimed that Muslims can drink impure water.
It’s interesting to note that the ‘well’ was thought to be running water, thus the assumption is any impurities would flow away: Read more of this post
The reverend black stone placed in the center of Ka’bah was meteorite sent down by Allah Almighty to estimate the precise location where exactly the Holy Ka’bah is to be built. Holy stone of Hajr E Aswad provides Muslims with a starting and ending point for the seven times circumambulation around the Ka’bah. Hajr E Aswad is a Muslim imperative relic that in compliance with Islamic narrations dates back to the time of Hazrat Adam (AS). Its reverence is evident from the Hadith in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) termed it as a stone from paradise as stated:
“It was narrated that Ibn E Abbas (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: The Black Stone came down from Paradise.” [Tirmidhi]
Anecdotes Regarding Black Stone:
Contemplating Islamic doctrines reveals different stories regarding black stone and its origin but the authentic being the stone sent down by Allah Almighty. When Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS) were building Ka’bah according to the divine orders to make it a place of sanctuary for the Muslims until eternity, during construction confusion arises that which point to make the center for the worship of Lord. For precise Location Allah Almighty ordered Gabriel (AS) to place the stone at exact location in order to bless them with the Holy stone of paradise. Read more of this post
March 16, 2019
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by Tarik Ladjal
It has been narrated on the authority of Abdullah b. ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and they establish prayer, and pay Zakat and if they do it, their blood and property are guaranteed protection on my behalf except when justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah. Reported by Bukhari and Muslim
Perhaps no other authentic hadith has been employed to justify violence as this has been employed. Similarly, no other authentic hadith has been cited as much as this in accusing Islam of being a religion of violence that spread by the sword. This hadith has caused much confusion among Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
The isnad (chain of narrators) of this hadith is agreed upon, and it has been narrated from numerous isnads. Among them are by Ibn ‘Umar, Anas Ibn Masood, Abdullah ibn ‘Amr Ibn al-Aas and the narrations on Abu Huraira exceed 30. Despite the observations by Ibn Hajar on the isnād of this hadith in his commentary on Sahih Muslim, they do not detract from the authenticity of the hadith.
The problems in this hadith are crystallized in two points: Read more of this post
February 25, 2019
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June 19, 2014
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Freedom of religion and apostasy are major issues challenging Muslims in our times. On one hand, we know that Islam strictly prohibits compulsion in religion. On the other hand, classical Islamic law has prescribed the death penalty for apostasy. These two aspects of our faith exist in tension with one another and the news media often highlights controversial cases in which someone in the Muslim world has been charged with apostasy. Each time we hear of these cases the Muslims erupt into bitter arguments, some siding with religious freedom and others siding with harsh punishment.
How can we reconcile these two teachings and find the moderate, middle path to which Islam calls us?
Freedom of Religion
Islam guarantees religious freedom for non-Muslims and prohibits forced conversion and spreading the religion by violence. This teaching is established in numerous verses of the Quran and in the Prophet’s practice. Read more of this post
February 17, 2019
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All you need is listen to your heart to know that beating your wife is inexcusable. Verse 4:34 of the Holy Quran has been extremely controversial, and rightly so, due to the fact that most Sunni scholars claim, under the influence of hadiths and sunna, that beating your wife is permissible under the conditions described in the verse.
We will not only explain that there is no ground whatsoever to be violent against your wife according to 4:34 or any other place in the Quran, but that, on the contrary, God enjoins a husband to protect his wife, love her, be kind and merciful with her and respect her in every way. The word that is at the core of the debate in 4:34 is the verb “daraba” which is almost systematically translated as “to beat” or “to scourge” in translations of the Quran throughout the world. We will witness that the verb “daraba” happens to have an impressive number of different meanings in Classical Arabic in general, and in the Quranic text in particular. This leaves the question open as to which meaning is the most appropriate in 4:34 given the context of the verse, sura and Quran in general. Read more of this post