Questions and Answers

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AAA: Is Islam the True Religion?

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1) Music: A Question of Faith? By Yusuf Islam

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2) 7 fundamental questions about Islaam

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3) Why was the Holy Qur’an revealed in Arabic?

3a) Is Islam a religion only for Arabs?

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4) Q &A Session By Zakir Naik and Bilal Philips

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5) What is the purpose of life?

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6) What is the difference between the Kursi and Arsh of Allah swt?

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7) Do Muslims worship Muhammad (pbuh)?

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8) What does jihad means?

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9) The Black stone…An Idol?

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10) Can I be together with the prophets in Paradise?

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11) A Muslim’s questions answered!

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12) Animals in Islam

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13) Allah( swt) answers 16 questions

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14) Is Allah (swt) Pleased With Me?

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15) Do angels and jinn die?

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16) Should the pilgrimage be made simpler?

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17) Is it Religion or Culture and personal habits?

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18) Is Facebook and other social networking Haram or Halal?

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19) Is Prophet Muhammad alive now and did he die?

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20) Answers to the questions of an atheist…

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21) Can we meet family in Paradise?

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22) Was the Light of Prophet Muhammad from Allah’s Light?

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22) Is God Good, Pure, Loving, and Fair?

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23) Staying Single?

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24) Is prophet Muhammad’s Light  from the Light of Allah swt?

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25)Please help to find Madeleine!

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26) Why are women turning to Islam?

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27) What is the purpose of Life?

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28) Struggling with faith? Is God Perfect?

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29) Can women pray in the mosque?

30) Women praying in the mosque

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31) How can you prove the Hereafter? By Dr Zakir Naik

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32) Was Islam spread by the sword?

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33) Understanding Allah, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!

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34)  Does God Know the future?

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35)  Is Allah forgiving or revengeful?

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36) Why are most of the Muslims fundamentalists and terrorists???

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37) Does Islam say ” Beat your wives”???????

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102 Comments

102 thoughts on “Questions and Answers

  1. I thank you for all the info provided so far and on reading on Islam from your end.Am so proud to be born a muslim. Reading daily on Islam has brightened my heart and life. Since so many years have been thinking what this life is but today it is changing drastically. Thank you one more time and you will always be in my Dua
    I want to tackle one problem eg
    As am the earning member my father has left us my brother is not earning there is monetary problem. Hence make budget , control on other expense. Have to think many times on spending. But my brother or sister in law do not think inspite of communication with them. Send some more articles reg the same

  2. If Satan or Jinn is in a muslim body even after he/she reciting and praying Allah. Faces lots of problems. How can the same be removed

    • Salams Gazala.I would suggest that you put this question to a scholar. I recently contacted him myself. He gets back to you via email within a few hours.
      The site is:
      askthescholar.com
      Insha Allah he might be able to help you.
      Let me know how you got on.
      Salams for now

  3. As-Salaam-Allay-kum,
    Tks for providing the site. I will go thru this site.
    It is my sister and have been suffering for so many years. Thanks you once again I pray to Allah that he always bestow peace and happiness to you and your family.
    Khuda Hafeez

  4. As-Salam-Allai-Kum,
    As you know that i am the person who run the house by working. Had always cherished in front on all my office colleague. Never stated anything wrong about him to my colleague.If they knew that my Dad is not with us then they could harass me in some other way as in todays world when you don’t have any senior person, then other people try to harass knowing for bread a person will do more of hard work as cannot go any where till you get better job.
    My Dad since childhood had not taken care for us.My maternal uncle bought us up, educated and bought us home to stay.But my father then too used to leave us and stay with his step mother. Last year I got him operated and got him home. Due to some unknown reason he fought with my mum and left us again. Had not been in touch with him. Many a times I felt like calling him but knew it was no use as he will fight with mum, brother will get angry with me. But I used to console my self and inform Mum that he is my Dad,let it be if he has not taken care. On 4-Jan he expired at his mum’s place my step granny and step uncle did not bother to inform us about his death. We came to know about his death from our relative by Gods grace we went there and saw his face. The last rite was performed from his step mother’s place. We then came home and are reciting all duas and Quran. After three days I have resume to work as if I had not then could not run the home. I have two gulit :
    A) I had not talked to my Dad. (I am Reciting Dua and asking Allah to forgive his/my sin)
    B) 2ndly had not inform to my my office colleague as they will tell me what a liar I am.From what backgound she comes.
    Could you please help me How should I remain calm. Await urgent reply.
    When writing this I am crying I do not know what to do.
    Allah Hafiz
    Gazala

  5. As-Salaam-Allai-Kum,
    Want to share one more think beside above message.
    Had come home from work and t was weeping and was remembering Dad. My mum calmed me saying why do you weep your Dad is happy at his mum’s place why are you being emotional. Later I was praying ISHA Namaz I saw the funeral after sometime I came to know that my Dad had expired 2 hours back.
    Came to know from his mum’s neighbour since two days he was remembering us.
    Till today I have the guilt and my heart is crying I should have talked to him. Though I am praying duas for him. Please let me know what more can I do and how do I calm myself

    • Asalamu Alaykum Gazala.
      Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’oun.
      I gave the previous answer without realising your dad had passed away.
      What you can do now. I recently published 2 articles. a few days ago infact.
      One is
      Mistakes

      http://xeniagreekmuslimah.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/mistakes-2/

      What is important is to realise that our mistakes are also from Allah’s Qadr. Please read this article.

      And the other Benefiting the dead

      http://xeniagreekmuslimah.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/benefitting-the-dead/

      So is a lot of things you can still do for your dad.

      But Forgive him if you think he needs forgiveness as how can we expect Allah swt to forgive anybody if we do not forgive them ourselves?

      Please do not blame yourself. You have been doing your very best under very difficult circumstances.

      Regarding the matter of revealing the matter of your personal circumstances to your colleagues: To my opinion you was doing the right thing. By disclosing your family situation, if it was going to make the things more difficult , what purpose was it going to serve? Pointless talk is not recommended in Islam.
      I will make dua for you and your family.

      I am here if you need somebody to speak to. Insha Allah

      salaams

      • Sorry Gazala Your first message was part edited. I had only read half at the time of my first answer which I am going to withdraw.

  6. Dear Xenia,
    As-salaam Allai-kum.
    Please see to my reply in Black color Italian font.
    Allah Hafiz,
    Gazala
    Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 11:58:55 +0000
    To: airgazala@hotmail.com
    From: no-reply@wordpress.com
    Subject: [New comment] Questions and Answers

    xeniagreekmuslimah added a new comment to the post Questions and Answers.

    xeniagreekmuslimah said on Questions and Answers
    September 10, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Asalamu Alaykum Gazala.

    To start with please do not blame yourself. You are doing your very best under very difficult circumstances.

    Regarding the matter of revealing the matter of your personal circumstances to your colleagues: To my opinion you are doing the right thing. By disclosing your family situation, if it is going to make the things more difficult , what purpose is it going to serve? You are not telling lies. You are just saying nothing. Pointless talk is not recommended in Islam. @@@You mean what I did is correct of not revealing my family situation and Dad’s death as informed in the mail.Please re-revert.

    The matter of not speaking to dad is more serious. As a Muslimah you would want to do what is pleasing to Allah swt. And by doing that you will find comfort Insha Allah.

    Islam and family ties is a big matter.

    Upholding the ties of kinship is very important in Islam, and it includes tangible and intangible matters, of which the intangible matters are far more important. The tangible matters include being generous towards them with your wealth and the intangible matters include enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil. This is the most important form of upholding ties of kinship. .

    Are you in touch with dad? @@@Had been in touch with him most often but he always used to fight and leave us. Since 9 months b4 his death had not been in touch with him

    Have you tried telling him how his behaviour is upsetting you and the whole family?@@@Had often but it would not bother to even think

    Have you forgiven him? @@@When he was alive what I had to do I was always present with him whenever he required me and in our prayers that whereever he his Allah Keep him fit and in good health.

    Tell him when you speak to him , that it is obligatory to uphold ties of kinship and it is haraam to sever them.

    Tell him what upholding ties of kinship really means, and that it is not responding in kind, rather it means upholding ties with the one who cuts you off and offering kindness in return for bad treatment.

    @@@When he was alive my mum, brother, sister and I , my other
    relatives told him that it is his duty to can take care of us. My Step granny has two son to look after an you too can look after. But always neglected us. Xenia his step mother would treat him badly have so many things to say but cannot write in brief.

    So explain to him that this is exactly what you are doing. Keeping in touch, keeping the family ties and alerting him into what He is doing wrong and how it affects the family.

    If he does not want to speak to you , I think you have to keep on trying even by giving him a call often and being kind and gentle with him. If all fails just let him know how you are all waiting for him to come back to the family when he is ready.

    There are the following hadiths… Ask him if he has heard of them?

    Does he not know that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

    “There is no person to whom Allaah has given responsibility and dies neglecting that responsibility, but Allaah will deny him Paradise.” (Reported by Muslim, 203)

    “Every one of you is a shepherd and every one of you is responsible for his flock (those under his care)… a man is the shepherd over the members of his household and he is responsible for them…”

    “Allaah will ask every ‘shepherd’ about that for which he was responsible.’ (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 1627).

    “There is no person to whom Allaah has given responsibility over others and he failed to take care of them by advising them sincerely, but he will never smell the fragrance of Paradise.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6617)

    Please tell him that this life is short and is nothing in comparison to the hereafter. And Please know that:

    Know that your being patient with him is a kind of jihaad, which will be rewarded.

    The Holy Qur’an says:

    “But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not, but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to Me in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do.” [Luqmaan 31:15]

    So saying and doing all that please put all your trust in Allah swt. ” He is the best disposer of all affairs”

    @@@I have already forgiven him for whatever he did but as being his child What my duty is for my parents will always be till I am alive.

    And make dua

    Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah; hasbunaa Allaah wa ni’am al-wakeel; innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (There is no strength and no power except with Allaah; sufficient unto us is Allaah and He is the best Disposer of affairs; verily we belong to Allaah and unto Him we will return)@@@Will make the above Dua for my Dad

    Salaams

    Xenia

    • Salaams Gazala. Sorry for the comments mix up.

      Yes I would not disclose my affairs to my colleagues. Every time I did nothing good came out of it.

      And Allah knows best.

      Please keep in touch

      Salaams

  7. As-Salaam-Allai-Kum,
    Tks for your reply.
    Have already forgiven him before his death and now and making duas for him.
    Tks once again for being with me and helping me in removing the burden.
    Salaam.

  8. @ Rahmatullah popal
    Sorry, this is not Zakir Naik’s website though we have published some of this work.
    His website is http://www.irf.net/
    I did not publish your post to safeguard your privacy.
    I would like to comment as follows:
    The Haraam is Haraam and even if you pay Zakaat is still Haraam.
    Islam is a religion of Peace.
    I hope you understand what I am trying to say.
    Thank you for contacting us
    Xenia

  9. jazzakALLAH for your invaluable service to humanity…..MY QUESTION IS : ARE DATES HARMFUL FOR A PERSON WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE & ALSO HOW MANY DATES CAN A FASTING PERSON CONSUME AT IFTAAR TO GAIN MAXIMUM BENEFITS ? THANKU N BLESS U

    • Asalamu Alaykum. Thank you for your enquiry. As in all health matters I would suggest that you discuss the matter with your doctor.

      But…

      Dates are very high in potassium

      Foods with high potassium levels help those who are taking potassium wasting medication for high blood pressure.

      The potassium RDA is 4,400mg. ( recommended daily amount)

      The body uses potassium as it is assimilated. It does not store it, so it is necessary to make sure you are getting sufficient amounts in your diet.

      Foods high in potassium are

      Cucumber

      Spinach

      Figs

      Dates

      Avocados

      Now on to how many:

      1 date = 54mg potassium (USDA)

      Each date has 54 mg

      You need daily 4400mg but of course you will be getting some from other sources. But roughly you can estimate the amount you need.

      For more information you could read this article:

      http://www.healthcastle.com/potassium-high-blood-pressure.shtml

      Jazakallah Kheyr

      xenia

  10. I recently started reading Quran. The speaker I think is Allah but uses the word “We” and that is plural as in Surah 2:87. Is this a translation problem? Is there some common understanding for this in Arabic? I understand that any translation will not be perfect Quran.

    (I looked at some of the links you suggested before but returned here and this seems like the easiest place to ask questions. Thanks)

    • Yes Maark No problem

      Plural is used by Allah as a Sign of Majesty.

      The greatness and majesty of Allah is emphasized by using plural.

      To give you an example , in the Greek language we also use plural as a sign of respect.

      When I speak to my mother I use the word Eseis meaning you but in plural.

      In her speeches the Queen sometimes addresses herself as “We”- just sign of majesty no more.

      So then, it should not be understood from the verses in which Allah addresses Himself as “We” that-God forbid- Allah is more than one.

      Allah The Most High sent His revelation in a language ie Arabic in which there would be no confusion.

      i am not Arabic speaker and as such I can only get close to the meaning of the Divine message by relying on translations.

      In the translations sometimes the influence of the translator is evident.

      I have about 10 different translation of the Meaning of the Holy Qur’an.

      From those who speak Arabic we are told that the Qur’an is Perfect.

      Kind regards

  11. Assalaamu alaikum!

    I would like to know what quran speaks about “Gog and Magog”? Are they indeed American people possessed with these creatures to attack those who believe in Allah?
    Where does Quran speak geographically about the hidden Iron Wall? Which nations will be the first to be attacked by Yajuj and Majuj?

    Rabbani.

    • This is a view as posted by one of our readers Yasmin:
      The Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj

      During the reign of Hadhrat Isa (A.S.) people will live an extremely peaceful life filled with prosperity and abundance. Then the wall which imprisons Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj will break and they will surge forth in large numbers.

      “But when Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj are let loose and they rush headlong down every hill” (Quran 21:97)

      Who are the Ya’jooj and Majooj?

      Zul Qarnain (A.S.) who was a pious and just Ruler travelled to many lands and conquered them, establishing justice and the Law of Allah therein. Allah Ta’ala provided him with all forms and material strength through which he was able to carry out his conquests and missions.

      He once carried out a mission in three directions, the far west, the far east, and then in a northerly direction. It was here that he came across a tribe of people who complained to him about the tribes of Ya’jooj and Majooj which inhabited the land behind two huge mountains and often emerged from behind these mountains to perpetrate acts of anarchy and plunder among them. They requested Zul Qarnain (A.S.) to erect a barrier between themselves and the tribes of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj so that they could be saved from their atrocities. With the material strength at his disposal, Zul Qarnain (A.S.) enlisted their physical labor and set about erecting a high wall between the two mountains. The height of the wall or its exact length is unknown. What is known is that the height of this wall reaches that of the summit of both mountains. It is made with blocks or sheets of iron, which is further strengthened by molten lead. In this manner Ya’jooj and Majooj are unable to scale the wall, or cross it, except when it is the will of Allah.

      “And when the promise of my Rabb approaces, He will level it to dust” (Quran 18:98)

      They are situated in a land of ice which is hidden from our gazes and the exact location of which is unknown. Though many interpretations do exist in this respect, none of these can be said to absolute.

      Ya’jooj and Majooj are human beings and according to a narration they are from the progeny of Yafith ibn Nooh (A.S.).

      Some Ahadith…

      In a lengthy hadith by Hadhrat Nawwas ibn Sam’aan (R.A.) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said:

      “…Allah will send revelation upon Eesa (A.S.) that ‘Such a creation of mine is now going to emerge that no power will be able to stop them. Therefore take my servants and ascend the Mount of Toor.’ Then Ya’jooj and Majooj will emerge and surge forth in all their fury. When those from among them who constitute the former part of their army pass the lake of Tiberias (which is in northern Palestine), they will drink up all the water of that lake and by the time those that constitute the latter part of that same army pass the lake, they will say, “There used to be water here (long ago). When they reach the Mount of Khamr in Jerusalem, they will arrogantly proclaim: ‘We have conquered the people of the earth, now we will annihilate those in the sky.’ So saying they will fire their arrows towards the sky. When the arrows return to the ground they will be blood stained.

      In the meantime, Eesa (A.S.) will be on the Mount of Toor with his followers. At that time the head of and ox will be as valuable as is a hundred dinars to you in this day. [This indicates the scarcity of provisions]. Faced with these hardships, Eesa (A.S.) and his followers will make dua unto Allah (to remove this calamity). As a result, Allah will cause sores to appear on the necks of each and every individual of these people which will cause their death suddenly. When Eesa (A.S.) and his followers descend from the Mount of Toor there will not be a single space on the land where the dead rotting bodies of these people is not littered, giving off a horrendous odour. Eesa (A.S.) and his followers will once more supplicate unto Allah as a result of which Allah will send down huge birds whose necks will be as thick as that of the necks of camels, and they will dump these bodies in a place where Allah wills. (According to a narration by Tirmidhi, they will be dumped at a place called Nahbal).

      Allah Ta’ala will then send down a heavy rain, the waters of which will flow in every part of the earth cleansing it thoroughly. It will rain for a period of forty days.

      The Muslims will then burn the bows and arrows of the Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj for a period of seven years.

      Allah will order the earth to yield forth its crops in abundance and there will be such blessing and prosperity that one pomegranate will be sufficient for a whole group while the peel thereof will suffice to cast a shadow over them. The milk of one camel will be sufficient for many groups while one milk giving cow will be sufficient for a whole tribe. One milk giving goat will be sufficent for a whole family…”

      (Muslim)

      Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (R.A.) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

      “On the day of Qiyamah Allah will say to Adam (A.S.) to pick out the Jahannamis from his entire progeny. Adam (A.S.) will ask: ‘O Rabb, who are they?’

      Allah will say: ‘Nine hundred and ninety nine of a thousand are Jahannami while the one is a Jannati.’

      On hearing this the Sahaba were overtaken by fear and they asked “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), who will that one Janniti be?’

      Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: ‘Do not grieve, the nine hundred and ninety nine will be Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj while you will be the Jannati.”‘ (i.e. your numbers in relation to them will be one in a thousand).

      (Bukhari and Muslim)

      Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Umar (R.A.) says that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

      “Allah Ta’ala divided mankind into ten parts. Nine tenths constitute Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj while the remaining tenths constitutues the rest of mankind.”

      Hadhrat Zainab bint Jahsh (R.A.) says: “…once Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam) awoke from such a sleep that his face was red and these words were on his tongue: ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah. Destruction is upon the Arabs on account of the evil which has come close to them. Today a hole as big as this has opened up in the wall of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj.’ ..and Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) indicated the size of the hole forming a ring with his index finger and thumb.”

      (Bukhari and Muslim)

      Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (R.A.) narrates that every day Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj break (dig) through the wall erected by Zul Qarnain (A.S.) until they reach the end of it to that extent that they can actually see the light on the other side. They then return (home) saying that ‘We will break through tomorrow.’ But Allah Ta’ala causes the wall to revert to its original thickness and the next day they start digging through the wall all over again, and this process continues each day until as long as Allah wills them to remain imprisoned. When Allah wishes them to be released, then at the end of the day they will say, “If Allah wills, tomorrow we will break through.” The following day they will find the wall as they had left it the previous day (i.e. it will not have returned to its orginal state) and after breaking the remaining part of it they will emerge.”

      (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

      Commenting on the above hadith, Allamah Ibn Arabi says, Three miracles are evident in this Hadith:

      1.) It never occurs to these tribes that they must continue work during the night. After all, they are in such large numbers that they can easily delegate the work among themselves and work in shifts. But Allah does not allow this thought to occur to them.

      2.) It never occurs to them that they can merely cross the mountains or scale the wall, which they can do through the aid of equipment and implements wich they possess in large numbers. According to a narration by Wahab ibn Munabbah it is known that these tribes are agriculturists and artisians possessing various types of equipment.

      3.) The thought of saying “If Allah wills” never enters their minds and it will only occur to them to say it when Allah wills that they be released.

      from: “Signs of Qiyamah”
      by Mohammed Ali Ibn Zubair Ali

    • Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
      Sheikh Imran Hosein rahimahu(A)llâh believes that Ashkenazi Jews are Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj.But there would be ‘Ulamâ who wouldn’t share his beliefs.We should follow Jamhoor of ‘Ulamâ(Majority of ‘Ulamâ). I myself am not sure where do Jamhoor stand on this.

  12. I have some confusions, I would like if you help me out please:

    1-if Allah is “all-just”, then he cannot be “all-merciful”…it’s like saying, someone is a “married-bachelor”…justice contradicts mercy, and mercy contradicts justice. if you’re all fair, then you’re just, if you pours mercy upon someone, you’re not just, these attributes can not exist in parallel.

    2-if Allah is “all-knowing”, and he knows what’s going to happen in the day after today, then whether 1)he cannot change it, because he already knows what’s going to happen tomorrow 2) He can change it if he wills. if it’s the first case, then knowing the future puts limits on Allah. and if it’s the second case, then he doesn’t know the future, because he changed it.

    3-how can Allah be “manifest” and “hidden” at the same time?

    4-I don’t understand how does Allah has “2-hands”!…in one case, Islam teaches that there can not be any photo/picture/idol of Allah, and that it is strictly haram to give a form to Allah, while Allah himself urges man’s mind to give form to him by saying he has 2 hands.

    I’m sorry but these questions have given me much pain, I’m a Muslim, and I accept and embarrassingly agree that I have far lesser eeman than you might have, but I’m trying to learn Islam genuinely and I have these questions that I have no answers for. please help me out.

    • Asalamu Alaykum

      Inshallah we will be able to reply soon.

      Allah is the Most Merciful and also is the most just.

      For example

      If Allah(swt), He was to forgive every heinous murderer on this earth where would be the mercy and the justice for the victims? What would be the purpose of this life being a test and a Day of Judgement?( Allah forgives whom He wills)

      Allah’s mercy :
      Allah ( SWT) is Ar Rahman ( merciful towards the whole of his creation thus we all get oxygen, food water, to survive).
      Allah (swt) is Ar Raheem ( Merciful towards the believers)

      Inshallah I will come back to u with more detailed explanatio.

      Of course it is open to brothers and sisters to comment

    • Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
      I will answer it in detail,inshâAllâh!
      The comment gives an indication you were raised in the West,just a guess!

  13. Answer to question 3

    Adh-Dhaahir- The Obvious

    Allah is the manifest one. Allah most high is hidden from those who seek to see by means of their senses, but He is apparent to those who seek to know Him by the wisdom and reason that Allah has bestowed upon them.

    Al-Baatin-The Latent
    Allah is the hidden one. His existence is both manifest and hidden. To truly know the creator is not possible because the knowledge, the mind, the understanding of the created one are limited.

  14. Muhammad Elijah has written:
    A’oodhu bi(A)llâhi mina Shaitânir Rajeem
    Bismi (A)llâh
    Rabbi-Sh-rah Lee Sadree
    Assalâmu ‘Alaikum waRahmatu(A)llâhi waBarakâtuh
    “I have some confusions, I would like if you help me out please:”

    I am responding to this comment so that lack of availibility of ‘Ulamâ to appropriately answer here may not lead you to a hasty generalization of a lack of answer.
    “1-if Allah is “all-just”, then he cannot be “all-merciful”…it’s like saying, someone is a “married-bachelor”
    …justice contradicts mercy, and mercy contradicts justice. if you’re all fair, then you’re just, if you pours mercy upon someone, you’re not just, these attributes can not exist in parallel.”
    [There are two types of people.People of Jannah(As-hâb-ul-Jannah) and People of Fire(As-hâb-un-Nâr).As-hâb-ul-Jannah seek,implore Forgiveness(Maghfirah) for their sins from Allâh and do Repentance(Tawbah),since Allâh is The Forgiver(al-Ghafoor),A Great Acceptor of Repentance(at-Tawwâb) and Compassionate(ar-Raheem),He grants them Forgiveness(Maghfirah), and accepts their Tawbah.He will grant them Jannah in Aakhirah(The eternal life of the next life which starts the moment we depart this world(Dunyâ)).
    As-hâb-un-Nâr keep on(Yusirroona) sinning, especially Shirk which all non-Muslims commit one way or the other,persist in sinning, do not seek,implore Maghfirah, do not frequently turn unto Him in Tawbah,don’t adopt humility,keep behaving arrogantly,Allâh is al-‘Adl(The Just,this word in used for Justice Itself).He sometimes punishes them in Dunyâ to make them learn humility.”but greater is the punishment of Aakhirah, if they only knew!”.It is said that As-hâb-un-Nâr will admit that they were treated justly while entering Hell(Jahannam).

    In the following Aayah of Soorah an-Nahl,Allâh says:
    23. Undoubtedly Allah doth know what they conceal, and what they reveal: verily He loveth not the arrogant.

    http://www.englishkuran.com/16-an-nahl-the-bee/

    In fact the antonym of ar-Raheem(Compassionate) is not al-‘Adl.Someone who is not Merciful is Merciless, and Allâh is not Merciless.The antonym of al-‘Adl is not ar-Raheem,Someone who is not al-‘Adl is Zâlim(Un-just) and Allâh is not Zâlim.
    In Soorah al-Hajj,Allâh says:
    10. (It will be said): “This is because of the Deeds which thy hands sent forth, for verily Allah is not Zallâm(unjust) to His servants.

    http://www.englishkuran.com/22-al-hajj-the-pilgrimage/

    ]

    “2-if Allah is “all-knowing”, and he knows what’s going to happen in the day after today, then whether 1)he cannot change it, because he already knows what’s going to happen tomorrow 2) He can change it if he wills. if it’s the first case, then knowing the future puts limits on Allah. and if it’s the second case, then he doesn’t know the future, because he changed it.”
    [
    Verily,Allâh is All-Knowing(al-‘Aleem).In Soorah an-Noor,Allâh says:
    35. Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah is Al-‘Aleem of every thing(doth know all things).

    http://www.englishkuran.com/24-an-nur-light/

    Verily,Allâh is Omnipotent(al-Qadeer).In Soorah al-Hajj,Allâh says:

    6. This is so, because Allah is the Reality(Al-Haqq): it is He Who gives life to the dead, and it is He Who is Al-Qadeer upon all things(has power over all things.)

    http://www.englishkuran.com/22-al-hajj-the-pilgrimage/

    Sahâbah (Companions/Earliest Muslims) radiyAllâhu ‘anhum (May Allâh be pleased with them) were firm believers in al-Qadr(Destiny).Without Eemân in al-Qadr,all Deeds become void.Eemân in, and Contenment with al-Qadr(Ridâ bil Qadr) is the secret of Muslim Sabr(Patience for sake of Allâh for which Allâh has promised Reward(Ajr) rather than committing suicide for example comitted even by some of the wealthiest Westerners ) in bad times and Shukr(Thanking Allâh in good times) and praising Him in every circumstance/condition(Hâl).

    Allâh can do everything in the future in a way unlike finite humans can think.Allâh knows everything in future in a way unlike finite humans can think.

    Analogical reasoning in case of Allâh is absurd, due to His Uniqueness which is unique as compared to all created beings(Makhlooqât) while He is The Creator(al-Khâliq).

    In Soorah ash-Shoorâ,Allâh says:
    11. …there is nothing whatever like unto Him…
    …Naught is as His likeness…
    Man neither has absolute foreknowledge nor absolute omnipotence so analogical reasoning becomes compoundly absurd.]

    “3-how can Allah be “manifest” and “hidden” at the same time?”
    [Allâh transcends time.
    There are even some of Allâh’s Makhlooqât which possess duality at the same time.Wave-particle duality of electron which we study in physics is a good example,in which electron is considered to be a wave and a particle at the same time.
    He in Bâtin(Hidden) for us in Hayât-ud-Dunyâ(transient life of this world before death) so that He may test us who fears Him without seeing Him so that He may reward us.
    In Soorat-ul-Mulk,Allâh says:
    2. He Who created Death(Mawt) and Life(Hayât), that “He may try you”(Liyabluwakum) that which of you is best in Deed(‘Amal): and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving;
    12. As for those who fear their Lord “unseen”(bil-Ghaibi), for them is Forgiveness(Maghfirah) and a great Reward(Ajr).

    http://www.englishkuran.com/67-al-mulk-the-sovereignty-control/

    Allâh is also Zâhir.Mu’mineen(literally Believers and refers to true Muslim Believers) will see Allâh in Aakhirah as clear as we see the full moon.

    For the eyes of Kuffâr(Deniers of Allâh), He is Bâtin.In Soorah al-A’râf,Allâh says:

    179. Many are the Jinns and men we have made for Hell: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning)

    http://www.englishkuran.com/7-al-araf-the-heights/

    While a Muslim who attains Ihsân(Excellence(in Eemân(Faith)) worships Allâh as though he or she is seeing Him.]

    “4-I don’t understand how does Allah has “2-hands”!…in one case, Islam teaches that there can not be any photo/picture/idol of Allah, and that it is strictly haram to give a form to Allah, while Allah himself urges man’s mind to give form to him by saying he has 2 hands.”

    [The approach of Muslims towards Allâh is neither literal nor metaphorical in non-Islamic senses of the words.Allâh’s Hands are not like hands of mankind.They cannot be sketched.”The hands of men didn’t create Aadam ‘alaihis salâm”..Also,the Hands of Allâh are not a metaphor or symbolism, but His Hands do exist.We do not deny that.

    Hence,Allâh urges man’s mind to acknowledge its inadequacy to comprehend the Khâliq of mind’s greatness and embrace humility in front of Allâh by submitting(Islâm) to Him.

    In Soorah Aali ‘Imrân,Allâh says:
    83. Do they seek for other than the Religion of Allah.-while all creatures in the heavens and on earth have, willing or unwilling, bowed to His Will (Accepted Islam), and to Him shall they all be brought back.
    84. Say: “We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to Allah do we bow our will (in Islam).

    In Soorah Aali ‘Imrân,Allâh also says:
    7.He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are Aayât(Signs or verses) basic or fundamental (of established meaning(Muhkamât); they are the foundation of the Book: others are Mutashâbihât(Allegorical). But those in whose hearts is Perversity(Zaigh) follow the part thereof that is Allegorical, seeking Discord(Fitnah), and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in Knowledge say: “We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:” and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding.
    Both Muhkamât and Mutashâbihât are from Allâh.As far as keeping Commandments(Ahkâm) is concerned, we should act on the obvious Ahkâm.The only thing which must be clearly Known to every human being for Salvation(Najât) is Lâ Ilâha Ill Allâh(There is not god(ilâh) except Allâh) .
    In Soorah Muhammad sall Allâhu ‘alaihi wasallam,Allâh says:
    19. Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah.

    http://www.englishkuran.com/47-muhammad-muhammad/

    Trinitarian idolatry,incarnation idolatry,obeying rabbis and priests while disobeying Allâh is against Lâ Ilâha Ill Allâh,against Tawheed(Pure Abrahamic Monotheism) and thus Shirk-the Only Unforgivable Grave Sin in Islam.

    To see Allâh in Aakhirah, we should become Mu’mineen following the Path of Sahâbah radiyAllâhu ‘anhum.]
    “I’m sorry but these questions have given me much pain, I’m a Muslim, and I accept and embarrassingly agree that I have far lesser eeman than you might have, but I’m trying to learn Islam genuinely and I have these questions that I have no answers for. please help me out.”
    [It is Allâh alone who can give Itmi’nân(Peace,Tranquility,Satisfaction) of Qalb(Heart).Do Du’â(Supplication,Invocation,Prayer) to Allâh by raising hands especially in last third part of the night to give you Itmi’nân of Qalb.Allâh talks to humans through Qur’ân-ul-Hakeem which is Kalâm of Allâh(Speech of Allâh) which can best be emotionally appreciated in ‘Arabi(Arabic),although he or she who recites Qur’ân-ul-Hakeem in Arabic and relies on translations to have a glimpse into the spiritual ocean of Qur’ân-ul-Hakeem will not be Mahroom(deprived) inshâAllâh.
    In Soorah al-Baqarah,Allâh says:
    260. Behold! Abraham said: “My Lord! Show me how Thou givest life to the dead.” He said: “Dost thou not then believe?” He said:but (I ask) in order that my Heart(Qalb) may find Itmi’nân…but (I ask) in order that my heart may be at ease….so that my heart may be set fully at rest.”

    http://www.englishkuran.com/2-al-baqara-the-cow/

    In Soorah ar-Ra’d,Allâh says:
    28. “Those who believe(embrace Eemân(Faith), and whose hearts find satisfaction in the Remembrance of Allah. for without doubt in the Remembrance of Allah(Zikr/Dhikr of Allâh) do Quloob find Itmi’nân(hearts find satisfaction,peace,bliss,tranquility)

    http://www.englishkuran.com/13-ar-rad-the-thunder/

    We can talk to Allâh through Salâh at least five times a day.
    Salâh,Sawm,Zakâh,Sadaqah,Hajj,Tasbeeh,Tahmeed,Tahleel,Takbeer,Tilâwah are all A’mâl(Deeds) for Zikr/Dhikr of Allâh.]

    [Important Note:I am not a Person of Knowledge, but a Learner(Muta’allim) of Knowledge and hence my answer is vulnerable to serious mistakes,errors and inaccuracies so you should consult People of Knowledge(‘Ulamâ) in real life if you really seek genuine answers.

    I seek Allâh’s refuge and protection from being among the following.

    Narrated ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radiyAllâhu ‘anhu:

    I heard Allâh’s Rasool sall Allâhu ‘alaihi wasallam saying, “Allah will not deprive you of Knowledge after He has given it to you, but it will be taken away through the death of the religious learned men with their Knowledge. Then there will remain Juhhâl(Ignorant) people who, when consulted, will give verdicts according to their opinions whereby they will mislead others and go astray.”

    In Fat-h-ul-Bâree,I found the following Aayah under the Sharh of this Hadeeth of Rasool sall Allâhu ‘alaihi wasallam.

    http://hadith.al-islam.com/Page.aspx?pageid=192&BookID=33&TOCID=4001

    In Soorah an-Nisâ,Allâh says:
    59.If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.

    http://www.englishkuran.com/4-an-nisa-women/

    • Assalaamu ‘Alaikum waRahmatullaahi waBarakaatuh
      May Salaam(Peace), Allaah’s Rahmah(Mercy) and His Barakaat(Blessings) be upon you

      If I have understood your question correctly,the more Eemaan we have the more we want to do deeds.Eemaan increases by talking,listening abd reading about the Unseen(Ghayb) like Allaah,Jannah,Jahannam,Angels(Malaaikah), and talking,listening and reading about Prophets(Anbiyaa),Companions(Sahaabah),Saints(Awliyaa).We should avoid the company of those who have forgotten Allaah, like TV,internet,mobile,newspapers where most people have forgotten Allaah.We should remain in the company of friends who talk about Allaah,otherwise we should remain alone and remember Allaah.
      Say Subhaan Allaah 100 times
      Say Alhamdulillaah 100 times
      Say Allaahu Akbar 100 times
      Say Laa Ilaaha ill Allaah 100 times(When we will rise from our graves our faces would be illuminating like full moon)
      Say Laa Hawla Walaa Quwwata illaa Billaah 100 times(It is the cure of 99 diseases the least of which is sorrow)
      Say Sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam 100 times(with love of Nabi Sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam )(We will get closer to Him on Qiyaamah)
      Say Astaghfirullaah 100 times(while recalling sins)
      Be regular in Salaah 5 times a day.(Allaah promises that He will admit you into Jannah)

      • Jazakallah Kheyran brother. Inshallah I will be using this post to make a reminder card, Inshallah.

    • Wa ‘Alaykum Salaam brother,
      I have kept studying, but I was busy answering some other brothers.I will personally contact you through email inshaaAllaah as soon as possible.

    • Assalaamu ‘Alaikum waRahmatullaahi waBarakaatuh
      May Salaam(Peace), Allaah’s Rahmah(Mercy) and His Barakaat(Blessings) be upon you

      A Mufti has the religious credentials to pronounce an authoritative and credible advice and enlightenment about Law known as Fatwa.So, I shouldn’t say about it being Halaal or Haraam.

      However, I know that Muslims are commanded by Allaah’s Rasool(Apostle) sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam not to imitate Yahood(Jews) and Nasaaraa(Christians) but to oppose them by retaining Islamic uniqueness most probably because they don’t follow the pure religions preached by Moosaa ‘alaih-is-salaam and ‘Eesaa ‘alaih-is-salaam.
      So, it is obviously better to say complete Sunnah Salaam, which includes the Du’aa(Supplication to Allaah) for Allaah’s Rahmah(Mercy) and His Barakaat(Blessings) , rather than otherwise.I am referring to saying:
      Assalaamu ‘Alaikum waRahmatullaahi waBarakaatuh
      May Salaam(Peace), Allaah’s Rahmah(Mercy) and His Barakaat(Blessings) be upon you
      upon entering home,upon entering Masjid or workplace or any other gathering of Muslims.

  15. Assalaamu Alaykum

    I have a question. In the article “Understanding Allah, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit” that you posted:

    “In all aspects, the Gospels portray him as a human who was born and circumcised (Luke 2:5-7, 21, 40, 52, 11:27); who suffered hunger and thirst (Matthew 4:2, 11:19, 21:18); who got tired and slept like any human being (Matthew 8:20, 24-25, Luke 8:23, Mark 4:38, John 4:6); who was subject to human feelings of fear, astonishment, and sadness (Matthew 26:37, Mark 14:33-34, John 11:33, 35, 38); and who prayed to his Creator like any human believer does (Mark 1:35, 14:35, Luke 5:16, 6:12).”

    My question is if Jesus was just a man and a prophet and he is like Adam in that when Allah (swt) said “Be” and it was. Would not Jesus had to have died like all the other prophets? Even Adam died and he was a man and prophet as well. Also Jesus in the Bible is mentioned as the only-begotten can you explain what the word means and how it is used in the context throughout the Bible. If Jesus didn’t die and just ascended to heaven then does that mean when he comes back to earth that he will die as a human since he was just a man?

    Jazakallah Khairan
    And Thanks Xenia for your time and for posting the information that you post. It has helped me a lot.

    • Wa Alaykum Salam Josephine.
      Inshallah I will try to answer shortly. Having problems with my laptop. Jazaki’Allah kheyran

    • Asalamu Alaykum Josephine
      Jesus (as) did not die but was raised to heavens by Allah(swt) to return as he was the most misunderstood of all prophets.As you know Islam considers Jesus as one of God’s great prophets. His mission was to preach the Oneness of God and to lead man to his Lord. He never claimed to be other than a servant and a Messenger of God. The Qur’anic account of his life and mission is supported by overwhelming evidence. As Muslims we do believe in and are awaiting the Second Coming of Jesus. He will come back not as God to judge the non-Christians, but as Jesus, God’s servant. His coming is to correct the misconception which people have developed about his personality and his mission.He will stay for forty years which is going to be the happiest years of life on this earth. At that time everybody will believe in him as the messenger, not the Son of God. However, what about those who will not be able to live till his second coming?

      Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, son of Mary (jesus) will shortly descend amongst you people (Muslims) as a just ruler and will break the Cross and kill the pig and abolish the Jizya (a tax taken from the non-Muslims, who are in the protection, of the Muslim government). Then there will be abundance of money and no-body will accept charitable gifts. Bukhari (Book #34, Hadith #425)

      Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e.jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts). Bukhari (Book #43, Hadith #656)

      Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said “How will you be when the son of Mary (i.e. jesus) descends amongst you and he will judge people by the Law of the Quran and not by the law of Gospel (Fateh-ul Bari page 304 and 305 Vol 7)Bukhari (Book #55, Hadith #658)

      ‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr reported that a person came to him and said: What is this hadith that you narrate that the Last Hour would come at such and such time? Thereupon he said: Hallowed be Allah, there is no god but Allah (or the words to the same effect). I have decided that I would not narrate anything to anyone now. I had only said that you would see after some time an important event that the (sacred) House (Ka’ba) would be burnt and it would happen and definitely happen. He then reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The Dajjal would appear in my Ummah and he would stay (in the world) for forty-I cannot say whether he meant forty days, forty months or forty years. And Allah would then send jesus son of Mary who would resemble ‘Urwa b Mas’ud. He (jesus Christ) would chase him and kill him. Then people would live for seven years that there would be no rancour between two persons. Then Allah would send cold wind from the side of Syria that none would survive upon the earth having a speck of good in him or faith in him but he would die, so much so that even if some amongst you were to enter the innermost part of the mountain, this wind would reach that place also and that would cause his heath. I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Only the wicked people would survive and they would be as careless as birds with the characteristics of beasts. They would never appreciate the good nor condemn evil. Then the Satan would come to them in human form and would say: Don’t you respond? And they would say: What do you order us? And he would command them to worship the idols but, in spite of this, they would have abundance of sustenance and lead comfortable lives. Then the trumpet would be blown and no one would hear that but he would bend his neck to one side and raise it from the other side and the first one to hear that trumpet would be the person who would be busy in setting right the tank meant for providing water to the camels. He would swoon and the other people would also swoon, then Allah would send or He would cause to send rain which would be like dew and there would grow out of it the bodies of the people. Then the second trumpet would be blown and they would stand up and begin to look (around). Then it would be said: O people, go to your Lord, and make them stand there. And they would be questioned. Then it would be said: Bring out a group (out of them) for the Hell-Fire. And then it would be asked: How much? It would be said: Nine hundred and ninty-nine out of one thousand for the Hell-Fire and that would be the day which would make the children old because of its terror and that would be the day about which it has been said:” On the day when the shank would be uncovered” (lxviii. 42). Sahih Bukhari (Book #041, Hadith #7023)

      With regards to the word ” begotten” in the Bible as we know the Bible is not the unaltered word of Allah or containing the teachings of Jesus(as)as they were and should be but has been altered through the multiple translations and editions containing opinions, additions, of each editor /translator,and the only way we can know what is correct and what is a fabrication in the Bible is by comparing it with the Qur’an. The Qur’an explains to us the Birth of Jesus(as) , his mission (not to bring a new message but to remind his people to worship One God) and I was listening recently to a lecture and I heard that the word “begotten” has been omitted in the standard Version of the Bible.

      Your questions Josephine are open for others to answer if they also so wish.

      If I have written anything correct in answering your questions is from Allah 9swt) and anything bad it is from me.
      And Allah Knows Best.

      Baraka Allah Feek

      Xenia

      • Assalaamu ‘Alaikum waRahmatullaahi waBarakaatuh
        May Salaam(Peace), Allaah’s Rahmah(Mercy) and His Barakaat(Blessings) be upon you

        If I am not wrong, and I can’t recall the Arabic source, which state that Maseeh ‘Eesaa ibn Maryam ‘alaih-is-salaam would marry and would be buried in Madeenah alongside the Qabr(grave) of Allaah’s Rasool Muhammad sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam.
        But, I state again,I am not sure and certain, so this should not be considered certain Islamic knowledge unless textual proof proves and substantiates me.

      • Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatoullahi wa barakatuhu

        I am also looking for the same text. I have also read exactly the same and I can not recall where. Inshallah I will be looking for the text. Jazak’Allah Kheyran

    • Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
      To give an answer to your question, it would be very difficult for me as this is a matter that causes difference of opinion:
      The Permissibility to say YA RASOOLALLAH

      The sensitive issue of whether or not Muslims can say the words ‘Ya Rasool Allah’ or ‘Ya Muhammad!’ [May Allah bless him and grant him peace] needs to be clarified, since this issue divides the Muslim community and causes a great deal of friction among the Muslims throughout the world. Basically, there appears to be what we could label as two “schools of thought”. One insists that saying that stating “Ya Rasul Allah is ‘shirk’ and that any Muslim proclaiming it in fact goes outside the pale of Islam. Now the other School believes that it is indeed permissible to say so – based on evidences from the Salaf, and the tafsirs of later day scholars. However, they do not insist that one must proclaim this – or that it is even a fard to do so, rather, it is permissible to do so.

      I would suggest that we need to go back to the Qur’an and the Sunnah and try to derive and of course the opinion of learnt trusted scholars.

      In the meantime, I tend to abstain from anything that I am not sure about.

      Wa salaam

  16. Asalam u alaikum
    What is the ruling of observing mourning on the day of Eid for a relative who has passed away few months earlier? Relatives in our region come to visit the family of the person who has expired because it is the first Eid after his/her death and call it the Eid of mourning.

    • Wa alaykum Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
      I will try to find out and come back Insha’Allah

    • Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu Jazak’Allah kheyran for your question
      Insha’Allah i will try to post on this topic tomorrow.
      I am not a qualified scholar but I will endeavour to find the best information available for you
      Wa Salaam

  17. ABU BAKR- He is Sayidna Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (The truthful) who was the first amongst the males to testify to the call of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) towards Islam and he responded without hesitation. He was the best of the Companions and was renowned for his sincerity and sacrifices in the cause of Allah Almighty. He was the nearest of any of the Companions to the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihi Wasallam) and was his closest friend. He was born two years before the blessed birth of Our Beloved Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) also known as the Year of the Elephant. He was the first KHALIF (leader of the Muslims) after the passing away of the Messenger of Allah Almighty (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam). During his leadership he fought the apostates (defeating them), established the pillars of Islam and added Syria, Palestine and parts of Iraq to the Islamic lands. He died in 13 A.H at the age of 63 after leading the Muslim for 2 years and 7 months and was buried beside the Messenger of Allah Almighty (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam). It was of him who once the great companion Hazrat Sayidna Umar bin Al-Khattab (Radi Allah Anhu) said that:

    “If the faith of Abu Bakr (Radi Allah Anhu) were placed on one side of a scale and the faith of the entire Muslim community (UMMAH) on the other, Abu Bakr (Radi Allah Anhu)’s (faith) would outweigh it.”

    UMAR- He is Sayidna Umar bin Al-Khattab (Radi Allah Anhu). He was born 13 years after the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) and embraced Islam 5 years before the HIJRAH (emigration to Madina) after which he was named Al-Farooq (one who makes distinction between truth and falsehood) by the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam). The Muslims were strengthened by his Islam after which they openly worshipped in front of the KAA’BA. He was the strongest defenders of Islam and was well known for his strength and severity especially against the hypocrites. He became the second KHALIF (leader of the Muslims) and during his 10-year rule the remaining territories of Syria, Palestine, Iraq and Egypt came under Muslim rule and about 12,000 mosques were established. He attained martyrdom at the hand of a hypocrite slave Abu Lu’lu’a in 23 A.H who stabbed him during the FAJR (dawn) prayer and died 3 days later. He was buried beside the Messenger of Allah Almighty (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam), thus being amongst the “privileged two” who was closest to the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) and after it (the other being Hazrat Sayidna Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (Radi Allah Anhu). The Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) once said about him: “

    Among the nation of Bani Israel who lived before you, there were men who used to be inspired with guidance though they were not prophets, and if there is any of such persons amongst my followers, it is Umar (Radi ALLAH Anhu).” {Sahih Al-Bukhari 5.38)

    UTHMAN- He is Sayidna Uthman bin Affan (Radi Allah Anhu). He was born in Makkah 47 years before the HIJRAH (emigration to Madina). He was one of the early Muslims who was well known for his noble lineage, wealth and beauty. He was given the title DHUN NURAYN (possessor of the two lights) because he married the two daughters of Our Beloved Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam), namely Hazrat Sayidatuna Ruqaya and Umm Kulthum (Radi Allah Anhuma). Amongst his greatest works was helped the Muslims prepare for the expedition to Tabuk donating 300 camels and 3000 dinars to the Muslim army after which the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) testified his status for him. He became the third KHALIF (leader of the Muslims) after the martyrdom of Hazrat Sayidna Umar AL-Faruq (Radi Allah Anhu) and during his time the lands Armenia, Caucasia (extreme south-eastern Europe), Khurasan (north-eastern Iran), Kirman (south-eastern Iran), Sijistan (border district between Afghanistan and Iran), Cyprus and much of North Africa came under Muslim rule. He completed the task of collecting the QUR’AAN together in book form which was started during the time of Hadhrat Sayidna Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (Radi Allah Anhu) and then distributed prints of the QUR’AAN around the Muslim World which became the standardised text of the QUR’AAN of which has been in use and in our hands up to the present day. During the last years of his rule some people cause civil strife and division amongst the Muslims to cause enmity against the KHALIF, which lead to the unjust murder of Hazrat Sayidna Uthman (Radi Allah Anhu) in 35 A.H during the morning of ID AL-ADHA (Festival ending the month of RAMADAN). He remained in leadership for 12 years. He attained his martyrdom whilst reading the QUR’AN and the bloodstains fell on the blessed pages of the Holy Book. The Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) said of him:

    “ Every prophet has a companion, and my companion (i.e. in Paradise) will be Uthman (Radi Allah Anhu).” {Sunan Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 6061}

    ALI- He is Sayidna Ali bin Abi Talib (Radi Allah Anhu). The fist child to accept Islam at the tender age of ten years after which he was one of the strongest and most valiant companions of The Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihi Wasallam) fighting in every battle by his side and showing remarkable feats of courage and bravery during battle which gave him the title ASADULLAH (the lion of Allah Almighty). He married the youngest daughter of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam), Hazrat Sayidna Fatima (Radi Allah Anha). He became fourth KHALIF (leader of the Muslims) after Hazrat Sayidna Uthman (Radi Allah Anhu) and took the office of government to Kufa. He was among the most learned of the Companions and many saw him as a sea of knowledge. He was assassinated because of the civil strife and the emergence of the KHARAJITES (sect who labelled many Muslims as disbelievers) during his time. He attained his martyrdom while at prayer by a Kharajite who stabbed him which ended his leadership of the Muslims of 4 years and 9 months. Once the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) said to Hazrat Sayidna Ali (Radi Allah Anhu):

    “Will you not be pleased from this that you are to me like Aaron was to Moses.” {Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.56}

    TALHA-He is Sayidna Talha ibn Ubaydullah (Radi Allah Anhu), born 28 years before the HIJRA (emigration to Madina) in Makkah. He was the cousin of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) and accepted Islam at the tender age of 12. He was the first to unsheathe his sword in Islam and in the Battle of Uhud he proved to be an invincible shield for the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) in which he sustained 24 wounds and his fingers were paralysed. He was martyed in the Battle of Jandal (Camel) on the side of Hazrat Sayidatuna Aisha Siddiqa (Radi Allah Anha) in 36 A.H at the age of 60.

    ZUBAYR-He is Sayidna Zubayr ibn Al-Awwam (Radi Allah Anhu), born 28 years before the HIJRA (emigration to Madina) in Makkah. He became Muslim at the age of 16 and was one of the most courageous Companions of the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihi Wasallam) fighting in the Battle of Badr and standing firm during the Battle of Uhud. He was the son of the paternal aunt of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam). He was also a wealthy man of which he left 40 million dinars after his death to be sold. He attained by a hypocrite on the day of the Battle of Jandal (Camel) in 36 A.H at the age of 77. The Holy prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) said about him:

    “Every prophet used to have a Hawari (i.e. a disciple), and my Hawari is Az-Zubayr bin Al-‘Awwam (Radi Allah Anhu).” {Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.65}

    SA’D-He is Sayidna Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas (Radi Allah Anhu), born 23 years before the HIJRA (emigration to Madina). He embraced ISLAM at the age of 17. He attended all the battles with the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) and at the Battle of Badr he fired 1000 arrows at the enemy and the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) who was pleased when he saw his bravery and prayed for him. He became the chief commander of the Muslim army during the rule of Hazrat Sayidna Umar Al-Faruq (Radi Allah Anhu) and Allah Almighty led him to conquer the great cities of Iraq and Persia for Islam. He later lost his eyesight and died in the valley of Aqiq (10 miles away from Madina) in 55 A.H at the age of 80.

    SA`ID-He is Sayidna Sa’id bin Zayd (Radi Allah Anhu). He was present at all the battles except for Badr. He was a Companion of great courage and judgment. His wife Hazrat Sayidna Fatima (Radi Allah Anhu) was the one responsible for bringing Hazrat Sayidna Umar Al-Faruq (Radi Allah Anhu) into the fold of Islam. He was so God-fearing and pious that Allah Almighty accepted his DU’A (supplication) even if he cursed someone. He died in the valley of Aqiq (10 miles away from Madina) in 55 A.H.

    ABD AL-RAHMAN IBN `AWF- He is Sayidna Abdu’r-Rahman ibn Awf of Quraish (Radi Allah Anhu), born 1 year after the blessed birth of Our Beloved Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) also known as the Year of the Elephant. He became Muslim early on before the House of Al-Arqam was used. He emigrated twice (first to Abyssinia (Ethopia) and then to Madina) to in and was present at all the battles including Badr. He stood firm at the Battle of Uhud in which he suffered many wounds causing a disability to his leg. The holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) prayed for increase of blessings on him and Allah Almighty made him so wealthy and generous that after his death his 4 wives inherited 1000 dirhams each and he left a will of giving 400 dinars to every survivor who participated in the Battle of Badr, distribution of 50,000 dirhams amongst the poor and needy and 1000 horses to be given in Allah Almighty’s cause. He passed in 31 A.H at the age of 75 and was buried in JANNAT-UL-BAQI (blessed cemetery adjacent to the Prophet’s mosque in Madina which is blessed with having over 15,000 companions buried in it).

    ABU `UBAYDA IBN AL-JARRAH- He is Sayidna Abu Ubaydah ibn Al-Jarrah (Radi Allah Anhu). He became Muslim very early on (being amongst the first ten) and emigrated twice (first to Abyssinia (Ethopia) and then to Madina). He participated with the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) in all the battles and stood very firm, very close to the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) and when the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) with the metal of his own helmet that had dug into the blessed fish, it was Abu Ubaydah (Radi Allah Anhu) who offered to take them out with his own teeth after which he lost both of his two front teeth. He was very pious, God-fearing and handsome. It was about him that the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam) once remarked:

    “Every nation has an extremely trustworthy man, and the trustworthy man of this (i.e. Muslim) nation is Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah.” {Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.87}

    Insha’Allah this answers some of the questions

    I would like to invite brothers and sisters to comment

    Jazak’Allah Kheyran

  18. Hello Xenia.

    I have the following questions:
    1) How should Muslims treat others and be treated on Yahoo Answers (a
    Q&A website, a little different from social networking sites like Facebook)?
    2) What is the most reliable content within Islamic texts that successfully converts atheists (people that lack belief in all deities) into Muslims (believers in Allah and His Messenger), according to the testimony of former atheists in the world Muslim community?
    3) If a Non-Muslim politely asks another person to respect the freedom of religion of Muslims (including The Prophet Mohammad) is this condemned or condoned by Shari’a, the Quran, or the Hadiths?

    Thank you.

    • Hello
      Thank you for visiting and posting your questions.I would like to remind you that I am not a scholar and as such I would prefer if a scholar could answer you
      However to my opinion
      1) I am not familiar with Yahoo Answers… as a general rule I would say that we should treat each other with courtesy
      2) Please visit http://www.hamzatzortzis.com/
      3) Please contact a scholar as I do not know
      Many thanks

      • Your welcome.
        I’ll try and find a scholar to answer my other questions, as you suggested. The reason I asked #2 is because I’m compelled to convert, I’m just looking for something..I’m not quite sure what..that will unequivocally convince me that it’s right for me.
        Thank you Xenia.

      • Dear Matt I wish you every success in your search for the Truth.
        You are already on the right path for searching….
        To my opinion after having spoken to reverts and after having read many reversion stories, there are all different things that convince them, of the Existence of One True God (Allah) The Creator of All and their subsequent need and submission to His Will. In the very end, we were sent The Same Message by Allah through all of His prophets(peace be upon them all). and that is to believe in Allah(swt) Who is One and He is the Only One worth of our worship thus we should worship Him Alone. We have to understand the message and what is required of us and submit our will to our Creator but that we can only do by the Guidance of Our Creator. Ask for guidance please Matt. From your heart! And ponder in the pages of the Noble Qur’an. I am always reluctant to comment of matters of Sharia as I do not want to attribute anything to Allah(swt) and His Messenger(saw) due to my limited knowledge. Kind Regards Xenia

    • salam.

      1) in general, muslims are required to stay respectful to everyone and keep a helping and healthy attitude. Muhammad(saw)’s companions used to give their own food and milk to the war captives and would stay content on little or no food themselves. yes that is history. so as you mentioned yahoo answers, muslims can give answers to questions that they have proper knowledge about(expert opinions preferably) keeping in view that islamic manners are observed. there shall not be frank and out of the topic conversations between the sexes for reasons that are ought to be clear. and there should not be any dis-respectful or racist talk etc etc. these is the general guidelines.
      Read these from an authentic traditional Islamic resource:

      http://spa.qibla.com/issue_view.asp?HD=10&ID=1346&CATE=88

      http://spa.qibla.com/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=12135&CATE=1

      http://spa.qibla.com/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=12050&CATE=1

      2) I am rather unhappy about the approach that many young Muslims tend to take of jumping straight into theist (including even diests) vs. atheist debates. The positions articulated by both sides are often quite philosophically (as well as rhetorically) mature. I am personally of the opinion that one has no business jumping into this until one has spent many years reading up on some fairly peripherally related philosophical matters. For many, this is very boring, because they wish to get to the ‘heart of the matter’ as soon as possible. So, for example, when I suggest to someone that if they wish to enter this debate, they should first familiarize themselves with informal logic as presented in the book by Copi and Cohen, then some formal logic, as presented, for example by Tomassi followed by Boolos, some Modal logic, as well as some understanding of the Mathematical theory of probability, then follow this up by a year or two of reading up on the history of Philosophy (my preference is for the book by Copleston, aided by whatever else may be needed to understand it), followed by some important readings in analytic philosophy as well as the history and philosophy of science (at least the major philsophers of science) and only then come to trying to deal with theist/atheist debates people do not seem to take this suggestion too seriously. However, this is, in my humble opinion, an error. What all that reading does is that it not only provides essential background, but also helps to develop a fairly thick philosophical skin. Not too many arguments seem that impressive after that unless there is a lot of substance to them. Because once you have seen one highly attractive position built up meticulously by its proponents and then torn down, then seen this happen again and again with rival positions, you develop a lot of resistance against the rhetoric of certainty that so many philosophers love to employ.

      Unfortunately, however, what I often hear from many young Muslims is the desire to bypass all of this and go straight into theist/atheist debates. They feel that thier untutored intuition of the truth will be sufficient to guide them. That they will be able to see the truth for what it clearly is and that it will appear with great clarity to them straight away without requiring this kind of effort. I would suggest that they need more humility here. For some reason, the modern world has manged to convince people that everyone has the necessary ability and knowledge to know the truth on any matter and that he/she can obtain it directly through the excercise of autonomous reason. Maybe this would be so in the hands of a better expositior. But at least my humble self has so far failed to find this easy approach to communicating our positions. The truth is that I wish there were bullet point answers to many such questions. Answers that would manage to immediately point out the fatal flaw in the opponent’s position and would be understood by all. After all that is the Holy Grail of the successful Daee. And I would love it if someone would tell me what they were.

      Secondly One ought to be very careful about the notion that one is being ‘unbaised’ in one’s search for the truth. While this is certainly a laudable (though extremely difficult to achieve) goal, normally it just turns into an excuse to plug in one’s common sense intuitions to fill in the blanks wherever there are confusions that one is not too comfortable with. I am not saying that this is always wrong. At some point we all need to plug in our intuitions. But I feel (somewhat unpopularly) that not all intuitions are equal and that trained intuitions etc. deserve priority.

      Thirdly, It is one thing to be able to see certain distinctions. It is another to want to have a rock-solid slam-dunk argument that will enable you to defeat any and all positions against any and all possible attacks. The former may not require any rational argumentation at all for many people. Atheists may call them ‘blind sheep’, or ridicule them in other ways, but atheists themselves, when they are not being dishonest enough to espouse solipsism generally make major leaps of faith in believing what they do too . So for example, David Hume’s criticism of induction as well as causation, upgraded later on by Popper, paradoxes for confirmation developed by the likes of Hempel and Goodman and so on have never been satisfactorily answered. There are attempted answers and then refutations. As someone who is actually familiar with the actual literature on these, I still do not think that the problems caused by these have ever been resolved. The later, if you are up to it, requires a lifetime of work. This may not have been the case in former ages, but is increasingly so now as the number of Muslim scholars in this area is vanishingly small and younger Muslims do not seem to want to enter into it. So if you really are so determined to see the difference, then go ahead and examine the competing religions. However, at least for Christianity, and to a lesser extent Judaism (and the vast majority of the arguments that atheists like to apply to ‘all religions’ normally apply only to these, moreover, most other candidates can be removed at the stage of what God concept we get, so if we get a God-concept close to that of classical theism, then these are the only major contenders) expect to face a thoroughly developed sophisticated apologetic strategy. You will need to know extensive amounts of history and philosophy to be able to deal with this (or, frankly even to understand it as much of it will, at this stage be above your head). I speak as someone who has actually been examining this literature for years now. The weaknesses in their argumentation will ultimately appear, but not too quickly. In the beginning it will seem like they have an unassailable case and that their apologetic is successful. If you are hoping for something that will be clear at once to any rational person, then I am aware of no such thing. If you are looking for something that will be obvious to a rational person at once without having to go through anything of this sort, well I would like to find that too, but I haven’t as yet. What you seem to be looking for is a magic bullet which would at once be so persuasive and powerful that it would immediately shut the other side up. I am not aware such magic bullets at the surface level that would be obvious to the lay person.

      Once I asked a similar question to someone knowledgeable that I knew and he said this:

      I think one of the problems I see in your approach is your insistence on instant gratification. You wish everything to be immediately evident to you. You wish to see a situation which no one can answer. Well you are out of luck. Answers will be attempted to everything. The question is not whether someone can give an answer. It is whether an answer will hold up. And it requires an ability and willingness to go through all of this for the long haul. Many of us tend to panic at the first signs of resistance from the other side. After all, we had gone in with the expectation that we had a straight win. Why is the other fellow resisting? Anyone who takes this approach is in for severe disappointment I’m afraid.

      3) your third questions was not entirely clear to me, so I’ll write something on what I understood. Well, you see, if you’re talking about non-Muslims respecting Islam as a religion, this is of course not a matter dealt within the shariah. Since shariah, only applies to muslim matters. So, the non-muslims would have to look up onto their own sources to decide whether they can respect or tolerate Islam as a religion or not, but if they do, of course that would be ethically more superior. And if you were asking about Muslims respecting other people’s religions, read these scholarly answers to similar questions by traditional muslim scholars:

      http://spa.qibla.com/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=9801&CATE=1426

      http://spa.qibla.com/issue_view.asp?HD=1&ID=658&CATE=115

      salam.

    • on point 2, however, i would like to cherry-pick a few things for you to give you s start, that i find quite strong in the Muslim tradition. the first is the Quran itself. Quran is outside of the productive capacity of arabic language. arabic, as any other language, has 2 forms of speech. prose and poetry. but Quran does not fall neatly under these 2 at all. it has it’s own form which the human mind can not re-produce. you can read more about it here: http://www.theinimitablequran.com/

      on question 2, however, i would like to cherry-pick a few things for you to give you s start, that i find quite strong in the Muslim tradition. the first is the Quran itself. Quran is outside of the productive capacity of arabic language. arabic, as any other language, has 2 forms of speech. prose and poetry. but Quran does not fall neatly under these 2 at all. it has it’s own form which the human mind can not re-produce. you can read more about it here: http://www.theinimitablequran.com/

      secondly, the truthfulness of the Prophet of islam(Muhammad(saw)) is undeniable if you study the islamic history with an open mind, he could never have possibly made everything up, because that POV brings out genuine logical inconsistencies or things which are not generally encountered within the human race, let me give you an example. if he lied, how come he was so consistent and determined that he himself bore every hardship(both physical and mental) for it’s sake for years? secondly, people generally lie to get away with something they’ve done, or to acquire material resources. the first option can not be applicable with regards to Muhammad(saw), because firstly his record is Crystle clear, he was known famously for his truthfulness and honesty and even if had had done anything previously which he was trying to get away with, no sane person would assume that he would make up a religion for that purpose. second option can not be applied as well, for if he wished for material resources, how come he rejected every offer for wealth and power that his rivals offered him at the price of his religion? How come he led the same simple life style even after he became the governor of the Islamic state and kept living like that until the religion was completed and he died? The assumption that he lied and made everything up is so stupid and so out of sync with reality that the famous orientalist W.Montgomery Watt says this:

      “His readiness to undergo persecution for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as a leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement – all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems that it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad…. Thus, not merely must we credit Muhammad with essential honesty and integrity of purpose, if we are to understand him at all; if we are to correct the errors we have inherited from the past, we must not forget the conclusive proof is a much stricter requirement than a show of plausibility, and in a matter such as this only to be attained with difficulty.”( ‘Muhammad at Mecca,’ Oxford, 1953)

      He also states:

      “THE ALLEGED MORAL FAILURES
      Of all the world’s great men none has been so much maligned as Muhammad. We saw above how this has come about. For centuries Islam was the great enemy of Christendom, since Christendom was in direct contact with no other organized states comparable in power to the Muslims. The Byzantine empire, after losing some of its best provinces to the Arabs, was being attacked in Asia Minor, while Western Europe was threatened through Spain and Sicily. Even before the Crusades focused attention on the expulsion of the Saracens from the Holy Land, medieval Europe was building up a conception of ‘ the great enemy ‘. At one point Muhammad was transformed into Mahound, the prince of darkness. By the twelfth century the ideas about Islam and Muslims current in the crusading armies were such travesties that they had a bad effect on morale. Practical considerations thus combined with scholarly zeal to foster the study and dissemination of more accurate information abo Muhammad and his religion.

      Since that time much has been achieved, especially durin the last two centuries, but many of the old prejudices linge on.”

      and

      “One of the common allegations against Muhammad is tha he was an impostor, who to satisfy his ambition and his lust propagated religious teachings which he himself knew to be false. Such insincerity makes the development of the Islamic religion incomprehensible. This point was first vigorously made over a hundred years ago by Thomas Carlyle in his lectures On Heroes, and it has since been increasingly accepted by scholars. Only a profound belief in himself and his mission explains Muhammad’s readiness to endure hardship and persecution during the Meccan period when from a secular point of view there was no prospect of success. Without sincerity how could he have won the allegiance and even devotion of men of strong and upright character like Abu-Bakr and ‘Umar ? For the theist there is the further question how God could have allowed a great religion like Islam to develop on a basis of lies and deceit. There is thus a strong case for holding that Muhammad was sincere. If in some respects he was mistaken, his mistakes were not due to deliberate Iying or imposture.”[ http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/med/watt.asp%5D

      though the fact that he granted that Muhammad(saw) was sincere and was not lying, Mr Watt still fell prey to the same prejudices and biases that he was talking about and did not come forward and say outright that he was a Prophet of God. But this brings even more bigger problems. If he was in fact sincere and has a “psychological voice” in his mind which convinced him that he was the prophet of God, he did not realize this mental illness for 23 years? Why did this “voice” in his head came after unusual gaps, after the first revelation as the tradition maintains, the angel appeared after 3 whole years again with the new verses!! As a psychological phenomenon, if it was just a voice in his head, then it necessitates that it must have brought forward subjects that the prophet was familiar with himself. How come this voice in his head started telling him things which were previously un-known by him himself(the Quran, which was the product of this so called “voice” that watt claims he sincerely believed to be an angel, is full of things which was previously unknown by the prophet, even by the man of that time,)? The hadeeth literature is infront of everyone, you can see that the hadeeth lies under either pros or poetry within the Arabic language, how come this “voice” in his head taught him in a form of speech which no human is able to re-produce? How come this was was able to convince an entire peninsula ignorant people and it was the product of this voice, according to watts analogy, that these ignorant folks turned into scientists mathematicians and philosophers later on and would rule on a major part of the world, would live sophisticated and comfortable lives while the Europe was still lingering in the dark ages? Everthing that preceded from the arabs, and the arabs did whatever they did inspired by the same “voice” that watt talks about. Do you see how fallacious it becomes if one accepts Muhammad(saw) as sincere(as evident) but fails to recognize his prophethood?

      Salam.

  19. I hope my short answers to the issues you asked about were some help to you and may have set your mind on ease. however, if you require any further assistance i’ll manage some time out for you and help you out a bit further. but that may require patience on your part as well as i am very busy due to my own studies. i am not a regular user and probably won’t be able to notice any further notifications from this webpage, here’s my e-mail address if you you need it: mohammed.manzar@hotmail.com

    salam.

    • Asalam Alaykum brother. Jazak’Allah Kheyran for your time and efforts. Insha’Allah your answers will be of benefit not only to Matt but to many:) Wa Salaam

    • Thank you, I appreciate your informative responses to my questions – they were more than sufficient in my personal convictions. If I feel the need to email you, I’ll be sure to do so.

      Take care.

  20. Salam a laikum,
    I am muslim women and am childless. I have been seekign treatment for 17 years. My treatments show perfect results, all is perfectly well with my physically adn with my husband. We get beautiful embryos in IVF and yet I never succeed. I see so many kuffar so prosperous in families and do not understand why my prayers are not answered. Why medicine and prayer both fail me. islam / quran and hadeeth all focus on a muslim woman’s role within the family – in this faith and culture I find it to be so very tough to be childless. I really struggle with how to find the faith and strength to deal with childlessness as a muslim woman. Can you help with advise or guidance! Thanks!

    • Dear Sameena Asalam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu
      Your note moved me to tears. I understand how you feel and I would like to let you know that you will be in my duas Insha’Allah. May Allah(swt) bless you with a beautiful baby soon.
      In the meantime…
      You mention: [My treatments show perfect results, all is perfectly well with my physically adn with my husband. We get beautiful embryos in IVF and yet I never succeed. I see so many kuffar so prosperous in families and do not understand why my prayers are not answered]
      Allah(swt) in His Wisdom Knows when to answer our prayers.
      Prayers providing we ask for halal things maybe..
      1) Answered immediately
      2) Maybe answered with some delay as Allah(swt0 Knows the perfect timing and if what we ask Him is good for us
      3) Or they never get answered in this world but Allah(swt) will reward us in the Hereafter

      To my opinion…
      To have or not to have children is a test either way

      If you have them… Will you appreciate the blessings, give thanks and bring them up properly?

      If you do not have them will you be patient while you are waiting???

      Allah is Merciful and grants blessings to believers and the Non Believers…

      But the Non believers having been granted things in this life pretty much have not got anything to expect in the Akhirah

      So let not their wealth or their children amaze you (O Muhammad SAW); in reality Allâh’s Plan is to punish them with these things in the life of the this world, and that their souls shall depart (die) while they are disbelievers. (At-Tawbah 9:55)

      If we read in the Noble Qur’an the story of the wife of Prophet Ibrahim(as) Sarah who suffered from infertility to her very old age,90 years old, I think she was when she received the news that she will have a baby.

      So put all your trust in Allah(swt) and please be patient.

      Regarding the cultural issues, I always say that The faithful believers will know that everything is by the Will of Allah(swt). How can we control such a wonderful thing as the Creation of a new life???

      I read that a beautiful dua for when when you desire a baby is

      And surely, We created you (your father Adam) and then gave you shape (the noble shape of a human being), ….. (Al-A’raf 7:11)

      The du’a of Zakariyya (Zakariah), ‘alayhis-salaam, which he made in his old age while his wife was barren but Allah, swt, answered his call and gave him Yahyah (John), ‘alayhis-salaam.

      The Noble Qur’an Al-‘Imran 3:38

      “Rabbi hab li min ladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibatan innaka samee’ al-du’aa’ ”

      …”O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.”

      Please stay positive and strong in your faith, worship Allah(swt) as He is to be worshipped, please do not use any amulets or such things, pray, live an honest honourable life and expect the best from Allah.

      What I have written above is my own personal write up:), I am not a scholar and anything good I said is from Allah(swt) , anything bad is from me.

      Please keep in touch and may you be blessed with a beautiful baby soon Insha’Allah

      Wa Salaam

      Xenia

  21. asalamu alikum warahmat-u-llah
    i have a question about love, many poeple in todays society says that they are in love with someone. so my question sis that what does islam says about love?

    • Wa Alaykum Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu
      The Religion firmly warns us against forming relationships between the sexes outside the framework of marriage and firmly closes the door to the calamity of introduction programs that are propagated by means of newspapers, magazines and the internet. These warnings are a means of warding off fitnah (temptation and tribulation) and preventing love affairs which usually lead people to commit acts of grave immorality and transgression of the sacred limits set by Allaah – Allaah forbid – or they lead them to marriages that end in failure and are filled with suspicion and mistrust.

  22. asalam o alikum waramatullah!
    i want to say that i am standing in a hard situation, my ethics and moral pulls me somewhere else and the poeple around me and the society is forcing me to another side.
    its hard for me to undurstand where to go?
    when i go on the moral and ethics, something ever annoys me and pull me back, what should i do?

    • Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
      I understand how you feel and what appears to be your situation.
      I think what you experience is a good indication of your faith, belief and morals. Otherwise you would not question or even stop to think twice the situation and the conditions surrounding you.
      As Muslims we believe that this life is only temporary and only a test with our final destination being the hereafter.
      We have been given “Free Will” which of course operates within the Will of Allah(subhanahu wa Ta’Ala), our Creator.We have to make the choices though and they have to be the correct choices Insha’Allah.
      It is not always easy wherever you live and even more living in the West, surrounded by temptations. We have not been left alone here by Allah(swt).. to battle it alone. We have been sent His Guidance which He sent through His Messenger(peace and blessings be upon him). And we have the very best examples of how to live in the Sunnah of the prophet(saw).

      Do we love Allah?
      Now there are 3 types of Love
      1) Love for our families, sons, daughters, etc
      2) Love for our possessions, luxury, glitter, hoarding things, etc
      3) Love for Allah (swt)
      The first 2kinds of love are the Tests.
      Love for Allah(swt) should be what we should be aiming and aspiring at.
      How to love Allah?
      We have been told in the Qur’an: ” By loving and obeying His Messenger, prophet Muhammad(sallalahu Alayhi Wa Salaam).

      Prophet Muhammad(saw) has warned us repeatedly about the temptations of this life. We should follow his sunnah(The Prophetic example).

      We can not claim to love Allah and His messenger by disobeying..

      If you are concerned…
      Keep busy..
      Keep some distance between yourself and the temptations
      Keep the company of friends who would help you on the straight path
      Read the Qur’an and find comfort in its pages
      Learn more about the Religion
      Frequent the masjids and Islamic gatherings
      Avoid all temptations

      I know you asked about Love and Islam

      Well the only solution would be marriage. Nothing else should be considered. If we love Allah and His Messenger(saw)…. as mentioned earlier in my reply.

      If you look through my blog there are many ahadeeth, Qur’anic Verses and posts that could be of help.

      I would remind you that maybe you should discuss how you feel with a person of knowledge, where you could discuss with him your individual circumstances and get tailor made guidance.

      BUT Last but no Least…

      ASK ALLAH TO HELP YOU AND GUIDE YOU

      You are in my duas. Remember me in yours too. Insha’Allah

      jazak’Allah kheyran

      Wa Salaam
      Xenia

  23. Assalam-o-Alaikum

    Please sister tell me that is it permissioable in Islam to perform imaginary congregation Prayer of burial?

    JazakAllah Khair

    • Wa Alaykum Salam

      I am so sorry but I have never heard this before. Would you be able to explain what it is so I research it? Jazaki’Allah Kheyran

  24. As salam aly kum i have read on internet the quran surah fajar has reference with Imam hussain (R.A) and surah Al kausar has reference with hazrat fatima (R.A.). any reader have any authentic refernce plz give me that reference for study i will be thankfull for it ..

  25. Hi,

    I have been following your blog for quite some time, and this is my first time to comment or ask a question. I must say that I really enjoy it! Very educational, and inspiring. I say keep it up!!

    My question is on a topic I recently wrote article about: the abuse of foreign domestic workers in the Middle East: http://kweschn.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/defenseless-exploited-abused-and-ignored/ … I want to know what Islam as a religion teaches us how we must treat maids or people we employ in general. I think the reason why I ask this question is obvious, given the fact that majority of the Middle Eastern countries are Islamic countries. I would like to write a follow up article citing both the Bible and the Qur’an, in order to challenge those who abuse their domestic workers that what they do is wrong both morally and religiously speaking, and I want to be accurate, I don’t want to misrepresent anything from the Qur’an. And I am sure that you will give me satisfying answer. My motivation is clear: I only want to speak up against the abuse of the maids, I am not here to dis Islam or Muslims, which I hope you understand.

    Thank you very much,

    Sincerely,

    Elyas

    • The treatment of servants in Islam
      Thank you very much for asking the question.
      We must remember that Islam is not only a Religion but a complete system and way of life.
      As Muslims should get guidance from the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him).The example of the prophet’s way of life has been recorded and authenticated to even minute details and is used as a guide to Muslims helping them to adhere to the Divine Guidance.
      [The word Sunnah (سنة [ˈsunna], plural سنن sunan [ˈsunan], Arabic) literally means a clear, well trodden, busy and plain surfaced road. In the discussion of the sources of religion, Sunnah denotes the practice of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that he taught and practically instituted as a teacher of the sharī‘ah and the best exemplar. According to Muslim belief, this practice is to be adhered to in fulfilling the divine injunctions, carrying out religious rites and moulding life in accord with the will of God. To institute these practices was, the Qur’ān states, a part of the Prophet’s responsibility as a Messenger of God {3:164}

      The sunnah of Muhammad includes his specific words, habits, practices, and silent approvals: it is significant because it addresses ways of life dealing with friends, family and government.]

      So to find out the way the servants (domestic help as we would say now) should be treated we should look at the way the prophet(pbuh) treated his servants.

      In the days of the Prophet(peace and blessings be upon him) the servants were referred to as servants and some of them were not only servants but also slaves.
      I will answer by the following ahadeeth:
      *Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “When your servant brings your meals to you then if he does not let him sit and share the meals, then he should at least give him a mouthful or two mouthfuls of that meal or a meal or two meals, as he has prepared it.” Bukhari (Book #46, Hadith #732)
      *Ibn ‘Umar reported: ‘The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Do not prevent the maid-servants of Allah from going to the mosque. Muslim (Book #004, Hadith #0886)
      I would like to remind you of the affection that The Prophet(pbuh) had for his foster mother Baraqa whom he(pbuh) referred to as his second mother after the death of his own mother.

      [Treatment of Servants
      By Adil Salahi
      In these days, “home help” is a preferred term than “servants”. We should take lessons from the Prophet’s kind treatment towards the maids and slaves who worked in his household.

      The Prophet (Pbuh) belonged to a highly distinguished family in Makkah. His grandfather was the undisputed chief of that city, which was universally acknowledged as the most important in Arabia. It housed the Kaaba, the first ever building dedicated for the worship of God alone, and it was the center of international trade.

      In the Arabian society, where there was a constant inflow of slaves, there was no shortage of servants. The Arabs in Makkah disliked manual work, and depended on trade for their income. Hence, they assigned all manual work to servants who were glad to have any employment that gave them something to live on. When the Prophet rejoined his mother in Makkah, after spending his first five years with his wet nurse, Haleemah, in the desert area, he was looked after by an African woman called Umm Ayman. In Madinah, several maids and servants attended to the needs of his household. What sort of treatment could they expect from the Prophet?

      Barakah, who was later to be known as Umm Ayman, was a slave woman with his family, and she was assigned to Abdullah ibn Abd Al-Muttalib, the Prophet’s father. When Abdullah died, Umm Ayman stayed with the family, serving Aminah, the Prophet’s mother. After Aminah’s death, she continued to look after the young boy, Muhammad, staying with him wherever he lived. She was with him after he married Hazrat Khadeejah, and he treated her with exemplary kindness. She was so dear to him that he used to refer to her after Prophethood saying: “Umm Ayman was my mother after my own mother had passed away.” When he grew up, he gave her freedom so that she was no longer in bondage. Not only so, but he wanted her to have a good husband. He commended her to his companions, describing her as a woman certain to be in heaven.” She had apparently lost her husband who had given her a son called Ayman. Therefore, he encouraged Zayd ibn Harithah, his servant whom he loved like a son, to marry her, and she gave Zayd a son named Usamah, whom the Prophet also loved as a son of his own. The Prophet always called her, “Umm”, which is the Arabic equivalent of “Mom.”

      On one occasion, when the Muslims were facing an enemy attack, the Prophet saw her behind the lines praying for victory. He came over to her and listened to what she was saying and reassured her. His companions realized how the Prophet held her in a special position, so they treated her with respect. Even after the Prophet’s death, Abu Bakr and Umar went to visit her, inquiring if she needed any help.
      Umm Ayman was aware of her position with the Prophet and enjoyed it. She talked to him in a way that removed all barriers. Once he was pouring water from a container to drink. She said to him: “Give me a drink.” Lady Ayesha was amazed at her and said to her: “Is this the way you talk to God’s Messenger?” Umm Ayman said: “I served him for much longer.” The Prophet smiled, poured her some water and gave it to her to drink. He then looked at his wife and said: “She is right.”
      This sort of humility was a consistent trait of the Prophet. One day when he was in Makkah, some slaves were brought in. When an Arabian tribe attacked another and captured some of their men, such captives were always sold as slaves. The Prophet looked at those slaves and saw among them a young man looking broken hearted. He bought him and set him free. The young man, named Thawban, felt grateful to this person who has been so kind to him, so he preferred to stay with him rather than go back to his people in Yemen. He loved the Prophet so much that he could not stay long without seeing him.

      One day, the Prophet looked at him and said: “What has changed your colour? You look ill” He said: “No, Messenger of God! I am not ill, and nothing is troubling me physically. However, when I do not see you, I feel I badly miss something very important, until I meet you again. Also, when I think of the Day of Judgment I fear that I would not see you there, because you will be in the highest position with all prophets. My position will be far removed from you there. And if I do not go to heaven, then I would never see you.” The Prophet felt tenderly for him.]

      I attach a link that you might find useful in your research

      http://islamqa.info/en/ref/59990/servants

      So bad treatment of servants is not from Islam. You see Islam is perfect but not all Muslims are.

      Kind regards
      Xenia

      • Thank you for your thoughtful response and the link Xenia, I appreciate it! … But I want to correct you that I did not assume or make an assertion that “bad treatment of servants is from Islam.” I only wanted to know what Islam teaches as far as treating servants is concerned, from that to understand why some Muslims fail to practice the divine instructions while they pretend that they are religious, and so I can quote the instructions again to remind them and make a balanced argument.

        Sincerely,

      • I understand but I added it on because as you said, some Muslims fail to act according to Divine Guidance and I wanted to clarify the situation. It could be lack of knowledge, misinformation,misunderstanding and a variety of different scenarios. Best of luck with the write up. i would love to read it when done.Many thanks:) Xenia

  26. Xenia,
    Does Islam permit it’s believers to bring up things like Pascal’s wager towards non-believers and believers of other faiths? Do you believe Pascal’s wager hinders people in turning away from Islam, or assists them in being attracted towards it?
    Thank you.

    • Pascal’s Wager

      Hi Matt

      I thought I will include some information for those who might not have come across Pascal’s Wager before.
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Pascal’s Wager (also known as Pascal’s Gambit) is a suggestion posed by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist Blaise Pascal that, since the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved through reason, and there is much to be gained from wagering that God exists and little to be gained from wagering that God doesn’t exist, a rational person should simply wager that God exists and live accordingly.
      Following his argument establishing the Wager, Pascal addressed the fact that many rational people (in spite of being able to reason advantages) will have difficulty genuinely believing in God. He thus prescribed one to live “as though he had faith” and postulated that (like Tolstoy in his autobiographical “A Confession”) this might help to subvert their contrary passions and lead to more genuine belief.
      Historically, Pascal’s Wager was groundbreaking because it charted new territory in probability theory, marked the first formal use of decision theory, and anticipated future philosophies such as existentialism, pragmatism, and voluntarism.[1]
      Pascal formulated his suggestion within a Christian framework, and set it out in ‘note 233′ of his Pensées, a posthumously published collection of notes made in his last years forming a treatise on Christian apologetics.
      The Wager

      The philosophy uses the following logic (excerpts from Pensées, part III, note 233):
      “God is, or He is not”
      A Game is being played… where heads or tails will turn up.
      According to reason, you can defend neither of the propositions.
      You must wager. (It’s not optional.)
      Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
      Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (…) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain.

      ———————-

      Question a) Does Islam permit it’s believers to bring up things like Pascal’s wager towards non-believers and believers of other faiths?

      Now Wager is Gambling

      Betting on the Gods: Pascal’s Wager

      Gambling and betting are not allowed in Islam in any shape or form.

      And obey Allâh and the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and beware (of even coming near to drinking or gambling or Al­Ansâb, or Al­Azlâm, etc.) and fear Allâh. Then if you turn away, you should know that it is Our Messenger’s duty to convey (the Message) in the clearest way. (Al-Ma’idah 5:92)

      Even more so with regards to the existence or attributes of God. (May Allah protect us from all false hood).

      But Allah (swt) says…

      Say: “travel in the land and see how (Allâh) originated creation, and then Allâh will bring forth (resurrect) the creation of the Hereafter (i.e. resurrection after death). Verily, Allâh is Able to do all things.” (Al-‘Ankabut 29:20)

      Have they not travelled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear? Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind. (Al-Hajj 22:46)

      We are encouraged to look and make our belief in the One and Only God Firm and to get to know Him and love and obey Him.

      But a theory like Pascal’s to my opinion would not contribute positively in such a relationship with our Creator.

      I attach a link for further information

      http://islamqa.info/en/ref/88184/philosophies

      I hope the above answers your questions

      Kind Regards

      Xenia

  27. salam

    pascals wager, as you already know what it is, is constructed primarily for arguments between those who believe in God(muslims, christians, jews etc etc) and those who don’t(pantheists and atheists mainly). It is the last resort for a religious person to take when all his arguments seem to fail and the atheist does not seem to get satisfied(the usual atheistic stance…”that’s all you got?…well, i don’t count it as evidence”)…the very premise “since the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved through reason” means that the theist has failed to prove that God can not be and is not known through through the use of pure autonomous reason.[I don’t know which “reason” is he talking about here…reason is, a very dilute and runny word…just as a little example…in epistemology according to one theory of knowledge if a doctor tells you you have cancer…then you have no reason not to believe in him, meaning that it is “reason” enough that a doctor is telling you that you have cancer for you to believe that you have cancer! Because if you question him, then you would have to question his qualification, which in turn would want you to question what was written in the books which he read, which in turn would want you to question those who wrote those books, and those who taught them those things which they wrote, their methods, science, reality, your own existence and so on…infinite variables…you’re in quite for a big shock if you don’t trust people because if you don’t then knowledge is impossible!…notice however, that the doc is not using any knid of mathematical logic to prove his points here, it’s the trust that you already put in him before even letting him check you] I don’t know about any other religion, but a Muslim would never dare to argue on that premise. I don’t think he remains a Muslim anymore, or someone accepting Islam on the basis of pascal’s wager a Muslim. I might be wrong in this, but what i know is that accepting God necessitates that you “Believe” in him. and you can not believe in anything unless you’ve seen evidence for it(the word evidence is a very dilute word, again…evidences are of many types…and i use the word in its totality)…even in physics, they didn’t saw atoms, they saw evidence for their existence(again im using the word in totality, the evidence for existence of atoms may be entirely different than the evidence for God’s existence). Since pascal’s wager does not bring any positive evidence for the existence of God, and since muslims believe in God because they believe there’s good evidence for it(even the Quran questions human rationale at many times, putting arguments for God’s existence)…there’s a clash between being a muslim and arguing from pascal’s wager at the same time. and no, pasacal’s wager, in my personal opinion, does not have the ability to take an atheist towards Islam…and someone who believes and has seen good evidence for the existence of God and the truthfullness of islam does not need an argument which starts with the premise “since the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved through reason”. hope it was helpful

    • Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. Jazak’Allah Kheyran. If you would like me to pst any of your graphics please send me a message with the attachments or links to the images. Barak’Allah feek Wa salaam

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