Queries on Islam

By Dr. Zakir Naik
Praying behind Beardless Imam
Question: My son is working in Japan. He attends the Tarawih prayer at a mosque, where two imams lead the Tarawih prayer on alternate days. One is an Egyptian and another one is from some Arab country. This Imam is not professional imam. He is a wealthy person in the city where my son resides. The Imam has not sported the beard. Some Pakistanis do not pray behind him when he leads the Tarawih prayer, objecting that it is not right for a person to pray behind an imam, who does not sport a beard. But my son prays behind that imam and he is very much puzzled over this matter whether to pray or not to pray behind the imam who does not sport a beard. My son has sent this query over the phone seeking clarification. -G. A. Basheer, Bangalore

Answer: Shaving beard is Fisq and the one who does that is Fasiq. It is preferable to have an Imam having a beard. However, if such an Imam is not available, then it is allowed to offer Salah behind a beardless Imam. It is agreed upon by the Ahle-Sunnah-Wal- Jam'ah that offering Salah behind every righteous or Fasiq Muslim is allowed and his Salah is valid so that there is unity amongst the Muslims, in order to avoid any conflict. Therefore your son is correct in offering Salah behind the imam. Infact, those who do not offer Salah behind him should also start doing so, in order to avoid any conflict. However, as soon as an Imam with beard is available, you may start offering Salah behind him, and Allah knows the best.

In Japan, only eight rakat Tarawih is followed.
Question: In Japan, only eight rakat Tarawih is followed. Can my son pray individually the remaining 12 rakat at the mosque or home or is it also right to perform 8 rakat only. - G.A. Basheer, Bangalore Answer: Regarding the Salah, offered after the Isha Salah (i.e. Tarawih), in Ramadan, the right opinion is that one can offer as many number of rakat as one wishes because there is no fixed limit on it. Narrated Nafi Ibn 'Umar said, "While the prophet was on the pulpit, a man asked him how to offer the night prayers. He replied, ' Pray two Rakat at a time and then two and then two and so on, and if you are afraid of the dawn (the approach of the time of the Fajr prayer) pray one Rakat and that will be the witr for all the Rakat

which you have offered." Ibn 'Umar Said, "The last Rakat of the night prayer should be odd, for the prophet ordered it to be so. ( Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Hadith No. 461). Narrated Amr ibn Anbasah as-Sulami I asked: "Apostle of Allah, in which part of the night the supplication is more likely to be accepted? He Replied: In the last part: Pray as much as you like, for the prayer is attended by the angels and it is recorded till you offer the dawn prayer. (Abu Dawood, Vol. 1, Hadith No. 1272). We also find that some of the Taba'een used to pray 20 and some used to pray 36 Rakats in Tarawih. (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba, Vol.2, Pages 165 & 166). However, it is preferable to offer it the way prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) did. He used to offer 11 or 13 Rakats, as mentioned in the following Hadith. Narrated Abu Salma bin Abdur Rahman I asked Aisha, "How is the prayer of Allah's Apostle during the month of Ramadan." She said, "Allah's Apostle never exceeded eleven Rakats in Ramadan or in other months; he used to offer four Rakats do not ask me about their beauty and length, then four Rakats, do not ask me about their beauty and length, and then three Rakat." Aisha further said, " I said, ' O Allah's Apostle! Do you sleep before offering the Witr prayer?' He replied, 'O 'Aisha! My eyes sleep, but my heart remains awake!' (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2, Hadith No. 1147). From all the above mentioned Hadith, it is clear that there is no fixed limit for the Tarawih Prayer; therefore, one should refrain from getting into any controversy in this regard. However, in mosques, where eight congregational Rakats are offered, it is advisable not to offer further 12 Rakats in congregation, thus avoiding any unwanted disputes amongst the Muslims. For those who wish to offer more Rakats can very well do so at their homes. Similarly, in mosques, where 20 congregational Rakats are offered, it is advisable not to offer 8 Rakats in different congregation so that there is no conflict among the Muslims.

Is it allowed for an ulcer patient to leave the Fast ?
Question: Is it allowed for an ulcer patient to leave the Fast ? - Abdulrehman Bello Krzysiek Answer: It is not obligatory upon a person suffering from Ulcer to fast during the month of Ramadan if fasting is likely to cause increase in his disease, however he has to complete his fasts after recovering. Allah says in the Qur'an in Surah Baqarah, 2:185: "But if any one is ill or on a journey the prescribed period should be made up by days later. Allah intends every facility for you, He does not want to put you to difficulties." And Allah knows the best.

Isaal-e-Sawab through recitation of the Qur'an

I would like to know that if we read Quran and ask Allah to send sawab to all Muslims and my relatives including my parents who are no more, will the sawab only go to my parents or to all the rest too ? -Abdulla Aminuddin Answer: It is Bid'ah (innovation) to recite the Qur'an for Isaal-e-Sawab of those who have passed away, regardless whether the deceased is your parent or relative. There is no evidence supporting this practice in the authentic sources of Islam, in the Seerah of the Prophet (Pbuh) or the life of his Companions. Didn't deaths occur during the time of the companions ? Why then, we do not find any such evidence from their lives ? All those things that benefit the living and the dead have already been shown by the Prophet (Pbuh), as Deen has been completed. Therefore, it is inappropriate to innovate anything in the religion. Narrated Aisha (R.A.): Allah's Messenger (Pbuh) said, "If somebody innovates something which is not present in our religion, then that thing will be rejected."(Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3, Hadith No. 2697 & Sahih Muslim, Vol. 3, Hadith No. 4266). However it is allowed to pray for the deceased and give charity for him, as there is no difference of opinion in this regard.

Does a Wife have the right to refuse sex with her Husband?
Question: If at a particular time, a lady has no desire for sex with her husband, but he insists for it, what is her right of refusal in this context? - Abdul Wahab Answer: If a husband expresses his desire for sexual intercourse with his wife, and asks her to fulfill his need, then she should fulfill her husband's desire, and she has no right to refuse him or deprive him of his need (unless of course if she is undergoing her monthly menstruation period or is down with illness. Islam encourages and insists on chastity and fidelity. Islam prohibits and condemn illicit sexual relations, extra-maritial affairs, pre-marriage sex, fornication, adultery, prostitution, pornography and promiscuity. It is for this reason that a wife is bound to fulfill her husband's sexual desires so as to prevent him form straying. Narrarted Abu Huraira Allah's Apostle (Pbuh) said, " If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relations) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning." (Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 4 Hadith No. 460 & Sahih Muslim Vol. 2 Hadith No. 3368) Narrated Abu Huraira The Messenger of Allah (swt) said: By him in whose hand is my life, when a man calls his wife to his bed, and she does not respond, the One Who is in the heaven is displeased with her untill he (her husband) is pleased with her. (Sahih Muslim Vol. 2 Hadith No. 3367)

1160 & Ibn Ma'jah Hadith No." If on certain rare occasions. the husband can be understanding and voluntarily and happily give indication for postponement! Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an. the husband shows a desire for sexual intercourse with his wife. Khan. And you are their garments. And Allah knows the best.M. If the relationship between the husband and the wife is truly based on Islamic principles. . verse no. verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. 21: " And among His signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may dwell in tranquility with them and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts). Bhopal Answer: Giving significance to the night of 15th Sha'ban. in which both of them treat each other with love. the angels will not curse his wife and neither will she displease the Almighty. Ibn Wazzah Qurtubi. it is Wajib upon the wife to fulfill the desire of her husband whenever he wishes. affection. 187: "They (your wives) are your garments. verse no." (Al Tirmidhi Hadith No.all these are Bid'ah (innovation) . kindness. " When a man calls his wife to satisfy his desire she must go to him even if she is occupied at the oven. A. 4165) From all the above mentioned Ahadith. Suyuti. if the husband is not displeased or angry. Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an in Surah Rum. Visiting Graveyards on 15th Sha'ban Question: In the light of the teaching of the Qur'an and the Sunnah. fulfilling all Islamic desires and settling all matters with mutual agreement and understanding. and for some genuine reason the wife shows a hesitation (not refusal). in Surah Baqara. considering it to be the Eid of the dead and keeping awake for the whole night of 15th Sha'ban and encouraging others to do the same -. Nor does the question arise of the husband being insistent or getting perturbed at her not wanting to have sex. doing extra Ibaadah (worship) and offering extra Nawaafil Salaah with the intention of specifically doing so on the occasion of 15th Sha'ban. The prophet and the Sahaabah never did so nor commanded the muslims to do so. then it is possible. having illuminations." Here. because of the strong bond between the husband and the wife. . all the Ahadith pertaining to the subject are weak and unacceptable. is it a correct Islamic practice to visit graveyards on the night of Shab-e-baraat? please narrate the Hadith related to this night. the question of the wife refusing the sexual desire of the husband does not arise. Shokani etc. visiting graveyards. We don't find any evidence of such things in the entire authentic Seerah of the Prophet and his companions. According to Allamah Ibn Rajab Abu Bakr Turtoshi. Chapter 30. chapter 2.Narrated Taiq ibn Ali Allah's Messenger (Pbuh) said.

as there is no clear proof in this regard. 1389.. 3. I missed Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) during the night and found him in al-Baqi'. 217) According to Hadith of Sahih Muslim. 1885: ". The Qur'an was revealed in Ramadan. as Allah had commanded him and he prayed for Ahle-Baqi (the people of Baqi). Vol 3. chapter 2. 2256) It is permissible for men to visit graveyard whenever they wish and pray for the dead. Most evil affairs are their innovations. (Arizatul Ahwazi. the above mentioned Hadith has a broken chain of narrators in two places. Hadith No. in it Hajjaj Ibn Artaat is not reliable. as mentioned in Surah Baqarah. Hadith No.) says that the Prophet (pbuh) said: "Gabriel came to me and said. 6." So Muslims should beware of and steer clear of all innovation and bid'ah. Wet-Dreams Question: A muslim youth has a wet dream. titled 'Arizatul-Ahwazi'.A.. in his commentary of Sunan -AtTirmidhi. however it is not permissible to fix a specific day or night for the purpose and consider it to be of a special virtue unless we find any proof for doing so from the Qur'an or the authentic Ahadith. and every innovation is an error. (Sahih Muslim. 739. Vol. refer to 15th of Sha'ban. (Tirmidhi. Although certain commentators insist that the verse from Surah Dukhan. chapter 44. He (the prophet) said: Verily Allah. and this can only be statement of a person who transgresses the book of Allah (swt) and is careless of his word". as Allah did not reveal the Qur'an in Sha'ban. 216 adds: '. Aisha (R. the Exalted and Glorious. but the exact night of this event is not known. Ahmad Vol.. Sunan Ibn-I-Majah.. Narrated Aisha (R. verse 4: 'In that (night) is made distinct every affair of wisdom'.A. Allamah Ibnul Arabi writes: "There is no reliable Hadith regarding the 15th of Sha'ban. Your Rabb commands you to go to the graveyard of Baqi and seek forgiveness for them". 238) According to Imam Bukhari and Tirmidhi. therefore the Prophet was an exception to this act.. Hadith No. verse 185. What should he do? (a) If it occurs before sahar in the holy month of Ramadan? (b) If it happens after Sahar? What about fajr prayers? (c) What is the method of taking bath for purification? . Page No.further. it is established that the Prophet (pbuh) did visit the Baqi graveyard once.' However. Hadith No.). He said: Were you afraid that Allah and His Messenger would deal unjustly with you? I said: Allah's Messenger . but this is not true. and therefore it is weak. I thought that you had gone to some of your other wives. The prophet had done this by the commandment of Allah (swt). comes down to the heaven of the world in the middle night of Sha'ban and forgives sins even more abundant than the hair of the goats of Kalb.The Hadith that is generally quoted to support the practices done on the night of 15th Sha'ban is Zaif (weak) according to Muhaddiseen (the scholars of Ahadith) and is not to be put into practice. Pg No.. Vol. 2. Allamah Ibnul Arabi (543H).

However. He washed off the discharged from his private parts and then poured water over his body. He should take a Ghusl before offering any Salaah/Prayer. as mentioned in the following Hadith: Narrated Ali Ibn Abu Talib There are three whose actions are not recorded: a lunatic whose mind is deranged till he is restored to consciousness. My father and I went to Aisha (R. a sleeper till he awakes. Hadith No. Ahmed. Hadith No. Hadith No. Vol. 1931) (c) The right way of performing a bath for purification i. (b) If a person gets a wet dream after taking sahar in the state of Saum. and then he would fast that day. And that was his way of taking the bath of Janaba. and then eat his sahar. there is nothing wrong in it. Vol. (Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. 3. Whatever services a person renders for the welfare of humankind. 4389) Social Services in Islam Question: What is the concept of social service in Islam? Do we have to work for the Muslim community only or for the whole of humankind as was done by Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) ? Please clarify. One's fast does not break by wet dreams. the wife of the Prophet (Phuh): Allah's Messenger (pbuh) performed ablution like that for the Salat (prayer) but did not wash his feet.) and she said ." (Shaih Bukhari. then he should do it. Narrated Abu Bakr bin Abdur Rahman. Answer: (a) If a person gets a wet dream before sahar in the month of Ramadan and has time to take Ghusle Janaba (bath for purification). he should take Ghusl as soon as he wakes up. if he does not have the time for Ghusl. Sabith Khan Answer: In Islam. " I testify that Allah's Messenger at times used to get up in the morning in a state of Janaba from sexual intercourse. He withdrew his feet from that place (the place where he took the bath) and then washed them. not from a wet dream. he should take Ghusl before the Fajr Prayer. Ghusle Janaba is given in the following Hadith: Narrated Maimuna. 1. Even if he happens to be in the state of Janaba for some time.e. 3. and a boy till he reaches puberty. 249) (d) There is nothing wrong in getting wet dreams nor is it a sin.A.(d) Is it sinful if wet dream occurs? -D. No. social service is of immense significance. hopes for the blessings of Allah will be regarded as righteous . (Sahih Al-Bukhari. and through these deeds.

6:160) "Then shall anyone who has done an atom's weight of good see it!" (Surah Al-Zilzal. There is no such restraints. Hadith No. 3. 4. then the reward for the performer of such service will be further multiplied. Vol. and which gets this beneficiary closer to his Creator Allah and makes him/her understand Islam better. he found a thorny branch of a tree on the way and removed it. First. Vol. to serve the poor. 513) In Islam. for the social service and second. removing a harmful thing from way is also Sadaqa (charity). or a person or an animal eats from it. but is regarded as a charitable gift for him. will be safe. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him. and then a bird. Social service that is done by a Muslim for any human being. These acts of social service include Islaah if the recipient is a Muslim and Daw'ah if the recipient is a non-Muslim. While the qur'an condemns hoarders and misers. Narrated Urwa bin Az-Zubair (RA): . Hadith No. to give charity. irrespective whether the beneficiary is a Muslim or a non-Muslim. In all these verses of the Qur'an. The Prophet (pbuh) too has made it clear that striving of a Muslim for the welfare of any of the human beings or living creatures is an act of charity. 652) Islam ordains us to treat all the living creatures well and with kindness." (Surah An-Naml. and they. Allah has not instructed the Muslims to work only for the welfare of the Muslims. 3. for getting the other person closer to his Creator. "While a man was on the way. Allah says in the Glorious Qur'an : " Whoever comes (at Judgement) with a good deed will have better than it. and the needy. 27:89) "He that does good shall have ten times as much to his credit " (Surah Al An'am." (Sahih Bukhari." (Sahih Bukhari. from the terror of that day. (Sahih Bukhari. All these instructions are general in their scope and hence include both. These deeds if done solely for seeking the pleasure of Allah (and not for recognition or show) will be considered Karze Hasana and will surely be rewarded by Allah. 232) Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): Allah's Apostle said. Narrated Anas bin Malik (RA) : Allah's Messenger said : "There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds. Vol.deeds. 99:7) Allah repeatedly instructs as in the Glorious Qur'an to behave kindly. it also prohibits ill-treating and threatening the poor and the needy. the orphans. the Muslims as well as the non-Muslims. Hadith No.

"While a man was walking he felt thirsty and went down a well and drank water from it.Nishat Bare Answer: The Glorious Qur'an says : "That this is indeed a Qur'an most honorable in a book well guarded which none shall touch but those who are clean : A Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds. Hadith No. Vol. filled his shoe with water. And Allah knows best. Allah thanked him for his (good) deed and forgave him. there is a reward for serving any animate. Hadith No. And Allah is knowing and wise. . e. "O Allah's Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving (the) animals?" He replied. Hadith No.Hakim bin Hizam said. Ikhlaas. Shall I receive a reward for all that?" Allah's Apostle replied. 3. Are Menstruating Women Permitted to Recite or Touch the Qur'an? Question: Are menstruating women permitted to recite Surah Fatiha. which we have. caught hold of it with his teeth and climbed up and watered the dog. So he (went down the well). 423 & Sahih Muslim. Nas and Ayatul Kursi at night before going to sleep? Can menstruating women touch and read the Qur'an? Does this word in the Qur'an 'Mutahhareen' (none can touch except those who are clean) relate to the Qur'an or to the Tablet Preserved (Lauh-a-Mehfuz) ? Is one allowed to touch Qur'an without wudhu ? Please explain with reference to Hadith. 1. keeping good relations with my kith and kin. 56:77-80) The Kitabim Maknoon mentioned in the above mentioned verse does not refer to the holy Qur'an in the book form. This word refers to Lauh-e-Mahfooz in . social service in Islam carries great significance and it is to be done to all in general. "You embraced Islam with all the good deeds which you did in the past. and the word Mutahhareen does not merely refer to cleanliness of the body. "O Allah's Apostle! I used to do good deeds in the pre-Islamic period of ignorance. 551) Thus. On coming out of it." (Sahih Bukhari. 223) Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): Allah's Apostle said. 'This (dog) is suffering from the same problem as that of mine. Vol. 9:60)." (Surah Al-Waqi'a. The system of Zakaat in Islam. regardless of the religion. "Yes." (Sahih Bukhari. 3. The Qur'an provides details about needy Muslims that are entitled to Zakaat : "Zakaat expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect (Zakaah) and for bringing hearts together (for Islam) and for freeing captives (or slaves) and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the (stranded) traveller ." The people asked.." (Surah Tauba. Falak. Vol. Kitabim Maknoon means a book well guarded or a protected book.an obligation (imposed) by Allah.g. however is a religious duty and obligation upon the Muslims and the beneficiaries of Zakaat are only Muslims. he saw a dog panting and eating mud because of excessive thirst. manumitting slaves (releasing and freeing slaves after paying for them) and giving alms. The man said.

thus referring to the angels. of all different schools of thought. which is also mentioned in the following verse "Nay this is a Glorious Qur'an (Inscribed) in a Tablet Preserved!" (Surah Al-Buruj. this hadith narration besides being Mursal. Ibne Abbas. According to the commentary of Tabari. pg. vol. (Fiqh-us-Sunnah. Vol. Although all the scholars. however. that is. agree upon it without any difference of opinion that it is preferable to be in wudhu before touching the Qur'an. or even the Ahadith of the prophet (pbuh) . hadith no. they allow touching the Qur'an without wudhu for students and teachers of the Qur'an. does not necessarily mean being with wudhu but simply means 'pure'. Muayyid Billaah. 85:21 & 22) Mutahhareen does not refer to mere body cleanliness but also refers to those who do not have any uncleanliness or impurity like sin and evil. Zaid bin Ali. can touch the Qur'an so that they do not forget the portions of the Qur'an memorised by them. Ibne Hazam and Hammad bin Sulaiman are of the opinion that Qur'an can be touched without performing wudhu. Scholars of different schools of thought differ on the issue of whether one should compulsorily be in a state of wudhu while touching the Qur'an. no. 60. However. 183 & Khulasatul Badrul Muneer. one should not be in ceremonial impurity or menstruation. a man in spite of being in ceremonial impurity or a woman in her menstruation. and a menstruating lady should not recite anything from the Qur'an. despite using covering sheet. has the Arabic word Taahirun in it. According to Hanafi school of thought. while doing hifz of the Qur'an. Allama Ibne Hajr and Allama Ibnul Mulaqqin have rated the hadith as weak in their books At-Talkheesal Habeer. Ibne Majah narrates a hadith from Abdullah Ibne Umar (R. she can very well recite the portions of the Qur'an. Similarly. It is permissible for a menstruating womam to recite the Qur'an without touching it. Sho'bi. Zamakhshari & others.heaven. However. no. According to Ibne Hazam.) that a man in a state of ceremonial impurity. Some Hanafi Scholars insist that the cover of the Qur'an itself serves as a covering sheet or cloth. Is Allah Masculine in Gender . 138. which she does regularly. if a menstruating woman. some say that one cannot touch the Qur'an without wudhu. pg. However she shouldn't touch the Qur'an with her hands. according to Ibne Hazam there is not a single verse of the Qur'an or the authentic hadith saying that being in wudhu is compulsory. Mutahhareen means the angels. while the others believe that one can touch the Qur'an but not the Arabic text within the Qur'an. which according to Ibne Katheer. or a woman with postpartum impurity. 1. Malikis too believe in some what the same. 1. wishes to read the Qur'an. And Allah knows best.52) Regarding the hadith of Muwatta Malik which is often quoted by certain scholars to back up their claims that one should be in wudhu before touching the Qur'an. one cannot touch the Qur'an without wudhu. but if one uses a piece of cloth or sheet then he can touch it.A. then she may use some sheet or cloth while touching the Qur'an so that her hands do not have direct contact with the Qur'an. According to Maliki school of thought. Dawood. 1. hadith no. respectively. but this hadith is weak. who has discussed the subject in detail. 170. Amongst the Shafia scholars. there are no pre-requisites or conditions for touching the Qur'an. As Saiyid Saabiq. Zahhaq.

But the Arabic word 'Allah' doesn't end with 'Alif Mamduda' so. Islam has been in existence since time immemorial. 'Ainun' (eyes). And lastly. 35:24) . Therefore. if the word ends with 'Alif Mamduda' (big Alif). if the object occurs in pairs. However. Masculine Majazi i.e." So Allah (swt) is one and not a pair. 'yadun' (hands). But Allah (swt) says in the Glorious Qur'an in Surah Ikhlas. Masculine Majazi. And the Arabic word 'hiya' can be translated as 'she' or 'it'. Bab (door).e. animals. The Arabic grammar has only two genders. Real. neither male nor female or neutral. too falls in the second category i. like the word mother (ummum). she or it. it cannot be feminine. male and female and male gender is of two types: 1. The English language has got three genders. they are considered feminine." (Surah Fatir.Question: Why do we quote Allah (swt) as . So if we translate the Arabic word 'huwa' into English.e. Masculine Haqeeqi i. male. Allah (swt) uses huwa i. (Angels) Malak. Allah is not a female. by default since it cannot be used as 'Hiya' i. First. if it is female by nature. since Allah (swt) has no gender. female and neutral. e.e. The Arabic word 'Allah' doesn't end with 'ta' so it cannot be feminine.e. wherein it is used as Masculine but in reality it is not so e. The word Allah (swt). which is used to denote the masculine gender in humans. it becomes feminine. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is not the founder of Islam but the last and final messenger of Allah. if it ends with the third Arabic letter 'ta' like 'mirwahtun' (fan). And Allah (swt) knows the best. then why Allah has used 'huwa' and not 'hiya' ? In Arabic grammar there are certain rules and criteria for feminine gender.Him/His ? . Allah (swt) is unique and cannot be referred as 'it' in English. it can be translated as 'he' or 'it'.g. like pairs of the body. Unreal.Jameela Arif Answer: a) The Arabic word 'Allah' has no gender. b) Many people have a misconception that Islam is a new religion and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the founder of Islam. It is mentioned in the Glorious Qur'an : "And there never was a people without a warner having lived among them (in the past). Islam was present when the first human Adam (pbuh) first set foot on the earth. verse 1" "Say: He is Allah the ONE and Only. Second. Layl (Night). it becomes feminine in gender. 2.g. He. it becomes feminine. Third. chapter 112. Some people may argue that the Arabic word 'huwa' and 'hiya' both can be used for 'it' or neutral gender.

" (Surah Al Imran. 3. rules and regulations and the do's and don'ts are derived from the word of Allah.e. Pg. " When Jesus (pbuh) found unbelief on their part he said: " Who will be my helpers to (the work of) Allah?" said the Disciples: "We are Allah's helpers we believe in Allah and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims" (Surah Al Imran. the Glorious Qur'an and the teachings of the Messenger of Allah. altogether how many messengers were sent?" The Prophet (pbuh) said: One Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand. -Haroon Abdullah . It is mentioned in the Qur'an that Abraham (pbuh) was a Muslim. authenticated by Shaikh Nasiruddin Albani. Vol. i. All the other religions came later. Does Islam Make The Face Veil Obligatory For Muslim Women? Muslim scholars differ amongst themselves on the issue of the obligatory duty (or otherwise) of veiling of the face by Muslim women. and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good)" Thus. chapter 33 verse 40: "Muhammad (pbuh) is not the father of any of your men but (he is) the Apostle of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets: And Allah (swt) has full knowledge of all things. As Allah (swt) says in the Glorious Qur'an in Surah Al Ahzab. Hadith No.Narrated Umama that Abu Dhar said : I asked . the authentic Ahadith. 3:52) Allah (swt) says in the Glorious Qur'an in Surah Al Imran. "O Messenger of Allah. 1599. It is the only true religion. Chapter 3 Verse 19: "The Religion before Allah is Islam (Submission to His will)" And further Allah (swt) mentions in Surah Al Imran Chapter 3." (Mishkat-Ul-Masabih.e. After him no messenger will come to guide humankind. Verse 85: "If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah) never will it be accepted of him. 3:67) It is mentioned in Surah Al Imran Chapter 3 Verse 52 that Jesus (pbuh) was a Muslim. No. 5737) The Religion of all the Prophets was 'total submission to God's will' and one word for that in the Arabic language is 'Islam'.New Delhi The Qur'an says: . i. "Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian but he was true in faith and bowed his will to Allah's (which is Islam) and he joined not gods with Allah. Islam is the first religion and hence the oldest of all the religions. The Glorious Qur'an is the last and final revelation of Allah (swt) which was revealed to the last and final messenger prophet Muhammad (pbuh). In Islam.

al-Qaadee 'Iyaad are too of the opinion that covering the face is not obligatory. Thus we cannot expect the prophet. Those scholars. ar-Raaghib al-Asbahaanee mentions in his authoritative dictionary 'al-Mufradaat'. vol. refer it to Allah and His Messenger if you do believe in Allah and the Last Day: that is best and most suitable for final determination. Some people claim that the khimaar (headscarf) in Al-Qur'an 24:31 covers the head and the face. which further substantiates that khimaar does not mean covering the face. who define jilbaab as a garment which women drape over their head scarves (khimaar). relevance and accuracy of the reasons and evidence provided by these people should be evaluated in the light of the Qur'an and the Sunnah. It is incumbent upon every Muslim to enjoin right and forbid wrong. "covering the face". Narrated Ata bin Abi Rabah (R. As stated earlier." (Al-Qur'an 4:59 As mentioned in the verse quoted above."O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those charged with authority among you. to let the woman keep her face uncovered after having known the obligation of covering the face. imams and scholars differ amongst themselves. For instance. 1. leaders. other scholars like Ibn Muflih al-Hambalee.. There is no clear-cut authentic hadith to the effect of making the face veil obligatory. This too is a misinterpretation as it is contrary to the interpretation of the leading scholars of past and present as well. as the well-known scholar. hadith No.A. as Allah instructed us in the Glorious Qur'an.a woman having a dark spot on her cheek stood up. the rulers. Vol. 2. who insist that covering the face is obligatory for Muslim women. being a human. on whom the Qur'an was revealed. once while the prophet was admonishing and preaching to a group of women after having admonished the men on the Id day. (Sunan Abu Dawood. 641) However. However. The legitimacy.) . (Sahih Muslim.. Shaykh Naasiruddeen alAlbaanee. an-Nawawee. that there is not a single authentic hadith that makes covering the face obligatory. ". we find several ahadith which prove that covering the face is not compulsory in Islam. Hadith No. no scholar insists on covering the face in Salaah for women based on the hadith quoted above. when people in authority. can make an error of judgement. whereas linguistically the word only means a head covering. Likewise. On the other hand. If you differ in anything among yourselves. 1926) It is understood from the above-mentioned hadith that the woman having interaction with the prophet was not covering her face nor did the prophet command her to do so.. interpret 'al-idnaa' in the verse of the jilbaab (Al-Qur'an: 33:59) to mean." seeking clarification on the subject the prophet was discussing.. Some people claim that jilbaab is "a garment which covers the face". the errors made by these scholars who insist on the obligatory nature of the face veil in his books ar-Radd al-Mufhim & Jilbaab alMar'ah al-Muslimah (3rd edition. This interpretation is erroneous because the basic meaning of the word in Arabic is "to come close". one of the foremost scholars of recent times has clarified in detail. it should be borne in mind that infallibility belongs to Allah alone and a scholar. al-Maktabah al-Islaamiyyah). our Creator instructs us to look into the Qur'an and the authentic Ahadith for guidance. The Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said "Allah does not accept the prayer of a woman who has reached puberty unless she wears a khimaar". 1996.

Arabic) The hadith quoted above proves that the 'woman of the people of the paradise' was not covering her face when she had visited the prophet nor was she covering it when Ibn 'Abbas was discussing about her later. In spite of this. that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof. Hadith No. "Yes. However. 6228) In the above-mentioned hadith we find Al-Fadl looking at the lady because her beauty attracted him. when Al-Fadl bin 'Abbas was riding behind the prophet on his she -camel. 6571Darusslam. asking the verdict of Allah's Apostle... like the cutting of nails.a beautiful woman from the tribe of Khath'am came. The Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said. further substantiating the verse of the Qur'an from Surah An-Noor. which says: "Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.Beirut... Al-Fadl started looking at her as her beauty attracted him. it is understood that the face of the lady was exposed as the hadith says that the woman was beautiful. Vol.. ". it is the face that plays the most significant role in making a person being perceived as ugly or beautiful. "Shall I show you a woman of the people of Paradise?" I said.Lebanon & Sahih Muslim Hadith No.The Muhrima (a woman in the state of Ihram) should not cover her face. Hadith No. But anything that is Haraam in the normal course of life can never be made Fard. 1838) With regards to the hadith quoted above. Moreover. 555 . Here too. wearing two pieces of white unsewn cloth is made Fard for a man. if exposing the face is Haraam for women. Vol. 3. Some may argue by saying she could be recognized owing to the dark complexion of her hand and not due to the exposure of her face. 8. so the Prophet held out his hand backwards and caught the chin of Al-Fadl and turned his face (to the other side) in order that he should not gaze at her. the point to be noted here is that the things that are Mustahab (recommended) can be made Haraam (forbidden).." (Sahih Bukhari.Ibn 'Abbas said to me.." The Qur'an further says in the next verse: And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty. e. thus it cannot be used as an evidence because in Ihram certain rules and regulations change. while normally it is Mubah (permissible). (Al-Qur'an 24:31) .g. "..Dar Al Arabia. Obviously." (Sahih Bukhari. 7.. some people say that the commandment of the prophet (pbuh) not to cover the face is specifically for the women in the state of Ihram. this argument would carry no weight since she was not the only black woman at the time of the prophet. "This black lady came to the Prophet and said. to identify a person." He said. or wear gloves. The Prophet looked behind while Al-Fadl was looking at her. Hadith No. even the things that are Mubah (permissible) or Mustahab (recommended) can be made Fard (obligatory). the aspect of exposure of the face is of immense significance. then how can it be made Fard in Ihraam? During the day of Nahr (10th Dhul-Hijja). the prophet didn't instruct the lady to cover her face but instead turned the face of Al-Fadl in order to prevent him from staring at her." (Sahih Bukhari.. Hence. 24:30. However. Vol.

a portion equal to that of two females. (The distribution in all cases is) after the payment of legacies and debts. the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) as was Tahajjud obligatory for the Prophet (pbuh). if the deceased left brothers (or sisters) the mother has a sixth. Surah Nisa. chapter 5 verse 106-108. Surah Nisa. (Collected by Ibn Abee Shaybah in al-Musannaf. two or more. In what your wives leave. These are settled portions ordained by Allah. among the rightful beneficiaries.Muhammad Muinul Islam Answer: The Glorious Qur‟an contains specific and detailed guidance regarding the division of the inherited wealth. the mother has a third.When Ibne Abbaas (RA). Inheritance Question: Why Islam proposes a discriminatory share of Inheritance by giving women only half of what men receive? . their share is two-thirds of the inheritance. If no children. but if they leave a child. 12 and 176.e. that the isnaad of this statement is saheeh. covering the face was obligatory for the Ummul Mu'mineen. hadith no. if the deceased left children. Al-Albaanee ruled in Jilbaab al-Mar'ah al-Muslimah. her share is a half. Secondly. pp 59-60. you get a fourth. 3. All-Wise. chapter 2 verse 180. these Qur'anic verses do not make covering the face compulsory for women. However. they have to quote an authentic hadith for it. Vol. but if you leave a child. Surah Nisa chapter 4 verses 11. "it refers to the face and hands". if you leave no child. which make covering the face compulsory. which speak of women's faces being seen. their share is a fourth. if only daughters. it is still a highly recommended Sunnah for the Muslims. And Allah knows the best. In what you leave.) Some scholars argue that all the ahadith. There are three verses in the Qur‟an that broadly describe the share of close relatives i. to prove that these verses make the covering of women's face compulsory. and Allah is AllKnowing. 540 & 541. your share is half. The scholars unanimously agree that it is preferable for Muslim women to cover their faces. chapter 4 verse 19.Kubraa. after payment of legacies and debts. Thirdly most of the ahadith quoted above. chapter 4 verse 33 and Surah Maidah. If only one. Surah Baqarah. and the parents are the (only) heirs. chapter 2 verse 240. which they don't. You know not whether your parents or your children are nearest to you in benefit. Thus. Firstly. Thus it is not compulsory for Muslim Women to cover their faces but those women who cover their faces may continue to do so if they wish. are of the time earlier than the revelation of the verses of Al-Qur'an 33:59 & 24:31. chapter 4 verse 7-9. 16997 & 17012 and alBayhaqi in Sunan al. p. Although Muslims are exempted from its obligation. are of the time after these Qur'anic verses were revealed. The Qur‟anic verses that contain guidance regarding inheritance are: Surah Baqarah. as discussed earlier. For parents. The translation of these verses is as follows: “Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children‟s (inheritance): to the male. the leading commentator of the Qur'an was asked about the verse mentioned above as to what it meant. he replied. they get an eight. If the man or woman . a sixth share of the inheritance to each. If they leave no child. Surah Nisa. after payment of legacies and debts. it can be concluded that covering the face is not obligatory for women.

in most cases. the daughter. If the deceased has no ascendant or descendent. as his duty towards his family. boarding. the mother inherits a share that is double that of the father. her brother takes her inheritance: If there are two sisters. each of the two inherit one sixth. If there are brothers and sisters. leaving a sister but no child. However. each one of the two gets a sixth. lest you err. After she is married it is the duty of the husband or the son. In this particular case. Before a woman is married it is the duty of the father or brother to look after the lodging. Wife inherits 1/8th and husband 1/4th if the deceased has no children. is not bound to spend a single penny on anybody. the sister inherits a share that is half that of the brother. For example. If (such a deceased was) a woman who left no child. If the deceased is a woman who has left no children. she shall have half the inheritance. after payment of legacies and debts. both the parents that is mother and father get an equal share and inherit one sixth each. If the deceased has left children. but has left a brother or a sister. brothers or sisters and is survived only by her husband. Wife inherits 1/4th and husband 1/2 if the deceased has children 4. 3. And Allah has knowledge of all things. Daughter inherits half of what the son inherits. For instance in the following cases: 1. or inheriting fifty thousand rupees and having the entire amount to yourself? Which school of thought should a Muslim follow? There are four schools of thoughts and we can follow any one of them. the male having twice the share of the female.25 pm as the time for Asr prayers in our town while the Hanafi school of thought has fixed time at 3. a woman inherits half of what her male counterpart inherits.08. if the children (i.e one son and one daughter) inherit Rs. clothing and other financial requirements of the woman. Is it permissible to follow two schools of thought to suit the situation ? For example. In certain cases. the son will inherit One Hundred Thousand rupees and the daughter only Fifty Thousand rupees. so that no loss is caused (to anyone). this is not always the case. She can keep the entire amount for herself. If it is a man that dies. So can we . [Al-Qur‟an 4:176] In most of the cases. In Islam a woman has no financial obligation and the economical responsibility lies on the shoulders of the man. the husband inherits half the property while the mother inherits one third and the father the remaining one sixth. has left neither ascendants nor descendants. the female inherits a share that is half that of the male. In order to do be able to fulfill the responsibility the men get double the share of the inheritance. In case the deceased has left no ascendant or descendent but has left the uterine brother and sister. Out of the one hundred thousand which the son inherits. he may have to spend on them almost the entire amount or say about eighty thousand and thus he has a small percentage of inheritance. if a man dies and after giving the shares of other relatives. Thus doth Allah (swt) make clear to you (His law). Thus it is ordained by Allah. Would you prefer inheriting one hundred thousand rupees and spending eighty thousand from it. the Shafi school of thought considers 2. On the other hand. they share in a third. but if more than two. say about twenty thousand. One Hundred and Fifty Thousand. a woman can also inherit a share that is double that of the male. 2. and Allah is AllKnowing Most Forbearing” [Al-Qur‟an 4:11-12] “They ask thee for a legal decision. It is true that as a general rule. Say: Allah directs (thus) about those who leave no descendants or ascendants as heirs. they shall have two thirds of the inheritance (between them). (they share). who inherits fifty thousand. mother and father. Islam holds the man financially responsible for fulfilling the needs of his family.whose inheritance is in question. left for himself.

Beside saying „hold fast all together‟ it also says. But when one asks a Muslim. Dibrugarh 1. Islam believes in fostering unity amongst its followers. It is a misconception that a Muslim should follow any one of these four schools of thoughts i. four became more famous and their teachings spread in different parts of the world. They were great scholars and may Allah reward them for their research and hard work. Hanbali or Maliki. There is no proof whatsoever in the Qur‟an or any authentic Hadith that a Muslim should only follow one of these four Imams. altogether. One can have no objection if someone agrees with the view and research of any one or more from these four great scholars of Islam. The Glorious Qur‟an says: “As for those who divide Their religion and break up Into sects. „be not divided‟. We must respect all the great scholars of Islam. 3.” [Al-Qur‟an 6:159] In this verse Allah (swt) says that one should disassociate oneself from those who divide their religion and break it up into sects. “who are you?” the common answer is either „I am a Hanafi or Shafi or Maliki or Hanbali.' [Al-Qur'an 3:103] Which is the rope of Allah that is being referred to in this verse? It is the Glorious Qur'an. Seujpur. and be not divided among yourselves. . Some call themselves „Ahle-Hadith‟. Imam Hanbal and Imam Malik (may Allah be pleased with them all). Hazarika.e. Hanafi. The Qur’an further says. 4.follow any of these two timings to suit our necessity? -M. are divided amongst themselves. by the rope Which Allah (stretches out for you). Imam Shafi. “Obey Allah. The Glorious Qur‟an is the rope of Allah which all Muslims should hold fast together. including the four Imaams. 2. you have no part in them in the least: Their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did. but out of these. Muslims should be united Muslims today. Four Schools of Thoughts The Islamic world has produced several learned Islamic scholars (Imams). and obey the Messenger” [Al-Qur‟an 4:59] All the Muslims should follow the Qur‟an and authentic Ahadith and ensure that they are not divided among themselves. Shafi. It is prohibited to make divisions in Islam. There is double emphasis in this verse. Imam Abu Hanifa. Such divisions are not endorsed by Islam. A. Respect all the Great Scholars of Islam. The Glorious Qur’an says: “And hold fast.

Hanbali. Hanbali. Maliki or Ahle Hadith. People give different labels to themselves to identify which set of teachings they prefer to follow and to disassociate themselves from those people who follow wrong practices. (Sunan Abu Dawood) Vol.5. Thus by rejecting this particular teaching of Imam Shafi which contradicts the authentic Hadith. this ruling of Imam Shafi contradicts the authentic saying of the Prophet. Our Prophet was a Muslim “Who was our beloved Prophet (pbuh)? Was he a Hanafi or a Shafi. at a later stage the people from that group themselves did not follow their teachings and made new sub-groups. then reject it and throw my saying against the wall” – This is a saying of ash-Shafi‟ee-rahimaullah. Ibn Abdul-Barr (Imam Malik) Eeqaadh al-Himam (Imam Hanbal) To give you an example in this context – Imam shafi said that when a women touches a man who is in a state of wudhu. See Al-Majmoo‟ of an-Nawawee (1/63). Maliki. or a Hanbali or a Maliki ?” No! He was a Muslim. and the Sunnah of the Prophet should be followed. Shafi. “ If I say something. the wudhu of the man breaks. If being a „Ahle-Hadith‟ means following Qur‟an and authentic Hadith then I claim to be a better follower of the Qur‟an and authentic Hadith than those who call themselves „ Ahle-Hadith‟. Similarly in practice. However. then compare it to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger and if it agrees to them. Ahle-Hadith) that are not endorsed by the Qur‟an or the Sahih Ahadith. 8. the Qur‟an. 179) Thus this particular teaching of Imam Shafi contradicts the authentic saying of the Prophet.e. 7. Qur’an says call yourselves Muslims . 1 Chapter No.e. But as far as giving a label to identify what a person practices in Islam is concerned. From history we come to know that all the labels given to different groups. Shafi. 6. Further . Eeqaadh al-Himam. Therefore in all the groups you find a sub-division. All the Groups have sub divisions I personally have no objection if someone calls himself Hanafi. It is mentioned in chapter 3 verse 52 of Al-Qur‟an that Jesus (pbuh) was a Muslim. I am practically a better follower of Imam Shafi than those who call themselves „Shafi‟. I claim to be a better follower of Imam Hanbal than those who call themselves „Hanbali‟. 70 Hadith No.e. d. then accept it and that which goes against them. like all the other Prophets and Messengers of Allah before him. Al-Qur‟an says that Ibrahim (pbuh) was not a Jew or a Christian but was a Muslim. I claim to be a better follower of Imam Abu Hanifa than those who call themselves „Hanafi‟. b. Refer: a. a Muslim. in chapter 3 verse 67. there can not be better label than what Allah (swt) has given i. All these are mere labels (Hanafi. i. or the sayings of the Prophet (pbuh) i. then that particulars Fatwa of theirs should be rejected. So I reject this specific ruling of Imam Shafi who himself said . I claim to be a better follower of Imam Malik than those who call themselves „Maliki”. All Four Imam said follow the Qur’an and Sunnah. He did not perform ablution. c. All the four great Imams said that if any of their Fatwas or teachings contradict Allah‟s word. Al Fulaanee (Imam Abu Hanifa) Al-Majmoo‟ of an-Nawawee (1/63) (Imam Shafi) Jaami „Bayan al-Ilm. Narrated Aisha The Prophet (may peace be upon him) kissed one of his wives and went out for saying prayer. authentic Hadith. The only label or title given by the Qur‟an and the Sahih Ahadith is MUSLIM.

he would have definitely followed me‟. The only Hadith that is very often quoted by them is as follows: “Narrated Jabir Ibn Abdullah : Umar ibn al-Khattab brought to Allah‟s Messenger (peace be upon him) a copy of the Torah and said: „Allah‟s Messenger.” (Al-Qur‟an 5:3) Basheer A. Quoting the Bible for Daw'ah Purposes I heard a Maulana saying that it is Biddat to quote the Bible to do Daw‟ah to the Ahle-Kitab (People of the Book. Hamid A. he should say “I am a Muslim. whereupon Abu Bakr said: “Would that your mother mourn you. with Islam as religion. He (Allah‟s Messenger) kept quiet and he (Umar) began to read it. Maliki or Ahle Hadith.There is no Qur‟anic verse or any authentic Hadith that says you should call yourselves Hanafi. meaning Moses (pbuh) too would have followed the Qur‟an and the teachings of Muhammad (pbuh). Thus those Muslim Da‟ees who quote the Old Testament or the New Testament of the Bible for the purpose of Daw‟ah do not quote it with the intention of following them or seeking guidance from them. he would have definitely followed him. there are some Muslims who harbour a misconception that it is wrong to do so. Zakir Naik whether it is allowed as he very often quotes the Bible. It will be pertinent to know the relevance of the evidence provided by these people to substantiate their claim. the Jews and the Christians) for the purpose of Daw‟ah. Vol. you would certainly stray into error. because the ultimate and the best of the guidance is found in the last and the final testament. leaving me aside. even if Moses were to appear before you and you were to follow him. However. Some of the Scholars among them state that „those Muslims who quote the Bible are doing Bid‟ah‟. Says Allah in the Qur‟an: “This day have I perfected your religion for you completed my favour upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. Whereupon Allah‟s Messenger (pbuh) said : „By Him in Whose hand is the life of Muhammad. We are well pleased with Allah as Lord. with Islam as religion and with Muhammad (pbuh) as messenger. If anyone poses a Muslim the question who are you. not a Hanafi or a Shafi or a Ahle-Hadith”. i. the Glorious Qur‟an and the authentic Ahadith.e. Shafi. this is a copy of the Torah‟. (Sunan Ad-Darimi. The colour of the face of Allah‟s Messenger (peace be upon him) underwent a change. i. I would like to get the answer from Dr. Hadith No. regardless of the purpose behind quoting it since the Prophet (pbuh) expressed his displeasure when Umar (R. here the objection of the prophet (pbuh) was mainly on reading the Torah for guidance. Hanbali. Although majority of the Muslim Scholars find nothing wrong in the act of quoting the scriptures of Ahle-Kitaab (People of the Book.) read the Torah. for if (Moses) were alive (now).A. The Prophet‟s (pbuh) remark further clarifies that even if Moses was alive. and he found my prophetical ministry. don‟t you see the face of Allah‟s Messenger?‟ Umar saw the face of Allah‟s Messenger (pbuh) and said: „I seek refuge with Allah from the wrath of Allah and the wrath of His Messenger. some scholars insist that it is forbidden for the Muslims to quote the Bible. . as can be understood by Umar‟s prompt reafiirmation and satisfaction with Allah as lord. and with Muhammad as Prophet‟. 435) Based on the Hadith quoted above. 1.e. the Jews and the Christians).

the authentic sources of knowledge of Islam indicate beyond any doubt that it is permissible for the Muslims to do so. How will a Muslim get to common terms without knowing the terms of the faith of Ahle-Kitab? It is either through studying their scriptures. Let us analyse some more verses of the Qur’an : “ All food was lawful to the children of Israel except what Israel made unlawful for itself before the Law of Moses was revealed.” (AlQur‟an 2:111) In the verse Quoted above Allah (swt) commands us to demand for proof for the claims of the Jews and the Christians. with the first term being the oneness of Allah.With regards to quoting the Bible for the purpose of Daw‟ah. Say: “Bring you the Law (Torah) and study it if you be men of truth. Vol. 3461) There are some scholars who interprets this Hadith by saying that the permission to quote the stories of Bani Israel and that this Hadith refers to the stories mentioned in the Qur‟an. he will be in a dilemma as to what the common terms are.e. And they have produced the only proof they have – i. and tell others the stories of Bani Israel. that we erect not from among ourselves Lords and patrons other than Allah. “Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence.” In the verse quoted above.” (Al Qur‟an 3:93) Allah also says : And they (the jews and the Christians) say: “None shall enter paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian”. Say :” Produce your proof if you are truthful. and not in the Scriptures of . because majority of the Christians believe in many diverse concepts. once it is produced. line and sinker? It is presupposed that when Allah commands us to demand for proof. Those are their (vain) desires. the Bible. or is it to be presumed that all Muslims are well versed with their term ? If a person tries to know the common terms just by looking at the followers of Christianity.” (Sahih Al Bukhari. Let us first analyse the following verse of the Qur’an : Say : “O people of the book! Come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah. Are we going to swallow their „proof‟ hook. 4. And whoever tells a lie on me intentionally.” If then they turn back say: “Bear witness that we (atleast) are Muslims (bowing to Allah‟s will). Otherwise it makes no sense to demand proof. will surely take his place in the (Hell) Fire. in over two thousand different languages of the world. that we associate no partners with Him. that we would analyse the proof. The following Hadith from Sahih Al Bukhari further substantiates that it is permissible to quote the scriptures of the Ahle-Kitab: Narrated Abdullah bin Amr The Prophet said. Allah instructs Muslims to invite the Ahle-Kitab to common terms. Hadith no. several of which are contrary to the teaching of the Bible. for it is not sinful to do so.

because the narrator‟s understanding would be far more accurate than the different understanding of all the modern interpreters put together. Vol.e. There are three types of these accounts and tales. 31: “Yet. O Israel. we realize that the Prophet (pbuh) punished the jew and the jewess according to the law of Torah since the law was going in accordance with the law of the Qur‟an. By making a Christian believe in one God through this verse. we also make him believe in the first verse of Surah Al-Ikhlas. chapter 112 of the Qur‟an says: “He is Allah the One and Only”. “Lift your hand. and then one of the jews put his hand over the Divine Verse of the Rajam (stoning to death) and started reading what preceded and what followed it. Part no. Vol. The Lord of our God is one Lord”.A. However. Ibn „Umar added: so both of them were stoned at the Balat and I saw the jew sheltering the Jewess.. “What is the legal punishment (for this sin) in your book (Torah)?” They replied.” Behold ! The Divine Verse of the Rajam was under his hand. Similarly the easiest way to prove a point to a person who believes in the Bible is to make reference to the Bible. The second type is what we know to be false based on what we have. 8.” The Torah was brought. he used to narrate what was in them. Hence we neither affirm nor deny this type. . Vol.). tell them to bring the Torah. For example. Ibn Salam said to the jew.Ahle-Kitab. On that. (Sahih Bukhari. because of what he understood of the hadith that allowed this practice. 1. paged 196-197. Abdullah bin Amr (R. as well as Tafsir Ibn Kathir. 31) The Hadith quoted above should be proof enough even for the most skeptics among those who object to quoting the Bible for the purpose of Daw‟ah. the companion of the Prophet (pbuh). Hadith No. Vol. and they were stoned. and we allowed to narrate it because of the Hadith that we mentioned….” Let us analyse the following Hadith : Narrated Ibn Umar A Jew and a Jewess were brought to Allah‟s Messenger (pbuh) on a charge of committing an illegal sexual intercourse. Ibn Kathir comments on this Hadith as follows: “This Hadith from „Abdullah bin Amr was collected by AlBukhari (Fath Al Bari 6:572). Following is the translation of the words of Shaykhul-Islam Ibn-Taymiyyah taken from „Majmu‟atulFatawa‟. 6819) From the Hadith quoted above. This is why when „Abdullah bin Amr‟ had possession of two books from the people of the scriptures on the day (battle) of Yarmuk . Thus we follow the instructions of Allah as mentioned in the verse quoted above from Al-Qur‟an 3:64. Here the intention of the Prophet (pbuh) was not to follow the Torah but to implement from it what was conciliating with the Qur‟an. abridged. we should understand the Hadith according to the understanding of the narrator of the Hadith. a kind that we are sure is authentic because we have in our religion something that testifies to its truth. the punishment for adultery. 13. “Our priests have innovated the punishment of blackening the faces with charcoal and Tajbiya. page no. Abridged. the Israelite accounts and stories should only be used as supporting evidence.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir.” Abdullah bin Salam said. 1. So Allah‟s Messenger ordered that the two (sinners) be stoned to death. not as evidence themselves. This would help negate the concept of Trinity from his mind. i. “O Allah‟s Messenger. page no. 7. The third is of neither type. The Prophet (pbuh) asked them. the Bible says in the Gospel of Mark 12:29 “Hear.

And out of kindness lower to them the wing of humility and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood. obey them not. Many verses of the Qur‟an stress the importance of being kind towards one‟s parents. just to have normal relationship with the parents? . but address them in terms of honour. Can the lady go to church.A Khan Answer: Islam instructs Muslims to be extremely respectful towards their parents.” (Al-Qur'an 31:14) However. For example a Muslim should not obey his / her non-Muslim parents when the parents want their Muslim children to . Therefore it is prohibited in the Qur‟an for a Muslim to visit a place of polytheistic worship (or to visit a place where any besides Allah are worshipped) in order to please one‟s parents or out of fear that not doing so would lead to strain in family or social relationships. The Glorious Qur'an says: “Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to parents. Relationship with the Parents Question: A lady I know converted to Islam." (Al-Qur'an 17:23-24) A similar message is repeated in the following verse: “And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain was his weaning: (Hear the command) "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal. If she denies.” (Al-Qur'an 29:8) In the verses quoted above.which says: „Say ” O people of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah…. then they have family problems. but her Christian parents want her to visit the church with them. Yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love)…” (Al-Qur'an 31:15) The rights of Allah take precedence over everyone else's. They are also instructed to obey their parents unless they ask one to violate the commandments of Allah and His Messenger. Allah repeats in the Qur'an: “We have enjoined on man kindness to parents: but if they (either of them) strive (to force) you to join with Me (in worship) anything of which you have no knowledge. You have (all) to return to Me and I will tell you (the truth) of all that you did. Goodness towards one's parents is one of the most essential commandments of Islam. irrespective of whether their parents are Muslims or non-Muslims. And Allah Knows the Best. regardless of their religion.” Thus it can be concluded that it is permissible for the Muslims to quote Bible for the purpose of Daw‟ah and all those who object to it should ponder over the evidence provided by us. the Muslims are commanded to show respect and gratitude to their parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life say not to them a word of contempt nor repel them. Allah continues in the next verse: “But if they strive to make you join in worship with Me things of which you have no knowledge obey them not.S.

Joshua Koshy (Qatar) Answer: a. though the Muslims are expected by Islam to be the best of missionaries. etc. Why aren‟t Islamic missionaries active the way Christian missionaries are? Won‟t Islam grow much faster and misunderstandings removed if there are good scholars to preach the faith? Why is there such a slack among Muslims? b. “Yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration)”.worship anybody or anything besides Allah. The sad part of the story is that I never found anyone able to give at least most of the answers for the questions I ask. considerate and courteous towards them. one should not get frustrated as they may take some time to understand your „new‟ religion. It should however be borne in mind that a neo-Muslim should strive to invite one‟s parents to the truth which is Al-Islam.” . Is it permissible in Islam to sponsor an orphan? Not adoption. Here are a few questions I wish you could answer. Why aren't Islamic Missionaries as active as Christian Missionaries? Question: I am a revert to Islam from a very orthodox Christian family. Something like sponsoring his education. Even if one finds one‟s parents reluctant and unwilling to accept Islam. as the verse of the Qur‟an quoted earlier states. and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. One should not be arrogant or insolent but rather be kind. This display of kindness towards one‟s parents not only fulfills our obligation towards our Lord and the Creator but also becomes the means through which the parents may accept Islam and achieve salvation. Indeed what can be a greater sin than associating partners with Allah? Thus it is prohibited in Islam to accompany one‟s parents in the matters of Shirk (polytheism). It‟s true that Muslims today are not as active as Christians in propagating their religion. However my hunger to delve deep into Islam and other religions never ceased. such beneficent teachings are not to be found in any other religion. a. nor should you cut off relationships with them because the verse of the Qur'an does not ask you to ignore or neglect them but rather commands you to refrain from obeying them in matters of Shirk (polytheism. the Creator of all.? c. Indeed. which may not cause him/her to compromise with his/her religious beliefs or practices. Are the views of the so-called „terrorists‟ like bin Laden really wrong or justifiable? I mean should a Muslim support his activities? Can children and innocent people be killed in wars when the prophet had declared not to do so? . the revert (neo-Muslim) should be dutiful and kind towards them in other aspects of day-to-day life. The Glorious Qur'an says: “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching. But your newsletter seems to be doing a good job. Islam is a religion that should have the maximum number of missionaries because Da'wah (propagation of one‟s faith) is obligatory / compulsory in Islam. In order to avoid family problems. including trinity or the concept that God begot a son). including visiting a place of polytheistic worship (or visiting a place where any besides Allah are worshipped).

Whenever an anti-social element sees a Muslim. c. "I am of those who bow in Islam"?‟ b. there is virulent propaganda about Islam and Muslims by the international media. Infact a Muslim should be a source of peace and solace for innocent and righteous people. be they thieves.” (Al-Qur'an 2:83) The Prophet (pbuh) is also reported to have said: "I. It is true that the word „terrorist‟ is generally used for a person who causes terror among innocent people. has given us an opportunity to do a prophet‟s job and to earn a prophet‟s reward. It is through reading the Qur'an with understanding and meaning will we know what our Lord and Creator expects from us in order that we prosper in this life as well as in the Hereafter. Moreover. The slack among the Muslims is due to their inability to perceive the benefits of reading the Qur'an with understanding. Allah says in the Qur'an: “It is He who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is Allah for a Witness. . A terrorist is a person who causes terror. works righteousness and says. Regarding your question on terrorists.” (Al-Qur'an 48:28) A similar message is mentioned in Al-Qur'an 9:33 & 61:9.(Al-Qur'an 16:125) But unfortunately we Muslims are not doing our job. It is the duty of Muslims to clarify these misconceptions and to present the pure Islamic teachings. Hadith No. The moment a robber sees a policeman he is terrified. He. speak fair to the people. But a true Muslim should only be a terrorist to anti-social elements and not to innocent people. 224) Thus the act of sponsoring an orphan is highly recommended in Islam and Allah will surely reward you for that. however. Vol. But irrespective whether the Muslims do the job or not. The Qur'an says: “Worship none but Allah. and practice regular charity." showing his middle and index fingers and separating them. Islam encourages such acts of charity as is mentioned in various places in the Qur'an. Today the number of misconceptions about Islam has reached an endemic and epidemic level. Similarly every Muslim should be a terrorist for the anti-social elements of society. It should be borne in mind that Allah is not in need of us Muslims in order to make his Deen prevail. he should be terrified. 7. A policeman is a terrorist for the robber. treat with kindness your parents and kindred and orphans and those in need. pick-pockets. based on the Qur'an and the authentic traditions of the prophet (pbuh). and the one who looks after an orphan. I say every Muslim should be a „terrorist for the anti-social elements of society‟. With regards to sponsoring an orphan. Allah says in the Qur'an: „Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah. be steadfast in prayer. (Sahih Bukhari. Allah has promised to make his Deen (Al-Islam) prevail over all other ways of life and all other „isms‟. black-marketers or rapists. will be like this in Paradise.

Islam forbids killing of innocent people. One called them terrorists while the other called them patriots. or wound a sheep or camel except if you must eat it. Do the Muslims Believe in Jesus (pbuh) and his Second Coming? Question: (a) Is belief in the existence of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) cardinal to Islamic faith? . Abu Bakr As-Siddique (R) is reported to have commanded Usama ibne Zaid (R): “I command you to do ten things: you must not kill a woman or a child. V. These very individuals have been lauded by us Indians for the same activities and hailed as „patriots‟. do not be cowardly. Both sides of the argument should be heard. it is also patently unfair to accuse any of killing innocents without a fair trial and process of justice.3. Regarding Osama bin Laden. or an elderly person.Before India achieved independence from British rule. Thus two different labels have been given to the same people for the same set of actions. the situation should be objectively and fairly analyzed and the reason and the intention of the person should be taken into account. or vandalize homes. The Qur'an says: “ … If anyone slew a person unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land it would be as if he slew the whole humanity: and if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole humanity. The first caliph of Islam.” (Al-Qur'an 49:6) With regards to the last part of your question. do not drown a palm tree.” (Tarikh At-Tabari. The Qur'an says: “O you who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news ascertain the truth lest you harm people unwittingly and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done. and you will pass by people who have devoted themselves to monastery life: leave them alone with their devotions.” (Al-Qur'an 5:32) Killing any innocent human being. Most of the news on the international media is tailor-made to suit ulterior motives and suited to project the image what they want. or burn it. some freedom fighters of India who did not subscribe to non-violence were labeled as terrorists by the British government. one does not know whether he is good or bad. do not cut down trees. and then the person can be judged accordingly. this aspect is not to be ignored. whether Muslim or non-Muslim is not allowed in Islam. I have not met him personally nor do I know him. do not be treacherous. Even in the circumstances of war. while those who were of the view that Britain had no right to rule India called them patriots and freedom fighters. p. It is therefore important that before a person is judged. Those who believed that Britain had a right to rule over India called these freedom fighters terrorists. he is given a fair hearing.210) Thus killing children And Allah knows the best. I cannot give my opinion based on the reports of BBC or the CNN. or innocent people are not allowed in Islam. While there can be no justifiable reason for killing innocents.

he is also referred with other respectable terms such as „Ibne Maryam‟ . (b) It is also true that the Muslims. Kerala. but so it was made to appear to them. on the authority of the Qur'an and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ (pbuh). for of a surety they killed him not. and Allah is Exalted in Power. Nay Allah raised him up unto Himself.(b) Will he appear again at the end. which many modern day Christians do not believe. He was the only Prophet of Allah who was raised up alive. And who denies Allah. as „a word of Allah‟. and follow Me. Kasargod district. This is a straight path. Jesus) will be (a sign for) knowledge of the Hour. We believe that he healed those born blind and the lepers with God‟s permission. Thus he will come back again to this world to clarify all such misconceptions. Answer: (a) Yes. as „Masih‟ – translated Christ.” (Al-Qur'an 43:61) The reason why Jesus (pbuh) is the only Prophet of Allah who was raised up alive by Allah is because he was the only Prophet whose “followers” mistook him as God. Allah instructs us in the Qur'an: “O you who believe! believe in Allah and his Messenger and the scripture which He has sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him). as „Rasulullah‟ . Though Jesus (pbuh) is mentioned by name twenty-five times in the Qur'an. which makes it an article of faith to believe in Jesus Christ (pbuh). but they killed him not. translated „Christ‟. We believe that he gave life to the dead with God‟s permission. We believe that he was born miraculously. His Messengers and the Day of Judgment have gone far far astray.e. and those who differ therein are full of doubts with no (certain) knowledge but only conjecture to follow. he (i. as „a spirit proceeding from Allah‟. We believe that he was the Messiah. as „a sign of Allah‟ and numerous other epithets spread over fifteen different chapters of the Qur'an. His angels.” (Al-Qur'an 4:136) Thus belief in the Messengers. His Books. without any male intervention. No Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus Christ (pbuh).son of Mary. including Jesus (pbuh) is an important belief of Islam. and if so. nor crucified him. as „Abdullah‟ – servant of Allah. By name only twenty-five Messengers are mentioned in the Qur'an. so be not in doubt of it. Says Allah in the Qur'an: . Islam is the only non-Christian faith. what will be his purpose? Is there any other Prophet still alive? -Abdulla Kunhi. We believe that he was one of the mightiest Messengers of Allah (swt).Messenger of Allah.‟(Al-Qur'an 4:157-158) Allah mentions the second coming of Jesus Christ (pbuh) in the following verse of the Qur'an: “And indeed. They wrongly say that he claimed divinity. Wise. Allah says: „…They said (in boast) "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary the Messenger of Allah". Allah says in the Qur'an regarding Jesus Christ (pbuh): And remember Jesus the son of Mary said: "O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah (sent) to you…” (Surah Saff 61:6) Infact Islam makes it an article of faith to believe not only in Jesus Christ (pbuh) but all the Messengers that preceded and followed him.

There are several authentic Ahadith to substantiate this ruling. Mathew 7:22-24] In the verses quoted above.‟ (Al-Qur'an 5:116) There are no less than seventy Ahadith that speak of the second coming of Jesus Christ (pbuh). Hadith no. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is reported to have said: "How will you be when the son of Mary (i. Lord. They all unanimously agree that the length of the lower garment.„And behold! Allah will say "O Jesus the son of Mary! did you say unto men worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah"? He will say: "Glory to You! never could I say what I had no right (to say). 4. 425) It should also be borne in mind that Jesus Christ (pbuh). to get away from him because he wouldn‟t know them. All the scholars.e. Who are these people? The Muslims or the Hindus? The answer is neither Hindus nor Muslims but the Christians. regardless of their different schools of thought and differences in many issues. Lord. have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them. In one of the Ahadith.” [The Bible. trousers/pants/izars etc. Is it Compulsory to Wear the Trousers Above the Ankles? Question: There is so much confusion on a simple thing as the trousers or pant covering the ankle. 3. i. . Bangalore. Jesus (pbuh) said that in his second coming. Vol.Abdul Khaliq.e. (Sahih Bukhari. You know what is in my heart though I know not what is in yours. 658) Let‟s now analyse the following words attributed to Jesus Christ (pbuh) in the Bible: "Many will say to me in that day. Answer: There is no difference of opinion amongst the scholars with regards to covering/non-covering of the ankles. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is reported to have said: "By Him in Whose Hands my soul is. Then there will be abundance of money and nobody will accept charitable gifts. I never knew you: depart from me. Hadith No. 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). he would ask the people to depart from him. While different Alims explain this based on their own school of thought. Thus it is forbidden for men to cover their ankles with their lower garments i. For You know in full all that is hidden.e. in his second coming will not be coming with any new message or revelation. should be above the ankles for men. ye that work iniquity. Vol. have no difference of opinion in this regard. what is the authentic ruling on this as guided by the prophet (pbuh)? . Thus Muslims believe in Jesus Christ (pbuh) to be one of the mightiest Messengers of Allah and also believe in his second coming. because Muslims or Hindus do not claim to do “Miracles” in the name of Jesus Christ (pbuh) nor do they cast out devils in his name.” (Sahih Bukhari. Jesus) descends amongst you and he will judge people by the Law of the Qur'an and not by the law of the Gospel”. Had I said such a thing you would indeed have known it. the trousers/pants/izars etc.

They argue by saying „the Hadith says that anyone who drags the Izar out of pride and arrogance will be punished in the hereafter. there is no question at all. Therefore we should obey the commandment of the Prophet (pbuh) in order to prosper in the hereafter. The Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said: "All my followers will enter Paradise except those who refuse. economy and media. If anything pertaining to faith cannot stand to logic." (Sahih Bukhari. we believe. 384) Thus. The thing is that if you cannot prove something logically. Vol. Moreover. 7. And Allah knows the best. and whoever disobeys me is the one who refuses (to enter it). We Don't Have a Media of Our Own! Dr. Yes. Whatever the Qur'an says. After Qur'an there comes Hadith and then comes logic. eminent scholar of Islam and comparative religion spoke to Shiraz Khaki. on the Day of Resurrection. What are your views about the Islamic revivalist movements initiated by Iqbal and Maulana Moududi in the sub-continent and Sayyid Qutb and Hasanul Banah in Egypt. How Shameful. 678) In the Hadith quoted above. during his recent visit to the Kashmir Valley. 7. yet he wore his lower garments above the ankles. on subjects like religion. You can‟t put logic first." (Sahih Bukhari. Therefore we don‟t drag the pants out of pride and arrogance‟. He was sent as a mercy (Al-Qur'an 21: 107) for all the creatures. One of the Ahadith is as follows: Narrated Abu Huraira The Prophet said." (Sahih Bukhari. we Muslims believe that the Prophet (pbuh) was far more humble than anyone of us can ever be and he could never be as arrogant & proud as we can be at any given time. Vol. Hadith no. "Allah will not look. 9. it is incumbent upon the Muslim men to wear the pants/trousers/izars above the ankles. sometimes the translation is wrong. politics. If the source of the faith is Qur'an then. "Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise. at a person who drags his Izar (behind him) out of pride and arrogance. So if you don‟t know Arabic you cannot check out whether the answer is right or wrong. does that mean it does not stand at all? First you have to analyze what is the source of the faith that you are talking about. Hadith no. there is a general instruction to keep the trouser above the ankle. What can be the possible reasons for their apparent failure? .Narrated Abu Huraira Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said. However. "The part of an Izar which hangs below the ankles is in the Fire. "O Allah's Messenger! Who will refuse?" He said. there are many Ahadith in which the Prophet has instructed in unambiguous words to wear the Izar above the ankles without mentioning the aspect of pride or arrogance. there may be someone else who will prove it. Hadith no. can any human being claim to be as humble as the Prophet (pbuh)? Alhumdulillah. Vol. Zakir Naik." They said. 5788) There may be few Muslims who tend to differ on the subject due to ignorance. irrespective whether it is out of pride & arrogance or without pride & arrogance.

. international magazine. whether he has died or got lost. There are many papers in Mumbai and even in Kashmir. Allah has given us money. But this one third should not fall in those categories which Allah has established in Quran. They had their own views to revive the whole Muslim Ummah. Suppose I have a friend who has helped me a lot. About family planning all the Ulema are unanimous that abortion is Haram. But if you realize. But voluntarily if she wants to work. They launched a movement for that. Do we have any international newspaper.as they have powerful channels like CNN and BBC. This is the right Islam has given to a woman. So if the abortion is to save mother‟s life. they can propagate within minutes . But if you don‟t get the news. the grandfather can will for a maximum of one third or less than that. No. After she gets married the duty shifts to husband. Before a woman is married. . Working in a casino or a bar is Haram for both men and women. It‟s the duty of the man to go out and work. Does Islam permit birth control and family planning? Birth Control is different from family planning. It depends on the situation. then it‟s Halal. It is a shame for us that we cannot even set up an international channel. we do not know the whereabouts of the person. Jains have. he may be captured by the enemy or he may have died. But normally she should not work. Suppose a person goes for war and does not come back. We want them to be doctors to look after women patients. Shariah gives permission for one third of the share to be willed. For any international news we turn to their channels. still it‟s the duty of her husband to look after her and there is no compulsion on her to give the money to the family. For example I cannot say that I like the elder son more than the younger one. But the Ulema say that we can wait for few years till you get the news. Islamic Sharia says that the life of the mother is all important. Why does not a grandchild inherit from his grandfather in case his father dies while the grandfather still alive? As far as the grandchildren are concerned. Where women have to expose their bodies like modelling etc.Muslims. Family Planning is different. But sometimes. she can work as long as the work is within the purview of Islamic Shariah. Since these grandchildren don‟t come directly under the inheritance. then the person can re-marry. Should women work? In Islam. international television channel. Because the media is in the hands of non. With the fast devaluation of currency and ever changing economic pattern. What is needed is an international media. Because her role as a mother is more important. So there is a scope given in the Shariah for that. How long can a wife wait in case a husband disappears and does not return? In a normal situation we can wait for as many years as we want. Christians have hundreds of television channels. even Qadianis have. Birth Control by definition means a law to control birth laid down by the government. it‟s the duty of men to look after women. Then there are different views of different scholars. we require our women to be teachers. How can the oppression of global powers be combated? The best way to reply is to have media of our own. there is no direction mentioned in Quran or Hadith. But certain jobs are not allowed. For example.They were great people. But then every movement has its pros and cons. but such papers are read by Muslims only. So Birth Control under all conditions is Haram in Islam. Even if she works.. So it depends on the situation and the time period. it‟s the duty of the father and the brother. Certain jobs are Haram for both men and women. The maximum I‟m allowed to will is one third of that. Hindus have. so let‟s take it that way. can the concept of .

Second condition is different. extremely honest and extremely kind.interest be altered within the framework of Islam? Allah mentions Ribah at eight places in the Quran. Turn the tables and then they will come on defence. But it‟s a great blessing if Allah has given you a prophetic job of disseminating Islam among non. That‟s totally wrong.. People say Muslims are extremists. there are hardly any organisations who are working among nonMuslims. If I donate one kidney and the other person survives. So where is the question of anomaly. After that I. So religious book says that. Believe me. both of us are saved. Then the third point is that you cannot donate your organs for the cause of money. I met him in 1987. overcome all religions whether it‟s Christianity. Who has inspired you the most? My source of inspiration is Ahmed Deedat. Does Islam permit organ transplant? Three conditions arise. One. to tell you frankly. Islam is intolerant towards bribery. I say yes. Yes. then organ transplant can be done. Quran is the only book which emphatically says that all the other religions are wrong. We can work here and I have experienced that non. it should not be damaging for the donor. Your memory is absolutely incredible? Do you strive for that or you just read and it gets engraved . How can we explain the philosophy behind the Quranic verse where Allah says that he has sent the Prophet (Pbuh) to make Islam conquer all other religions of the world? At two places. Ribah means interest and usury. Today Islam is the fastest growing religion of the world. There is a strict prohibition of the same everywhere that if you take Ribah. A word about Muslims the world over? Al Hamdullillah. It‟ll take time to prove logically why Ribah is Haram. towards corruption. There is no doubt about it. In Mumbai. If these conditions are fulfilled. If a donor dies just by donating his organ. a war is declared against you from Allah and his Rasool (SAW). Hinduism or Secularism or Modernism .Allah says in SuraH Al Imran that the only religion that acceptable to Allah is Islam. towards injustice.Muslims. We have the Deen-e-Haq with us. the situation is very fragile as far as Dawah is concerned. We say Muslims are extremely merciful. in that case it‟s Haram. it‟s Islam that attracts people far and wide. got greatly inspired by him. Some scholars say that Ribah does not mean interest. Judaism. the problem is we not sure of our Deen.Muslims respect me in Mumbai. The question is when people say that Islam is intolerant. A person can live on one kidney. will it not give birth to a great anomaly where one faith will be pitted against the other? I am a student of comparative religion. Islam will remain with or without us. In America and Europe. Are you happy with the way Indian Muslims behave in India? Unfortunately. At another place Allah says that if anyone desires any religion except Islam it will not be acceptable and in the hereafter he will be among the losers. If every religion claims the same power and authority. like many thousands of his fans. But in India unfortunately. I have the latest data and it‟s a mathematical reality that Islam figures first followed by Christianity. India is a virgin land. Allah says that he has sent his messenger with wisdom and Deene-Haq so that it should prevail over all other religions. I am not happy with the Muslims in India. Allah mentions it.

And now whenever I come on the stage. If someone would ask me my name. then the divorced woman needs to observe an „Iddah (period) of three menstrual cycles if she gets menses on regular basis. a.Muslims I started realising that my stammering was not there. Allah opens up its ways. Za. if she is pregnant. as stated by Allah in the following verse. But now when I repeat the same question to my mother.. she replies. Moreover.. When I started speaking to the non. my questions are: If a husband and wife have a mutual divorce. would you like me to become Sheikh Deedat or Chris Burnard. I am nothing. My name is Za. In my childhood I used to stammer. She said. because I used to stammer. So anyone who does Jihad in the way of Allah. the first man to do a heart transplant in South Africa. „I can sacrifice thousands of Christ Burnard on one Sheikh Deedat. “…For those who carry (life within their wombs) their period is until they deliver their burdens: and for those who fear Allah. Vs 69) that strive in the way of Allah and Allah will look after you. the husband and wife may undergo reconciliation during the period of „Iddah thus making the divorce null and void with mutual consensus. in case the divorce is revocable. Can the two talk on the phone to each other after the divorce? -Syeda Tabassum Answer: (a) If the husband and wife have mutual divorce. I have left the medical profession as I have taken Dawah and I am fully involved in Dawah. I never stammer.” (Al-Qur'an 65:4) However. Can the divorced husband have sex with the divorced wife? d. Allah opens his way for him. I am just a student of comparative religion. she should not hide but rather disclose her pregnancy. the „Iddah extends till the child is born. 2:228) In the verse quoted above Allah also says that if the woman is pregnant. . Naik as a medico and Dr. Allah says in Quran. Zaaa Zakir. I could have dreamt of becoming the best surgeon in the world. OR an „Iddah (period) of three months in case she gets menses on irregular basis or has passed her Menopause.. Is there an „Iddah period to be observed by the divorced wife? b. Naik as a scholar? Point one. Point two. He will make their path easy. Should the divorced husband give the maintenance money for her? c. Sura Ankabut (Ch 29. I am not a scholar.. I would say. I opted for medical profession as I thought it‟s the best profession. But I could not have dreamt of speaking in front of the people. Allah says in the Qur'an: “Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah hath created in their wombs if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day…” (Al-Qur'an. „both‟. It was the desire of my mother to become a surgeon like Christ Burnard. I asked my mother.on your mind? It‟s just the help of Allah. If a husband and wife have a mutual divorce Question: I am a dentist by profession. But Al-Hamdu Lillah. How do you maintain a balance between Dr.

and at any time after divorce. Question: Is a Muslim woman permitted to go out for a job (organization belongs to Muslims with all women staff) even if her husband can support the family well? What does Islam say about it? In this case the main reason why this woman wants to join this organization is to keep her busy and to mould herself completely in an Islamic environment. . in case of revocable divorce.. the husband will have to provide maintenance till the child is born as the „Iddah extends till its birth. In unavoidable circumstances if they do. clothing and other financial requirements of the woman. where the husband and wife are likely to get reconciled during the „Iddah period. Before a woman is married it is the duty of the father or brother to look after the lodging.. it may be permissible. Fatima bint Qais (Allah be pleased with her) reported from Allah‟s Messenger (pbuh) that there is no lodging and maintenance allowance for a woman who has been given irrevocable divorce. (Sahih Muslim vol. with mutual consensus agree to have sex before the „Iddah is complete. Thus till such time as the husband and wife reconcile during „Iddah. After „Iddah has been completed. boarding. they should avoid talking. as appointed by Allah. or after irrevocable divorce. then after this period of „Iddah they cannot have sex unless they have a new nikaah with new „Meher‟. hadith no. In certain cases when unavoidable and if both maintain their modesty. And if they carry (life in their wombs) then spend (your substance) on them until they deliver their burden: and if they suckle your (offspring) give them their recompense: and take mutual counsel together according to what is just and reasonable. there is difference of opinion amongst the scholars with regards to the provision of lodging and maintenance. If the divorce is revocable (1st or 2nd) and the „Iddah period has been completed. Answer: In Islam a woman has no financial obligation and the economical responsibility lies on the shoulders of the man. the husband will have to provide lodging and maintenance to the wife during that period. Moreover. And if ye find yourselves in difficulties let another woman suckle (the child) on the (father's) behalf. (d) Talking on the phone with the opposite sex. Says Allah in the Qur'an: “Let the women live (in 'Iddah) in the same style as you live according to your means: annoy them not so as to restrict them. 3522) (c) If the divorce is revocable and the husband and wife. the period of suckling. the obligation of providing the maintenance will continue till the wife breast-feeds the child for two years. Then they again continue to live as husband and wife and thus they can also have sex as before. in case of irrevocable divorce. they should maintain their modesty without which it will be prohibited. And Allah knows the best. who is a Na-Mahram is not encouraged in Islam. Islam holds the man financially responsible for fulfilling the needs of his family.” (Al-Qur'an 65:6) However.(b) With regards to the maintenance money. If the woman is pregnant. Nevertheless the couple has the right to determine the period of suckling by mutual consent and consideration (Al-Qur'an 2:233). the ex-husband & wife become Na-Mahrams and if they have sex without a fresh nikaah then their act of having sex will be considered adultery. then that would become means through which the divorce becomes null and void. Is a Muslim woman permitted to go out for a job. After she is married it is the duty of the husband or the son. However the view that is held by majority of the scholars is that there shall be no lodging or maintenance for the woman during her „Iddah unless she is breastfeeding a child or is discovered to be pregnant. 2.

545) (b) Whatever amount is spent by the wife. vol. learning and educating the morals and virtues of Islam. (c) With regards to what portion of a women‟s salary her husband can claim. However." (Sahih Bukhari. and the other for giving Zakat. And Allah knows the best. The husband has no authority whatsoever to compel his wife to spend on him from her earnings/savings nor is he authorized to invest her earnings/savings on assets solely in his name. the husband is financially capable enough to support the family. as our previous generation didn’t do so? Question: . thus said the Prophet (pbuh): "Yes. Is it allowed for a wife to address her husband by his name. objective and purpose of his wife behind taking this job. The husband may as well see to it that he understands the intention. It is advisable for her to seek her husband‟s permission before taking the job. in Islam a woman has no financial obligation and the economical responsibility lies on the shoulders of the man. And Allah knows the best. but to mould herself in an Islamic environment by joining a Muslim organization (which presumably follows the tenets of Islam) that has all women staff. As stated in the earlier answer. the question of portion or percentage does not arise since the husband has no right to claim for his wife‟s salary. and she will receive a double rewards (for that): One for helping relatives. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is reported to have granted the permission to a Muslim lady who wished to spend part of the Zakat on her husband. Can a rich Muslim wife give portion of her Zakat to her poor husband? Question: (a) Can a rich Muslim wife give portion of her Zakat to her poor husband? (b) Can a Muslim husband compel his wife (working in a public sector undertaking) to spend all her earnings on family needs and invest his earnings and his wife‟s savings on assets solely in his name and not even in her name? (c) What portion. unless the wife permits. will be voluntarily. Thus it is the responsibly of the husband to provide for the family. of a Muslim wife‟s salary a Muslim husband can claim for needs of the family although it is the onus on him to provide for the family? Answer: (a) Yes. Zainab. 2. complete salary or nothing at all. if at all. hadith no. a Muslim woman is allowed to give portion of her Zakat to her poor husband if she is capable of doing so and if the poor husband is poor enough to be entitled for Zakat. in case the husband does not permit her. then she may very well try to establish an Islamic environment at her husband‟s place itself by cultivating friendships with good Muslim women in her neighbourhood and surrounding. out of her own free will. regardless of the portion. the wife of Abdullah (ra) had asked Bilal (ra) to seek for the prophet‟s permission for spending part of her Zakat on her husband and the orphans under her protection. he can request her and she may spend if she wishes.In this case. nor can he compel her to do so. Nevertheless the woman wants to work voluntarily. not primarily for money. Nonetheless if he wants his wife to spend on him or his family. Thus it will depend on the wife‟s pleasure and wish whether she spends part of the salary.

For instance. then it would be advisable for her not to address him by his name. preventing one‟s wife from becoming pregnant) prohibited in Islam? What is the authentic Islamic ruling about it? . i. . by the Lord of Muhammad. 7.Fairoze Pasha Answer: Everything that the previous generations (our ancestors) have done may not necessarily be right. "When you are pleased with me. „Abu followed by their child‟s name‟. "Yes (you are right). 'No. a regular reader of Islamic Voice. Several evidences can be given from the Seerah of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh). vol. as our previous generation didn‟t do so? . If we browse through the Seerah of the Prophet (pbuh). you say.Is it allowed for a wife to address her husband by his name. O Allah's Messenger.Shah Amjad Moinuddin Answer: There are fundamentally two methods of Contraception or family planning." (Sahih Bukhari. if any cultural act conflicts with the Islamic Shari‟ah or breaks any of its rules. by the Lord of Abraham.' but when you are angry with me.' "Thereupon I said. "I know when you are pleased with me or angry with me. vol. hadith no. (The husband too should avoid displeasing his wife). Umm Sulaima used to address her husband as „Abu Talha‟ (Sahih Muslim. 155) In the hadith quoted above. then it is advisable for her not to do so. likewise everything they have done may not necessarily be wrong. (1) Permanent methods. not because it is prohibited in Islam but because it displeases the husband and the wife should avoid displeasing the husband as far as possible. but by Allah. Another aspect that also needs to be taken into consideration is that many a times certain acts are considered to be appropriate in one culture while similar acts are considered to be inappropriate in another culture. "When do you know that?" He said. On the other hand. What is the authentic Islamic ruling about it? Question: I am an engineering student. And Allah knows the best. Another practice that was and still is prevalent amongst the Arabs is to call the husband by adding father to the name of their child. Is contraception (that is. hadith no. regardless of the intention of the wife. we come across instances such as the following: Narrated 'Aisha (ra) That Allah's Messenger said to her. the wife of the Prophet (pbuh) used to take the name of the Prophet (pbuh) in his presence. Although the act of calling the husband by his name does not break any of the rules of Islamic Shari'ah yet if the intention of the wife behind doing so is to belittle her husband." I said. which further substantiates that it is not un-Islamic to take the husband‟s name in his presence. 'No. With regards to calling one‟s husband by his name. then you say. it is prohibited. I leave nothing but your name. 4. 6013). However. if the act displeases the husband. Any cultural act is permissible as long as it is in accordance with the Islamic Shari‟ah and doesn‟t break any of its rules. But if the husband permits her to call him by his name and the intention of the wife too is not to belittle the husband then there is no harm in doing so. Therefore whatever they did would not be exemplary for us unless and until verified with due analysis in the light of the Qur'an and the Sunnah. we realize that Aisha (ra). the act of doing so is a sheer cultural act.e.

Jabir added: “We used to practice coitus interruptus during the lifetime of Allah‟s Messenger while the Qur‟an was being revealed.” (Al-Qur‟an 6:151) “Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you: verily the killing of them is a great sin. Hadith no. a) M. We provide sustenance for you and for them.” (Sahih Bukhari vol.kill not your children on a plea of want. scholars unanimously agree that any permanent method of family planning.g. 7.e. d) Coitus Interruptus (‘Azl): Coitus Interruptus is permissible as long as it is performed with mutual consent of both the husband and wife since both of them have equal right to have children. c) Copper-T: A very common temporary method of family planning or contraception is Copper-T.T. Council of the Senior Scholars [of Saudi Arabia] agree that it is not allowed to take birth control pills (Fataawa al-Marah) because of its side effects and changes in the normal physiology. Vasectomy in males and Tubecotomy in females. or even abortion.” (Abu Dawood Hadith no. or abortion is prohibited.” (Al-Qur‟an 17:31) However.(2) Temporary methods (1) Permanent Methods:Permanent methods include. can be done if the life of the mother is in danger. for I will be proud of your great numbers before the nations [i. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood. The sperm fertilizes the ovum but the zygote formed is destroyed by the Copper-T and is prevented from being implanted on the uterine wall (mother‟s womb). Thus it is a very early abortion. b) Taking birth control pills: Almost all the scholars including Shaykh Ibn Baaz.” (AlQur‟an 30:30) The Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said: “Marry the one who is loving and fertile. Says Allah in the Qur‟an: “So set you your face steadily and truly to the Faith: (Establish) Allah‟s handiwork according to the pattern on which He has made humankind: no change (let there be) in the work (wrought) by Allah: that is the standard Religion: but most among mankind understand not. (Medical Termination of Pregnancy) or Abortion: All scholars unanimously agree that M. For e.P. which is prohibited in Islam. 2050. Some “scholars” out of ignorance permit this temporary method of family planning without knowing its detail. 1805) 2) Temporary Methods:Following are various different temporary methods.. This is based on the Hadith of Jabir (RA) who said: “We used to practice („Azl) coitus interruptus during the days when the Qur‟an was being revealed”. 136) Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: .. Allah says in the Glorious Qur‟an “. All the scholars unanimously agree that permanent methods of family planning are prohibited since they involve changing human physiology.P. then the woman can be aborted or a permanent method of family planning can be adopted to save the life of the woman.. Though it is known as „contraception‟ but technically it is contra-implantation.T. if the woman is suffering from certain diseases like heart disease or has under gone multiple caesarean operations and in her case the continuation of pregnancy or another pregnancy may be detrimental to her life. on the Day of Resurrection].

5% of his excess wealth every lunar year in charity. thus Allah (swt) says we provide sustenance for you and for them. We provide sustenance for you and for them.” (Al-Qur‟an 2:233) Reasons for Family Planning: All the various reasons for family planning can be divided into two categories: 1. referring to rich parents who feel that if they have less children they can concentrate on them better and give them better education and quality life. Thus the child whom the parents consider unwanted may be a blessing to the family religiously and economically. However I have given it up for a better profession and become a daee‟. However... thinkers. Those who are poor have the right to take the zakaat money. 32/110) e) As regarding other temporary ethods of family planning like condom etc. but the view of the four imams is that it is permissible with the wife‟s permission. Either for poverty or 2. which is medically known as lactation amenorrhea. After the women gives birth to a child. who fear that if one more child is born in the family neither they will be able to survive nor the child. which is supposed to be one of the best professions in society. Allah says in the Qur‟an “The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years. Alhumdulillah. It is quite possible that the child. some of the scholars regarded it as haraam. this was . Giving special attention to children by having fewer children. I am the fifth child of my parents. And Allah nows best. Am I a boon or a bane to the society? It is a misconception that if there are fewer children you can provide better education and quality life to your child. As for those who are poor and fear that they will not be able to meet the economic expenses of the additional child. should give 2. then I would not have been born. If my parents would have done family planning.e. may turn out to be a boon for the family and the society. Allah (swt) has provided a natural method of planning the family.” (Al-Qur‟an 17:31) Both these verses seems to convey the same message but on scrutiny we realize that the first verse is meant for poor parents.. thus the chances of pregnancy in this period of lactation is minimal.” (Majmoo‟ al-Fataawa. Allah (swt) says in the Qur‟an “.Kill not your children on a plea of want. and revolutionaries were not from only amongst the first two children of their parents. I have qualified as a medical doctor. In the other verse Allah (swt) says We shall provide sustenance for them and as well as for you. Every rich person who has the savings of more than the nisab level i. 85 gms of gold.” (Al-Qur‟an 6:151) Allah (swt) also mentions in the Qur‟an “Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you: verily the killing of them is a great sin.. till she breast feeds she does not have her menstrual cycle. History bears witness to the fact that many of the great scientists. Here Allah (swt) reverses the order and mentions first the children and then the parents. the scholars are divided whether their use is permitted or not. Allah (swt) has prescribed the system of zakaat. With regards to the claim of the people who say that the growth in population increases poverty.“With regard to „azl. its worth notable that one never knows which child could be a blessing from the Creator for the family. which the parents anticipate to be a bane..

Da‟wah means a „call‟ or „invitation‟. Allah knows the best. with little more efforts in fertilizing it through the proper means be utilized in agriculture thus producing more food grains.mainly based on Malthusian‟s theory. in spite of the amount of land India uses in agriculture. I would like to know which of the two is more important. Moreover. one should always remember that in these hardships could be a test from Allah as this life is a test for the hereafter. but many a times. Mohamed Riaz. Tamil Nadu. it refers to the invitation of Islam extended to those who are yet to believe in or accept Islam. Da'wah or Islaah? A friend of mine said that it is Da'wah that is more important and not Islaah. its increase should be checked to correspond with the production of foodstuff. It would be interesting to note that population density of Holland and Denmark is about four to five times more than that of India. It also refers to their moral rectification. Da'wah or Islaah? Question: We are doing part time Da'wah in villages near our city in Tamil Nadu. Allah says in the Qur‟an: “He Who created Death and Life that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might Oft-Forgiving” [Al Qur‟an 67: 2] Allah also says: “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Tirunelveli Islamic Voluntary Association. (TIVA). „Islaah‟ literally means „to repair‟ or „to improve‟. to maintain prosperity and welfare of human race.net Answer: At the outset let us first understand the meaning of the words „Da‟wah‟ and „Islaah‟. This theory states that. If you feel you can plan the family better. in context. it refers to efforts to improve Muslims or to correct them. But now we have realized that Malthusian‟s theory has been proved wrong and there is no shortage of food grains. In an Islamic context. But we are not sparing anytime for Islaah. -H. Allah says : “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord. and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious !” (Al Qur’an 16:125) Why do so many People Embrace Islam in today's time? . Besides. with wisdom and beautiful preaching. the choice is yours or else leave it to Allah (swt) to do the best planning for your family. which means to invite non-Muslims to Islam as well as the Muslims to the true understanding and practice of Islam. riaz@vsnl. which can.” [Al Qur‟an 2 :155] Allah (swt) says in the Qur‟an “And they plotted and planned and Allah too planned and the best of planners is Allah (swt)” (Al-Qur‟an 3:54). there is still much more land in India. Nevertheless the living conditions of the people there is far better off (economically) than the Indians. even if one faces difficulties in upbringing of children.

This original message was earlier corrupted and split into various religions by people of different ages. who indulged in interpolations and admixture. then yes Islam is a way of life – in fact it is „THE way of life‟ prescribed for humankind by the Creator. Noah. Mohammad. if you intend to imply the first meaning. Muhammad (pbuh) was the last Prophet of God.e. and Islam – in its pure and original form – was transmitted to humankind through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Risaalat (Prophethood) and Aakhirah (the Hereafter). are way off the path. the second meaning of the word cult is implied. . Since there was to be no messenger after Muhammad (pbuh). However. Stop your attacks on non-Muslims. as Allah testifies in Al-Qur'an 3:67 and 3:52 respectively.Question: Is Islam a cult? I don't understand how this religion can be embraced by so many. By referring to Islam as a cult. They were each reiterating the message and faith of their predecessors.JohnGuerra Answer: The two meanings of the word „cult‟ according to the Oxford dictionary are as follows: 1) “A way of life. Abraham and Jesus (peace be upon them) too were Muslims. Thus the religion of all the prophets was „total submission to God‟s will‟ and one word for that in the Arabic language is „Islam‟. the Glorious Qur‟an) was preserved word for word so that it should be a source of guidance for all times. David. Solomon. Islam is not a cult. God revived through him the same genuine faith which had been conveyed by all His Prophets. Isaac and Jesus (pbut) – prophets who appeared at different times and places – all propagated the same faith and conveyed the same message of Tawheed (Oneness of God). an attitude. his followers. Islam not only teaches good things but also shows practical ways of achieving that state of goodness. an idea etc. These alien elements were eliminated by God. and indeed. let me clarify that Islam is not the name of some unique religion presented for the first time by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who should. Moses. It's inconceivable that such hatred has ever been collected in a single population such as that which calls itself Muslim. I am aware that most widely. However. Abraham. These prophets of God were not founders of different religions to be named after them. The Qur‟an states that Islam – the complete submission of man before his one and only Unique Creator – is the one and only faith and way of life consistently revealed by God to humankind from the very beginning. 2) “A small group of people who have extreme religious beliefs and who are not part of any established religion”. Many people have a misconception that Islam is a new religion and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the founder of Islam. the Book revealed to him (i. Islam is embraced by so many humans in all centuries because it is the Truth and it provides practical and comprehensive solutions to problems of humankind. on that account be called the founder of Islam. In that context. that has become very popular”. .

000 books have been written against Islam by the Christian West. the Muslims or the Christian West? Many are surprised that despite such propaganda being made against Islam. This is largely because of the virulent propaganda by the media about Islam. We read: “(Moses said): „Each man strap a sword to his side. but considering the length of the answer. NIV) It is also a well-known fact that the total number of deaths that took place in ALL the wars fought during the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was 1018.” (Exodus 32:27-28. further ignoring the words of Jesus: . Though the portrayal of Moses and Jesus (pbut) of being peace-loving people is fully in accordance with the teachings of the Qur‟an. but ironically have attacked thousands of innocent Muslims under the theme „War on terror‟. from 1800 CE to 1950 CE “over 60.Your surprise regarding many people embracing Islam is justified. The noted writer Arundhati Roy states: "So now we know. Skeptics allege that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was “a violent man. who has initiated. Pigs are horses. Recorded history has not witnessed an incident similar to the „Holocaust‟. it is questionable. and Allah too plans. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other. The Levites did as Moses commanded. should not be attributed to Islam or the Muslims in general but to individual human weaknesses. These skeptics somehow fail to realize that far from being a man of war. no less than three thousand people were killed by the sword at the command of Biblical Moses. The biblical quotation given above and many such quotations appear to escape the grasp of those who allege against Muhammad (pbuh). It is so. and that day about three thousand of the people died. Today. a man of war”. “…he (Muhammad) must be called the saviour of humanity”. each killing his brother and friend and neighbour‟.” Now. Such human failings occur among all religious and ethnic groups. Some further state that "Jesus set the example for love. However. Girls are boys. I will simply furnish ONE incident that will prove my point. War is Peace. A Christian surveyor. Professor Edward reported in the Time Magazine of April 16. peace-loving people‟ and „peace-keepers of the world‟. though Islam happens to be the fastest growing religion in the world. I request you to direct your advice to those authorities. Says Allah swt in the Glorious Qur'an: “They (the non-Muslim enemies and critics of Islam) plot and plan. because in this ONE incident. 1979 that in a span of 150 years. it also happens to be the religion about which people have maximum number of misconceptions. (Al-Qur'an 8:30) You have advised the Muslims not to attack non-Muslims. Many quotations from these Biblical testimonies can be given to substantiate this claim. the Biblical testimony is contrary to it. as described thus by George Bernard Shaw. as did Moses … Muhammad set an opposite example” (remember Jerry Falwell?). A number of skeptics have made comments about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). on the merits of its superior and noble teachings. one is not expected to and should not attribute the holocaust to Christianity or to Christians in general. it still happens to be the fastest growing religion in today‟s times. nurtured and collected the hatred which you have referred to. but the best of planners is Allah”." The terrorist acts attributed to Muslim suspects. who only claim to be „peaceful.

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Why do so many People Embrace Islam in today's time?
Question: Religion, if it is true, should be able to stand scientific scrutiny. Is there an Islamic arena where this kind of discussion is possible? - Eugene Faulstich Answer: It is true, that if a religion is true, it should be able to stand scientific scrutiny. The Glorious Qur‟an is the last and final revelation of God. For any book to claim to be the Word of God, it should stand the test of time. Previously, it was the age of miracles. The Qur'an is the miracle of miracles. Later on, came the age of literature and poetry. Muslims as well as non-Muslims agree that Al-Qur‟an is Arabic literature par excellence - that it is the best Arabic literature on the face of the earth. However, today, it‟s the age of science and technology, and the Qur'an passes this test as well. According to the famous physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Albert Einstein, "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." It should however, be borne in mind that the Qur'an is not a book of „Science‟ but rather a book of „Signs‟ i.e. Ayaat. There are more than 6,000 signs (Ayaat) in the Qur'an out of which more than a thousand speak of Science. The Qur'anic data on science does not conflict with any of the established scientific fact. It may go against certain scientific hypothesis or theories, which are not grounded in facts as many a times science takes U-turns. A number of verses of the Qur'an speak on various different subjects of science, such as Astronomy, Physics, Geography, Geology, Oceanology, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Medicine, Physiology, Embryology as well as General Science. There have been several arenas where people have discussed a number of issues related to comparative religion. Islam encourages reasoning, discussions and dialogues. Allah says: “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious”. (Al-Qur'an 16:125) With regards to discussions on the theme of your question, I had a public dialogue in April 2000, in Chicago USA, on the subject „The Qur'an and the Bible in the Light of Science‟ with a Christian, Dr. William Campbell from the USA. Dr. William Campbell had written a book trying to point out scientific errors in the Qur'an. In the dialogue, I refuted all the allegations that he made against the Qur'an while he could not refute any of the 38 scientific errors in the Bible pointed out by me. You may refer to the video of that debate which is available for sale world-wide. For more information please visitwww.irf.net. You can also refer to my book, „Qur'an and Modern Science: Compatible or Incompatible‟ as well as my video on the topic, „Qur'an and modern Science: Conflict or Conciliation.

Is Hinduism the oldest and therefore the best Religion?
Question: Hinduism is the oldest of all the religions and thus the most pure, authentic and best of all the religions of the world, and not Islam! - Kaushik Patel Answer: 1. Islam is the oldest religion.Hinduism is not the oldest of all the religions. It is Islam which is the first and the oldest of all religions. People have a misconception that Islam is 1400 years old and that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the founder of this religion. Islam existed since time immemorial, ever since man first set foot on this earth. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not the founder of Islam. He was the last and final Messenger of Almighty God. 2. The oldest religion need not be the purest and the most authentic religion.A religion cannot be claimed to be most pure and authentic, only on the criterion that it is the oldest. It is similar to a person saying that the water he has kept in an open glass, in his house, outside the refrigerator, for three months is purer than the water which has just been collected in a clean glass, immediately after it has been purified. 3. The latest religion need not be the purest and the most authentic religion.On the other hand a religion cannot be claimed to be the purest or authentic, only on the criterion that the religion is new or the latest. A bottle of distilled water which is sealed, packed and kept in the refrigerator for three months is much purer than a bottle of water freshly collected from the sea. 4. For religion to be pure and authentic, it should not have interpolations, changes and revisions in its scriptures revealed from God.For any religion to be pure and authentic, its scriptures should not contain any interpolation, addition, deletion or revision. Moreover the religion‟s source of inspiration and direction should be Almighty God. The Qur‟an is the only religious scripture on the face of the earth which has been maintained in its original form. All the other religious scriptures, of all the other religions have interpolations, additions, deletions or revisions. The Qur‟an has been in the memory of a multitude of people, intact in its original form ever since its revelation, and now there are hundreds of thousands of people who have preserved it in their memory. Moreover, if you compare the copies made by Caliph Uthman (r.a) from the original Qur‟an which is yet present in the museum in Tashkent and in Koptaki museum in Turkey, they are the same as the ones we possess today. Allah (swt) promises in the Qur‟an, in Surah Al Hijr, chapter 15 verse 9 “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).” 5. The oldest religion need not be best religion.A religion cannot be claimed to be the best religion only on the criterion that it is the oldest. It is similar to a person saying, that my 19th century car is better than a Toyota car manufactured in 1998, because it is older. He would be considered to be a fool to say that his 19th century car which required a rod to be turned in circles to start it, is better than a key-start 1998 Toyota car, just because it is older. 6. The latest religion need not be the best religion.On the other hand a religion cannot be called as the best religion only on the criterion that the religion is new or that it came later. It is similar to a person who says that my 800 cc Suzuki car manufactured in 1999 is better than a 5000 cc Mercedes 500 SEL manufactured in 1997. To judge which car is better, a person should compare the specifications of the car e.g. the power of the car, safety measures, the capacity of the cylinders, the pickup, the speed, the comfort, etc. 5000 cc Mercedes, 500 SEL car manufactured in 1997, is far superior and better than a 800 cc Suzuki (Maruti Suzuki 800) manufactured in 1999. 7. A religion is best, if it has the solutions to the problems of mankind.For a religion to be considered the best, it should have the solution to all the problems of mankind. It should be the religion of

truth, and should be applicable to all ages. Islam is the only religion which has the solution to all the problems of mankind. e.g. the problem of alcoholism, surplus women, rape and molestation, robbery, racism, casteism, etc. Islam is the religion of truth, and its laws and solutions are applicable to all the ages. The Qur‟an is the only religious book on the face of the earth, which has maintained its purity and authenticity proving itself to be the word of God in all the ages. i.e. previously, when it was the age of miracles, literature and poetry and in present times when it is the age of science and technology. Moreover, Islam is not a man-made religion, but a religion revealed and inspired by Almighty God. It is the only religion acceptable in His Sight.

Why don't muslims in india follow the islamic criminal law?
Question: When Muslims in India insist on having a separate Muslim Personal Law for themselves, why don‟t they also insist on implementing the Islamic Criminal Law for the Muslims; for example implementing the rule that the robber‟s hands should be chopped off if a Muslim robs? - Srinivasan Iyer Answer 36: 1. Muslim Personal Law Personal Law is a law concerning an individual person and the persons closely related to him, e.g. laws relating to marriage, divorce, inheritance, etc. It includes laws which are mutually agreed upon by a group of people. This law does not include any crime or an act that will harm the society directly. 2. India is Secular And Democratic In any country, the Personal Law may differ for different groups of people and for different communities. Since India is a secular and democratic country it allows different groups of people to follow their own personal law if they wish. 3. Islamic Personal Law is the Best Muslims believe that compared to all the different types of personal laws available in the world, the best and the most result oriented is the Islamic Personal Law. Muslims of India prefer following the Muslim personal law also because of their own belief in Islam. 4. Criminal Law Criminal law is that law which is associated with a crime or an act, which directly affects the society e.g. robbing, raping, murdering, etc. 5. The Criminal Law should be the same for all people In any country, the criminal law unlike the Personal Law cannot be different for different groups of people. It has to be same for all people of different groups and different religions e.g. In Islam if a person robs, his hands are chopped off. This punishment is not prescribed in Hinduism. If a Hindu robs a Muslim, what would be the robber‟s punishment? The Muslim would want the hands of the robber to be chopped, while the Hindu Law would not agree. 6. The Muslims in India alone cannot separately follow the Islamic Criminal Law without involving the Non-Muslims Even if a Muslim agrees, that as far as he commits a crime he should be given the punishment according to Islamic Criminal Law, it would not be practical. In case an allegation is made against a Muslim for robbery and if the witnesses are Non-Muslims, and if each one follows his own Criminal Law, the punishment in Islam for bearing false witness is 80 lashes, whereas in the Indian Criminal Law, a person giving false witness can easily escape. Thus, for a Non-Muslim to falsely accuse a Muslim of any crime is very easy, if both follow their own criminal law. However, if both follow the Indian Law where the punishment is lenient for false witnesses and robbers, it will encourage both the robber to rob as well as encourage the witnesses to give false witness for their own benefit. 7. The Muslims in India would prefer the Islamic Criminal Law to be implemented on all

2. There is no such pollution caused by burying a dead body. Hence it is more scientific to bury a dead body. Similarly. since. Same land can be utilised for burying another body The wood used for cremating a dead body cannot be reutilised for cremating another dead body since it gets converted to ashes. after his death. The land used for burying a dead body can be reutilised for burying another body after a few years since the human body gets decomposed and mixed in the soil.e.Indians We Muslims would prefer that in India the Islamic Criminal Law be implemented on all the Indians. Components of human body present in the soil Elements that are present in the human body are present in lesser or greater quantity in the soil. to people other than those prescribed in the methods of the Shari‟ah? Is this 'Will' legally valid in India? Answer: A „will‟ is a legal document through which a person declares his/her wishes and instructions on how his/her property and possessions should be disposed of. 80 lashes for giving false testimony will prevent a person from giving false witness. it also gives you a solution showing how to prevent the crime e. Thus if crime has to be reduced or stopped in India the best solution is to implement „The Common Islamic Criminal Law‟. It hardly costs any money. Burying Better than Cremating Dead Bodies Question: Why do Muslims bury dead bodies instead of cremating them. which reduces the greenery and harms the environment and the ecology.Vivek Modi Answer: 1. can a person 'Will' his assets or property as per his wishes. which is detrimental to health and harmful for the environment. death penalty for the rapist. Annually there is a loss of crores of rupees. He will think a hundred times before committing a crime. Economical It is expensive to cremate a dead body when tons of woods have to be burned.g. burning them? . the surrounding land becomes fertile and it improves the environment. Burying dead bodies is very cheap. Surrounding land becomes fertile To cremate a dead body several trees have to be chopped. When dead bodies are buried. as it easily gets decomposed and mixed in the soil. 4. No Pollution Cremating (burning) the dead body leads to pollution of the atmosphere. 5. Bequests and Inheritance Question: Is there no such thing as a 'Will' in Islam? In Islam. distributed or given away after his/her death. The punishment is so severe that it is a deterrent for the criminal to commit the crime. 8. Slam's Viewpoint on Wills. only because dead bodies are cremated in India. chopping the hands of a thief will surely reduce the rate of robbery in India. besides the trees being saved. Allah (swt) says in the Glorious Qur‟an:“Prescribed for you when death approaches (any) of you if he . chopping the hands of a robber. Islamic Criminal Law is Most Practical Islam besides pointing out a crime. 3. i.

leaves wealth (is that he should make) a bequest for the parents and near relatives according to what is acceptable – a duty upon the righteous. It may be obligatory as well on a person to make a will. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Allah was being generous to you when He allowed you to give one-third of your wealth (in charity) when you die. because the Prophet (pbuh) said: “There is no will for the heirs. with regard to the dues of others where there is no proof. in a non-Muslim country like U. because the Prophet (pbuh) said: “It is not permissible for any Muslim who has something to will to stay for two nights without having his last will and testament written and kept ready with him. In a non-Muslim country like India that has a separate Muslim Personal Law. Surah Nisa 4:11-12). Kitaab al-Wasaayaa.” [Surah Al-Baqarah 2:180] Based on this verse from the Qur‟an. lest they be lost or neglected. especially in a nonMuslim country. that does not have a separate Muslim Personal Law. because Allah (swt) has defined the share of each heir. it is now not compulsory in Islam for a person to write a will in his lifetime. it is not required to make a will. al-Wasaayaa2533]. But after the revelation of the verses on inheritance (i. Kitaab al-Wasaayaa. [Tirmidhi. So after the revelation of Surah Nisa 4:11-12. If a Muslim fears that the non-Muslim country where Muslim Personal Law is followed has chances of deviating from the Shari'ah in this respect. Hadith No."” [Narrated by al-Bukhari. However. Wife's consent prior to a subsequent Nikaah . according to me it is compulsory for a Muslim to make a will as per the guidelines laid by Allah (swt) in Surah Nisa 4:11-12. So it is not permitted for any person to transgress the limits set by Allah (swt). to will his property as per his desire.2120] And Allah knows the best.S. and he will have a humiliating punishment” [Surah Nisa 4:14] Allah (swt) has permitted us to make a will to whomsoever we wish other than the legal inheritors for a maximum of one-third of our wealth. in an Islamic country where Islamic Shari‟ah is followed. wherein Allah swt legislated fixed shares of inheritance for deserving heirs. However. so that it forces the law to execute Islamic Shari'ah as per your will. and He has explained who inherits and who does not inherit. it was earlier obligatory upon the Muslims to make a will before death. 2709] Therefore one can will upto one-third of his wealth to be used for charitable purposes or else one can also give it to the people apart from the legal heirs. one does not have the right to make a will for the legal heirs as per his own inclinations (or wishes). because his estate is divided as prescribed in Shari’ah among his living heirs.e. because in the absence of will each country has its own method of distributing the wealth. One should also „will‟ if he fears some kind of corruption or dispute among the heirs. to make a will is optional. Such a will is legally valid in India. it is preferable to make a will as per Qur‟anic guidelines – otherwise it is not required.” [Ibn Maajah.A. It is the right of every citizen of a non-Muslim country. “And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger and transgresses His limits – He will put him into the fire to abide eternally therein. to increase your good deeds. Hadith No.

e. Raising one's hands during salaah Question: A few people in our locality raise their hands before and after doing „Rukoo‟. The reports of raising of the hands are „mutawaatir’.7 Hadith No. marriage is a solemn contract for which the Islamic Shari‟ah has laid down rules and measures to guarantee its stability. if he wants to take a second wife. and he wants to. But if the wife has stipulated a condition in the marriage contract. then the husband should adhere to the condition and is obliged to take her permission before taking another wife. that her husband is not allowed to take another wife as long as she is married to him. he should inform his first wife about his intention. and can treat both wives in a just manner. which means they are .5151] Therefore in the light of the above. Narrated „Uqba: The Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) said: “The conditions most entitled to be abided are those of (wedding contract) with which intimacy becomes permissible to you. it stipulates that certain conditions are to be met in this regard. (ii) when rising from Rukoo‟ and (iii) when standing up after the first Tashahhud. If a man is able to take a second wife.zachariah ataun Answer: In addition to raising one‟s hands in prayer when pronouncing Takbir al-Ihraam (the first Takbir). then he is allowed to do so as Allah says. It is preferable to convince her about his decision but it is not compulsory to take her consent. then (marry only) one …” There is no evidence in the Qur‟an and the authentic traditions of the prophet (pbuh). for Islam‟s main focus is on building a stable marital life. “… marry women of your choice two or three or four. And Allah knows the best. it is Mustahab (i.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. Is it a correct act while praying? . The conditions of marriage are the most binding of conditions and are the most important before Allah. to marry a second woman? Answer: In Islam. but if you fear that you will not be just. a recommended act) to raise one‟s hands at three other times during Salaah (the Muslim prayer): (i) just before bowing inRukoo‟. it‟s clear that the first wife‟s consent is not a prerequisite for a man to take another wife unless she specifies the above condition in her marriage contract. However. Though Islam permits a man to have more than one wife. because through them intimacy becomes permissible.Question: Does a Muslim man require explicit consent from his first wife. which states that it is obligatory for the husband to have the explicit consent of his first wife.

he used to raise his hands: whenever he bowed.631]. since we all are Ummatis and followers of the Prophet (pbuh). “Pray as you have seen me praying. he used to raise his hands (before bowing) and he also used to raise his hands on saying. at noon and (iii) while sun is setting (i. it is not permissible for him/her to ignore it in favour of the opinion of anyone.585] There are certain times at which the Prophet (pbuh) has disallowed prayer. which certainly includes reading the Qur‟an. Raising the hands in prayer was a well-known practice amongst the companions of the Prophet (pbuh). then prays two rak’ahs. (ii) when the sun has reached its highest point i.reported by so many narrators to so many that it is inconceivable that they could all have agreed on a lie." [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.” [Tirmidhi alJumu’ah Hadith No.1 Hadith No. "Sami a-l-lahu Liman hamida". during the time of sunset). during the time of sunrise). These are: (i) While the sun is rising (i. „Uqbah ibn „Aamir said: “There were the times at which the Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) forbade us to pray or to bury our dead: when the sun has clearly started to rise until it is fully risen. There are no less than four Ahadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari and six in Sahih Muslim with respect to raising the hands before and after Rukoo’ (bowing).1 Hadith No. in which he proved that the hands should be raised at these points in the prayer. Imam al-Bukhari said: “Al-Hasan and Humayd ibn Hilaal said: „The Companions of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) all used to raise their hands. The traditions of not raising hands at these instances are classified as da’eef (weak) by the scholars of Hadith.e. And Allah knows the best. a Muslim should not fail to raise his hands at the points in prayer described in the Sunnah. which he called „Juz’ fi Raf’ al-Yadayn’(Section on Raising the Hands). then sits and remembers Allah until the sun comes up. recommended to remember Allah (dhikr) after Fajr. Ibn 'Umar said: "The Prophet used to do the same. Every Muslim should strive to make his prayer like the prayer of the Prophet (pbuh) who said. without exception. and he used to do the same on rising from the second Rak'a (for the 3rd Rak'a).e. Hence. Narrations: Whenever Ibn 'Umar started the prayer with Takbir. as it is one of the best forms of dhikr. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation. when it is directly .” [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. page 26]. it is permissible for a Muslim to recite the Qur‟an at any time of the day or night as he/she wishes.e.” [Juz‟ raf‟ al-yadayn. Rather it is mustahab i. Kindly reply! Answer: Regarding the time of recitation. besides several other authentic traditions in other Ahadith compilations. Forbidden times for salaah Question: I am told by many people that it is not permissible to read the Qur‟an or do Sajdah after Asr prayers and that we cannot pray. be it reading Qur‟an or Namaz at 12.00 clock. will have a reward like that of Hajj and „Umrah.739] Imam al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) wrote a separate book on this issue. It is important for us to remind ourselves that once the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) becomes clear to a person.e.

And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist. “And do not marry Mushrik (polytheistic) women until they believe. he can offer two raka’ahs Salaatal-Tawaaf (prayer done after circumambulating the Ka‟bah).” [Surah Al-Baqarah 2:221] Moreover. However. unless there is a valid reason and requirement. if we read the Qur‟an as a whole. On the other hand. even though she might please you.1811] Narrated Abu Said Al Khudri: I heard Allah's Messenger (pbuh) saying. if after having offered his asr salaah a person enters a mosque before sunset. Says Allah (swt) in the Glorious Qur‟an: . we find that the Jews and the Christians too associate partners with Allah (swt). Allah (swt) also says that Muslims are not allowed to marry Mushriksi. and when the sun starts to set until it has fully set. people who associate partners with Allah (swt). For example. "There is no prayer after fajr prayer till the sun rises.1 Hadith No. command takes precedence over the action. he can offer two raka’ahs Tahiyyat al-masjid (prayer after entering mosque) before sitting which is a recommended Sunnah. Similarly. then according to the rule of fiqh.e. it is important for us to note that whenever we perceive a difference between Qaul (command) and Amal (action) of the Prophet (pbuh). if a person does Tawaaf of the Ka’bah after offering Fajr salaah and before sunrise. only if they fulfill certain criteria. Marrying women from the people of the book Question: Can a Muslim man marry a Christian or a Jew? Please explain.overhead at midday until it has passed its zenith. the Jews and the Christians).2 Chapter 292 Hadith No. and there is no prayer after the Asr prayer till the sun sets.e.” [Sahih Muslim Vol. And Allah knows the best. Thus under normal circumstances. a Muslim should not offer Salaah after the Fajr prayer until the sun rises or after the asrprayer until the sun sets.586] Contrary to this." [Sahih AlBukhari Vol. most of the scholars say that a Muslim man can marry any woman who is a Jew or a Christian. the Prophet (pbuh) used to pray two raka’ahs after asr prayer as related in many of the authentic traditions. Allah (swt) says: “And (Lawful in marriage are) chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you…” [Surah Al-Maidah 5:5] Based on the above verse. Sheikh Tahir - Answer: It is permissible for a Muslim man to marry a woman from the People of the Book (i.

” Indeed he who associates other with Allah – Allah has forbidden him paradise and his refuge is the fire.” [Surah Ali Imran 3:110] Therefore. Muslim men are permitted to marry only those women from the People of the Book (i.com 1. And they were not commanded except to worship one God. insist on the supposed divinity of Jesus (pbuh) and worship him as such.e. Apparently.e. most of who as per the Qur'anic narrations are Mushriks too i. those who do not believe in trinity and Jesus‟ (pbuh) divinity. according to me. since at one place Allah (swt) forbids Muslims from marryingMushriks. “Among them (Jews and the Christians) are believers but most of them are defiantly disobedient. Difference between Mary and Miriam Question: It is mentioned in your Qur‟an that Mary was the sister of Aaron (pbuh). they believe in only one God and do not associate partners with Allah (swt). the Jews and the Christians) who are chaste as well as who do not commit shirk i. it is very clear that almost all the present day Jews and the Christians are committing shirk by joining partners with Allah (swt). whereas at another place He allows Muslim men to marry women from the Jews and the Christians. carrying him (in her arms). there is no deity except Him. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did not know the difference between Miriam the sister of Aaron (pbuh) and Mary the Mother of Jesus (pbuh).e. In the Arabic construction of the sentence. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers. Chapter 19 verses 27-28 „Then she brought him (child) to her people. as the time span between both of them was about a thousand years. “O children of Israel. when the . "O sister of Aaron! Your father was not a man of evil nor was your mother unchaste!"” [Surah Maryam 19:27-28] Christian missionaries say that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did not know the difference between Mary the mother of Jesus (pbuh) and Miriam the sister of Aaron (pbuh). those who associate partners with Allah (swt). They said: "O Mary! You have certainly done a thing unprecedented. worship Allah. and (also) the Messiah.” [Surah Al-Maidah 5:72] From the above-mentioned verses and many such verses of the Qur'an. the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said. The time span between both was more than a thousand years.“They (Jews and the Christians) have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah. And Allah Knows the Best.e. sister is also considered as a descendant. IN THE SEMITIC LANGUAGES SISTER ALSO MEANS DESCENDANT The Qur‟an mentions in Surah Maryam.” [Surah At-Tawbah 9:31] The Christians. Jesus_christ35@yahoo. In another verse of the Glorious Qur‟an. It says. Thus. it appears to be a “contradiction” in the Qur‟an. “They have certainly disbelieved who say. my Lord and your Lord. “Allah is the Messiah. Allah (swt) conciliates all the above verses by informing us that among the Jews and the Christians there are also people who are true believers i. who claim that Jesus (pbuh) is God as well as the Son of God. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him. the son of Mary.

as lawful..5590] However. Narrated Abu Malik Al-Ashari: "The Messenger (pbuh) of Allah (SWT) said.e. the tambourine (which is open on one side and covered on the other). the son of David.7 Hadith No.' Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them. and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) Abu Bakr came to her while two young girls were beating the tambourine (daff) and the Prophet was lying covered with his clothes. 'Return to us tomorrow. being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph. DID JESUS (PBUH) HAVE TWO FATHERS? The explanation of the phrase that Jesus (pbuh) was the son of David (pbuh). And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something. Abu Bakr scolded . there are some Ahadith which indicate that it is permissible to beat the „daff‟ i.Faiz-ullah-Khan. verse 23 "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age. is that Jesus (pbuh) was a descendant of David (pbuh)." [Luke 3:23] 3." [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. calling it by other than its real name. Chapter 1 verse 1 "Jesus Christ..4020] Narrated Abu Amir or Abu Malik Al Ashari that he heard the Prophet saying. Allah will cleave the earth under them and turn others into monkeys and swines. the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments. "Some people of my Ummah will drink wine. and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection. SON ALSO MEANS DESCENDANT It is mentioned in the Gospel of Mathew. merriment will be made for them through the playing of musical instruments and the singing of lady singers. "From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse. Jammu and Kashmir. „Son‟ here too means a descendant.people said to Mary. 2. [Ibn Ma'jah Vol. but they will say to him.".. Is this an act of Satan? .e.5 Hadith No. „O sister of Aaron‟ it actually means descendant of Aaron (pbuh). 12th.. [Mathew 1:1] It is also mentioned in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 3. (11th. Narrated Urwa on the authority of Aisha “On the days of Mina. So. Answer: Prohibition of music is recorded in many authentic Ahadith. Prohibition of musical instruments Question: I have a doubt about playing of musical instruments..Ya Ukhta Haroon i. the wearing of silk.

Music engages a person‟s mind and takes him/her away from the remembrance of his/her Creator and from realizing and focusing his/her attention on the purpose of his/her creation. who had been killed in the battle of Badr.‟ [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. while in certain other verses it says . „Leave this (saying) and keep on saying the verses which you had been saying before. most of the times the listeners even appreciate illogical.them. Man created from sperm and dust The Qur‟an refers to the lowly beginnings of a human being from a drop of sperm.5147] Therefore from the above evidence it is concluded that the use of musical instruments in general is forbidden in Islam. „Among us is a Prophet who knows what will happen tomorrow. in several verses including the following verse from Surah Al-Qiyamah: "Was he not a drop of sperm emitted (in lowly form)"? [Al-Qur‟an 75:37] The Qur‟an also mentions in several places that human beings were created from dust. for these days are the days of 'Id and the days of Mina. incorrect and blasphemous matter and content.com Answer: 1." Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. In certain verses. This is the scientific explanation for the Qur‟anic verse that says that man was created from dust. And Allah Knows the Best. [Al-Qur‟an 22:5] We now know that all the elements present in the human body (i.2 Hadith No. and our little girls started beating the tambourines (daff) and reciting elegiac verses mourning my father. the Prophet came and sat on my bed as far from me as you are sitting now.‟ On that the Prophet said. In musical songs. Here we find that it is because of music that the person‟s mind is intoxicated and the person deviates from the straight path. One of them said. Is man created from Sperm od Dust? Question: At one place the Qur‟an mentions that man is created from sperm and in another place it mentions that man is created from dust. "Leave them. Are these two verses not contradicting? Hello_br other41@yahoo. lyrics and ghazals.987] Narrated Ar Rabi (the daughter of Muawwidh bin Afra): “After the consummation of my marriage. the Qur‟an says that man was created from sperm. The following verse makes a reference to the origin of human beings: "(Consider) that We created you out of dust". the constituent elements of the human body) are all present in the earth in small or great quantities.e. A person will realize this when he starts pondering over the meaning of many Hindi and English songs. Music usually intoxicates a person and takes one away from the path of Allah (swt). The Prophet uncovered his face and said to Abu Bakr. with the exception of the 'Daff'.7 Hadith No.

Is it right? Please explain providing evidence from authentic sources of slam. then it is a contradistinction." [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. "The Jews and the Christians do not dye (their grey hair). It is not a contradiction but a contradistinction. Thus there is no contradiction in the Qur‟an when it says that man is created from sperm. to a colour besides black.4193] During the days of the Prophet (pbuh). so you shall do the opposite of what they do (i.4 Hadith No. Furthermore if I want sweet tea I can even add sugar. dye your grey hair and beards).3 Chapter 831 Hadith No. 2. It is not a Contradiction but a Contradistinction Suppose I say that in order to make a cup of tea one needs water.that man was created from dust. Narrated Abu Dharr Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “The best things with which grey hair are changed are henna and katam (a plant from Yemen which produces reddish-black dye)”. Man has been created from sperm.5245] However.3462 & Sahih Muslim Vol. which are opposite or conflicting and both cannot be true simultaneously. The Prophet (pbuh) forbade Muslims from imitating them (the Jews and the Christians). but if I say that a man is always honest. For instance in Surah Al-Furqan it says: "It is [Al-Qur‟an 25:54] He Who has created man from water". and not befitting rabbis. it is a contradiction. priests and ascetics. as long as the material used for coloring hair is pure and permissible. Man created from water In certain places the Qur‟an also says that man was created from water. dust as well as water. in order that Muslims might develop their own distinctive and independent characteristics. One also needs tealeaves or tea powder.e. dust and water. I came to know that it is permissible. Narrated Abu HurairaAllah's Messenger (pbuh) said. Contradistinction means speaking about two different concepts on the same subject without conflict. For instance if I say that the man is always truthful and a habitual liar. I‟d like to know about hair coloring according to Qur‟an and Hadith. However this is not a contradiction. the Jews and the Christians used to refrain from dyeing greying hair because they considered such adornment as contrary to piety and devotion.Bilal Ahmed Answer: It is permissible to change the colour of one‟s greying hair. The two statements are not contradictory since both water and tealeaves are required in order to make a cup of tea. Science has proved all the three statements to be correct. it is not permitted for a Muslim man or a woman to dye his/her hair black because of the reports . Dyeing one's hair Question: I am Bilal. Contradiction means statements. .3 Chapter 1567 Hadith No. [Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. 3. kind and loving.

She said: “He observed thirteen rak‟ahs (in the night prayer). This is prohibited because the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever imitates any people is one of them. whom some people may mistakenly regard as examples to follow." [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. Once I pray witr after Isha and later I want to pray Nafil.4020]. He replied. rather he did that only a few times. the use of black dye is specifically permitted during time of war. Moreover. It is Mustahab (i. highly recommended) for a Muslim to make witr as his/her last prayer at night since the traditions of the Prophet (pbuh) exhort the Muslims to do so. Narrated NafiIbn 'Umar said.3 Chapter 1569 Hadith No. [Sahih Muslim Vol. is not regarded as following the Prophet‟s example.1 Hadith No.472] Narrated Abdullah bin UmarThe Prophet (pbuh) said.1608] The Prophet (pbuh) prayed two rak‟ahs after witr in order to demonstrate that it is permissible to pray nafil after witr." [Sahih AlBukhari Vol.Shaikh Imran Answer. with the possibility of demoralizing the enemy when they see all Muslim soldiers looking „young‟.3 Chapter 1506 Hadith No.4200] Nevertheless.” [Sunan Abu Dawood Vol.5244] Ibn „Abbaas reported the Allah‟s Messenger (pbuh) as saying: At the end of time there will be people who will use this black dye like the crops of birds. can I do so? .” [Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. since it does not serve the same shar‟i interests as achieved by dyeing grey hair.in which the Prophet (pbuh) instructed the Muslims to abstain from it. [Sahih Muslim Vol.998] However. He did not always pray nafil after witr. One must make sure that hair colouring should not be done as an imitation of immodest or immoral people.e. a man asked him how to offer the night prayers. Is it true that my last prayer should be witr or is this merely recommended as a prudent course of action by the Prophet (saw). "While the Prophet was on the pulpit. and if you are afraid of the dawn (the approach of the time of the Fajr prayer) pray one Rak’ah and that will be the witr for all the Rak’ahs at which you have offered’. they will not experience the fragrance of Paradise. because it is proven in the Ahadith that the Prophet (pbuh) sometimes prayed two rak‟ahs (units) after Witr whilst sitting down. "Make Witr as your last prayer at night. this command of the Prophet (pbuh) is in the sense of it being preferable.1 Chapter 261 Hadith No. 'Pray two Rak’ahs at a time and then two and then two and so on. Jabir bin Abdullah reported that Abu Quhaafah was led (to the audience of the Holy Prophet) on the day of the conquest of Makkah and his head and beard were white like thughamah (hyssop). Abu Salamah asked „Aisha about the prayer of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh). and then observed two rak‟ahs in between the Adhan and Iqamah of the dawn prayer”. Is it permissible to offer Nafil Salaah after Witr Salaah? Question. dyeing the hair when there is no grey hair. He observed eight rak‟ahs and would then observe witr and then observe two rak‟ahs sitting. and when he wanted to bow He stood up and then bowed down. And Allah Knows the Best. whereupon Allah‟s Messenger (pbuh) said: “Change it with something but avoid black”. though not forbidden.2 Hadith No. .3 Chapter 831 Hadith No. and not obligatory.

. . where he explains the definition and different categories of Tawheed. Islamic Research Foundation replies..” [Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. or Call upon Rahman. By Tanvir Shaikh It is with great trepidation and alarm and not a little grief that I read the article that you published in your magazine written by Dr. Zakir Naik. he quotes the verse of the Glorious Qur‟an from Surah Al-Isra 17:110.1434]. One cannot deduce a ruling just on the basis of one or two verses of the Glorious Qur‟an unless one has analyzed the Qur‟an as a whole.” [Al-Qur‟an 5:90] Similarly. . In his talks. Says Allah (swt) in the Glorious Qur‟an: “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling (dedication of) stones and (divination by) arrows are an abomination of Satan's handiwork: eschew such (abomination) that ye may prosper. simply because Allah (swt) has mentioned in the Glorious Qur‟an: “They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. which says: Say: “Call upon Allah. the verse that illustrates the complete prohibition of intoxicants and gambling. but rather gives more specific information on the subject. It is understood that Allah (swt) should be only referred to according to the manner in which He and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) have described Him. then one can pray two by two but he/she does not have to repeat Witr." [Al-Qur‟an 2:219] However. [Al Qur‟an 17:110] Dr. he makes it very clear that one cannot call Allah (swt) with any new names or attributes which neither Allah (swt) nor His Messenger have used. Neither has he ever passed a blanket rule to invent or import names for Allah (swt). because the Prophet (pbuh) said.1 Chapter 495 Hadith No. Zakir Naik declaring that Allah Subhanahu wa ta‟ala may be called by any name that a person finds to his liking. He has never stated that a person can call Allah (swt) with any name he or she desires. Zakir Naik has never claimed in any of his articles or talks that it is permissible for people to call Allah (swt) by any name of their choice or liking. after that Allah (swt) enables him/her to pray qiyaam.If one prays Witr in the beginning of the night. does not contradict the verse of Surah Al-Baqarah 2:219. Moreover. but the sin is greater than the profit. By whatever name ye call Upon Him. Say: "In them is great sin and some profit for men. And Allah Knows the Best.Mirza Yawar Baig Dr. For example. if one studies the Qur‟an completely then he will conclude that intoxicants and gambling are prohibited in the Qur‟an beyond any doubt. “There cannot be two Witrs in one night. it will be erroneous for someone to say that Muslims are allowed to gamble and drink wine because in them there is some profit for men. if we read the complete article/book of Dr. (it is well): For to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names”. Zakir simply explains the verse that Allah (swt)'s name should be beautiful and it should not conjure up a mental picture.

God is portrayed as repenting for His bad thoughts in the same way as humans do when they realise their errors. despite the fact that He has said that He gets angry. However. and He is the One That hears and sees (all things). Following is the part of the article in which Dr. (ii) Allah must be referred to as He has referred to Himself: Allah must be referred to without giving Him any new names or attributes. Zakir Naik does not conflict with the elucidation of the second category of Tawheed by him. but throws additional light on the matter. (iii) Allah is referred to without giving Him the attributes of His creation: In a reference to God. eyes.Likewise.e. (iv) God’s creation should not be given any of His attributes: To refer to a human with the attribute of God is also against the principle of Tawheed. time. etc. capacity. The key principle when dealing with Allah's attributes is given in the Qur'an in Surah Ash-Shura: "There is nothing whatever like unto Him. Zakir Naik expounded the second category of Tawheed i. (v) Allah’s name cannot be given to His creatures: Some Divine names in the indefinite form. unlike when associated with humans who require ears. etc. For instance in the Bible. This is completely against the principle of Tawheed. God does not commit any mistakes or errors and therefore never needs to repent. but Ar-Raoof (the Most Pious) and Ar-Raheem (the most Merciful) can only . and who are limited in their sight and hearing in terms of space. This category is divided into five aspects: (i) Allah should be referred to as described by Him and His Prophet: Allah must be referred to according to the manner in which He and His prophet have described Him without explaining His names and attributes by giving them meanings other than their obvious meanings. like Raoof or Raheem are permissible names for men as Allah has used them for Prophets. QUOTE: Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Sifaat (maintaining the unity of Allah’s name and attributes): The second category is Tawheed al Asmaa was Sifaat which means maintaining the unity of Allah’s name and attributes. For example Allah may not be given the name Al-Ghaadib (the Angry One). referring to a person as one who has no beginning or end (eternal). in their perfection. the explanation of the verse of Surah Al-Isra 17:110 by Dr." [Al-Qur'an 42:11] Hearing and seeing are human faculties. Tawheed Al-Asma Was-Sifaat. For example. when attributed to the Divine Being they are without comparison. because neither Allah nor His messenger have used this name. we should strictly abstain from giving Him the attributes of those whom He has created.

Zakir Naik based on his memory.” UNQUOTE: I assume that either Mr. 2004 in Jeddah. Similarly if someone calls Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala the Sustainer in English or Rabb in Arabic or Vishnu in Sanskrit we have no objection. [Rigveda 1:164:46] ii) The Rigveda gives several different attributes to Almighty God. The Qur’an refers to Allah as Ar-Rahman (Most Gracious). Among the various attributes of God. Saudi Arabia. we have a serious objection. Similarly Abdur-Rasool (slave of the Messenger) or Abdun-Nabee (slave of the Prophet) are forbidden. Muslims take strong exception to it. in Surah Taha (20:8) and in Surah Al-Hashr (59:24). if they mean the image with the many hands and the Chakra in one hand. Dr. (it is well): For to Him belong The Most Beautiful Names. whichever of the names that He or His Prophet have permitted may be used to call upon Him and this is acceptable. . It means." [Al-Qur’an 17:110] A similar message regarding the beautiful names of Allah (swt) is repeated in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Araf (7:180). But if they say Brahma and mean the image sitting on the lotus and so on. It is also the one considered most sacred by the Hindus. Zakir Naik) also repeats in his lectures. Translated into Arabic it means Khaliq.” “In his speech on Thursday. April 15. Abdur-Raoof or Abdur-Raheem. is Brahma. or Call upon Rahman: By whatever name you call Upon Him. hymn 164 and verse 46: Sages (learned Priests) call one God by many names. one of the beautiful attributes mentioned in the Rigveda Book II hymn 1 verse 3. Zakir Naik that Dr. The Rigveda states in Book 1. Muslims can have no objection if Almighty God is referred to as Khaliq or Creator or Brahma. I am reproducing a portion of Dr. Brahma means The Creator. But when they say Vishnu. The Qur’an gives no less than ninety-nine different attributes to Almighty Allah. However if it is said that Brahma is Almighty God who has four heads with each head having a crown. Nothing else. Zakir Naik said.e. Zakir Naik‟s book which he (Dr. “If someone calls Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala the Creator in English. we have a serious problem. You can call Allah by any name but that name should be beautiful and should not conjure up a mental picture. Many of these are mentioned in Rigveda Book 2 hymn 1. traveling on the Garuda and so on.be used if prefixed by Abd meaning slave of or servant of i. Mirza Yawar Ali Baig mentions in his article against Dr. QUOTE: To Allah belong the most beautiful names: The Qur’an says: "Say: Call upon Allah. Ar-Raheem (Most Merciful) and Al-Hakeem (All Wise) among many other names. Zakir Naik claims: QUOTE: “By whatever name you call upon Him (it is well)” is not a blanket permission to invent or import names to call Allah by. Rigveda i) The oldest of all the vedas is Rigveda. UNQUOTE: Mr. or Khaliq in Arabic or Brahma in Sanskrit we have no objection. Baig may have either attended the talk or heard the video-cassette and has alleged this statement for Dr.

Describing Almighty God in anthropomorphic terms also goes against the following verse of Yajurveda: Na tasya Pratima asti There is no image of Him. [Yajurveda 32:3] Another beautiful attribute of God mentioned in the Rigveda Book II hymn 1 verse 3 is Vishnu. He says: QUOTE: “Referring to Allah by generic terms like god. However even in this case it is far better to say Allah rather than khuda. Translated into Arabic it means Rabb. one of which is Sustainer or Cherisher. and avane (Tamil) and so on is different as there is no personality concept attached to that. qualities of human beings i. Vishnu etc. for the English word „Creator‟. Infact. he is actually not permitting people to call Allah as Brahma or Vishnu. Baig also gives permission to call Allah as „god‟. it is seriously objectionable as compared to Dr. (b) An image. Yawar Baig writes that you can call Allah by the name God or Khuda. human body etc. Krishna. As mentioned earlier this also goes against Svetasvatara Upanishad Chapter 4 verse 19. they are referring to Jesus (peace be upon him). Brahma. a discus and one of the left arms holding a conch shell. I would like to ask Mr. If you read the complete context of Dr. admired or influential person”. Baig. but there are many Hindus who use the word Khuda for Ram. Zakir Naik‟s statement where he objects. Calling Allah by „god‟ with a small „g‟ is 100% wrong. even though it means Creator and Sustainer. Similarly Parsis use the word „Khuda‟ to refer to their god „Ahura Mazda‟. Dr. many Sanskrit words can be used like „Janak‟. calling Allah as Brahma having four heads and arms. Muslims can have no objection if Almighty God is referred to as Rabb or 'Sustainer' or Vishnu. it is his lack of knowledge. Similarly. Likewise.e. Vishnu means The Sustainer. Zakir Naik‟s book. Na tasya pratima asti „There is no likeness of Him‟ UNQUOTE: Brahma in Sanskrit has got several meanings.e. because they are giving qualities of His creation to Allah (i. In the same article Mr. Yawar Baig knows only one meaning of Brahma. Again. If Mr. Words like khuda are used exclusively for Allah in the Urdu and Farsi languages. One of the many meanings is Creator. is that of a God who has four arms. Sustainer can be translated into different Sanskrit words including „Stithi Karta‟ as well as „Vishnu‟. „Dhata‟ „Vidhata‟ „Vishwvidhayee‟ „Jagat Srishta‟ and „Shrishti Karta‟ as well as „Brahma‟. which of the attributes of Allah mentioned in the Qur‟an matches with the meaning of the English word God. animal or other objects symbolizing a God. Khuda may be exclusively used for Allah by some Muslims only. Baig‟s statement but if critically analyzed.” UNQUOTE: Even though I personally do not mind Mr. but most of the Christians when they use the word God with a capital „G‟.e. khuda (Urdu & Farsi). Similarly. „Utpadak‟. God according to the Oxford dictionary means (a) “A super human being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature. An adored. idol. some Muslims may use God exclusively for Allah. Muslims can never accept any image of God. Zakir Naik writes in his book: QUOTE: . or riding a bird or reclining on a snake couch. human hands. But the popular image of Vishnu among Hindus.). Even if capital „G‟ is used for God. but objects to it since it goes against the criteria of Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Sifaat. Mr. there are various meanings of the Sanskrit word „Vishnu‟. with one of the right arms holding the Chakra. i.

There is nothing like male Allah or female Allah. If you add the word mother to God. There is not a single verse in the Qur‟an. it becomes Gods. A Journey of Self Discovery” that appeared in an issue “Here & Now”. There is only one Hadith. Zakir Naik‟s organization the Islamic Research Foundation. the quarterly newsletter of ISABS he gives parables and tales of Hindu gods from Hindu mythology to prove his contentions. many of whom are graduates from the Islamic University of Madeenah. If you add the word father to God it becomes God-father. Zakir Naik says only for Da‟wah if some Muslims use the word God for Allah while speaking to Non-Muslims who do not understand the meaning of Allah he will not object. The Arabic word. Naik. There is no word like Allah-Abba or Allahfather. Allah has no gender. But yet he says that God is not the appropriate word for Allah. Baig gives permission to call Allah as god (God) or Khuda. That Hadith is as follows: Abdullah Bin Mas‟ud reported the Prophet (pbuh) as saying: It is more excellent for a woman to pray in her house than in her courtyard. If you add 'dess' to the word God. it becomes Goddess that is a female God. it becomes tin-God i. that is the plural of God. articles and books by Dr. Et tu Brutus. Unfortunately. Almost all the talks. Mr. there is no plural of Allah. Baig and Dr. There is nothing like Allah-Ammi. God-father means someone who is a guardian. while speaking to the non-Muslims we may have to use the inappropriate word God. is pure and unique. Baig has said that Dr. There is not a single authentic Hadith which I am aware of which states that the Prophet (pbuh) prevented or forbade women from going to mosques. Zakir Naik are checked and verified by these scholars. which can be played around with. which prohibits ladies from entering mosques. Allah. however. or Allah-mother in Islam. even though he says Allah is better. for Allah. Mr. Mirza Baig who should verify and check up his Islamic knowledge. Allah. Now let us see what Mr. He is clear that in normal circumstances Allah cannot be translated as God. If you add s to the word God. Zakir Naik‟s articles should be checked by Aalims who have passed from Islamic Universities.. which perhaps could have been misunderstood to mean that women should not go to the mosque. Baig himself does when it comes to his own articles. Allah is a unique word. but if you critically analyze all of the above. which does not conjure up any mental picture nor can it be played around with.e. unlike the English word God. In his article “Leadership. Mirza Baig does not know that there are several Aalims in Dr. Mr. and more excellent for her to pray in her private chamber than in her . It is Mr. fake God. Sometimes. Therefore the Muslims prefer using the Arabic word Allah for the Almighty. instead of by the English word God. it becomes God-mother. Mr. Allah is a unique word. If you prefix tin before the word God. Baig? Women in the Mosque Question: Why are women not allowed in the mosque? Answer: 1.By what name do we call God? The Muslims prefer calling the Supreme Creator. Dr. which is one of the most reputed Islamic Universities of the world. Allah is one and singular. UNQUOTE: I as a da‟ee understand both Mr.

Women many a times asked questions to the Prophet (pbuh) in the mosque.‟ [Sahih Muslim Vol. mosques had separate entrances for ladies. women are allowed in mosques. and the audience consisted of both Muslim men and women.A. Ladies should have separate and equal facilities. (v) During the Prophet‟s (pbuh) time. 4. „Do not prevent the female servants of Allah from going to the mosque of Allah. [Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. women not only went to the mosques for prayer but also for religious education and literary discussions as the mosque was the centre of community. women would not be deprived of the sawaab (blessings) if they pray in their own homes.A. Islam does not permit the intermingling of sexes. which too is an important duty that cannot be neglected. Hence. . Otherwise. in U.K and in Singapore. Allahamdulillah. However. (iv) During the time of the Prophet (pbuh). 2. till his demise. Thus. the conclusion is that in situations where women have infants and household work. Women are also allowed in the sacred mosques. in most of the other countries. in U. The Prophet (pbuh) said that if a person prays in the mosque he gets 27 times more blessings (Sawab). Chapter 80. There are several Ahadith which prove that both men and women used to go to the mosques during the life of the prophet (pbuh): (i) The Prophet (pbuh) said.” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 1.1 Chapter 204 Hadith No. 832) (iii) From the time the Prophet (pbuh) entered Madinah.886] (ii) And husbands were specifically told by him. Islam permits women to pray in mosques.” [Sahih Muslim Vol. your conclusion cannot be based only on one Hadith neglecting or ignoring all the other Ahadith. Book of Salaah. the men would have a greater advantage than women for receiving such blessings.S.1 Chapter 175 Hadith No.1 Chapter 177 Hadith No. then you may wrongly conclude that it is not advisable or preferable for women to go to the mosque. the trend is now changing in India. “If the wife of any one of you asks permission (to go to the mosque) do not forbid her. Hadith No. The context of the Hadith is also very important. It is then that the Prophet (pbuh) said the above Hadith. Women are allowed in mosques in Saudi Arabia. women are not allowed in mosques in a few countries especially in India and its neighbouring countries. We have several mosques in India and a few in Mumbai in which women come to pray in mosques (masaajid). In between the two sections were children. Some women argued that they had infants at home and other household work and therefore could not go to the mosque.881) 3. The best rows for women are the last ones. (vi) It is reported by Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (Pbuh) said: “The best rows for men are the first rows.E. after Hijra. in the U. Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah and in Masjid-eNabawi in Madinah. and the worst ones for them are the first. Several Ahadith tell us that the Prophet (pbuh) addressed people in the mosque. in Egypt. there will be a similar scene in mosques like other places of worship where some people even come for „bird-watching‟ and eve teasing. In recent times.570] If you base your conclusion only on this single Hadith.house. and the worst ones are the last. he never prevented women from entering the mosque. Otherwise. Women filled the mosques from behind while men had separate entrances and filled the mosques from the front.

there was an unusual traffic jam on the . Some Muslims would have to fast for a longer period of time where the days are long while other Muslims would have to fast for shorter period of time where the days are short. During Ramadhan a Muslim has to fast which includes abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Allah knows very well that if the person acquires a motor cycle he will have an accident and get crippled. Thus. every year. Thus. This is very important because the yearly activities of a Muslim are based on the lunar calendar. Praying for a motor cycle. in a span of about 33 years of his life. November.e. Businessman misses flight due to traffic jam. while July. By following the lunar calendar. If the Islamic months were based on the solar calendar where the seasons were fixed. For example. If the seasons did not change. You may dislike a thing which is good for you (2:216) The reply to this question is given in the Glorious Qur‟an in Surah Baqarah chapter 2 verse 216: “But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you. in a span of about 33 lunar years a human being will experience all the different seasons for one particular month of the lunar calendar.Why do Muslims follow the lunar calender Question: Why do Muslims follow the lunar calendar instead of the solar calendar? Answer: 1. 2. April and May in India will always have summer. While going to the airport to catch the flight. Suppose a rich businessman is supposed to catch a flight in order to click a deal which would fetch him billions of rupees. In the lunar calendar in different years the months fall in a different season. and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. then people living in certain parts of the world would have Ramadhan in summer while in other parts of the world it would be winter. The lunar calendar has about 11 days less than the solar calendar. the month of the lunar calendar occurs 11 days prior to what it had occurred in the previous solar year. 3. The Qur‟an rightly says you may love a thing which is bad for you but Allah knows and you know not. But Allah knows. rains in western India.” 2. December and January will always have winter. August. Certain months like Ramadhan and Hajj are very important to the Muslims. As per the Solar calendar. Why are all prayers and supplications not answered or fulfilled by Allah (SWT)? Question Why are all prayers and supplications not answered or fulfilled by Allah (SWT)? Answer 1. every year the months fall in the same respective seasons of that location. and you know not. There may be a very pious person who prays to Allah (SWT) for a motor cycle but the prayer is not answered. then Muslims living in some parts of the world may feel that they are at a disadvantage throughout their lives. the months of March. every Muslim has a taste of fasting in different seasons and for a different time period. September will always have monsoons i.

In fact Allah (SWT) in His Divine Wisdom answers your prayers by not granting you what you with your limited and finite knowledge had asked for.” 5. They worship false gods and pray to them for wealth. Allah knew best that the life of the businessman was much more precious than the billions of rupees that he had lost. watchful. Allah (SWT) has described such people in Surah Al Noor chapter 24 verse 37 “By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from the remembrance of Allah nor from regular prayer. Believers remember Allah whether rich or poor. I will answer your (Prayer): but those who are too arrogant to serve Me will surely find themselves in Hell – in humiliation! 7. nor from the practice of regular Charity: their (only) fear is for the Day when hearts and eyes will be transformed (in a world wholly new)-“ 10. but Allah knows and you know not. These verses of the Qur‟an are not falsified when your prayers are not answered. they would indeed transgress beyond all bounds through the earth.road. Allah answers your prayer by not answering. Allah (SWT) answers their prayers and gives them wealth which further leads them away from Allah (SWT) and thus in the long run it is harmful for them. I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me:” 6. The businessman happily says: this is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. For He is with His servants wellacquainted. Since these people worship false gods yet. . Surah Baqarah chapter 2 verse 186.” While returning back home he hears on the radio that the very flight that he was supposed to catch has crashed and all the passengers have died. Surah Shura-chapter 42 verse 27. You may dislike a thing which is good for you. which prevented him from reaching the airport on time. It is mentioned in the Qur‟an in Surah Baqarah chapter 2 verse 186 “When My servants ask thee concerning Me. Surah Ghafir chapter 40 verse 60. 4. A true believer is a person who. remembers Allah (SWT). 8. 9. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur‟an that “you call on Me and I will answer the prayer”. The Qur‟an mentions in Surah Shura chapter 42 verse 27 “If Allah were to enlarge the provision for His Servants. Unbelievers and impious people have luxury. Some people wonder how is it that several unbelievers and impious people lead a luxurious life. The businessman misses the very flight and sorrowfully says “This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my life. It is mentioned in Surah Ghafir chapter 40 verse 60 “And your Lord says: “Call on Me. irrespective of whether he is rich or poor. A True believer always says Alhamdullillah. but He sends (it) down in due measure as He pleases.

and that all the other religions are false and hence not acceptable to Almighty God. No other religious scripture claims that its religion alone is true. verse 19 (3:19): “The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His will)”. who are experts in the field of religion and know that Islam is the only true religion. Praise be to Allah. If one teacher says that 2 + 2 = 3. you will never allow a person to teach Maths in your school who does not know Maths. you will never select or allow a person to teach mathematics who doesn‟t even know the basics of arithmetic that 2 + 2 = 4. Chapter 3. in the country of Saudi Arabia. 2. Muslims also know that what the true concept of Almighty God i. „Alhamdulillah‟. is prohibited in Saudi Arabia? Question. verse 85 (3:85) “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah). Similarly Muslims. Even when he goes in loss he says Alhamdullillah.” [Al-Qur‟an 3:85] 3. In short he has faith in Allah. because he has faith in Allah that if Allah permitted the loss to be incurred it has to be beneficial in the long run. and propagating other religions. and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good). Why building of Temples and Churches. that whatever happens. It is obvious that you will interview the candidates. Muslims are the best and Qur‟an clearly mentions in Surah Ale Imran. And Allah Knows Best.A true believer is a person who irrespective of what ever happens says. 1. and thus we will not permit anyone to build. Example of selecting a Maths teacher: Suppose you are a principal of a school and you have to select a Mathematics teacher. [Al-Qur‟an 3:19] It is further mentioned In Surah Ale Imran Chapter 3. never will it be accepted of him. Allah (SWT) is. will not allow anyone in the country of Saudi Arabia to preach any other religion besides Islam. Why is building of temples and churches and the propagation of any religion other than Islam not allowed in Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia? Answer. And Allah Knows Best. . Where religion is concerned Muslims are experts: Similarly in the field of religion. There is no other religious scripture on the face of the earth besides the Qur‟an which says that only its religion is true. the other says 2 + 2 = 4 and the third says 2 + 2 = 5 whom will you select? Since you know mathematics is logical. a place of worship where they worship anyone besides Allah (swt). correct and acceptable to Almighty God. happens for the good. If you are a school principal who knows Maths.e.

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