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Islamic Duties / Re: Islamic Proportions
« on: December 21, 2021, 09:25:56 PM »
Dear [Name Removed]

As-salamu alaykum

In general, I don't provide answers to questions on Facebook but I'd like to kindly invite you to post questions/follow up queries on the QM Forum below:

However, please don't be alarmed. The Quran is perfect but it is only the imperfect assumptions/axioms that humans are prone to make/suggest which create the interpretive inconsistencies.

What I'd respectfully suggest is a re-read of all the inheritance verses with particular emphasis on a particular point. Please kindly note that the Quran's inheritance shares are only to be enacted if there is not a primary will/legacy or in conjunction with it once a primary will/legacy has been satisfied. Many Muslims and clerics appear to miss this point and some even appear to infer some sort of abrogation without basis.

If we then take the Quran at its word, the allocation of the shares only come into play after the first will/legacy is satisfied and then the portions are assigned.

The other incorrect assumption is that the total should = 100% based simply on % allocations without any consideration that the Quran is referring to 'remainders'.

Please kindly allow me to explain with an example:

If I requested, please can you ensure that half of your sweets are given to your father and with the remaining, please ensure that 2/3 are shared with your sisters, all that implies is that you need to create 3 parts from your 50% and share 2 parts of it with your sisters.

This does not mean 50% + 66.7% but rather:
50% + (66.7% of the 50% remaining)

This will mean you still have 1/3 of the sweets left from the 50% to pass to whoever you desire (or for the estate to decide in case of an Inheritance execution). In other words, out of the 50% remaining, your sisters are not allowed to take the entire remainder, but are only entitled to 2/3rds of the remaining 50%.

Please kindly see my article [1] on inheritance below:

I hope this helps, God willing.




As-salamu alaykum Bandaar,

Verse 6:74 makes it absolutely clear that Prophet Abraham's biological father was Azar.

006:074 (part)
"And when Abraham said to his father (Arabic: abihi) Azar,"

This is primary evidence direct from the Quran. This is the starting point. No argument, narrative sourced outside the Quran (including Islamic secondary sources), interpretive lean can deny a clear verse of the Quran.

With regards as to why Prophet Abraham prayed to his father, verse 9:114 makes this clear.

"And the request of forgiveness of Abraham for his father was only because of a promise he had made to him. But when it became apparent to Abraham that his father was an enemy to Allah, he disassociated himself from him. Indeed was Abraham compassionate and patient."

I hope this helps, God willing


General Discussions / Re: Clueless about Islam without history
« on: July 26, 2020, 06:45:11 PM »
Dear Tausif,

As-salamu alaykum

As you have solicited my opinion by email as well on this, foremost, I’d like to share a few points which for me provide a necessary axiom and a basis for a suitable response to your kind self.


The Quran is not intended to be read in silo. Rather, the narratives of the Quran are to be read in toto as a cohesive, self-contained whole [1]


The Quran deters one from eliciting finer details that are not relevant to religious guidance. He has instructed us to rely on clear matters – miraan zahran [18:22] [2]; [3]


The Quran is sole religious authority for believers. This does not imply that the entire Ahadith corpus is false/inauthentic. They are just not 'authoritative' for religious guidance. Take from them what you will but the Quran must remain the primary source of interpretation and authority. [4]


The personal/early life of the messenger is arguably not important for religious guidance. The Quran also steers one clear of focusing on the name/the personality of the Prophet. The focus of the Quran is primarily on his mission. That is why Prophet Muhammad is mentioned numerous times as a 'messenger', 'a messenger of Allah', 'a warner', 'a prophet', 'a bearer of glad tidings' etc. However, very seldom is he mentioned by name. Similarly, one notes an entire following of Christianity is predicated on the teachings of Prophet Jesus where his early life is largely unknown or focused on. I believe there is a message in that too. Ergo, follow the guidance, not the personalities or lifestyles of the individuals as they were simply a product of their environment [5]. Of course, we send our salutations, our admiration and respect to these noble individuals. However, this should not be conflated with the 'religious guidance' itself. Please note where the Prophet himself as a 'husband' was rebuked in verse 66:1. The Quran separated the personality from his mission clearly in this verse. Please also kindly note that there is no mention of any of the prophet’s companions (other than Zayd [33:37] and his contentious adversary - Abu Lahab [111.1]) or any of the prophet’s wives.


When you pass the Quran to a non-Muslim, do you also hand over the entire corpus of Ahadith (Shia and Sunni canons) and Sira/Maghazi literature to them so that they can make an informed opinion before converting?  My argument to you would be that someone who potentially 'converts/reverts’ does not do so believing in or caring about the prophet or his history. They are arguably agnostic to this at the point of considering the authenticity of the message. How can they have any belief in a prophet when they aren't even convinced of the message at that point? It is arguably the message's authenticity that provides them conviction of the prophethood.

They ‘convert/revert’ in the main based on the power of the Quran's narratives and its ability to convince them that it could only be the word of God. My further argument would be that if one did provide all the Ahadith to a potential ‘convert/revert’, they would possibly find much objectionable content/material which may deter them from considering Islam as an authentic religion based on truth. I have known many ‘converts/reverts’ that weren't aware of the objectionable material attributed to the prophet's life before they took their Shahadah. If they had been, they would arguably never have made that transition.

In contrast, those born in Islam are taught about the prophet first and the message is often left secondary.


You mention (highlighted in brown below):

  • And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith]. [2:4]
    Now.... without the parenthesis or a brief history or introduction of Islam... how would they know that this book was revealed on man named Muhammad..?

The word 'ilayka' (ka - pronoun) is in the second person masculine and singular. It is one person to whom this reading is revealed to. The Quran mentions many times that it is a Book that was revealed to the messenger and in a verse clearly states that Muhammad is that messenger of Allah (48:29). With all due respect and in my humble opinion, one would be clutching at straws in desperation to interpret this in any other way whilst keeping the entire Quran as a cohesive unit for interpretation.  If this level of undue scrutiny / approach was taken with any other Scripture or the entire secondary Ahadith corpus in order to demand similar explanations, the entire literary corpora would arguably be decimated.

One should always allow for obvious, best interpretations that derive the ‘best meaning’. [6]

"Those who listen to the Word (the Quran) and follow the best meaning in it / best of it (Arabic: fayattabi'una ahsanahu) those are the ones whom God has guided and those are the one's endowed with understanding (Arabic: Albabi)"

I hope this helps, God willing,








Posts on Facebook / The Balance of the Quran
« on: June 01, 2020, 03:45:23 AM »
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I always felt a sense of disequilibrium when attempting to understand the depiction of God through the beliefs and theological interpretations of others.

At times the Divine felt too wrathful with a disproportionate lean on His anger and His retribution. At other times, the balance was lost when God appeared inordinately passionate, almost compromising His sense of judgement and need for justice.

At times He seemed to part with preferential treatment towards certain chosen individuals or people and in other circumstances He felt too aloof from His Creation to even care.

It was only when I critiqued the Quran, I found a balance unparalleled, a depiction of God which spoke to my soul, my innate sense of justice and what God should be.

It is here I found authenticity, integrity and truth.



Posts on Facebook / Messengers Amongst You
« on: June 01, 2020, 03:42:20 AM »
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"O ye Children of Adam! whenever there come to you messengers from among you, rehearsing My verses to you, those who are righteous and mend, on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve"

Posts on Facebook / Re: Website Access
« on: April 12, 2020, 09:59:59 PM »
Wa alaikum assalam Student,

I am well with the grace of our Lord and trust that you and your family are too, particularly amidst these unprecedented times.


Wa alaikum assalam

The objective of the call is to signify the onset of a prayer routine. As long as the statement is 'true', I don't see a problem with this. This is no different from making use of any prophetic name and calling him the messenger of God in a call to prayer.

I note 2 underlying concerns from your question:

1. Making use of another name with God in spaces of worship

This is arguably pertaining to 'false deities', statements that are not true or unwarranted. There are verses in the Quran that clearly state that along with Allah (as a Supreme God), there had been common belief of 'supporting' deities.

“If indeed you ask them who is it that created the Heavens and the Earth, they would be sure to say, "Allah". Say: "Then do you see what you invoke besides Allah? Can they, if Allah wills some penalty for me, remove His penalty? Or if He wills some grace for me, can they keep back his grace?" Say: "Sufficient is Allah for me! In Him do the trusting put their trust"”

2. Using the messenger’s name so as to imply a distinction between the messengers:

If this is the intention of the caller to prayer (muezzin), then this is incorrect. However, if this is simply a profession of truth and not intended to show distinction, then I see no problem in this.

Even though the practices may have altered, I do not believe that the early believers in the company of the Prophet would have ever wanted any distinctions to be drawn between him and other messengers as the Prophet himself would have arguably curtailed that view with clear narratives from the Quran.

As to if today's call to prayer is exactly the same as or even similar to the one at the Prophetic time, I would incline to agree that it is as something that finds its provenance/mention in the Quran would have arguably continued en masse as a practice and stabilised.

This is different from the Ahadith canons which were arguably not inked until centuries after the death of the Prophet.

I hope this helps, God willing.


Posts on Facebook / The Pandemic
« on: April 12, 2020, 08:21:25 PM »
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He has shown all of us His power ... But how many will take heed?

This is no doubt a stark warning from Him. This could have easily have been a lot worse. He is undoubtedly the controller of affairs, the Master of the Universe. This is surely a time to ponder and change our ways for the better.

Posts on Facebook / Website Access
« on: April 12, 2020, 08:16:18 PM »
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Dear All,

I'm receiving a higher than usual number of emails/messages from individuals that appear not to be able to access the QM website/forum.

Can you kindly confirm if the site is accessible from your region / country please by browsing a few random pages on the site.

JazakAllah Khair

Posts on Facebook / Good Mental Health
« on: January 06, 2020, 01:28:31 AM »
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The impact of poor mental health on one's psychological / physiological well-being can never be underestimated.
In the following verse, the Prophet appears to be warned of the dangers/impact of undue mental stress through sustained grief and sorrow whilst also intimating cause and effect which is undoubtedly tied with individual responsibility to ensure good mental health.
"Then perhaps you would KILL YOURSELF through grief over them, [O Muhammad], if they do not believe in this message, [and] out of sorrow."

Posts on Facebook / Bees and Fruits
« on: June 28, 2019, 12:00:04 AM »
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Please kindly see the article [1] below which addresses the following criticisms made against verse 16:69, mostly by critics of the Quran.

"Then eat of from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord made smooth. There comes forth from within their bellies a beverage of many colours, in which there is healing for mankind. Indeed, there is a sign in this for a people who reflect."


1 - Bees don't eat fruits
2 - Bees don't convert fruits to honey

For those of you interested in a summary response, please see the conclusion of the article.


[2] Honey Bees Eating Fruits - QM Forum Thread

General Discussions / Re: Honey Bees eating fruits
« on: June 24, 2019, 10:52:07 PM »
Dear brother Athman,

As-salamu alaykum

JazakAllah Khair for your important elucidation with which I wholly concur.

Having read your response, I have felt that the article should now include an excerpt of the rose-coloured sorrel and the Lubia reference, rather than just the reference to the page of the lexicon, particularly as it is relevant to the crux of the article.

Therefore, thank you very much for your post which has proved very useful and I am sure, to others too.


General Discussions / Re: Honey Bees eating fruits
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:29:43 AM »
Wa alaikum assalam Baandaar,

Please kindly see article below:



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Posts on Facebook / The Dilemma is Real
« on: June 20, 2019, 10:19:22 PM »
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Alas, the Quran is deemed sufficient and complete a guide to challenge the scriptures, millennia of scholarship and traditions of other religions and creeds, yet no sooner has 'the convert' / 'revert' entered the folds of Islam, they are confronted with a predicament.

Source: Thank you to the kind, generous soul that drew the illustration for me. You know who you are. May God bless you always.

Wa alaikum assalam

Just because there has not been any evidence discovered that can date something prior to a particular point in time, does not mean that it did not exist (absence of evidence is not evidence of absence). There could be a number of reasons for this.

This is no different from claiming that as no concrete evidence has ever been discovered of a settlement large enough to support the concept of an Exodus of Prophet Moses's people that this did not happen and hence, historical references of such an event in both the Biblical and the Quranic record are errant / false. Or, that because the insurmountable fortification built by Dhul Qurnain and his manpower has never been discovered (18:94-97), that this event is also false.

Notwithstanding that it is not of the Quran's intent to provide timelines with specific dates of reigns / events, it is still purporting to be a historical record of sorts.

Rather, why did you not seemingly allow for the possibility that despite the belief that the chain of armour predates to about 500 BC, the Quran actually provides evidence that the skill to produce such armour actually existed prior to that date?

Why did you not seemingly allow for the possibility that in 7th century Arabia, evidence may have actually existed, but become obscured / masked over time? For example, sites such as Petra where habitations/dwellings were carved into rock faces were discovered in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt and the site of Mada'in Saleh was not accessed until thereafter by Charles Montagu Doughty. Yet, the Quran was aware of the existence of such constructs over a thousand years earlier (15:82, 26:149, 7:74) and even suggests that they were often frequented by the primary audience of the Quran. Would it then be correct for someone in let us say the 15th or 16th century (prior to Petra's discovery or that of Mada'in Saleh), to suggest that the Quran made a historical error because no such habitation had ever been found in that period?

Another example would be that of the Ark of the Covenant (2:248). Because we have no evidence of it today, by the same logic, would it be correct to assume that it did not exist? Especially, something of such religious significance? The ruins of Lot's communities were clearly visible to the Arabs of the 7th century (15:76). Yet, there is dispute of its exact location today. Would it be correct then to assert that these communities did not exist?

We need to be very careful when interpreting historical events (particularly when inferring an accurate timeline), simply based on what we can muster as tangible evidence today.

Hopefully, this will provide some food for thought, God willing.


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