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Islamic Duties / Hajj: Well known days and numbered days
« on: July 11, 2022, 08:05:40 AM »

Are well-known days (أَيَّامٍۢ مَّعْلُومَتٍ) mentioned in 22:28 and specific numbered/prescribed/appointed days (أَيَّامٍۢ مَّعْدُودَتٍۢ) in 2:203 are one and the same? If so, what are they inside the 4 sacred months?

If lost Hajj months are well-known then what are its well-known days?

One opinion shared based heavily on mathematical analysis argues that the 4 months = well-known days.

Please share your findings.

General Discussions / Islamic calendar
« on: May 01, 2022, 11:08:27 AM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Which method do you guys think is more closer, in our era, to the Quran's guidance:

  • Traditional/local Moonsighting
  • Traditional/global Moonsighting
  • Moonsighting with Telescope
  • Astronomically calculated calendar
The last one is adopted by many Sunni organizations around the western part of the world with following conditions:
The conjunction has occurred before sunset
The crescent or the moon sets after sunset where there is possibility of visibility.
The angle between the crescent and the horizon at sunset is at least 5 degrees.
The distance between the sun and the moon is at least 8 degrees.

The article below differs from above by without regard to angle and distance so long as the crescent is present in the sky (above horizon) before sunset:

Truly appreciate if you share views with your reasoning.

Thank you

General Discussions / Top 10 problems due to Traditional Islam
« on: April 25, 2020, 12:16:19 AM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Ramadan Mubarak to you all.

Can you please list (each) your own:
 Top 10 problems due to Traditional interpretation of Islam.

If it's already mentioned/discussed kindly share the thread links.

Thanks :)

General Discussions / 9:30, Uzair son of God Belief
« on: December 16, 2019, 06:19:34 AM »
Salaamun Alayka,
Dear Sir Joseph,

I found this in one of the threads here, do you agree with Muhammad Asad's explanation of 9:30?

On the other hand, Ezra occupies a unique position in the esteem of all Jews, and has always been praised by them in the most extravagant terms.

It was he who restored and codified the Torah after it had been lost during the Babylonian Exile, and “edited” it in more or less the form which it has today; and thus “he promoted the establishment of an exclusive, legalistic type of religion that became dominant in later Judaism” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1963, vol. IX, p. 15).Do the Jews Call Ezra the Son of Allah? - About Islam

Ever since then he has been venerated to such a degree that his verdicts on the Law of Moses have come to be regarded by the Talmudists as being practically equivalent to the Law itself: which, in Quranic ideology, amounts to the unforgivable sin of shirk, inasmuch as it implies the elevation of a human being to the status of a quasi-divine law-giver and the blasphemous attribution to him – albeit metaphorically – of the quality of “sonship” in relation to God. Cf. in this connection Exodus iv, 22-23 (“Israel is My son”) or Jeremiah xxxi, 9 (“I am a father to Israel”): expressions to which, because of their idolatrous implications, the Quran takes strong exception.

And this:

I also received this explanation from my YouTube subscription:

Can you please share your view and understanding of this charge on Jews not found in their belief system?

Warm regards and,

Islamic Duties / "Wasiyah" distribution in one's lifetime?
« on: November 25, 2019, 01:39:37 AM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Can "Wasiyah" be executed in one's lifetime and still considered as such (i.e., still termed/called/known as "Wasiyah"), which is enjoined? Or Will this distribution be considered a Gift/Hiba, which is voluntary?

Thanks in advance for your kind consideration if you spare some time sharing your views. I didn't find this scenario/possibility in forum discussed upon searching.

General Discussions / Understanding 73:2, 73:20
« on: August 30, 2019, 12:04:04 PM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Are the ayahs 73:2 & 73:20 is referring to special nightly "Salah" that has come to known as Tahajjud (17:79)? If so, the word salah is absent from both these verses, so how and why Qum is taken to mean standing in prayer only? Also, 73:4 refers Quran in order and then immediately in 73:5 it says it will reveal heavy word? Kind of confused and unable to reconcile with traditional interpretations.

Any help in clarification is appreciated.

General Discussions / Understanding 7:189-190
« on: October 22, 2018, 11:24:50 PM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Does anyone know if 7:189-190 is referring specifically to Adam and Eve (PBUT) or a general sentiment of any fallible human is being captured in these verses?


General Discussions / Bayyinah Rasool
« on: October 04, 2018, 11:11:31 AM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

Did Sir Joseph discuss 98:1,2,4 anywhere? Who's the Rasool in 98:2- the messenger of the Quran or some Rasool after Quran's revelation?
Does ootoo alkitaba includes Quran believers (Muslims) too?


General Discussions / 27:40 Throne carrier?
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:50:37 AM »
Salaamun Alaykum,
Dear members/Sir Joseph,

Who brought the throne of the queen in the blink of an eye? Was person with the "knowledge of the Book" was Sulaiman AS himself? If so, does Quran's language support such claim? I was given reference that Fakhruddin Raazi hold this view and made some arguments including grammar to throw support to this view. Kindly share your thoughts.


General Discussions / 39:6 - cattles sent down?
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:04:50 AM »
Salaamun Alaykum,

I was kind of surprised to read (careless in paying attention before) the cattles were sent (Anzala) down for us? Some translate Anzala as "gave", "created", "made" etc and most keep it loyal to the text "Sent down". I didn't find Sir Joseph discussing this in the forum as no one seems to raise this curiosity??

And what's up with the number 8? Any particular reason, clue?

Looking forward to hear your insights into this part of the ayah.

General Discussions / Ismaeel or Ishaaq (PBUT)
« on: August 05, 2018, 10:24:30 PM »
Salaamun Alayka,
Dear Sir Joseph,

I hope you're doing well by God's grace. I just finished reading today's Quran portion and the passages was covered includes ayahs 37:100 t0 37:113. I do not see a break in the sequencing of events told and the flow of ayahs, so how do you see a break? First without naming a son's glad-tiding is given (37:101) and the whole dream of sacrifice is narrated and then again with the name Ishaq AS a glad-tiding is given (37:112) right after narrating the sacrificial event to clearly imply and separate the two sons. To me it looks completely two different sons and two different glad-tidings with first being unnamed (Ismaeel or whoever was his first son) and then birth of Ishaaq AS a new and second son, isn't it?

Also, you do not subscribe to the command of sacrifice in the dream as Divine source but the passage seems to clearly implies it was from God as I see it
1. Falamma Aslama, (submitted to who, if not God & His command?)
2. Saddaq tar-ruya, (attested/confirmed the dream, confirmed to who, if not God?)
3. Najzee al muhsineen, (rewards for doing good work, why is God rewarding and patting him for something not from Him?)
4. Balaaa ul-Mubeen, ( clear, manifest, severe test, from whom if not God?)

Looking forward to your clarification with the hopes that you'll come across this thread and spare few minutes here, inshallah  :)

General Discussions / Hajj for People of the Book?
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:11:14 PM »
Salaamun Alayka,
Dear Sir Joseph,

I've read "Hajj and Umrah" article more than once and just now was referring again as a discussion ensued on WhatsApp group. I had this question for quite sometime but keeps forgetting to ask, you wrote:

Hajj has been a practice that has been followed by successive generations of Prophet Abraham. (pbuh)

So, is that Hajj practice still in situ or is it lost? Or only some remnants remained?

Also, who's the addressee in 22:27 - and in the mankind, doesn't Jews & Christians included? If so, how do you reconcile with 5:48 that they're to keep their shariyat meaning keep their Hajj at original sanctuary?

Hope you're keeping well and spare some moments to shed some light here, inshallah  :)

Jazak Allah Khair!

General Discussions / Tawrat to Musa AS
« on: July 28, 2018, 07:09:41 AM »
Salaamun Alayka,
Sir Joseph,

I'm not sure if you know Urdu or not  :) but this person has made the well trained traditional scholar speechless:

The challenge he is basically making is to show just one place where the word Tawrat (which occurred 18 times) comes together with Musa AS (which occurred 136 times) in the entire Quran.

It's very interesting challenge. Hope you shed some light here.

Discussions / Father-in-Law of Musa AS
« on: July 23, 2018, 11:58:15 AM »
Salaamun Alayka,
Dear Sir Joseph,

Do you know if name of Father-in-Law of Musa AS appeared in OT/NT? And was he a prophet/messenger?


General Discussions / Understanding 27:44
« on: July 22, 2018, 05:28:37 AM »
Salamun Alayka,
Dear Sir Joseph,

I've come across many times the ayah 27:44 in my Quran readings, still unable to grasp its purport, can you share your thoughts and wisdom you extracted from this ayah?

Dr. Shabbir wrote this: 'Kashafat 'an saqaiha' idiomatically means that she was spellbound, and not that she bared her calves; a common error of many translators.

Thanks and Jazak Allah Khair.

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