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Assalamualaikum brother Joseph,

Just now I've discovered another alleged historical error in the Qur'an. One regarding the use of chain mail armor by Prophet Dawud AS (see verse 34:10-11).
The Prophet AS is said to have lived in the 10th century BCE while the armor was not invented until the 5th century BCE by the Celts. You can read the tafsir of the verse by ibn Kathir along with others in the following link :

https://quranx.com/tafsirs/34.11

I really need help in this.

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Dear Brother Joseph

I read with interest your article on homosexuality in the Quran. Thank you.

However, I note that the verses quoted seem to apply to men, rather than homosexual women.

Is the Quran silent on the issue of Lesbians?

Many thanks for your time and help.

Kind regards

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Q&As with Joseph Islam - Information Only / Dhul Quarnain
« on: May 25, 2019, 07:56:08 PM »
Dear brother Joseph

A person recently asserted to me that when Dhul Quanain is mentioned in the Quran, there is reference to the “sun setting in a muddy pool.” Or such like.

I was wondering if you have any articles on this. It was asserted by this person that taken literally, such a statement is clearly in error as the sun does not do this.

I am vaguely aware of the verse but not it’s place or it’s precise meaning.

I would appreciate your guidance.

Kind regards

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Good day sir,
Peace be upon you,

I'm from Malaysia.

I've been reading few articles that talks about Muhammad was just an Ordinary Prophet without any Miracle but Quran only as the source for guidance for whole humanity... And I'm accepting the Fact he was only normal being not out of ordinary from Late Prophet.

I always seek an answer like for 6-8 years struggle to find what was the TRUE ISLAM is.

I'm trying to get an answer but sadly not all of my answer were replied by scholar but an Excuse to Avoid my Question.

Back then, there's few people that caught my attention like Zakir Naik, Ahmad Deedat, Rashad Khalifa, Sam Gerran, Quranite Site(solely only Quran), and you Joseph Islam. Actually there's many of great people like u..

Im really against what was happening to Muslim's World today. They did whatever religious deed that has nothing to do with Islam but saying from HADITH AND SUNNAH (written from hearsay and collected) that allah decreed to be UNRELIABLE SOURCE since Quran was our ONLY RELIABLE HADITH AND SUNNAH!

I really Wish u may answer few QUESTIONS  that Hunt me still...

1. Does Allah really address Himself to be our God? If so, where's in the Quran He claims that He is our God?  As far as i know Allah reject believing to any God nor the idea about worshipping God but only Allah.

2. Why translate Allah's Name to be God since Allah specifically was His Name? Ilahi or Ilaha in arabic means God. Then, why did Muslim translate a Name to be something else? And even worse Rabb to be God but not Lord.

3. Does Allah really command woman to wear a veil? As far as i know Allah only command believing woman to lengthen their garments to avoid  women being molested. 

4. What kind of Salat did Allah teach in Quran? Was it really we need to do all the step or only part of it such as Stand or Bow or Prostrate? And does rakaah matter in Quran?

5. Does Allah really describe Muhammad to be Illiterate (Ummi)? Because my people believe Muhammad as Illiterate person that may chant Quran as part of his miracle. Few my personal research said the right translation was Gentiles - those who did not receive or heard any previous scriptures. And i believe Muhammad writes Quran by his own hand because he was a merchant, there is no way he was illiterate. Whatsmore, why Allah made a surah about Pen to write if Muhammad can't write anything at all? What do u say about this?

I hope u may answer my Question since u have deep understanding about Quran.. and im thankful to Allah for let me experience huge knowledge from great people like you..

sincere thanks,

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Q&As with Joseph Islam - Information Only / Tawaaf
« on: December 30, 2018, 04:18:09 PM »
Does tawaf entail 7 rounds of the Kabah or only 1 round?

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Q&As with Joseph Islam - Information Only / The Quran's Revelation Format
« on: December 30, 2018, 03:53:16 PM »
Dear Br J. Islam,

1. Sura Najim verse 1-10., provides information about an event of revelation. Sura indicates as it was the revelation of Quran all at once to Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Later, when needed, verses were reminded to Prophet Muhammad PBUH and revealed to people.

2. According to Quran/Sura Najim, Prophet Muhammad PBUH experienced Jibrael's true form only two times VS commonly believed that Jibrael used to visit prophet with some verses of Quran frequently.

Please let me know, if you have covered it in your articles or posts?

Aslamunelikum

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Salam Joseph,

Would you comment on this?

Al-Jaʿd ibn Dirham, tutor to the Umayyad Caliph Marwan, said "The Qur'an's eloquence is not a miracle and people can do the like of it and better."(1)

The Mu'tazilite scholar Abu Musa said "People are able to produce the like of the Qurʾān as regards eloquence, and composition and rhetorical beauty."(2)

The 11th century Sunni scholar Abu al-Qushairy said: "We do not claim that everything in the Qurʾān is in the highest rank of eloquence."(3)

Ibn al-Rawandi (former Mu'tazilite scholar) (d. 910 ad) said "Indeed the Qurʾān is not the speech of a wise god. In it are contradictions and mistakes and passages that are in the realms of the absurd."(4)

1. Mustafa Sadiq al-Rafiì, "The Miraculous Nature of the Qurʾān and the Prophetic Rhetoric." Page 160.
2. Al-Baghdadi, "The Difference Between the Groups" Page 164--165; and al-Shahrastani, "The Book of Sects and Creeds", 1/68--69.
3. Al-Baghdadi, "The Difference Between the Groups" Page 164--165; and al-Shahrastani, "The Book of Sects and Creeds", 1/68--69.
4. Quoted from Dr. Abd al-Rahman Badawi, from "History of Disbelief in Islam" page 216. Al-Razi Quote in video is from Dr. Badawi, from "The History of Disbelief in Islam," p 218

Thanks.

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Assalamualaikum Joseph,

Our human's destinies predetermined by Allah? These verses state that this statement is true.

Nothing will ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Protector.” And in Allah let the believers put their trust. (9:51)
We have predetermined death for you. Nothing can stop Us. (56:60)

However, in other verses of the Quran it suggests that  human beings have the power to change their circumstances

That man deserves nothing, except for what he strives. (53:39)
God is not to change what is in a people until they change what is within themselves. (13:11)
If you are thankful, I will give you more (14:7)

I understand the Quran has no contradictions and this confusion is because of my lack of understanding of the Quran. I was hoping to get your take on this argument.

Best wishes,

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Q&As with Joseph Islam - Information Only / Meaning of the word 'Junub'
« on: November 02, 2018, 03:53:26 PM »
Peace.

What is the meaning of word Junub and do menstruating women come under it as it is used in 4:43?

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Asamalunalaykum Mr Joseph,

I have a short question. You said in your article that if someone feels "bedecking their hair" comes under zeenah it should be carefully considered.
Do you also include men in this? As men's hair can also be a cause of attraction? And of course, I mean a hat or turban or skull cap instead of a headscarf.

As for headscarf, do you mean the modern day "every hair should be covered" or also accept different styles where some hair is exposed (but still looks completely decent) in some cultures such as Pakistan. I mean a "dupatta"

Jazak'Allah.

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Salam,

Please explain to me if prophet soleyman didnt communicate with animals except birds then how did that ant knows him by name in sourate naml. Also knowing ants have poor vision even some bling how did it recognize him by far distance.

Thanks

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Salaam brother,

I have a question regarding breaking one's Fast intentionally (without a valid excuse of journey or illness)

I suffer from Porn addiction and I have been working hard to get rid of this disgusting problem. Allah Has Helped me get a lot more in control, but then still on certain days, I find myself blacking out as I did today which consequently nullified my fast.

I understand that one has to either fast a day for a day, or feed a poor or needy in its place. That is for the making up.

However, mainstream schools of thought teach of an expiation over and above this, which is fasting for 2 consecutive months, or feeding 60 needy/hungry people, or making donations or charity to that effect.

My question is regarding the expiation; does it find a sound basis from the Quran? If so, could you kindly provide me the appropriate references.

Thanks a lot.

JazakAllah Khayrun

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Salam alaykum, I'm a just Muslim who is from [Removed] with no affiliation with any sect or school of thought. I recently stumbled upon your website: Quranmessage. Although there are still many topics on the website that I'm yet to read, I really admire your approach to understanding and explaining the Qur'an. May Allah reward you abundantly for your efforts and sincerity. In his mercy, may He overlook your shortcomings and increase your faith and wisdom.

The purpose of this email is to request for your opinon on the English translation which is the CLOSEST to the original Qur'an (in Arabic) - without the translator's own interpretations and without any attempt to make the reader understand each ayah especially making references to un-Quranic sources. I feel like most translations of the Qur'an are not far from Tafsir of the Qur'an which shouldn't be the case as I also want to have a similar experience to those who speak Arabic and hear the original message of Allah. For instance: when I shared with an Arabic friend (who's actually quite religious and memorises the Qur'an) the phrase "ma malakat aimanukum" (in its arabic form) from the Qur'an which I believe literally means "those whom your right possesses", he had no idea that it is solely and most commonly translated to "slaves from war". I hope you understand my point.

I also find that those that disregard Islam are only quote hadiths and un-Quranic "Islamic" traditions which shows how much our fellow Muslims have popularised/advocated/prioritised the teachings of hadiths over the Qur'an. This therefore confirms a verse from the Qur'an that on the day of resurrection, the Prophet (saw) will say his people have deserted the Qur'an.

I will be very grateful if you respond to my message given how much hardwork you've put to serving Allah. Again, may Allah have mercy on you and make things easy for you. Thank very much.

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Salaamun Alaikum Brother

I hope you are doing well and I would like to thank you for the great work you have been doing for the believers and for trying to get the true message out there.

I have a few questions that I have come to after my awakening to the truth and thought maybe you could help me find the truth in this matter.

1. Does the meaning of Salaat actually mean what we have been led to believe by previous generations of muslims that have been corrupted by false hadiths? Is there in fact no actual ritualistic Salaat persae?

2. Question 1 has led me to this scary question and some other findings, namely It seems as if Bhukari was decendant from Zoroastrian pagans and they had their ritualistic prayers which are the same number 5 times a day, with the exact same timings during the course of the day.

After my research I believe that he was part of a plan to dupe the muslims into false pagan worship while they thought they were actually following our prophet and his teachings and the Quran.

In line with this and the thesis that Petra in Jordon is actually the true Bacca and not Mecca....... this also leads to the biggest and hardest thing to possibly consider.

"Is the Kaaba actually an Idol that we have been fooled into worshipping for the last 1000+ years?

I have been looking for any information that corroborates the above, which I believe to be the truth after days of perpetual researching.

I hope you can help me with any information you may have to assist me in answering these questions.

Salaamun Alaikum brother and may God always bless you and your family and may we all meet in Jannah one day.

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Dear Brother Joseph,

First of all, may you and your family have a blessed ramadan insha'allah.

Furthermore, I couldn't find a convincing answer concerning this query on the forum. So I would be grateful if you could shed some light on the issue. However I understand if its not possible, as I respect your time constraints.   

From a Quranic perspective, is it permissible to ask a for fee for teaching religion ?

I am aware that all prophets had separate professions other than their role as preachers of God's message. But on the other hand I cannot deny all the Good that has been produced by dedicated islamic scholars (who take islamic scholarship as their main  livelihood)

Could we say that its permissible but not optimal ? And that asking for no fee is the best way to go ?

Or should no fee be charged for teaching any aspect of religion ?

Thank you.

Regards,

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