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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 / Re: Dhul Quarnain
« on: May 25, 2019, 08:23:02 PM »
Thank you brother

I really appreciate your input and knowledge.

I did read the exerpts previously (from I.Faruqui), though I did not find it totally convincing. I may read it again.

Many thanks, and of course i understand that you are busy.

Kind regards

And thanks again.

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Q&As with Joseph Islam - Information Only / Re: Dhul Quarnain
« on: May 25, 2019, 08:17:05 PM »
Dear brother Joseph
 
Thank you for your reply and consideration.
 
I understand your perspective.
 
Can you also clarify: Some translations say that he found it setting specifically in a well or spring, rather than a body of water that could be interpreted more broadly.
 
Could you assist with that?
 
I apologise for labouring the point. I understand that you are busy.
 
Kindest regards and many thanks.
 
Your brother

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Q&As with Joseph Islam - Information Only / Re: Dhul Quarnain
« on: May 25, 2019, 08:03:58 PM »
Dear brother
 
Thank you for your reply.
 
However, the reason I ask this, is because this is one of the things he raised.
 
The Quran, and your way of analysing it, are both very specific, methodical and granular.
 
Your article focuses more on the issue of what Dhul Quarnain "found." The article you have referred to and attached regards what he may have perceived, with plenty of supposition of what river it might have been.
 
However, the issue is the wording.
 
I really appreciate the huge effort you have gone to in all of your articles. I know you must be busy. However, I would be very very grateful, if you could revisit the issue of "sun setting in murky water" or whatever the best translation is, and what the quran specifically says about this, that phrase. Drilling right down to it's core. It is that, which causes difficulty.
 
It does not feel like a figure of speech. It does not feel like a perception. It feels like a statement of fact. 
 
I would be very grateful if you could look at that specific part,  "sun setting in murky water" or "sun setting in a muddy spring". It is that act of the sun setting in a particular place that seems to be causing difficulty.
 
Thank you so much for even reading this email.

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Q&As with Joseph Islam - Information Only / Re: Dhul Quarnain
« on: May 25, 2019, 07:58:06 PM »
Dear Brother
 
Many thanks for that.
 
So, essentially the translation is correct, but it is simply a figure of speach, just as we might say the sun set in the ocean. Correct?
 
Many thanks for your assistance.

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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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Posts on Facebook / Re: My Humble Advice Regarding Arabic and Prayer
« on: April 25, 2019, 11:45:58 PM »
Facebook Question Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1418992868237836?comment_id=1419027681567688&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D

You advocate congregation prayer strongly but in our mosques, they mix the name of Prophet with God and follow other hadith based readings. This seems improper way of praying. What to do under these occasions?

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Posts on Facebook / Re: Was Ritual Prayer a Practice Invented Later?
« on: April 25, 2019, 05:57:03 PM »
Question on Facebook:

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1418880161582440?comment_id=1418917428245380&reply_comment_id=1419033664900423&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D


then how come no detailed explanation and examples of salat as a prayer is given in the Quran? who taught us that salat means prayer? I think the premise is wrong for starters.things were changed and there is historical evidence of that(Islam became a religion during the Persian period) kingship and dynasty were established ( that itself is not Islamic)Allah gives us details bout fasting but leaves out details regarding salat(being prayer)? I think not.

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Posts on Facebook / Re: The Weakness of Quran Focused Groups
« on: April 25, 2019, 05:52:54 PM »
Question on Facebook:

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1417319491738507?comment_id=1418947371575719&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D

Salaam.

I have a question. How far do you think these "commonly held principles and beliefs" need to go? By that, do you mean the basics such as salat, zakah, hajj, saum and punishments such as lashing etc? Or do you think everything in the Qur'an, including the differences of opinion in the understanding of "daraba", polygyny, dress code, "right-hand possessions" etc?

If the latter, then wouldn't that lead to the same problem that we have in traditional Islam today? Of everyone being told to follow the majority consensus?

I will appreciate a response. :)

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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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