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Salamun 'alaikum my dear brothers and sisters!

This is a question that traditional Muslims will undoubtedly answer with a big NO Does the Qur'an give some guidelines about this issue? Of course, nobody knows how the Prophet (upon him be peace) looked like, but what if someone wants to make a movie? Sadly, many traditional Muslims become angry when he is depicted.

So is it allowed?

Ijaz, A.

Discussions / The use of 9:100 to "authorize" ahadith
« on: March 21, 2015, 06:28:52 AM »
Salamun 'alaika br. Joseph!

Traditionalists sometimes use 9:100 to "authorize" ahadith, they claim:

Why don't we have any record of early Muslims completely rejecting hadith?

The hadith rejecter might argue back by saying "we don't blindly follow people; you are committing the appeal to tradition fallacy". 
However, you answer back that Allah says in the Quran...


Surah 9:100

The vanguard (of Islam)- the first of those who forsook (their homes) and of those who gave them aid, and (also) those who follow them in (all) good deeds,- well- pleased is God with them, as are they with Him: for them hath He prepared gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever: that is the supreme felicity.


In this verse, Allah is saying that the Muhajirin (those who migrated from Mecca to Medina) and the Ansar (the people of Medina) and those righteous people that came after them have been promised heaven.

Now, how can Allah promise heaven to these people when they are the very same ones who transmitted the hadith to us? As a matter of fact they are the same people that passed the Qur'an down to us. The Quran is passed on to us by "Mutawattir" narrations. Mutawattir narrations are narrations that have been transmitted by so many people that it would be impossible for all of the transmitters to fabricate such a narration. However, we have an enormous amount of Mutawattir hadith. We have a list of Mutawatir hadith that teach things that are not taught in the Quran. How can you reject their authenticity with no objective evidence?

If we are expected to believe that ALL the Muslims could have corrupted Islam by introducing the Hadith then to maintain consistency we must also conclude that it was very likely for them to have corrupted the Qur'an as well. The Hadith rejecter will respond back by saying that Allah promised to preserve the Qur'an (Surah 15:9) but not the hadith. However, this is circular reasoning. The Hadith rejecter is basically saying "The only evidence that the Qur'an is preserved is that the Qur'an says so." No objective person will take such an answer seriously.



General Discussions / Gradually or All at once?
« on: March 18, 2015, 04:45:13 PM »
Salamun 'alaika!

Was the Qur'an revealed gradually or all at once?

The month of Ramadan, in which the Quran was brought down, a guidance for the people, and clarification of the guidance and the criterion. Therefore, those of you who witness the month shall fast it. And those who are ill or travelling, then an equal number of other days. God wants ease for you, and He does not want hardship for you, and so that you may complete the count, and to exalt God for guiding you, and that you may be thankful. (2:185)

Those who deny/conceal the truth, say: “Why was the Qur’an not sent down to him all at once?This is how We sent it in stages, in order to strengthen your heart with it and We read it slowly, in stages. (25:32)


Salamun alaika!

Sahih International
That you [people] may believe in Allah and His Messenger and honor him and respect the Prophet and exalt Allah morning and afternoon.

Muhsin Khan
In order that you (O mankind) may believe in Allah and His Messenger (SAW), and that you assist and honour him (SAW), and (that you) glorify (Allah's) praises morning and afternoon.

That ye (mankind) may believe in Allah and His messenger, and may honour Him, and may revere Him, and may glorify Him at early dawn and at the close of day.

Yusuf Ali
In order that ye (O men) may believe in Allah and His Messenger, that ye may assist and honour Him, and celebrate His praise morning and evening.

That you may believe in Allah and His Messenger and may aid him and revere him; and (that) you may declare His glory, morning and evening.

Dr. Ghali
That you may believe in Allah and His Messenger, and (readily) rally to Him, and reverence Him, and extol Him before sunrise and before sunset.


I'm confused...


Islamic Duties / What is the difference between Salaat and Du'a?
« on: February 25, 2015, 10:17:24 PM »
As-salaamu 'alaikum br. Joseph!

What is the difference between Salaat and Du'a? Some Muslims assert that Salaat can't mean prayer because the word Du'a means prayer...


General Discussions / Re: Ayah 9:11 Will they pray & pay Zakakat?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:46:43 PM »
The reason they were asked to repent and perform/establish the salaat and give Zakaat was because they had done evil (breaking their oaths/pledges, attacking the Messenger of God and rejecting the message). These are serious crimes, and nations/people has been destroyed by God for rejecting his Message, his Messengers and doing evil...

Brother Sardar Miyan, you asked:

Does this Ayaah says their conversion?

They do not observe toward a believer any pact of kinship or covenant of protection. And it is they who are the transgressors. But if they repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, then they are your brothers in system / religion; and We detail the verses for a people who know.

Wasalaam  :)
Ijaz, A.

General Discussions / Re: Ayah 9:11 Will they pray & pay Zakakat?
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:47:51 PM »
As-salaamu 'alaikum!

Context is the key  :).

Chapter 9

9:1   A revocation is made by God and His messenger to those with whom you have made a pledge from among the polytheists.

9:2   "Therefore, roam the land for four months and know that you will not escape God, and that God will humiliate the rejecters."

9:3   And a proclamation from God and His messenger to the people, on the day of the greater Pilgrimage: "That God and His messenger are innocent from the polytheists." If you repent, then it is better for you, and if you turn away, then know that you will not escape God. And give news to those who have rejected of a painful retribution.

9:4    Except for those with whom you had made a pledge from among the polytheists if they did not reduce anything from it nor did they support anyone against you; you shall continue the pledge with them until its expiry. God loves the righteous.

9:5   So when the restricted months have passed (Four months mentioned in 9:2), then you may kill the polytheists wherever you find them, and take them, and surround them, and stand against them at every point. If they repent, and they hold the contact prayer, and they contribute towards purification, then you shall leave them alone. God is Forgiving, Merciful. (For those polytheists who broke/turned away from their oaths/pledges. The other polytheists that did not break the pledges/oaths were not harmed in anyway)

9:6   And if any of the polytheists seeks your protection, then you may protect him so that he may hear the words of God, then let him reach his sanctity. This is because they are a people who do not know.

9:7   How can the polytheists have a pledge with God and with His messenger? Except for those with whom you made a pledge near the Restricted Temple, as long as they are upright with you, then you are upright with them. God loves the righteous.

9:8   How is it that when they come upon you they disregard all ties, either those of kinship or of pledge. They seek to please you with their words, but their hearts deny, and the majority of them are wicked.

9:9   They purchased with the revelations of God a cheap price, so they repel others from His path. Evil indeed is what they used to do.

9:10   They do not respect those who are believers, nor a kinship, nor a pledge. These are the transgressors.

9:11   If they repent, and they hold the contact prayer, and they contribute towards purification, then they are your brothers in the system. We explain the revelations for a people who know.

9:12   And if they break their oaths after making their pledge, and they challenge the authority of your system; then you may kill the leaders of rejection. Their oaths are nothing to them, perhaps they will then cease.

9:13   Would you not fight a people who broke their oaths, and obsessed to expel the messenger, especially while they were the ones who attacked you first? Are you concerned about them? It is God who is more deserving that you be concerned with if you are believers.

9:14   Fight them; perhaps God will punish them by your hands and humiliate them and grant you victory over them and heal the chests of the believing people.

9:15   And to remove the anger from their hearts; God pardons whom he pleases. God is Knowledgeable, Wise.

9:16   Or did you think that you would be left alone? God will come to distinguish those of you who strived and did not take other than God and His messenger and the believers as helpers. God is Expert in what you do.

9:17   It was not for the polytheists to maintain the temples of God while they bear witness over their own rejection. For these, their works have fallen, and in the Fire they will abide.

9:18   Rather, the temples of God are maintained by he who believes in God and the Last Day, and he upholds the contact prayer, and he contributes towards purification, and is only concerned by God. It is these that will be of the guided ones.

9:19   Have you made the watering of the pilgrim and the maintenance of the Restricted Temple the same as one who believes in God and the Last Day and he strives in the cause of God? They are not the same with God. And God does not guide the wicked people.

9:20   Those who believed and emigrated and strived in the cause of God with their money and their lives are in a greater degree with God. These are the winners.

9:21   Their Lord gives them good news of a mercy from Him, and acceptance, and gardens that are for them in which there is permanent bliss.

9:22   They will abide in it eternally. With God there is a great reward.

9:23   O you who believe, do not take your fathers nor brothers as allies if they prefer rejection to belief. And whoever of you takes them as such, then these are the wicked.

9:24   Say: "If your fathers, and your sons, and your brothers, and your wives, and your kin, and money which you have gathered, and a trade which you would be concerned over its decline, and homes which you find pleasing; if these are dearer to you than God and His messenger and striving in His cause, then wait until God brings His decision. And God does not guide the wicked people."

9:25   God has granted you victory in many battlefields. And on the day of Hunayn when you were pleased with your great numbers but it did not help you at all, and the land became tight around you for what it held, then you turned to flee.

9:26   Then God sent down His tranquility upon His messenger and the believers, and He sent down soldiers which you did not see, and He punished those who rejected. Such is the recompense of the rejecters.

9:27   Then God will accept the repentance of whom He pleases after that. God is Forgiving, Merciful.

9:28   O you who believe, the polytheists are impure, so let them not approach the Restricted Temple after this common year of theirs; and if you fear poverty, then God will enrich you from His blessings if He wills. God is Knowledgeable, Wise.

9:29   Fight those who do not believe in God or the Last Day, nor do they forbid what God and His messenger have forbidden, nor do they uphold the system of truth; from among the people who have been given the Book; until they pay the reparation, willingly or unwillingly, and they are subdued.

9:30   The Jews said: "Ezra is the son of God," and the Nazarenes said: "The Messiah is the son of God." Such is their utterances with their mouths, they imitate the sayings of those who rejected before them. God will fight them. They are deluded from the truth!

9:31   They have taken their Priests and Monks to be patrons besides God, and the Messiah, son of Mary, while they were only commanded to serve One god, there is no god except He, be He glorified against what they set up.

9:32   They want to extinguish the light of God with their mouths, but God refuses such and lets His light continue, even if the rejecters hate it.

I don't understand what problems the Muslims has with these verses of the Qur'aan! I've no problem and context is very important!

Ijaz, A.

General Discussions / 2:62, 5:69, 22:17 and 48:13
« on: January 29, 2015, 08:07:31 PM »
"Those who Believe, and those who are Jews, and Christians/Nazarenes, and Sabaeans – whoever believe in God and the Last Day and do right/righteous deeds – surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve." (Qur'aan 2:62)

"Those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Sabaeans, and Christians/Nazarenes – Whosoever believe in God and the Last Day and do right/righteous deeds – there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve." (Qur'aan 5:69)

"Surely those who believe; and those who are Jewish, and the Sabians, and the Christians/Nazarenes, and the Majoos; and those who were polytheists; God will separate between them on the Day of Resurrection. For God is witness over all things." (Qur'aan 22:17)

However, this is in direct conflict with the following:

And if any believe not in Allah and His Messenger, We have prepared, for those who reject Allah, a Blazing Fire! (Qur'aan 48:13)

Ijaz, A.

General Discussions / Br. Joseph, please answer this...
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:36:26 AM »
As-salaamu 'alaikum

One brother who is not a Muslim says (I will paste every comment from facebook):

(1) Sura 23, MOMINS are ones who guard their SALAT (regular , disciplined)!! but there is 1 verse (not being able to remember , post it) where allah says: SALAT prohibts Fahishat (immoralities) and MUNKAR (bad deeds) ! so the question is: when momins are REGULAR in salat, and salat prohibts bad deeds then HOW the heck can any one (termed Momin) commit even single bad deed ?

(2) sura 23:2 , MOMINS = humble , submissive in salat!! It means; they perform evey salat carefully , seriously !! sura 23 verse 9 , MOMINS = they gaurd their salat !! it means : they perform each and every salat ( 3 or 5 ) !! sura 29 vere 45 ; SALAT prohibits fahishat and munkar !! so the Q is : how the heck can momin commit even a single bad , immoral deed ?

(3) MUMIN is better rank than MUSLIM ! it means: probabilty of MUSLIM commitng evil is HIGHER than that of momin.

(4) Sura 23:2 and 9 + sura 29:45, proves that MOMIN cannot commit even a single evil deed, hence Momin can not be Repentent!!

(5) read sura 29:45 ! then read sura 49:14-15 !! MUSLIM can commit evil deed because he is only SUBMITTER ., faith has not enterd his heart but MOMIN (rank of momin) cannot commit even a single evil deed !!

(6)  muslim also do salat but MOMIN is the one who perform each and every salat with dedication ( going by sura 23 verses 2 and 9 ) !! so the Q is : if momin is 100 % into salat with 100 % devotion to each salat then HOW can he commit even a single evil deed ?? because allah claims in 29-45 : SALAT prohibits fahishat and munkar !!

Br. Joseph, I will appreciate your answers, can you please answer? Thank you!

Ijaz. A.

Prophets and Messengers / Re: parallelism between Isa and Yahya
« on: January 01, 2015, 06:33:44 AM »
As-salaamu 'alaikum!

The lifecycle of Jesus is portrayed as no different from other Prophets as can be seen when compared to that of Prophet Yahya. [IS THE SECOND COMING OF PROPHET JESUS (pbuh) SUPPORTED BY THE QURAN?]

Ijaz. A

General Discussions / The Spirit (Ruh)
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:14:12 AM »
As-salaamu 'alaikum brothers and sisters ;D

The Quran refer many times to the Spirit (Ruh), what is the difference between Islam and Christianity about this? Is the Spirit a part of God? or is it a another creation which God has created and uses it to blow in his creation (Bashar/Ins)? e.g. Adam and Jesus?

I was having a discourse with a Christian and he cited 4:171 to prove that Jesus is the spirit of God, thus he is god or a part of god (trinity). I honestly didn't understand him  :-\

Your brother - Ijaz A.

General Discussions / Re: Qur'an + Torah
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:29:46 AM »
Thank you everyone for the answers - thank you brother joseph for a detailed answer!  :)


General Discussions / 39:10 - Prophet worshippers/slaves - confused
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:27:30 AM »
As-salaamu 'alaykum everyone!

Thank you for answering my questions and I've more to ask ;D

I'm really, really and really confused about these verses:

39:10 - Say:"You my worshippers/slaves those who believed, fear and obey your Lord, to those who did good in this the present world (is) a goodness/beauty, and God's earth/Planet Earth/land (is) spread/abundant , truly the patient are fulfilled/completed their reward without (an) account/calculation."

39:53 -  Say: "You my worshippers/slaves those who neglected/ignored on themselves, do not despair from God's mercy, that truly God forgives the crimes all/all together, that truly He is the forgiving, the merciful."

Allah commanded the Prophet (pbuh) to 'say' - But, the verses does not make any sense, why will Allah command the Prophet to say 'my worshippers/slaves? Maybe these verses are wrongly translated?


Prophets and Messengers / Re: How many Prophets?
« on: December 02, 2014, 03:14:35 AM »
Peace be with you dear br. Joseph!

Thank you so much for a detailed explanation   :) - Thank you everyone for giving me an answer!  :)

Ijaz, A.

General Discussions / Qur'an + Torah
« on: December 01, 2014, 10:44:19 PM »
Salamun alaika br. Joseph and all!

A Mumin is someone who Believes in God, his angels, Messengers, scriptures and the J-day.

Many Muslims differ about the Torah, whether it is corrupted or not. Can we/I derive guidance, and follow the Torah?

But when there came unto them the Truth from Our presence, they said: Why is he not given the like of what was given unto Moses? Did they not disbelieve in that which was given unto Moses of old? They say: Two magics that support each other; and they say: Lo! in both we are disbelievers. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Then bring a scripture from the presence of Allah that giveth clearer guidance than these two (that) I may follow it, if ye are truthful. (28:48-49).

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