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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


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,

Q&As with Joseph Islam - Information Only / Meaning of the word 'Junub'
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:53:26 PM »

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

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"



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.


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

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.

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.

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.



First of all, thank you for the research you have done and in creating an informative website. Alhumdulillah, it has been an eye opener. Though being born a Muslim, all that was learnt and understood was through pass-down of information.

In this past week, I've learned so many things from your website along with others who are only teaching from the light of the Quran. I have stopped doing all the sunnat and nafl and other extra prayers (tawareeh as well). Though reading through all of the websites, there are still slight differences in understanding the exact salats (some says 3 and some says 5 daily prayers, some says 2 rakats for each prayers, the timing of the salat, etc). But the more I read, the more I feel disturbed. Am I doing the right thing to give up all those other prayers? I am in need of your help in this regards as you know and understand the Quran more than I do.

Sorry for the long email. Look forward to hearing back from you. May Allah (SWT) give you his rewards and his blessings for helping those that are not rightly guided.

Peace brother Joseph. I have a question which I hope you can help me with, as I've searched your website's forum and cannot find any information regarding it.


Thank you dear brother.

Brother I totally understand your busy schedules. But I have exhausted all my efforts on this on your website, but still you don't cover this subject. So please if you would kindly reply and help me out. Thank you

Salam Brother.

Should real muslims NOT sleep most of the night?

Please see 3:113, 39:9, 50:40, 51:17, 30:23, 73:2, 73:20, 76:26.

Thank you.


I hope you are fine.

Lately, there’s been a query in mind regarding the issue of polygamy in Islam. Well, I agree on this that societal circumstances in that era might not be easily appreciated if we strictly analyze them through modern lens.

However, there does appear a sense of injustice to women when the husband is permitted to share his love among wives.
Then there is this matter of self-constraint. What really makes a man to marry again? Fulfillment of urges?
Obviously there are other ways to help women apart from marrying them. Why isn’t there emphasis on loyalty to one spouse for man? A person can live a sane life without having any intimacy with opposite gender then what’s the need of polygamy and that too, just for males?

A second discussion is about your article on Marriage with the People of Book. Okay, I agree that there’s a clear difference in their beliefs from ours. But I would like to highlight another aspect, and I am sure you also share this sentiment, that a majority of Muslims today don’t really know about their own religion and we are somehow separated from People of the Book just by this ‘label’ of religion.

I still struggle with certain elements of faith even though I feel that I am getting closer. Now I am not at this point arguing about Muslim marrying a Christian. I am concerned about Muslim marrying a Muslim!!! I mean how can one be sure of another’s faith? You are free to marry someone because he or she was born a Muslim and just this ‘label’ of Islam is sufficient for you to make him/her your spouse.   

I look forward to your response.

As salaam alaikum brother Joseph!! 

I hope you receive this message.

There is something troubling me n I was hoping you would help me understand it better.

Yesterday on a post of mine regarding the existence of God, an atheist friend of mine commented that we are all born as atheists and that we are told or tutored about the existence of God only after.

What I need to know is, what if one leads a life, from birth, not knowing about the existence of God... How different a life that would be? If there is a God (I do believe), HE would be watching over him/her any which way.

Dear Joseph Islam

Is it permissible to wear suede? I know the flesh of pork is forbidden as food so logically there would seem to be no reason to kill a pig and have its skin but I was just wondering. Tom's and Adidas shoes use suede.

Thank you.

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