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Are there any tenets of Sunni Islam that started out as a revolutionary idea that were resisted by the majority Sunni consensus at the time?

This Q came up as I learnt about Sheikh Mustapha Rashid’s fatwa about hijab not being compulsory going against current Sunni consensus. Since Ijma is a core Sunni principle, I wonder if there is any ...
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Are we all descendents of Noah (Nuh AS)?

When I heard the story of prophet Nuh (AS) I always assumed it was only him and his sons left in the whole entire world, but recently I've heard theories that only Nuh's tribe was drowned and other ...
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Does Islam have a hermetic background from ancient Babylon?

Does Islam have a hermetic background from ancient Babylon? If not, then why does it copy the philosophy and rituals from them? Especially the astrological principles laid down by that priesthood of ...
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Where did the -unmarried- daughters of the Prophet (peace be upon him) stay after the death of their mother Khadija (May Allah be pleased with her)?

Maybe I have missed somthing in our history so I hope to be remained: I'd like to know what was the home at which the daughters of the Prophet (peace be upon him) like Fatima (May Allah be pleased ...
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What caused the decline of the Bani Hashim, what form did the decline take, and why did it happen so quickly?

Every biography I've read so far says that by the time of Muhammad's (pbuh) birth, the fortunes of his clan, the Bani Hashim, had declined considerably. But I'm confused about the cause of this ...
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Why did Abu bakr divourced his wife Kabila, the mother of Asma and Abdullah ibn Omar his wife?

It was said in the Torah, that one may divorce his wife handing her a letter of Divorce, But what was the practice among the Arabs before and after Prophet Muhammad?
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Why did Muhammad (s.a.w.) wear a cloak in surah 74 (al-Muddaththir)? Out of fear of his first encounter with the Angel Jibreel?

In surah 74, we read that the Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w.) asked his wife Khadija to cover him in a cloak repeatedly after he heard the words of the Angel Jibreel telling him to "Recite!" Did he ask to ...
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What is the view of Sunni brethern about apointment of caliph?

I know in Quran, Allah has revealed that "And We made an appointment with Moses for thirty nights and perfected them by [the addition of] ten; so the term of his Lord was completed as forty nights....
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Which of the prophets and messengers are known to have drunk alcohol (if any)?

Drinking alcohol is haram: They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, "In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit." And they ask ...
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How does the Qur'an (and its commentators) explain the miraculous birth of Isa? Who is Isa's father?

I'm reading Sura 19, Maryam, and while I've always been familiar of the birth narrative of Isa, I never pondered how the Qur'an reconciles the immaculate conception of Maryam & miraculous birth of ...
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At what age did Mohammed(PBUH) passed away?

At what age did Mohammed(PBUH) passed away ? According to hadith literature it vary between 60 , 63 and 65. Which is the correct age at which Prophet passed away? Age of 60 Bukhari Volume 7, Book ...
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Are there any scholars who explore Muhammad's thinking concerning the Satanic Verses?

Per advice from the meta site, I must make it absolutely clear that I am not making any claim about -- and indeed have no interest in -- whether the incident actually occurred. My question is about ...
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In what ways did Muhammad's teachings improve the status of women?

A friend of mine has claimed that, historically, Islam and its prophet Muhammad's statements have improved the status of women compared to the earlier social or religious systems that they replaced. ...
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Why did Umar forbid Mutah (temporary marriage) after the death of the prophet?(shia view) [closed]

In a famous sermon,the second caliph 'Umar banned mutah after the death of the Prophet (PBUH) with the following words: "Two mutah were practiced during the time of the Prophet [i.e. temporary ...
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If the Bani Hashim were so weak by Muhammad's day, how could Abu Talib protect him from the powerful Quraysh?

I asked a related question earlier, trying to understand the sudden, catastrophic decline of the Bani Hashim from the high point during the early adulthood of Abd al-Muttalib to the low point at the ...
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Why did Amina never remarry?

A number of biographies of Muhammad report that he lived with the Bedouin for four to six years before he was returned to his mother. Isn't this a long time for a young woman to remain unnoticed by ...
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Hazrat Abu Bakr altercation with Hazrat Aisha?

Is this narration authentic? "Once there was an altercation between the Prophet and Hazrat Ayesha when they found Hazrat Abu Bakr as judge. Hazrat Ayesha said to the Prophet: You speak but don’t ...
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What does it mean for one tribe to be stronger than another?

I've read a few different biographies of Muhammad, and they all talk about one tribe being "stronger" or "weaker" than another. For example, in Medina, the Jewish tribes were originally stronger, but ...
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Are there any authorities that discuss what happened to all Muhammad's captives?

I've read a number of biographies of Muhammad now. In numerous raids and battles, there seem to have been many thousands of captives taken, but nothing I've read so far mentions any specifics about ...
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Are there any secular scholars who explore Muhammad's reasons for not being explicit about succession?

I have tried to understand why Muhammad was not explicit about succession, but all I have found are sectarian answers. One group says Muhammad was explicit, another group says Muhammad deliberately ...
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Is Friday prayer replacement for Duhur prayer?

I been recently into a conversation where I was told that Friday prayer should be read with Duhur prayer like after Friday prayer. Also there was a part that your prayer isn't compete until you read ...
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Why did Muslims attack Iran? [closed]

I find it contradictory that Muslims claim that Islam is the religion of peace yet they attacked Iran (Sassanid kingdom), killed millions of people, took Iranian women and sold them as sex slave. Is ...
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Why did Ali (a.s) order to be buried in secret?

It is said that Ali (a.s) asked his friends and family to bury him secretly. His burial was revealed only later during the Abbasid caliphate by Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (a.s), his descendant and the ...
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Is attendance to the Prophet more important than salah/prayer?

In the event when the was sun returned, technically rose from west to east, after having set. .. the revelation from Allah descended upon His Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, and it ...
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Does Islam allow critically analysing the lives of the Prophets?

Is it allowed in Islam to critically analyze the lives (events and happenings etc, discussed in the Quran, hadiths or accepted as historical facts) of Prophets, specially Muhammad (Peace be upon him)? ...
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Is Daesh predominantly Salafi?

Is Daesh (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Islamic State) predominantly Salafi? This article says ISIS is Salafi, but I've come across someone disputing that.
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What is the story of returning Jiziah (tax) to non-Muslims when Muslims were unable to defend them?

Sometime, somewhere I heard a story something like this from context: In one Muslim country when leaders were realized that they is going to be defeated by enemy, they started returning ...
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Should the poetry of the Quriesh regarding the happening of the Elephant be trusted?

As is known, Quriesh witnessed the happening of the Elephant when Abraha and his Army intended to destroy the Ka'bah. But Allah sent Birds, and made the army like field of broken grass[1]. The ...
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Were the military adventures of Caliphs conquering land after land just? [closed]

As far as I know the Prophet of Islam (pbuh) mostly fought defensive wars while after death of Prophet, Muslim caliphs began a journey to conquer land after land and to bring territories under their ...
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Death of Asma Bint Marwan

I want to ask why our Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) gave death order of Asma Bint Marwan?
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Is it true that the Prophet Mohamed said he inspired himself from the Apostles of Jesus-Christ?

I read a few years ago a translation of the Coran very near the text and done by a serious author. I read: "The prophet Mohamed inspired himself from the teaching of the Apostles of Jerusalem, ...
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Why didn't the Prophet fight his enemies in Mecca during the first 3 years of Islam?

When the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) became prophet, he did not actively fight the Meccans until he immigrated to Medina after three years. Afterwards, he had multiple wars with the Meccans (e.g. the ...
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Does Islam have any official position(s) on the Gospel of Barnabas?

The Gospel of Barnabas is a text that turned up in the form of a couple 16th century manuscripts in Spanish and Italian. It makes a claim to originate from the witness of Barnabas the disciple of ...
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Was the marriage of Aisha(RA) to Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) a divine decree?

Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) married Hazrat Aisha(RA) when she was only 9 years old and he was 53. He in fact proposed her when she was only 6. This sounds strange that the most genius person in the world ...
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When was Umar (radiallahu anhu) given the title “Al Farooq”

Why and when was the second Caliph Umar (radiallahu anhu) blessed with the title "Al-Farooq". I have read different narrations in it, and would like to know some references.
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Where was Muhammad al-Baqir(as) during the Battle of Karbala and what followed?

During and in the aftermath of the Battle of Karbala where was Muhammad al-Baqir(as)? And under whose care? Seeing from his date of birth and the year in which the Battle of Karbala took place (...
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What different versions are there of the history of the Rashideen caliphs? Why?

I know there are at least two versions of the history of the first caliphs, i.e., how those people came to be caliphs: A simplified version, where the first three caliphs were elected by popular ...
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Why is there a difference in the names of prophets between Muslims, Christians and Jews?

Why is there a difference between the names of prophets in christianity, islam and Judaism, for example we refer to Jesus (AS) as Isa(AS). How did this difference occur and why? A name is a name no ...
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What were the obligations of prayer before Hijra?

There are numerous well-known obligations to prayer, as established throughout the hadith literature, including rulings on the form of prayer, the daily number of prayers, praying in congregation, and ...
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How tall was Prophet Adam (PBUH)?

I was told Prophet Adam (PBUH) was very tall... Is that true and how tall?
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Interior of Kaaba

During the hajj, pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba but do not enter the building. I was curious about its interior and found this image. Do the three pillars have any religious significance other ...
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Why Muhammad is considered as messanger of God and peace

I am a Hindu who knows very little about Islam. Recently I read an article on Wikipedia about Conversion of non-Muslim places of worship into mosques. If Mohammad converted many religious places ...
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Hijri vs English Calendar. How old is Islam?

We are living in 21st century, my question is, is Islamic calendar came after the invention of English calendar? As Islamic year going on is 1436(I don’t know exactly) and English year going on is ...
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Out of the Prophets mentioned in the Quran how many were known to comman man in 6th century in Arabia?

I read that Quran mentions 25 prophets by name. It is believed that there were many more prophets sent by the creator on earth. Is there any reason for mention of these 25 prophets only? On what ...
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Fadak, Fatima and Abu baker [closed]

Fadak Belonged to Mohammad (PBUH). He gave it to her daughter Fatima (PBUH) as a gift (see e.g.??). It should have remained in her possession after he passed away. Even if it wasn't given as a gift, ...
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Did animals help Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) while he was in fire?

According to this reference,Tafsir Qomi.volume2.page72-73,When Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) was thrown to the fire,animals asked Allah to help Ibrahim but Allah just allowed frog to help him.frog brought ...
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Why muslims have different ways for Wudhu (ablution)?

I know about Quran verses and the different proofs everyone brings. My question is that, why Muslims have different ways of ablution and argue on that: When the Prophet (sa) was amongst them for 23 ...
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Did Muslims always make pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Ramadan?

I recently saw pictures in the National Geographic of mass prayer on the Noble Sanctuary near Al-Aqsa during Ramadan. Muslims from all over the world it seems arrive to the Noble Sanctuary during ...
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Where was the first Qibla of Islam?

Where was the first Qibla in Islam? Is there any verse in the Qur'an or hadith that established that Qibla? Why did Muslims pray towards Jerusalem?
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Are there any Islamic mystics in the Guru Granth Sahib?

According to wikipedia: Guru Arjan, the fifth Sikh Guru, added religious mystics belonging to other religions into the holy scriptures that would eventually become the Guru Granth Sahib. Were any ...

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