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Do elves really exist?

I was reading through owari's answer here and he mentioned somewhere that The Humans and Elves have intellect by which they.....etc.. and I was quite shocked to know that he referred to Elves as ...
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Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) footprint near the Kaaba

Here is a picture of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) footprint near the Kaabah Is there any evidence that is definitely footprint of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH)?
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Where does it come from that Khadija (RA) was 40 years old when she married the prophet?

This wiki answer mentions, that Khadija (RA) the business women and first wife of the prophet could be 28 years old, not 40 at the time of her marriage with the prophet if you google for "The Sons ...
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Does Asharite atomism affirm that space & time must necessarily be atomic?

I've read (probably in wikipedia but can't track down the reference now) that the Asharite strand in Islamic theology couldn't accept that substance necessarily exists pre-eternally as the Quoran ...
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Did prophet Muhammad live a simple and humble life who had limited means?

We have been taught in schools that the Prophet lived a very simple and humble life. That is he hardly have enough food at home so that it would not last for the day. He would have patches in his ...
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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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Why did Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) order the killing of Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf?

This question is inspired by this question: How should insults to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) be handled? Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: The Prophet said, "Who is ready to kill Ka'b bin Al-...
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What are the readings (qira'at) of Quran?

As far as I know there are more than one reading for Quran. Some say they are 7 and others say they are 14. What does that mean? Are there more than one Quran? Which reading is the correct one and why?...
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Are Muslim woman and man considered equal?

I know this is an obvious question, but I usually find some stories bias. Please include resources to back-up your opinion. Ok taking a very basic example...women can't look at the moon. And we ...
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Why Hz. Umar changed 8 rakah taraweeh to 20 rakah?

Apparently there are no recordings anywhere that the prophet (pbuh) prayed 20 rakah taraweeh. That the prophet (pbuh) prayed 8 rakah taraweeh. I understand that Umar (may allah be pleased with him) ...
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Did ahlul bayt celebrate mawlid?

I just wanted to know if any school of thought has proof that the mawlid was celebrated by the ahlul bayt and/or if the prophet celebrated anyone's birthday while he was alive. I am not interested in ...
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Is Ibn Saba a real person in History of Islam or just a myth?

I see sometimes his story is used as evidence. but as I know he is only mentioned in one book Tabari and the narrator of this story who Tabari said his name in his book is not known as a reliable ...
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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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How the conflict between these two verse of Quran can be solved?

First verse says: And whoever turns his back to them on such a day, unless swerving [as a strategy] for war or joining [another] company, has certainly returned with anger [upon him] from Allah,...
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How many wives did Hazrat Hassan (R.A) had?

I have heard rumors that Hassan (RA),grand child of the prophet, had over 100 wives (4 at a time though). I found this reference which talks about this claim too Some have reported 70 wives. Others ...
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Was Hazrat Ali (RA) born inside the kabba with the walls cracked?

I heard that Imam Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) was born inside the Ka'bah, that is the walls cracked and he was delivered inside the kaabah. My question is what is the validity of this story ...
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What happened to people who were born and died before the Prophet's birth? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the fate of someone who died never hearing of Islam? Does Islam accept that there was life before the Prophet's birth? If yes, then at that time on what basis people ...
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Eid al-Adha: Why do Muslims slaughter animals remembering the sacrifice of Abraham?

Even though I am a non-muslim (Orthodox Hindu Brahmin), I am a rational person. I don't stick to my religion, but I study all religions and love all philosophies. It is by that I read the Qur'an and ...
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How did Talha bin Ubaidullah die?

Talha bin Ubaidullah (may Allah be pleased with him) was one of the Ashara al-Mubasharîn bi-l-Janna. How did he die? Was it natural death? or, he died in battle? I would like to listen to both Sunni ...
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Where are the master copies of the Quran kept?

According to Muslims, the Quran has never been altered by humans down the centuries and is today what it was when first narrated to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. For this to be true requires a master ...
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Where were the stories of the sahaba recorded?

There are many stories about the sahaba such as the story of how Umar ibn al khattab reverted to islam that are very well known, and are retold in various lectures and sermons by religious figures. ...
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Do children of Muslims have the “seed of Islam”?

From an MSNBC interview with Franklin Graham (starting about 3:05): Reporter: You've said in the past that President Obama's father was Muslim, so that President Obama has the seed of Islam, I ...
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Why was Quran not compiled at the time of the Prophet?

In the holy Quran, Quran is mentioned numerous time as the book It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; (3:7) In the last sermon of the prophet, the prophet said I leave ...
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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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What hadith mentions the ten companions (al-'Ashara al-Mubashara) in Jannah?

I have read somewhere that Prophet (SAW) himself told the good news to ten (10) of his companions that they will have a place in Jannah. These ten companions are called al-'Ashara al-Mubashara (العشرة ...
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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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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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Are the Sunni madh'habs limited to 4?

Usually it is said that Sunni schools of fiqh are 4 (Hanbali, Shafi'i, Maliki, Hanafi). Is it true that some Sunni scholars like Abubakr, Ahmad and Bayhaqi had a higher level of knowledge than ...
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When and why did the tradition of woman not entering the mosque come into being?

Though according to the shariyah, women have equal rights of entering the mosque as the men. Even at the time of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) women used to enter the mosque with hijab and used to pray ...
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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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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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What did the prophet (PBUH) said to the bounty hunter who accepted Islam during Hijrah and what is his name?

During the hijrah of rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam), he was with Abu Bakr in the cave while the mushrikeen sought him out. Unable to find him, they placed a significant bounty on his head. ...
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Did Prophets prior to Muhammad live for hundreds of years?

According to many Ulama (scholars), Prophets prior to Muhammad (peace be upon them) lived for hundreds of years and so did the people of their Ummah, and Muhammad (pbuh) and his Ummah has the shortest ...
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Why is the “crescent moon and star” being used as the symbol of Islam by some Muslims?

Is star and crescent a symbol of Islam? Is it a tradition or is it mentioned in the Qur'an?
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Did Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan become the ruler of Muslims in a legitimate way?

Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan ruled Islamic Caliphate from 661 till 680. Did he come to the power in a legitimate way (according to Quran and hadith)? I am only interested in the views of Sunni Muslim ...
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To what extent can Shura (consultation of Muslims) be used for selecting Caliph?

Shura (mutual consultation) is clearly prescribed in the Qur'an, as follows: وَالَّذِينَ اسْتَجَابُوا لِرَبِّهِمْ وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَأَمْرُهُمْ شُورَىٰ بَيْنَهُمْ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ ...
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What are the origins of Shia and Sunni division?

Can anyone tell me about the origins of Shia and Sunni division? Why were two different groups of Muslims created? Allah didn't send us to live divided. No verse of Quran or Hadith suggest that as ...
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Where and when did the notion of “You must follow one madhhab exclusively” originate?

Can someone with knowledge on the evolution of fiqh pinpoint something in history about where this notion originated from? Today we hear from one side that following one madhhab exclusively is almost ...
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How many wars did the Prophet (SAW) lead?

During the time of the Prophet (SAW) government in Medina, how many wars did he lead? I have heard that the Prophet (SAW) was involved in more than 100 wars. Are these statistics correct? What is ...
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Did the stories in Quran happen as is, or are they symbolizing different and more common events?

You all should know the stories (I'm sorry, I don't know if the word "story" is appropriate to address them. In my language it is rude, but I don't find a better word in English.) in Quran. Like Moses ...
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Do any historical documents exits in regards to ذوالقرنین / Zulqarnayn?

There is an interesting fully metaphoric story about a one named "ذوالقرنین/Zulqarnayn/Two-Eyes Owner" in Quran. [18:83] I would like to know what does God mean about each metaphor in the story; so ...