Questions tagged [islamic-basis]

Use this tag for those questions which seek to find what, if any, basis a common practice or belief has in Islamic fundamentals, or if it is just a cultural tradition (e.g. "folk Islam").

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Is raising hands in du'a (dua) bid'ah?

I have many questions about that: Is raising one's hands for du'a after each and every salat bid'a? Is it true that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) never really raised his hands in Du'a except in ...
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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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According to Shi'a Islam, did Fatimah (daughter of Prophet Muhammad) die naturally, or was she killed?

Someone asked me why Fatimah passed away in just 90 days or less after her father passed away: How did she die... my friend said she died naturally but I said she died due to an accident behind ...
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Why do Muslims call fellow non-related Muslims brothers or sisters?

Why do Muslims call fellow non-related Muslims brothers or sisters? It seems strange that you get married to someone who you referred to (in the passed) as your brother or sister? Is this encouraged ...
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Why is circumcision required in Islam?

I have read in many places that circumcision hasn't proven to be any helpful to our health and no advantages of it have been found. Why are we required to get circumcised when we are born? Are there ...
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What does Islam say about growing beards?

I have watched a part of TV show and the Muslim scholar was saying it is a must to let your beard grow and trim your mustache. I have always thought there is a kind of cultural influence and it is not ...
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Is Jihad Al-Nikah (جهاد النكاح) an Islamic rule?

I heard about Jihad Al-Nikah in television and radio, especially in the Syrian war which Saudi cleric gave a fatwa about it. Does it exist in Islam?
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Why do most Muslims believe in Adam's Apple while it is never mentioned to be an Apple?

It is never clearly mentioned that it is an apple in Quran. What was mentioned is a tree. So why do most Muslims believe it is an Apple? Is it a fairy tale or it has a supporting proof?
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Is it true that Islam is a religion of peace?

I noticed when looking at various discussions regarding Islam, Muslims say that the word Islam means peace. Then they provide some verses from the Quran and some stories of the prophet Muhammed being ...
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Does Islam restrain/prohibit Jews from to pray in a mosque?

The Israeli government does not allow Jews to pray on the Temple-Mount, out of respect to the Muslim faith. This is enforced by Israeli police. So I was wondering, is it because it's against Islamic ...
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Some scholars say Muslims who don't pray are not unbelievers, but are executed: on what grounds is this justified?

A Shafi'i fiqh book states: f1.4 A Muslim who holds the prayer to be obligatory but through lack of concern neglects to perform it until its proper time is over has not committed unbelief (dis: w18....
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Is it necessary to drink water while sitting down and why doesn't the same rule apply while drinking Zam Zam?

I've always been asked by my elders to sit down and then drink water. Why is it so and why doesn't the same rule apply while drinking Zam Zam.
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Was Ishmael the one to be sacrificed?

It is commonly believed among Muslims that Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Ishmael, even though Isaac is clearly named thus in the Old Testament. The Qur'an confirms the story of the sacrifice,...
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Is the practice of "melting lead and pouring it into cold water over the head" from Islam?

There are some people that melt lead and pour it into cold water over a person's head believing that this would cure nazar and/or evil spiritual illness. If you don't understand what I mean, see this ...
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Why is it believed that a Muslim will eventually get out of hell?

To best of my knowledge, according to the most common interpretation, if a person is assigned to hell in the afterlife, he will stay there forever except if he's a Muslim. It's believed that, a Muslim ...
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What does "Sunni Hanafi" mean?

What does the term "Sunni Hanafi" mean and what are these divisions?
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Drinking a Dua?

When my Auntie was pregnant she would put a paper in some water and drink it. I am not sure what it was and why she would do it. The paper had some writings and she would want to wash the writing off ...
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Why does Allah subject people to tests?

Allah says in the Holy Quran: الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفُورُ Who created death and life that He may try you — ...
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Kissing Thumbs On Hearing Name Of Prophet Mohammad

I have been seeing this since my birth; people use to kiss their thumbs and put them over their eyes when they hear the name of our prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). Is it allowed in Islam or ...
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Why such hatred toward Jews? [closed]

I know that this is a sensitive question, especially in the current times we are facing, but I honestly asking and have no intention of arousing anger, only discussion. My question is: Why is there ...
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Why did we do takbir three times during Eid ul-Fitr prayer?

Yesterday, we went to the mosque to perform Eid ul-Fitr salat prayer, which occurred between fajr (dawn prayer) and zuhr (noon prayer). For some reason, we performed takbir three times at various ...
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What is the Islamic ruling regarding making the grave of the Prophet as places of worship?

What is the Islamic ruling regarding making the grave of the Prophet (pbuh) as a place of worship? Is making shrines on graves of the Prophets and respecting them an important part of Islam? Is it ...
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Is Islam really a religion of peace?

I would like to ask, is Islam really a religion of peace? My question arises because, why in some of your Quranic verses does Allah encourage you to kill specially those who do not believe in Islam? ...
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Why do Muslims say Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar for 33 times after daily prayers?

Muslims say Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar for 33 times after each daily prayer (salat). What do these words mean and what is the reason for saying them? Also, why exactly 33 times ?
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Does Islam support putting flowers on a grave to reduce punishment?

On a recent visit to a Muslim graveyard, I see people put rose petals on the graves of their loved ones. On inquiry, I was informed that the Prophet (SAW) once put a leaf on the grave to reduce the ...
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How can one share good news without invoking the evil eye?

Where I live, in our culture the evil eye can get to you if you share good news e.g. if I get a job, I tell my siblings and family with a good gesture, but people might be jealous or envy you or may ...
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Why 9th rabi-ul-awwal is celebrated as ed-e-zehra?

I want to know ,what is the significance of 9th Rabi-ul-awwal ? Shia believes that on this day Mukhtar-al-Saqafi had send the heads of the killer's of imam Hussein to his family, after looking at ...
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What formal, doctrinal guidance is there for how a Muslim should personally respond to deliberate, gratuitous abuse of Islam?

I'm not trying to goad anyone, or start a fight, or pass judgment. I'm asking out of genuine curiosity. Please read accordingly. I seek to learn how Muslims choose their response to deliberate, ...
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Are parents responsible for their daughter not wearing hijab?

At the age of around 20, I was forced to wear hijab by my father. I don't want to wear the hijab just yet, so I've worn it on and off since then. My dad once lectured me, forcing me to wear hijab or ...
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How can someone legally be a slave according to Sharia law?

This thing has always confused me. If a muslim dude randomly walks up to me and says "Hey, man. Wanna be my slave?" and then I reply "Yeah. No problem bro.", does that legally make me his slave (by ...
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Eating onions can harm Angels?

One of my friend said a person must not enter mosque after eating onions. Because it can harm Angels. Is this true or can this be a cultural belief ? There are many hadiths about eating Garlic and ...
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What would be the practical steps towards helping a friend taking a decision to become a Muslim

Al Salam Alikum, I have a Christian friend who has a genuine interest in Islam, I would like to know what are the steps I can take in order to help her feel more secure regarding Islam, and ...
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What is the significance of raising the index finger in Islam, apart from the daily prayers?

I am not Muslim, but I have noticed in the media that the index finger is often raised by some Muslims when speaking and this seems to have more significance than just emphasising the point, as ...
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Arabs and other nationalities

Do Arabs stand a better chance in getting into Heaven as the Holy Quran is written in Arabic? What i'm trying to ask is that, since they know Arabic and the Holy Quran is written in Arabic, isn't it ...
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Going from "never prayed in my life" to my first prayer?

Prayer is central to Islam, but as a newbie, I find myself in the situation where I've never actually prayed in my life (ever) and now I'm trying to figure out how to pray. So I YouTubed how to pray, ...
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Is jihad an integral part of Islam?

After the Brussels attack, ISIS released a video that said this,"Every Muslim who is well aware of the history of Islam, knows that the holy war against infidels is an integral part of Islam, and ...
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What is the stance of Muslim scholars on relationship of Prophet Muhammad with Maria Qibti?

I am a Muslim and came around a discussion with an atheist friend. He asked me this question, that why Prophet Muhammad had relationship with Maria Qibti, though they were not married. They had a son ...
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Does reciting the 99 Names of ALLAH (swt) bring particular benefits?

I happened to visit a Islamic website 99 Names of ALLAH(swt) recently, and it had listed all the names of ALLAH (swt), with all the names there is a certain WAZIFA or say certain recitations, that if ...
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Is it mandatory for the bride to pierce her nose for marriage in Islam?

This is creating a difficult situation for me. My parent and relative asked me to do this but the bride doesn't want to. Is it mandatory for the bride to pierce her nose for wearing jewelry (nose ...
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Do angels enter our houses during the time of the Maghrib prayer?

I don't know if it's true but I've heard Muslims say that the time of the Maghrib prayer is a very blessed time and during this time, angels will enter your home and make dua for you. Is this from ...
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Shaking Hand After Faraz Salat

Is it sunnah to shake hands (musafaha) with other people in the mosque after finishing Faraz Salat (At the end of salam in right and then left). If so, then can you please provide any Authentic Hadith ...
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Can Zam-Zam water turn ordinary water into Zam-Zam water?

I've heard that, if even some droplets of Zam-Zam water is mixed with ordinary waters the mixture will have the qualities of Zam-Zam water. In fact, the ordinary water turns into Zam-Zam water if it ...
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Concept of life in exchange of life in Islam

His life was at stake, then by Allah's permission, he was saved. Now he wants to sacrifice animal to please Allah because he believes it is recommended in Islam to sacrifice a life in exchange of the ...
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Was Abdul Mutalib Muslim?

Was the grandfather of Rasolullah, Abdul Mutalib, Muslim? I couldn't find much about him, maybe I'm missing some narrations.
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What's the significance of placing one's right hand over the head after the prayer?

What is the significance of placing the right hand on one's head after the prayer? Is it a manner of praying/supplication? If so, how is it different from the usual raising of the palms and having ...
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Who built the Kaaba Sharif in Makkah?

Who built the Kaaba Sharif in Makkah? Did Ibrahim alaihi salaam and his son Ismail really build the Kaaba, I mean is it written in the Old Testament (Torah) and the Holy Quran?
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How reliable is the quote "70 sins between you and [Allah] is much lighter than... just one sin between you and the people" by Sufyan al-Thawri?

A WordPress blog makes this quote (citing this source, in Arabic, so I can't read it): وقال سفيان الثوري: إنك أن تلقى الله عز وجل بسبعين ذنباً فيما بينك وبينه أهون عليك من أن تلقاه بذنب واحد فيما ...
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When are souls created according to Islam?

Does Islam teach that souls are eternal to the past? And if so, where is this teaching found? In other words, are souls "pre-eternal" (a term found here) or "past-complete" (a term found here), both ...
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Why does The Reliance of the Traveller highlight 216 liters of water in the context of impurities?

The Reliance of the Traveller, The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law 'Umdat al-Salik, by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller) states: e1.4 Impure means it is neither ...
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Figuring out right calculation method of prayer time [closed]

I shifted to uk last year and I have been confused by the fact that people I live with think they are hardcore and correct in Islam and everything and get hot headed when told them to correct e.g. The ...

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