Questions tagged [islamic-philosophy]

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Where does Allah come from?

Everything was created by Allah but then where did Allah come from? Is it haram to ask such a question?
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Is Pantheism (as defined by Spinoza) compatible with Islam?

Pantheism (Pan = all, theism=God) is the view that God is all. Although some definitions describe pantheism as the view that God is the universe or God is nature, the more general definition is that ...
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Can Allah create a rock that He can't lift?

If Allah has all the power and can do anything can he create something (e.g. a rock) that he himself can't lift? If the answer was no, it doesn't mean that he is not able to do something which ...
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Why must there be a God? [closed]

This question was asked in the Christianity.SE: I realize this might be a question better suited for the philosophy site, but I am very interested to get the Christian perspective. I was ...
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How can God create without determining the outcome?

If God is the first cause and God really created everything, how can our actions not be caused by him? But on the other hand, if our actions must have been determined by Him, then how is this ...
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Why is pork forbidden in Islam?

Is there a reason behind pig/pork/boar being forbidden in Islam? What is this reason? How is it justified, and what are the benefits of it in day-to-day life?
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Why does Islam permit slavery?

Asking from a non-Muslim's viewpoint, if Islam preaches equality, then why does it permit slavery?
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Do I need to learn Arabic to become a practicing Muslim?

I am an American who recently converted. But I only know English and I have a Qur'an that is English only. I have memorized most of the everyday sayings in Arabic. But I was wondering if I have to ...
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If Allah has no wants/needs, why do anything? [duplicate]

I'm a little confused about the following We know that Allah does not want/need our worship: O mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah is Rich (Free of all wants and needs), ...
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What is the Islamic view of the Law of Attraction?

Does Islam approve Law of attraction? I mean is it OK to think like that or it's conflicting with Islamic beliefs? Is what they call "The Universe" same as Allah? Is this in any way mentioned in ...
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What does the phrase “For it is Allah who is the Time” mean?

Sahih Muslim, Book 27, Hadith 5584: Abu Huraira reported Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not abuse Time, for it is Allah Who is the Time. Does the phrase "For it is Allah ...
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Why can't I find proof for Islam that I can see for myself?

Before I start, please note that I'm a Muslim and have always been one. I pray regularly without missing a single Salah. I'm not a rebellious person who's just trying to prove islam wrong either. And ...
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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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Is there clear answer to the Problem of Hell?

I was reading the famous Problem of Hell. The problem of Hell is an ethical problem in religion in which the existence of Hell for the punishment of souls is regarded as inconsistent with the ...
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Is Islam geared towards the poor?

I've been reading some stuff about Islam, I have been going to Islamic type forums and I have managed to build up a very general picture about Islam and Muslims in general. That picture seems to be ...
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Where can I find the tafsir of Avicenna?

Corbin, in his History of Islamic Philosophy quotes from the Tafsir of Avicenna, on Surah 113: I seek refuge in the Lord of Day break (verse 1). Avicenna writes: This means: I seek refuge ...
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Are dreams real? What does Islam say about this?

Does dream have keys to hidden truth? Are they real? Do they have clues for future events? If yes, is every person's dream real or is it only pious people whose dreams are real? What about a non ...
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Is it blasphemy to question Islam?

Salam, I'm Muslim, I've always been curious with a lot of imaginations, questions about everything (religions, music, mathematics..etc) even if I'm not as smart as 90% of people I know, they are AWAY ...
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If someone dies doing something risky is it suicide?

Something I have always been wondering about, people tend to do a lot of risky things which may have fatal consequences and they are aware of that, but happen to do it any way. Such acts can be ...
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Are angels free-willed, perfectly ethical beings?

The Qur'an was told to Muhammad PBUH by an angel, who says that they do not ever disobey Allah swt. Surah 66:6 O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel ...
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Why does God let people kill each other?

We are all here in this world to pass our test, and the other world will be the result of our deeds in this world, right?? Then if God gave us the chance of test here in this world. Why did he gave ...
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To what extent does Islam identify credit for lineage?

Derived from this Question and this Answer is a question about the intrinsic credit of lineage in the view of Allah. We already know something about this from Qur'an: إِنَّ اللَّـهَ اصْطَفَىٰ آدَمَ ...
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Is there a way to reconcile naturalism and Islam? How divided is Islam on naturalism?

While watching and participating on Islam.SE and a few other places, I have observed that there is frequently very heated anger whenever the subject of naturalism comes up; for example, anything in ...
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Do women with hijab have the same sense of freedom like others in this modern age? [closed]

Allah,the exalted,says in the noble Quran as such: "Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted ...
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Why Islam banned wine in four steps and not in one step?

There are four different verses about banning wine. Islam firstly said do not pray while you are drunk. And step by step made harder rule. Then, finally said wine is Haraam. Why not in just one step?...
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If God is “Infinitely” Merciful, doesn't that mean that, in a philosophical way, everyone will be forgiven and given access to jannah?

If God is "Infinetely" Merciful, doesn't that mean that everyone will be given access to jannah? Let's say I have an infinite number of candies, and I'm also Infinitely generous, and a Kid ask me to ...
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Origins of Taqlid

Who was the originator of the doctrine of Taqlid? Which school of thought,if any in particular,propounded it first? And the term"doors of ijtihad are closed",what are the origins of this later term as ...
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According to Islam, why was I born?

Why was I born, according to Islam? In fact, I also have a second component to this question. If Allah/God is omniscient, then why did he create beings that he knew were certain to enter hell (which ...
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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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Do muslims consider jews/judaism to associate a partner with Allah?

I understand the view Muslims have of Christians where they associate Jesus as a partner with Allah. I am unsure why Jews would be considered in the same situation as Christians as I thought they ...
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Is there free will of faith according to Islam?

We can only believe in Allah by permission of Allah. وَلَوْ شَاءَ رَبُّكَ لَآمَنَ مَن فِي الْأَرْضِ كُلُّهُمْ جَمِيعًا ۚ أَفَأَنتَ تُكْرِهُ النَّاسَ حَتَّىٰ يَكُونُوا مُؤْمِنِينَ And had your ...
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What justifies having children if there is a possibility that they will suffer eternally in the afterlife?

One of the subjects which I have been perplexed about is the conflict between procreation and antinatalism. Islam places great emphasis on the family unit and raising children. Of course, this is in ...
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If a person does not have proof that Islam is the truth, can he ever become a muslim?

Think about it this way. If there really was a proof that Islam is the truth, then everyone in the world would have been muslims by now. Why are you a muslim? Do you have proof? If you think you ...
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Can Allah change the past? [duplicate]

If we ask Allah to remove something from our past like it never happened, can He do that? I know Allah works in ways we couldn't even imagine.
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What is “Islamic” about “Islamic philosophy”?

Philosophy does not belong to any one religion. Philosophers also don’t have any concern with religion. Philosophers, as those who concerned with argument and proof,don't permit the religious ...
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Who is considered as infidel (kafir) from the viewpoint of noble Qur'an?

The word Kafir (infidel) is used many times in noble Qur'an. [Ref] such as: يُرِيدُونَ أَن يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّـهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللَّـهُ إِلَّا أَن يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ ...
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Why creation of universe in 6 days

Why did it take Allah 6 days to create the universe? I know that Allah is independent of time, but I have trouble understanding why the creation of the universe took as long as it did. Please help ...
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Should Muslims study other cultures/religions in order to seek knowledge?

Islam has given great importance to the process of seeking knowledge. We (Muslims) believe that non muslims seeking knowledge is very important, as it is the key element to find and follow the right ...
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Is miracle considered the fundamental proof of the validity of the Qur'an?

The validity of the Qur'an seems to hinge on the miracle of its beautiful language, the miracle of accurate prophecies, the miracle of there being no contradictions, etc. Are there any Islamic ...
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The Quran is commonly said to be the “Uncreated Speech of Allah”, what does this mean?

Obviously the Qur'an is printed on paper; and bound into books. It does not refer to the physically wrapping. Also, Allah has no human attribute; when we say Allah is merciful; it is a faint ...
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What is the relationship between heart and mind?

I need to know the relation between our heart and mind according to Islam. When we think bad does it has an effect on our spiritual heart and our soul? Like thinking of kufr shirk and sins. But as ...
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Why does Allah command women to cover themselves?

What exactly does it achieve? If a woman does not cover herself, how does that make her any less religious or less human? Some Muslims may say that it is degrading for a woman to show her body. Why ...
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The concept of Eternity in Islam

What is the concept of eternity in Islam? In Surah Ikhlas (112) it is said that: (1)Say Allah is One. (2)Allah the eternal refuge. (3)He neither begets nor is He begotten. (4)And no one is equal to ...
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What does “Ummah” mean in Islam?

What does Ummah mean in Islam as we know there are many different groups with different ideas about Islamic rules which call themselves Muslim so how can you call it Ummah?
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Why does Allah use prophets to spread his message to humanity?

Through out the ages, Allah has sent prophets amongst mankind to spread his message of compassion, mercy and obedience to his will. But this system is open to abuse by the unworthy among men, ...
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In Shia's Islam, is it possible to make Nikkah again with that person from we recently take divorce?

When a man had given divorce to his wife, recite all seegay ( that specific words by which divorce become properly valid ) and spent 3 months which gave the time for thinking "Is the decision of ...
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How does Islam prove the existence of the life of the world to come?

I have a question: What is the basis for the Islam belief in the World to Come? i asked same question here: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/q/23376/2188
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How can life be a Test if Allah is all-knowing?

How do we reconcile Quran [16:2] "Life is a test": [He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed - and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving - Quran [16:2] ...
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What orthodox positions with regard to epistemology exist?

Mostly sparked by debates regarding evolution, I have become curious what epistemological positions exist in orthodox schools of the major Islamic sects. I understand the doctrinal priority of Quran ...
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Is brainwashing yourself into conviction a legitimate path to Islam?

In the YouTube Crash Course Philosophy video Indiana Jones & Pascal's Wager: Crash Course Philosophy #15, Hank Green discusses Pascal's Wager, saying: Does believing in something because it's the ...

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