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Questions about Islamic terms, the ways they are used, and what they mean.

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Does salat mean prayer to Allah?

Salam, I am confused about salat/namaz. Does salat mean prayer to Allah? But how come God sends salat to the prophet? If you know Arabic enough could you please explain salat in Quranic context? ...
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What is the Islamic definition of music?

Based on answers from questions like (Music in Islam?), it seems that music is haraam. My question is, has Islamdefined for muslims what music is? For example, is music: singing without musical ...
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Is this a case of sighar marriage?

My elder sister marriage is adjusted with my cousin. I like sister of my cousin. Can I marry her after my sister marriage. Is it a sighar marriage?
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What is Waqf in fiqh terminolgy?

What are the conditions and rules for someone to declare his or her assets as Waqf? Besides, does it apply for intellectual properties?
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What do terms like Shirkat-ul-Mufavdha in business partnerships under Islamic law mean?

What is the meaning of the following terms in business partnership under Islamic law. 1) Shirkat-ul-Mufavdha شركة المفاوضة 2) Shirkat-ul-Anan شركة العنان 3) Shirkat-ul-Wajooh شركة الوجوه 4) ...
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What is “Taqleed”? And who should do complete Talqeed and who is not obliged to do taqleed?

My question is that what is the explanation of "Taqleed", and who should do Taqleed and who is free from it? And up to what extent one should do Talqeed and which Islamic practices come under Talqeed ...
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Is it appropriate to use the term “Semite” for Muslims?

I am an American Jew who has been reaching out to Muslim friends and neighbors. To stress the connection I feel, I sometimes describe myself as a fellow (or sister) Semite or say that I consider anti-...
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What is the difference between “nabi” and “rasul”?

In English, we use the word prophet, but in Quran two different names are used for prophets: rasul and nabi. What is the difference between rasul and nabi?
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What does a.s. mean?

OK, so I know very little about Islam, but this question doesn't seem to be Google-able. I've seen some people in the Qur'an described with a.s. after their name - such as Nuh a.s. What does that mean?...
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Who can we call a musafir (Traveller)?

There are cases where the Rasul (the Messenger) p.b.u.h did not spell out specific criteria for a certain condition/situation. For example the minimum distance traveled to qualify as a musafir (...
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What is “taharrush gamea” and is it part of Islam?

I stumbled upon another anti-Islam site, billionbibles.org. They have an article on Taharrush Gamea which they define as the coordinated sexual attack of a girl or a woman in public by a mass of ...
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What is the definition of a kaffir?

My understanding of the term kafir is that it refers to a person who literally rejects God's authority. So while even the most blatant polytheist would still be mushrik, he would not (necessarily) ...
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Does “nikah” mean “sex”?

In another question, we have this quote: I heard that the word "nikah" has a disgusting meaning to it? All this time I thought "nikah" meant marriage, but apparently it means to have sex or f***. -...
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Refering to Allah (SWT) as “him”?

I was watching a khutba on youtube and the Imam referred to Allah (SWT) as "him". If you need a context to go with this the sentence was, "Allah (SWT) doesn't need us, we need him." I sometimes feel ...
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Is it wrong for a Muslim to say hallelujah?

I have searched about both the literal and religious meaning and context of the word "Hallelujah", and I learned it is a Hebrew word, meaning "praise to God". Is it okay for a Muslim to say ...
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What are sins and what are mistakes?

I have two questions. What are sins and what are mistakes? When we do something against the command of God in unawareness; is it a sin or mistake? Did prophets make mistakes only or they sin also? I ...
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If something is not Halal, does that mean it's Haram?

Actually, this came to me when I was watching some shieks talking about music status in Islam, and referring to the famous hadith that says: There will be a group of my people who will make ...
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Are sins and bad deeds the same or different?

Are sins and bad deeds the same or different? I wonder if they are or not, because on the day of judgement, God will weigh up our good and bad deeds, but are bad deeds the same as sins?
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Who defined the terms “makki” and “madani”?

I know part of Qur'an was revealed in Makka and remaining was revealed in Madina. However, some surahs of the Qur'an (moshaf) are declares to be "makki" or "madani", based on revelation. So I want to ...
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Is there an Islamic synonym for 'parishioner'

When referring to members or worshippers at a Christian church, I might use the word 'parishioner', or possibly even 'congregation'. Are there equivalent words specific to the Islamic faith for those ...
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What are the Arsh and Kursi of Allah?

What are the Arsh and Kursi of Allah? How are they different from each other?
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What is the difference between 'Wahi' and 'Ilham'?

Are these interchangeable terms? Is there a way by which even non prophets can acquire information/communication from the unseen?
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What does “obey” mean in “righteous women are devoutly obedient” in Qur'an 4:34?

Can someone please define the word "obey" in the context of this verse. http://quran.com/4/34 Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend ...
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Who gave Ayatul-Kursi that appellation?

Who named, or first called, Ayatul-Kursi, Ayatul-Kursi? Of course, it's the Verse of the Throne. But who actually choose to call it by that name? Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-...
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How should I interpret Quran [a:b]?

What is 'a' and 'b'? As in how do I interpret the various quotes that I see around?
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What are Sunnah Rawaatib?

Allah will build a house in Heaven for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah Rak'aat, called Sunnah Rawaatib. (A version of this is at Islam Q&A.) What are Sunnah Rawaatib?
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What is the difference between Syed and Sharif?

What is the difference between both of the terms? Definition of Sharif is here. Don't use Wikipedia English page for it cause it's talking about something different, if you want to see an English ...
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Is it haram to even mention “pig”?

Okay, so I was about to learn a new computer tool which might be one of the major things I would be working on in my future career course. The name of the tool is "PIG". What is Pig? As I was just ...
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Should we include TV shows or series in the definition of “idle talk”?

The phrase "idle talks" appears in this ayah; “And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing) to mislead (men) from the path of Allaah…” [Luqmaan 31:6] In an article about music ...
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What is the difference between Taraweeh and Qiyaam al-layl?

I can see both the prayers are prayed in my Masjid (mosque). Taraweeh time 8:45 to 10:00 pm Qiyaam al-layl time 2:30 to 3:30 am What is the difference between Taraweeh prayer and Qiyaam al-layl ...
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What is the antonym for the word 'kafir' in Urdu? [closed]

I want to know the appropriate word for antonym/opposite for 'Kafir'
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What is a 'non-believer' or 'pagan'?

Under what conditions is someone considered a 'non-believer' or 'pagan' in Islam? Does believing in one God constitute 'belief', and is a Christian or Jew (or followers of monotheistic non-Abrahamic ...
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What is the difference between إِثْم and ذَنب and سَيِّئَة which refer to sin?

There are a number of Arabic words in Quran that refer to sin like: إِثْم and ذَنب and سَيِّئَة. I am looking for the difference between them and their usage.
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What is difference between blasphemy and criticism in Islam?

Does Islam allows criticism on its prophets or holy personalities (definitely for non Muslims) and if yes then where lies the boundary between criticizing Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and blasphemy?
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What is the difference between a Khawariji and a Munafiq?

The more I read about the Hadith's on Khawarij, I felt they are similar to Munafiqs. Is there any difference?
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Is it correct to use Al-Haj before the name of persons who completed their haj?

I saw most of the Muslims who have completed their Hajj add the prefix Al-Haj or Hajito their names, like adding Al-Hafiz to those who finished memorizing the whole Al-Quran. Haji is an honorific ...
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How did saying Mashallah originate?

As a convert, I hear this a lot: Masha Allah, also Masha'Allah, is an Arabic phrase that means "God has willed", expresses appreciation, joy, praise, or thankfulness for an event or person that was ...
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Why don't we say Mashallah 33 times?

It's quite normal to say Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar 33 times after daily prayers; see e.g. this question. I'm wondering why we don't likewise say Mashallah ("God has willed") 33 ...
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Is the word “jihad” specific to holy struggles or is it a generic word? [duplicate]

For example, if I was talking about struggling with math homework, or I was at war with another country for purely economic reasons, would the word 'jihad" be appropriate? By definition, does the word ...
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What is the etymology of the word “jihad?” [duplicate]

Specifically, was this word in use in the Arabic language before Islam? If so, how was it used? Did it have a holy connotation or was the word a generic term for all kinds of struggles? Can this word ...
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What is the meaning of Shafa'ah (Sunni view)?

There is some narration from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) installed in Masjid an Nabawi in Madinah, justified as "Sahih"(=Correct) or "Hassan"(=Well) in different Sunni references: النَّبِيِّ صلى الله ...
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What is the exact meaning of Karrar? (As a Laqab (title) of Imam Ali a.s.)

I have heard that Karrar is one of Imam Ali's names. Actually Imam Ali (a.s.) has many titles. Karrar is one of them. Well, I was wondering: What is the exact meaning of it?
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What is the difference between SHIFA'ah and SHAFA'ah?

I want to know the exact meaning and difference between SHIFA'ah and SHAFA'ah and which one we need to ask Allah for?
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What is the exact meaning (or interpretation) of Yaseen? (as the initial verse of Surah-Yasin)

As you are aware, Surah Yasin consists of 88 verses and it begins with Ya, Seem (Yaseen) Yasin: بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ يس (1) والقرآن الحکیم (2) إِنَّكَ لَمِنَ ...
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What exactly does being a Muslim mean?

Can someone please give a brief answer describing the major and main responsibilities which is a must and sufficient enough to make a Muslim. Please provide references as well.
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What is a “saint” in Islam?

How does Islam define the word saint? Does it just mean any reasonably good person; or a person in close communication with God? Is it in some way analogous to the Christian concept of a "saved" ...
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What does the attribute of Allah “shafiul mudhnibin” mean?

I was advised by an honourable person to chant the following: Ya Allahu, Ya Rahmanu, Ya Rahim, Ya Rahmatallil Alamin, Ya Shafiul Mudhnibin. But I want to verify its meaning first. First four phrases ...
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Is it improper to describe Friday as “sabbath”?

On Friday, Muslims have Jumu'ah prayer. This is comparable with "sabbath" in Christianity: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy is taken as one of the Ten Commandments. Wikipedia writes about ...
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How can I practically determine what “should” means?

I hear the word should used a lot and its meaning can be vague. To illustrate how many times this occurs, from the single article Forty Hadiths for Women, the word should appears in: woman should ...
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What is the definition of Muslim according to the Holy Quran?

Is there any verse in the Holy Quran that provides a clear definition of who should be considered Muslim? Some extremist groups of Muslims use their own definition of Muslim and call some other ...