Questions tagged [terminology]

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

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Does “I swear…” constitute an oath?

I am a Muslim and I am thinking about if I said "I swear to/that..." will it be considered as an Islamic oath (like saying (in Arabic) "oqsm b Allah")? I might need to say that to somebody who is not ...
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What is the difference between “muhajaba” and “hijabi”?

It seems both muhajaba (or muhajiba) and hijabi refer to women who observe hijab. Personally, I like hijabi because it sounds cute, and not for any serious reason. Question: What is the difference ...
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What does 'by right belongs' mean in this context?

I was reading a Islamic tradition which says "Therefore, whatever I decide for anyone which by right belongs to his brother, he must not take anything, for I am granting him only a portion of Hell." ...
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Is “zina” also used to describe homosexual relations?

Is Zina only used for illicit relations between a man and a woman or is it also used to refer to sexual relations between two men?
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Is there a relationship between the word “hijra” (migration of Muhammad) and “hijra” (South Asian term for transgender people)?

I'm not sure if this is just a coincidence, but there are two similar usages of the word "hijra": Hijrah... is the migration or journey of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca ...
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Difference between Mullah and Ullama [closed]

Aslamu alikom Warahmatullah! I have some doubts about the meaning of Mullah and Ullama. Is there any difference between them? Because in some countries like Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan the word ...
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Why are converts to Islam called reverts?

I have noticed that when a person converts from one religion to Islam it is said that he or she reverted. This is said even when it is the first time he or she embraces Islam as a religion. Why is ...
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Are all non-Jewish/Christian/Muslim people kafirs?

Is everyone who is not either Jewish or Christian (dhimmis) or Muslim kafirs? I assumed that was the case, but Wikipedia says The term refers to a person who rejects or disbelieves in the god of ...
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Is to say “God” the same as to say “Allah”?

Clearly I'm not very familiar with Islam, but I prefer to become knowledgeable in a wide range of things, so if I'm asking a question here, or speaking to a Muslim, should I strictly use "Allah" to ...
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Is the Term “Hafiz e Quran” jaiz?

We often use the term "Hafiz e Quran" for the people who have memorized it. But as far I know, Al-Hafiz is one of the attribute of Allah. So it seems like shirk to use this term for a person who ...
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Can Christians use the word Allah according to Quran?

Christians in Malaysia were fighting in court to use the word "Allah". According to Quran, it seems that one shouldn't use Allah to describe a comic book character. But I have questions on that ...
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What does “shahid” mean?

When shahid is used to mean "martyr" (rather than "witness"), who is considered a shahid? Does someone who died in a battle qualify? What about suicide bombers? Does the act of becoming a shahid ...
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who is a Musafir?

Musafir is a traveler, but after covering how much distance is a person called Musafir? I've been searching for this everywhere but the distance varies everywhere.
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Why are muslims sometimes called musselman? [closed]

Is this just simply a corruption of muslim? Or is there a more interesting story behind it?
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Islam position of the use of “Allah” word by non-Muslims as a synonym to God

This is because I read today the news about Malaysia banning of a comic book using the word "Allah" to describe its hero. (Al Jazeera) For me I feel that using it in such context is defaming to Islam,...
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Why is Islam called “The Religion of Peace”?

What does it mean. Is this politically correct term to describe Islam? What is its origin? Islam - Religion of Peace - Wikipedia