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Why is Interest so bad? Riba has the potential to corrupt a society in a way that zina and other crimes can never do. Many religious figures and philosophers have commented about the evil nature of usury (interest): "To take usury for money lent is unjust in itself, because this is to sell what does not exist, and this evidently leads to inequality which ...


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2:228 Divorced women remain in waiting for three periods...and their husbands have more right to take them back in this [period] if they want reconciliation... 2:229 Divorce is twice. Then, either keep [her] in an acceptable manner or release [her] with good treatment... As the above excerpts from the Holy Qur'an indicate, a divorce (i.e., the talaq) is ...


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Abdullah (previously Ershad) has explained the Wahhabi movement from the Wahhabi perspective and has mentioned some nice and positive aspects of the Wahhabi movement. Every group believes that they are right, often they believe they are completely right with no mistake in their beliefs. Typically it is almost impossible to find any serious criticism or ...


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The term "Wahhabi" is nothing but an outcome of ideological attack by made by media and other sects in their efforts to harm the Call to Islamic Monotheism (Tawheed). It is sad to see some people still want to propagate this myth from what they know from hearsay information. And most probably, they even wouldn't know where the term comes from or what the so-...


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The answer is that Shia believe that the Prophet based on God's order choose Ali (PBUH) as his successor and expressed this several times to the Muslims (including in his last hajj). They view the fact that some Sahaba didn't follow his order as a big injustice and diversion from what Muslims should have done and believe that this diversion had a large ...


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This answer comes from a secular perspective; if it is out of place, let me know and I'll remove it. But I offer it anyway. Short version: Ignore it. Offense has the interesting characteristic in that it is, quite literally, an imaginary thing: in only exists to the observer - it is not a concrete thing by itself. Add religion into that mix and we have ...


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The first thing we must do.. The first thing we must do is ask Allah for forgiveness. I say this because, the people that insult the Prophet (pbuh) have never met him or seen him BUT they know him through our actions. So we have failed to deliver the message of Islam for them to insult someone they have never seen or met. These insults will not change ...


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I think this photo will speak more than words *In response to the abusive film about the Holy Prophet Muhammad upon him blessings and peace, “Discover Islam UK” in London distributed more than 110,000 copies of a translation of the Qur’an And the life of the Prophet Mohammed for the citizens of London.


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There is a difference of opinion (Ikhtilaf) in this issue. This issue is a study of its own. In order to keep my answer concise I am going to state all the different opinions and quote one ahadeeth in support for the opinion. In general, with regard to placing the right hand upon the left, it comes from the following narration: Qutaybah narrated to us; ...


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You may say Zuhr and Asr prayer togather and also Maghrib and Esha togather to avoid unnecessary hardship Ibn 'Abbas reported: "The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) observed the noon and afternoon prayers together, and the sunset and Isha' prayers together without being in a state of fear or in a state of journey." -Saheeh Muslim ...


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The reason is that according to Shi'a only God can select the Caliph and after the Prophet God selected Ali as His Caliph, who received divine knowledge of the prophet to guide humans. This was declared by the prophet in front of 120,000 Muslims at Ghadir at the final Hajj of the Prophet. Abubakr, Umar and Uthman gave Bayat (pledge of alliance) to Ali S.A. ...


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Many people of other religions and also many muslims believe that a married Muslim man can dissolve his marriage at any time by saying to his wife: "Talaq, talaq, talaq" at one occasion of his own free will and desire. This is absolutely wrong. If some problems arise in marriage, the husband may divorce his wife. The question is how he divorces his wife, ...


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Is magic really real? Yes it is, and real magic, not just some trick like making a coin disappear but really it is under your hand, or making a pencil go up an down making it seem it is bending, no I am not talking about this. Magic is real, it is a fact just like the evil eye. And to put more emphasis on it's realness/reality, it had affected the ...


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Actually, the mosque is same in Sunni and Shiite. The prayers are also same; there may be small differences in the body movements in prayers, but more than those differences exist in among Sunni mazhabs. The difference between Shiite and Sunni is not in the shape of Mosque, or in the practice of prayers. I don't say that there are no differences, there are ...


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Take a look at these facts: receiving interest means you get money for literally doing nothing paying interest means you need to come up with money regardless of whether your business is even making money interest accumulates over time and often surpasses the original sum you lent for example: at a rate of 8% over 10 years the interest sums up to 115% of ...


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We say Rady Allahu Anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) when talking about any of the companions or the mothers of believers, including the caliphates. We can say Rady Allahu Anhu about Ali, as we say Karam Allah Wajhah (may Allah bless his face) as he has never bowed to an idol.


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Land-animals are all considered Halal, who fulfill the following requirements: have flowing blood in them survive on grass and leaves do not prey on other animals (i.e. non-predatory terrestrial animals) is not poisonous or impure does not consume mostly impure things to the extent that it creates bad odor in its meat and milk Such as a camel, cow, goat, ...


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There are several ways that Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) had taught the Muslims on how to do salawat and what to say. Some are as followed: حَدَّثَنِي سَعِيدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى، حَدَّثَنَا أَبِي، حَدَّثَنَا مِسْعَرٌ، عَنِ الْحَكَمِ، عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي لَيْلَى، عَنْ كَعْبِ بْنِ عُجْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قِيلَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ، أَمَّا السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ ...


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Firstly, Mu'awiyah (radiallahu anhu) is considered by sunnis as first king of muslims though he was called khalifah. The word "khalifah" simply means successor. The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Verdicts were asked the question: The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: "The khilaafah after me is thirty years, then there will be ...


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There is an agreement among All Sunni schools of fiqh about the number of Raka'at in Fardh salat. All agree that: Fajr: two raka'at Dhuhr: four raka'at Asr: four raka'at Maghrib: three raka'at Isha': four raka'at The prophet said: Narrated Abu Sulaiman and Malik bin Huwairith: We came to the Prophet () and we were (a few) young men of approximately ...


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Arabic: إن شاء الله ; Transliteration: "In-Shaa-Allah" It means "If Allah Wills". it has nothing to do with, "I want it to happen". However, people use it when they wish for something good to be happened by Allah. Basically it comes in no harm to say "If Allah wills, I will not die a disbeliever" or "If Allah wills, I think I will fail my test" or "If ...


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Yes, Sunni scholars accept Karamat in General, among which those of Imam Ali may Allah be pleased with him and honor his face. Here you a book by Imam Lalikani (or Lalika'a) called "Describing the principles of beliefs of Ahl Al-Sunnah wa Al-Jama'ah شرح أصول اعتقاد أهل السنة والجماعة", it contains a chapter called "Karamat of Awliaa' Allah كرامات أولياء ...


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You raised very interesting points in your question, I will focus on answering the two major points you asked about are related to: 1- The concept of Infallibility Understanding this concept will answer your main question why there are differences between Sunna and Shia in Fiqh. In Shi'a theology, the belief is that the Ahl al-Bayt, including Muhammad, ...


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Salaams As Muslims, the first and foremost thing that makes us Muslims is to testify and believe in these lines: I testify that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah And Muhammad is his messenger The second line means a lot more than just what is translated however, and as Muslims we believe that Muhammad is "khaatim al-anbiyaa" which means "...


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I do not know much about Abubakr Ahmad Bayhaqi than the fact that he used to collect Hadiths. However, regarding the Sunni schools of fiqh, you should understand few things. These schools do not exist to exert their opinions as truth to everyone. Rather, they exist to make it easy for a learner to get closer to truth. Be it the Madh'hab of Shafi'i, Malik, ...


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The simplest way to tell is by looking at how they pray. Shi'a typically pray 3 times a day (5 prayers, 3 times) and Sunnis pray 5 (each on their own time). One of the main Shi'a sects prays with little black pebbles near their heads. In all probability though, the masjid you're talking about is Sunni. For telltale signs of a Shi'a mosque, look at the ...


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Can anyone tell me about the Origin of Shia and Sunni? Shia Shiite Shi’ite Shii'te Shīʿah Shi’ite Shi’ites Shias all are the same word for شيعه which means follower [of someone]/ sect. In Shia/Sunni debates means "Shia of Ali". Shia is not limited to Shia of Ali S.A. and for example Shia of Muaviyeh existed in past but later only Shia of Ali S.A. remained ...


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It's not just in Islamic Finance that interest is seen as problematic; the same holds for Christian Finance. For example in the Shakespearean play, A Merchant of Venice, Shylock 'hates' Antonio, a Christian who lends out money gratis (freely) as his religion does not allow usury (interest). Of course this is some time ago. The secular & commercial Europe ...


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