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Is to say "God" the same as to say "Allah"?

Yes and no. "Allah" is the Arabic word for God. However, in Arabic there is a distinction between "Allah" (God, i.e. "The" God), and "Ilah" (god, i.e "a" god), a distinction which is easily lost in ...
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What does a.s. mean?

"a.s." is short for "'Alayhi al-Salaam" (عليه السلام), which is an Arabic phrase meaning "Peace be upon him". It is often used by Muslims after the names of the prophets as a term of respect.
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What is the exact meaning of Karrar? (As a Laqab (title) of Imam Ali a.s.)

Definition: كرار : عكس كلمه فرار الذي يفر من المعارك كرار : شديد الكر والهجوم في القتال Almaany Definition According to this definition, and numerous other ones, Karrar is an Arabic word ...
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What does the attribute of Allah "shafiul mudhnibin" mean?

Due to the limitations of transliteration it's hard to tell exactly, but you're presumably asking about the Arabic phrase شفيع المذنبين (Shafi'u-l-Mudhnabin), which literally means the Intercessor of ...
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Does "nikah" mean "sex"?

It could mean either. For an Arabic speaker, there is a subtle distinction in the usage: If the name of a woman or a group is identified, then it is used in connection with lawful marriage. If the ...
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Is there a term to describe narrations from Sahaba?

The terminology used differs by region. The majority of scholars use the term hadith to describe any such narration that either quotes a speech, describes an action, or documents an approval by ...
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What exactly does being a Muslim mean?

The Muslim is the person who has accepted Islam as his/her religion and prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as the Prophet of Islam. A real Muslim ought to say Shahadatain(2Shahadahs). As well as this, a Muslim ...
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What is the literal meaning of the word "Qur'an"?

Beside the well known and among Muslims preferred meanings already explained here "The recitation" or "the continuous recitation" there are others one should know: Of course if we ...
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What's a "Dweller of hell"?

I believe this refers to intercession (i.e., asking Allah to remove someone from hell); another version of the hadith highlights this: That the Messenger of Allah said: "There are six things with ...
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Is it appropriate to use the term "Semite" for Muslims?

"Semite" is an ethnic description (originally referring to the peoples that spoke semitic languages), "Muslim" a religious one. The confusion only arises because "Jewish" is both an ethnic and a ...
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Is it improper to describe Friday as "sabbath"?

Friday in Arabic is Jumu'ah. Sabbath is a Jewish holy day of rest from Friday evening to Saturday evening and the Christian holy day of rest is on Sunday. They are both on different days and different ...
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What is the difference between إِثْم and ذَنب and سَيِّئَة which refer to sin?

"دنب" originally means: "following something constantly" which is why tail is called "دنب" because it constantly follows the animals. sin is called "ذنب" because the negative impact of committing ...
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What does "Jazak Allah Khair" mean?

عَنْ أُسَامَةَ بْنِ زَيْدٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏مَنْ صُنِعَ إِلَيْهِ مَعْرُوفٌ فَقَالَ لِفَاعِلِهِ جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا فَقَدْ أَبْلَغَ فِي الثَّنَاءِ‏"‏ Usamah bin ...
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What is the difference between SHIFA'ah and SHAFA'ah?

In Arabic, words are made up of 2 or more consonant letters, collectively called as Root Words. Vowels are changed to express tenses. So, SHIFA'ah=interceding SHAFA'ah=intercede and hence mean ...
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What is the literal meaning of the word "Qur'an"?

Quran may have two meanings: The recitation The collection (of Suras) The roots are: قرأ الشي أي جمعه ... وقرأ قراءةً أو قرآنا Both are listed in Al-Moheet arabic dictionary
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What exactly does being a Muslim mean?

A person who just believes in oneness of Allah Muhammad (PBUH) is the last prophet of Allah and all other prophets sent before him the Day of judgment all Angels all Holy Books Is called a believer. ...
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Is "zina" also used to describe homosexual relations?

Homosexuality is an invention of the 19th century. Before the 19th century people had words for specific sexual acts, but did not have words for forms of so-called sexual orientation. The Arabic word ...
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What is Isra' and Mi'raj?

Isra' is the spiritual night journey that Prophet took from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa via supernatural means (that is without ordinary physical relocation), and Miraj is the spiritual journey ...
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What is the antonym for the word 'kafir' in Urdu?

مؤمن (Mu`min) is the antonym for (Kaafir) كافر. it means believer, whereas kaafir means non-believer. kaafir has another meaning which is ungrateful. In such a case, the antonym would be شاكر (...
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Is it wrong for a Muslim to say hallelujah?

In regards to your inquiry that asked: Is it okay for a Muslim to say Hallelujah So, in case even it supposedly can be halal (God knows best), but there could be a significant point to pay heed. ...
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What are the Arsh and Kursi of Allah?

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu, may Allah bless you and your family and have mercy on you and your family in this world and in the Hereafter. This is quite a long answer as it contains ...
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What does "obey" mean in "righteous women are devoutly obedient" in Qur'an 4:34?

Any real world examples what it means for a wife to be obedient? A first insight can come from these two ahadith quoted in tafser al-Qurtoby (a well known Maliki scholar), where our Messenger (Peace ...
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What does the attribute of Allah "shafiul mudhnibin" mean?

This is a more correct transliteration of what you mean: Ya Allahu يا الله, Ya Rahmanu يا رَحْمَنُ or يا رَحْمَان, Ya Rahim يا رَحِيمُ, Ya Rahmatan يا رَحْمَةً lil-'Alamin لِلْعَالَمٍينَ, Ya Shafi'...
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What are the complete writings of Islam? Qur'an, Hadith, Ahadith, Sunnah, Tafsir, etc? How do they relate to each other? Chart? Map?

The Quran: Is the book or the words of Allah, it is a divine text. Tafseer: Refers to any kind of human interpretation of the Quranic text. It might be based on other Quranic verses, Ahadith, ...
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What's a "Dweller of hell"?

This is the hadith you are referring to: There is no one whom Allah will admit to Paradise but Allah will marry him to seventy-two wives, two from houris and seventy from his inheritance from the ...
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What is the difference between 'Wahi' and 'Ilham'?

Linguistic meaning of wahy In Arabic language both terms (al-Wahy الوحي and al-Ilhaam الإلهام) have a slight difference and can also be synonyms according the context. Wahy الوحي: inspiration, ...
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Is there an Islamic synonym for 'parishioner'

A group of people offering prayers together is called a Jamaat or Jammah. Congregational prayer can be observed in any place as required, not necessarily a mosque; and a person joining a congregation ...
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What is "Taqleed"? And who should do complete Talqeed and who is not obliged to do taqleed?

Taqleed means imitation. Most Muslims fall under Taqleed since they "imitate"/follow a specific school of thought. (Maliki, Hanbali, Hanafi, Shafi'i) The average Muslim can free himself from a ...
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What are the minimum requirements for someone to be a "student of knowledge"?

It is anecdotally mentioned that when one says one is a seeker of knowledge, one is tested by asking them to: recite a juz' of the Qur'an, mention the full narration chain of a hadith in Sahih al-...
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