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Hasan Ibn Abbas Marufi wrote a letter to Imam Reza a.s. (the 8th Imam) and asked this question. So Imam wrote in response: عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ مَرَّارٍ قَالَ كَتَبَ الْحَسَنُ بْنُ الْعَبَّاسِ الْمَعْرُوفِيُّ إِلَى الرِّضَا ع جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ أَخْبِرْنِي مَا الْفَرْقُ بَيْنَ الرَّسُولِ وَ النَّبِيِّ وَ ...


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Two quick points in answer to your question: The entire phrase "god worthy of worship" is an awkward translation of the single Arabic word "ilah." That's because there isn't an easy English cognate. Suppose you had a statement: "There is no car in the parking lot" but instead of it being framed that way it said instead "There is no 4-wheeled vehicle capable ...


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This verse does not mean anyone who is guardian of (regardless of if they are believer or not) are Mutaqoon (pious men). But it mean its real guardians are Mutaqoon. So we should seek who are Mutaqoon. So firstly we should know what Taqwa is and then check who has the attributes of Taqwa. A sermon of Imam Ali in response of Hammam when he asked Imam to ...


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Familism in the popular sense is not part of Shia Islam. The concept of Imamate (leadership) of Ahl al-Bayt (people of the house) of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) refers only to those family members and descendants of the Prophet who were qualified by Allah for their actual unique virtues to assume the leadership of the Ummah. So in essence, they are given their ...


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First of all, please note that Satan is not the only bad creature. The history can tell you a long list of many humans who killed many innocents and/or misdirected their followers. Qur'an also says we should seek refuge to the Lord, not only from the devil we cannot see, but also from the devils we see among humans: 1.Say: "I seek refuge with (Allah) the ...


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God does not depends on Satan to test human. We all are equipped with rebellious nafs (ego, lower self). Satan, like many of us, slipped but unlike many of us, he refused to seek forgiveness, instead asked for respite and challenged God to mislead His creation. God gave him respite (now.. why? to test human? not necessarily) and said anyone who seek ...


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Allah has only created one religion and only one. ان الدین عند الله الاسلام We have the same God, we are the same humans, we have the same wisdom which tells us love is good, jealousy is bad, arrogance is bad, sacrifice is good. What you see as changes are only small tiny changes in commandments + deviations of previous religions. The verses presented in ...


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Depends on what you mean by changing the past as some notions of it are possible some others not. For example we know that whatever we do (good or evil) is recorded by angels or imprinted in our soul. But the concept of repentance and nullification (habt) in Islam imply that these effects can be altered by doing their antitheses: sins by good deeds; and ...


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Yes, it is possible for Allah to remove your past as if it has never happened. That's because He says in the Qur'an (Q24:45): "... Allah creates what He wills. Verily! Allah is Able to do all things." I believe the more appropriate question to ask is: would He do that? As you know, it's not all our prayers that get answered. One of the possible reasons is ...


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No it doesn't! Islam is monotheistic and believes in only one supreme all-encompassing God. The Shahada, especially when read in original Arabic clearly does never say that there are other gods apart from Allah albeit unworthy of worship. However the wisdom behind translating it as the above is intended to highlight the full implications of Shahada which ...


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Have a look at the verse again. It specifically states "the evil of that which He created." This essentially means that the evil comes from the creation and not from Allah. Think of it this way, using an analogy: A car manufacturer manufactures cars, not accidents; which means that a car manufacturer does his utmost to produce a safe and sound car. ...


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Allah is Just so He creates anything creatable as soon as there is a cause for it to exist based on the causality principles. Satan was creatable so was created, a mercy toward Satan as one creature of Him. Note that Allah is Ar-Rahman which means have mercy toward every living and non-living species that He creates, every Muslim and non-Muslim, every human ...


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I can answer you from the Shia perspective. According to the Imami school which is the Shia school of theology, human accountability for his deeds and Divine compensation for them are necessary features of Divine justice. And for human responsibly and Divine compensation to be fairly possible, there must be free will. So denial of free will logically ...


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The post is one mathematical misunderstanding after another. If you're allowed to do whatever you want with numbers, you can prove and/or disprove whatever you want. Here's a few blatant errors: Our numerical system has potentially a never ending amount of numbers. should say "there are infinitely many natural numbers". ... only one number does ...


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Your question has 3 parts A) Why did Allah create us... And I created the jinn and mankind not except to worship Me. (Soorah Az-Zaariyaat 51:56) So our creation purpose is to worship Allah. B) If it is for ibadah, weren't the angels enough... Angels have no free will, while we do. Allah is so majestic that creatures with free will worship Him alone....


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Allah is not the universe but its creator, and he is omnipresent but not in its physical sense. Let me bring you an example. Imagine an infinitely large clean white paper, with only one single black dot on it, is place in your front close to your eyes. You don't see the borders of the paper, it is just too large, thus, if someone asks you what do you see ...


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There are two distinct words “nafs” and “rooh”, which are both translated as “soul” in English. The word rooh is the same as the English word for soul. Nafs, however, is slightly different. The word nafs is defined as “a feature of the soul. This feature continuously directs people to committing sin.”★ The desire to commit evil acts, such as lying and ...


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According to some sunni sources Ibadi are among the Khawarij sect. Ibadi themselves disagree but apparently from their books they at least approve the taughts of the Kharijite sect (Khawarij). They seem to follow a student of 'Abdullah ibn 'Abas (May Allah be pleased with them) who's called Jabir ibn Zayd جابر بن زيد in Fiqh matters. But some scholars don't ...


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Allah has power over all the things. He can change the past also. But at the same time He is not unjust to anybody. Once you have done something wrong its done. On the basis of that you will be judged. So ask for forgiveness. He is the most merciful. If He changes your past, what about others related to your past? He can fix that also. But He says He is ...


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First of all, whatever happens, happens with WILL of Allah. If something has happened, then its surely for your betterment. You just have to put your trust in Allah, and don't try to Change what has happened, instead, try to see the wisdom behind that happening that why it happened. Even if you might not find a clue that what was beter in it, still you have ...


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Allah doesn't have a shape but the hadith you quoted doesn't imply that either. Note that صورة (sura) in Islamic gnostic/philosophical literature is usually translated to 'form' or 'image' not 'shape'. The word for shape is شکل or هیئة which are mainly used to denote a physical form or shape. Also صورة when used to imply the concept of 'form' can slightly ...


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I just want to quote from tafseer Al-mizan by grand allamah tabataba'i, a contemporary Islamic philosopher: Guidance, righteous dead, obedience is realized when misguidance, sinful deeds and arrogance exists. The invitation to guidance is complete when an invitation to misguidance also exists... Therefore, until there are human beings on earth, ...


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The signs and evidence that god exists are numerous therefore we already know that god exists, these sort of questions may come into any persons mind there are a lot of things that our human mind could not comprehend, my advice would be is this there are questions that we may not have answers to in this life, making assumptions will lead us nowhere as there ...


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I thought it would be interesting if I put this question in relevant historical philosophical contexts and give an account of important views. So it would be a long but very enlightening discussion I believe. Abstract can mean a number of things. It may be something that is a product of imagination without real existence. Take “unicorn” for example. In ...


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There are two major claims about the religion history: Atheistic view Islam's view Atheistic View It says that the humans were afraid of natural events such as lightning and storm. Also they were thankful for other natural things such as fruit giving trees. So, with the improvement of the brain and abstract thinking, they started to give abstract meanings ...


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I should point out that there is likely to be a confusion based on the usage of the word "Satan" for anyone not already familiar with the Islamic doctrine. "Satan" refers to two overlapping groups. As the question uses "he" and "him," I assume that the assumption is that the word "Satan" always refers to the same being across the Torah, Bible, and Qur'an. ...


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Satan is a Jinn (A type of creation like Human beings and angels) hence it is as insignificant as any other Human being in the eyes of Allah. There are human beings on this earth which are more powerful then others and have money, influence and power yet they can be either be believers(Mumineen) in Islam or disbelievers similar is the case of Satan(Iblis) ...


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I've had these thoughts many times over and this is what I have so far as I remember. Allaah being All-Knowing is an attribute that's suitable because of being the Creator of the universe, supreme deity. If Allaah wasn't All-Knowing, he wouldn't be God. All-Knowing disqualifies the creation of having likeness. Only Allaah knows everything. No human or ...


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Miracle is defined as: A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific laws. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (a deity), magic, a miracle worker, a saint or a religious leader. Science hasn't discovered what was of the universe before the big bang so it can be called a miracle from that point of view.


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