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Are Mecca and Becca the same places? Same meaning?
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The source of the sounds (vocal organ) of the alphabetical letters ‘b’ and ‘m’ is one and the same: the lips. So by the passage of time ‘Makkah’ replaced ‘Bakkah’. It can thus be appreciated that ...

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Tabari 9:69 "Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us" The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam
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As far as I have researched these are words of Thabit b. Qays b. Shammas not that of the Prophet (PBUH). The Arabic text is available here and the English translation here: ومن كفر جاهدناه في الله ...

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Is there a sect in Islam that follows the the Quran to the exclusion of hadith?
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Yes, they are called Quranists. They are not one sect but individuals following the ideology that Qur'an is sufficient. Ghulam Ahmed Pervez (1903-1985) and Abdullah Chakralawi (d: 1930) have been main ...

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Does Qur'an forbid Muslims from going on vacation?
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The verse is not intended for this. In no way is it discouraging vacation. Every verse has to be understood in its context. This whole surah addresses the Holy Prophet. As for ayah 7-8 I quote Islahi: ...

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Is there a contradiction between the Quran and Hadith regarding the ruling of having a sexual relation with menstruating women?
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No, there is no contradiction. A verb may be used in its initial meanings as well as final/extreme. The context/situation dictates the meaning in which it is used. This is a general style of Arabic ...

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Homosexuality sin or not?
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Homosexually has clearly been denounced in the Quran in strongest words. See the following verses: We sent Lot, who said to his people, "How can you commit an abomination such as no one in the ...

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Why do some translations of Qur'an 79:30 talk about the Earth being egg-shaped?
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I believe this is a metaphorical use of the word. دَحَا shares root (i.e. دحو) with الأدحيّ which is used for the place in sand where female ostrich lays eggs. It is named so because it spreads/...

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What does "السلام عليكم أيها النبي" actually mean?
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It means: "Peace be upon you, O prophet!" Your concern is valid and can be dealt in two ways: During lifetime of the Prophet these words were to be taken literally. After he passed away they should ...

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Does magrib last until redness disappear (nearly 15 minutes) or until isha (nearly a hour)?
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The following hadith of Sahih Muslim says: وَوَقْتُ صَلاَةِ الْمَغْرِبِ مَا لَمْ يَغِبِ الشَّفَقُ the time of the Maghrib prayer is as long as the Shafaq has not disappeared The Shafaq may ...

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Does Islam allow killing of Innocent individuals, if the tribe has committed some crime?
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It should be noted that mentioned killing of Banu Qurayza's men was carried out according to the Jewish Law (Deutronomy 20:10-14) not Islamic Shariah. Here is the excerpt from NIV: 10 When you ...

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Can a strong hadith be wrong? If so, what do I do?
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Scholars accept the possibility of a hadith being 'wrong' based on its matn (the content reported). Al-Sakhawi (d 1497) quotes Abu'l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi (d.1200) in Fath al-Mugeeth: وكل حديث رأيته ...

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Did Bibi Maryam really fast or merely pretended?
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فَكُلِي وَاشْرَبِي وَقَرِّي عَيْنًا فَإِمَّا تَرَيِنَّ مِنَ الْبَشَرِ أَحَدًا فَقُولِي إِنِّي نَذَرْتُ لِلرَّحْمَـنِ صَوْمًا فَلَنْ أُكَلِّمَ الْيَوْمَ إِنْسِيًّا Eat and drink and rejoice. And if you ...

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What names did Allah teach Adam, 2:31?
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What names is Allah (SWT) referring to? The verses 2:30-33 form a dialogue between God and the angels. They raise a question about the God's decision of making Man a vicegerent on the Earth. ...

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Does the Arabic in Qur'an 4:16 "...the two who commit it..." necessarily refer to two men?
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No. The dual demonstrative pronoun اللذان may refer to two men as well as one man and one woman, despite being masculine. This is general style of Arabic language. For example, even though والدان is ...

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What is the grade of the following hadith that talks about a future event?
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'Abdullah ibn Marwan' narrated us from 'Al-Haitham ibn Abd Al-Rehman' from 'Someone' who narrated it from 'Ali ibn Abi Talib' This particular chain of narration is broken; one narrator is unknown (...

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Why is Surah Fatiha in the first person?
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The surah is a prayer. Had there been a 'قُلْ' (Say) in the beginning, just like the last two surahs, the objection wouldn't have arisen at the very first place. It would have meant that God took the ...

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Did the Prophet(pbuh) marry his wife "Maymunah" after the revelation of Quran 33:52?
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Yes, he married Maymunah bint al-Harith after the revelation of 33:50-52. This marriage was within the scope of 33:50. She gave herself to the Prophet in 7 AH when the Prophet visited Mecca to perform ...

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Is regular bath considered as a valid Ghusl?
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Please consider the following two hadiths: عن أم سلمة، قالت: قلت يا رسول الله إني امرأة أشد ضفر رأسي فأنقضه لغسل الجنابة؟ قال: «لا. إنما يكفيك أن تحثي على رأسك ثلاث حثيات ثم تفيضين عليك الماء ...

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Did Allah keep Zayd's ex-wife for marriage to Muhammad? (Qur'an 33:6 and 33:37)
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The wives of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) became mothers of the believers after they got married to him. Before the marriage they were normal women with whom anyone could have married. Declaring them ...

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What is the ruling of long-mustache (without beard)?
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No, long-mustache is not an Islamic custom. Instead, the Islamic custom is to trim the mustache which is established by the Prophet (pbuh) himself. It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said: ...

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What is the authenticity of the hadith about Assufyani?
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Yes, this one is in Al-Mustadrak by Hakim. According to Al-Dhahabi (d. 1347 CE), this hadith satisfies the criteria of Bukhari and Muslim. However, Nasiruddin al-Albani (d. 1999 CE) has declared this ...

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No soul will bear the burden of other? hadith vs Quran contradiction
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When scholars call a hadith authentic, it is usually according to sanad i.e. the chain of narrators. There still remains the task of validating the matn i.e. the reported content in the light of Qur'...

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Are there humans or creatures outside earth?
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Some scholars understand from the following verse that there exist seven earths as well: اللَّـهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ سَبْعَ سَمَاوَاتٍ وَمِنَ الْأَرْضِ مِثْلَهُنَّ It is God who created the seven ...

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Agreement between a non-Islamic State with an Islamic state?
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Peace is the foundation of Islam's international law. Please consider the following verse: Then if they should be inclined to make peace, make peace with them, and put your trust in God. Surely, ...

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What is the correct thing to do about apostasy in countries where Sharia is not the official legal system?
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You cannot do anything but to follow the verse: Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of ...

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Can Muslims make statues for non worship purpose?
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Making statues has been discouraged by the Islamic tradition. However, it is interesting to note that in the Qur'an the word Tamathil (statues) has been used twice. Once in a positive tone and once in ...

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Where to find linguistic tips on quranic translations?
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Please see this website for the verse you mentioned: http://corpus.quran.com/treebank.jsp?chapter=2&verse=252&token=7 It diagrammatically shows the grammatical construction of Quranic verses.

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Why is the Hafs reading of the Qur'an so prevalent?
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Interestingly, it is Nafi's reading about which we have a historical proof that it was promulgated through a political decree. Otherwise, Hafs' reading has always remained the sole contender among the ...

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Why do we use different phrases for different prophets?
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The salutation صلى الله عليه وسلم can be used with any other prophet. Apparently classical scholars didn't make this distinction. For example, ibn Jarir al-Tabari (d. 310 AH) in his exegesis uses this ...

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Did the Prophet marry any more wives after the revelation of 4:3?
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An-Nisa (04:03) was a general injunction and was revealed after the Battle of Uhuh. Due to seventy casualties, the issue of fostering the orphans was risen. The Qur'an suggested the Muslims to marry ...

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