What Does “Qur’an” Mean?

The word “quran” derives from the verbal noun (masdar) of the word “qaraa = قرأ” whose root meaning is “collection”. It is used as a noun having the meaning “maqru…

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Eid al-Fitr 2018

Determining the beginning of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr caused controversy among the Muslim countries for many years so far. This year, the Eid will be celebrated on Friday 15th of June….

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Are the Torah and the Gospel Corrupted?

 What is the Corruption (Tahrif) of a Divine Book According to the Qur’an? Are the Taurat/Tanakh[1] and the Injeel[2] Corrupted? Is the Qur’an Corrupted Today? The Arabic word tahrif = تَحْرِيف ,…

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Does God Guide Whoever He Wants?

The Almighty Allah  creates the things that are included in His servant’s test according to the servant’s choices. Although He wills all the people to be rightly guided, He does…

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Running Background Checks on Suitors

A legitimate right cannot be obtained through illegitimate methods. Even in today’s laws, illegally obtained information cannot be used as legal evidence. Hacking into someone’s account or creating fake accounts…

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Fasting on Eid Days

It is forbidden to fast on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, and on all four days of Eid al-Adha. This is because those days are the days to eat,…

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Travel and Housing Allowances

Travel and housing allowances are the rights granted to employees in return for their work and travel at work. They are determined by the employers based on several factors including…

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Islamic Ruling on Masturbation

Doing masturbation is disliked (makruh) in Islam because it may cause serious health problems in long term. It is not forbidden (haraam) since there is not a specific ruling in…

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What is the ruling on reading horoscope or coffee?

Horoscope and coffee are objects of telling fortune. Fortune-telling is absolutely forbidden in Islam. The almighty God decrees: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنْصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِنْ عَمَلِ…

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Supervision in marriage

Your marriage is absolutely not void. You are saying that you married your husband at a court. That means you had a supervisor (wali) and some people to witness in…

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Were the hands of thieves cut off at the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?

The verses on the punishment of theft are as follows:  .وَالسَّارِقُ وَالسَّارِقَةُ فَاقْطَعُوا أَيْدِيَهُمَا جَزَاءً بِمَا كَسَبَا نَكَالًا مِنَ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ فَمَنْ تَابَ مِنْ بَعْدِ ظُلْمِهِ وَأَصْلَحَ فَإِنَّ…

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Under what circumstances the hand of a thief can be cut off?

The Almighty God decrees: وَالسَّارِقُ وَالسَّارِقَةُ فَاقْطَعُوا أَيْدِيَهُمَا جَزَاءً بِمَا كَسَبَا نَكَالًا مِنَ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ “Cut off the hands of both male thieves and female thieves as the…

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What should I do if I break my vow to God?

Breaking a vow to God is similar to breaking an oath. There is a hadith regarding this: “‏ كَفَّارَةُ النَّذْرِ كَفَّارَةُ الْيَمِينِ ‏” “The expiation of (the breach of) a…

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Punishment for Homosexuality in Islam

Islamic jurisprudence schools have different opinions about the notion of “zina”. The Hanafi sect defines “zina” as “vaginal heterosexual intercourse” basing on the literal and terminological meaning of the word,…

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Killing Dogs and Pigs

Killing dogs or pigs is not necessary, they should be treated like all other animals. “Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has ordered the killing of…

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Playing Chess

Although there are many hadiths that criticize and forbid the game backgammon, there is only one hadith against the game chess, and it does not even reside in saheeh hadith…

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Is Developing Computer Games Lawful?

While making a judgment on a matter, the following principle is observed: ‘Permissibility is the original state of things (al-Asl fi al–Ashya al-Ibaha).’ What may cause game development to be forbidden would be inclusion…

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Covering the face

Women do not have to cover their faces with a veil, niqab or other types of covering. We can understand it by the following verse and hadith: In the 52nd…

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Working of women

According to the Quran, all believers can work for giving zakat: “Believers will attain what they hope for. They are reverent in their prayers. They turn away from idle talk….

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Will Jesus Return to Earth?

According to the Qur’an, Jesus (pbuh) is not alive. Allah has taken his soul. Allah the Almighty commands: اِذْ قَالَ اللّٰهُ يَا ع۪يسٰىۤ اِنّ۪ي مُتَوَفّ۪يكَ وَرَافِعُكَ اِلَيَّ وَمُطَهِّرُكَ مِنَ الَّذ۪ينَ…

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Sealing of Hearts

It is a matter of concern whether God seals/locks people’s hearts, and if He does, how people can be held responsible for it. Let us take a look at the…

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Who are entitled to receive zakat?

The Almighty God decrees in the Quran: “The obligatory charities are for the needy, the desperate (masakeen), those employed to collect the obligatory charity (zakat) and those to warm their…

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What is zakat?

Zakat is a worship which is a financial obligation upon Muslims who have a certain amount of wealth. It is the rightful share of others in a person’s possessions.[1] The…

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Who must give zakat?

Every Muslim, who is sane, has reached puberty, and owns a wealth that is at least as much as the amount of nisab  is responsible for giving zakah of their…

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Why do we fast?

The Almighty God explains the purpose of fasting in verse 183 of Chapter Baqarah as follows: “Oh, you who believe! Fasting has been prescribed for you in the way that…

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Kissing lustfully while fasting

During the fast, eating, drinking and having intercourse are forbidden. The Almighty God lists the forbidden acts im verse 2:187, and then decrees: “These are the bounds set by God….

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Are Angels Male or Female?

The Arabic word “malaa’ikat = مَلاَئِكَة” , which is translated as “angels”, means “messengers” (Mufradat, art. الك). “Jinn” is a common noun used for “beings hidden from perceptions”. The word…

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