Believing Lady Marrying A Behai Man

Can a Muslim woman marry a behai man?

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Further On Believing Lady Marrying A Behai Man

The way you put it is very understandable and will make one think more than once to go ahead with such a marriage. But as we are born into this world human beings with a heart, a heart that sometimes prevails over all logical understanding. I therefore ask you kindly to help me answer this question within the laws of Islam. Is the marriage of a Muslim woman to a baha'i man allowed or not?

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Meaning Of The Term Kafir

What is the Quranic definition of kafir? Does the Qur’an call the People of the Book kafirs? Does the word kafir means one who refuses/disbelieves or is it a Quranic term used in a specific meaning?

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Aftaar Prepared By A Non-Muslim

Is there any religious hindrance in appointing a Hindu maid to help in preparing iftar during Ramadan? Please guide according to the Islamic stance on the matter of eating with non-Muslims.

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Witr Prayer

I have three questions.

1. What is the significance of witr prayer? Is it compulsory part of Isha prayer? Why is it included in Isha prayer only?

2. I believe that all revealed books prior to Quran were complete in all aspects. In other words, they were like the Holy Quran. But when I come to know that in those scriptures, there were signs of the arrival of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) in near future, I doubt their being complete books. I confuse myself that did not Allah Almighty give the complete message to those Messengers which might have needed further amendment by Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) or did not Allah Almighty love those people the same as we enjoy, that He granted them an incomplete book? Were those Messengers not capable enough of spreading divine message as compared to Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H)? What basically you think would be the need to mention the signs?

3. I want to explore Islam myself through the Holy Quran and the Sunnah but the tremendous amount of stuff around terrorizes me. I do not know whether to read Arabic only or translation or both, read Quran with simple translation or with Tafsīr, select tafsīr of Syed Abul A‘la Maududi, Amin Ahsan Islahi, Javed Ahmad Ghamidi or any other scholar, read Quran alone or with Ahādiths and, how to select Ahadiths and believe their authenticity. Along with these I would like to know from where to start as I will have to start from scratch, how to proceed and what duration will be sufficient in a day or week?

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Eating Flesh Of Animals Slaughtered By The People Of The Book

According to your view the Christians of today have abandoned the ritual slaughter but I found that even today the Christians in Ethiopia adhere to the mosaic law of slaughter ( The food taboos found in the Old Testament are observed by most people as the Ethiopian Orthodox Church prescribes them. The flesh of animals with uncloven hoofs and those that do not chew their cud are avoided as unclean. It is nearly impossible to get pork. Animals used for food must be slaughtered with the head turned toward the east while the throat is cut: "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost" if the slaughterer is Christian or "In the name of Allah the Merciful" if the slaughterer is Muslim.) This article I found on the page The Christians that adhere to the Mosaic Law in Ethiopia pronounce the name of The Father the son and the Holy Ghost. So my question is can we eat that meat and if not why? If yes then why do we allow a believer to eat the meat of their slaughtered animal when they do not only pronounce the name of Allah but add the name of the son and the Holy Ghost? We see the same critic in the Qur'an: They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. (Surah 5:72-3)

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Concerns About Food Offered By A Host

I follow the opinion that we can only eat the food if Allah's name has been invoked upon it (along with other necessary conditions), even if its sacrificed by Muslims, Christians or Jews. Is that correct? Considering the opinion I hold, my question is regarding eating food at some of our Muslim brothers' homes. We come across different situation in western countries that I am mentioning below.

1. We know about one of our Muslim brothers that he doesn't strictly care about the halal and haram food. If he invites us for a dinner, should we specifically ask him whether the food is halal or not, and refuse to eat if its not (this is what I think I should do). Or can we have a positive-thinking about our Muslim brother that he would have arranged halal food for us.

2. We know about one of our Muslim brothers that he considers the food of all the people of book as Halal (even without invoking Allah's name). What should be our approach in this situation. I have read that in case of difference of opinions in fiqh between Muslims, we should respect and follow the opinion of our Muslim brother who is hosting us. Does that apply in this situation too, such that we may respect and follow his opinion when we are at his home, and eat the food without hesitation (this is what I currently think I should do)?

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Purpose Of The Worldly Life

Here are my questions:

1. What is the purpose of my life, why I am here? What am I suppose to do during my stay on this planet earth or during this phase of my life?
2. Can we eat the food which is sent to us by the People of Book especially meat e.g Kosher or animal killed by Christen standards?
3. What you think about the interest which we pay on our house mortgages, is that wrong or ok to pay because every family needs at least one home to live in.
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Relations With The Daughter Who Married A Christian

My daughter married a kitabi (Christian), against my and her father’s wishes. They have been married for five years now. I have a grandchild (one year old) by her and another baby girl is due this month. I was communicating with her up to the birth of her son a year ago. Then I stopped all interaction with her because I felt I had given her enough time to come to her senses. My husband and my eldest daughter also stopped talking to her shortly thereafter. I would like to ask if this is fair to my grandchildren, should I have contact with them? Even if not that often, maybe they should see their grandparents now and then? Am I committing a sin by seeing them? Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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Invoking Allah’s Name While Slaughtering And The Status Of The Food Prepared By Ahl e Kitab

I was having a discussion with a group of friends on halāl meat and would appreciate if you could shed some light on this topic. Allāh has permitted us to eat the flesh of animals slaughtered by Ahl-i Kitāb. Here in the UK the meat that is generally available is approved by the church (though I have not confirmed this). I think the only condition they have is that the blood be drained (again this is contentious as stunning is used). However, assuming it is approved by the Church, would it make this meat permissible for Muslims to consume although the people who may be slaughtering the animals may be atheists / non-Christian / non-Jews? Can we follow the assumption that the UK is a Christian country? I found this reference on another site,

If a Muslim or a kitābī (Jew or Christian) slaughters an animal for meat, and it is not known whether he mentioned the name of Allāh while slaughtering it or not, it is permissible to eat from it, and the one who eats it should say the name of Allāh, because of the report that was narrated by al-Bukhāri (2057) from ‘Ā’ishah (may Allāh be pleased with her), that some people said: O Messenger of Allāh, some people bring meat to us, and we do not know whether they invoked the name of Allāh while [preparing it] it or not. The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Invoke the name of Allāh over it and eat.”
Thank you.
Abdul Bāsiṭ
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قرآن میں اہل کتاب کی تحسین کی وجہ

سورہ آل عمران میں اہل کتاب کے بعض افراد کے بارے میں تحسین اور تعریف کے کچھ کلمات ہیں اور ان کے ایمان دار ہونے کا ذکر موجود ہے، مثلاً

 'یَتْلُوْنَ اٰیٰتِ اللّٰہِ'،'یُؤْمِنُوْنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَالْیَوْمِ الْاٰخِرِ' اور 'اُولٰۤئِکَ مِنَ الصّٰلِحِیْنَ'۔ 

کیا قرآن مجید کی اس بات کا مطلب یہ ہے کہ یہ لوگ نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی نبوت پر ایمان نہ لانے کے باوجود صالح اور مومن ہی قرار دیے جا رہے ہیں؟

کیا ان کا یہ مومن اور صالح ہونا صرف عنداللہ ہے، یعنی آخرت کے حوالے سے ہے یا پھر دنیوی قانون کے لحاظ سے بھی وہ مومن اور صالح ہی متصور ہوں گے؟

اگر وہ دنیوی پہلو سے بھی مومن ہی ہوں گے تو پھر کیا اس کا مطلب یہ ہوا کہ جو شخص اللہ پر ایمان رکھتا ہے، اس کے اخلاقی حدود و قیود کو مانتا ہے اور اللہ کے پیغمبروں میں سے کسی ایک کو بھی مانتا ہے تو وہ شخص مومن ہو گا؟جیسا کہ سورہ بقرہ اور سورہ آل عمران کی درج ذیل آیات سے یہ بات ثابت بھی ہوتی ہے:

اِنَّ الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا وَالَّذِیْنَ ہَادُوْا وَالنَّصٰرٰی وَالصّٰبِئِیْنَ مَنْ اٰمَنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَالْیَوْمِ الْاٰخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَہُمْ اَجْرُہُمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّہِمْ.(٢:٦٢)
قُلْ یٰۤاَہْلَ الْکِتٰبِ تَعَالَوْۤا اِلٰی کَلِمَۃٍ سَوَآءٍ بَیْنَنَا وَبَیْنَکُمْ اَلاَّ نَعْبُدَ اِلاَّ اللّٰہَ وَلاَ نُشْرِکَ بِہٖ شَیْئًا وَّلاَ یَتَّخِذَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا اَرْبَابًا مِّنْ دُوْنِ اللّٰہِ فَاِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَقُوْلُوا اشْہَدُوْا بِاَنَّا مُسْلِمُوْنَ.(٣:٦٤)