The Arab Messengers

Idol were not worshipped by Arabs only in the seventh century, but also in India, Greece, South America, China, Japan etc while the Prophets and Scriptures were sent to the Arabs only. Why?

Answer:

It appears that God's design for spreading His word after the coming of the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) was to use a specific nation as the chosen nation and to leave the responsibility of spreading His word on this nation. (Our understanding is that before this era, the Almighty would sent prophets to different nations as appropriate.)

We understand from the Qur'an (as it is also evident in Torah) that the first nation that was chosen…

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Birth Of The Prophet (sws)

We have heard this thing many times but I want to clear it that some people say that Prophet Muhammad (sws) was born before Hazrat Adam (sws). Is it true? Please explain it in the light of Quran and Ḥadīth.

Answer:

We all know that the Prophet (sws) was born in the second half of the six century AD and being a historical figure there is no dispute regarding his person and era. Those who believe that he was born before Adam present no sounder than that of a man of our age who claims to have down on earth before Adam (sws). Mind stops working and reason abandons when we hear about this type of…

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The Semitic Prophets

Why do we know about maximum 30-40 Prophets whereas we know that the world had seen 124,000 Prophets since its inception. Even Quran is silent about rest of the Prophets?

Second, an automatic question of why all Prophets came in an around a particular geographical area, I mean Arab peninsula. Why not in China, Canada or South America?

Answer:

I believe that there is no authentic information about the number of all the divine messengers. The Qur'an only names a few.

As for the question that why all the Prophets mentioned in the Holy Qur’an were of Semitic origin.

First of all I would like to assert that it would not be very accurate to say that all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah were of Semitic origin appearing in Arabia. Prophets and Messengers before…

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Throne Of Saba

When Solomon (sws) asked his followers to bring the throne of sheba (bilqees), an ifreet told him he would bring before he (Solomon) leaves but a human being brought it to him in the blink of an eye. I paraphrased what I could recall, can you email me details of how the man did this, the actual verses, translation and interpretations of the event and of Lawh' Mahfuz?

Answer:

I am afraid I will not be able to present the explanations offered by all the authorities on the issue. I will restrict myself to the most plausible and well-argued stance in this regard.

A simple translation of the verse is produced below:
He (Solomon) said: O courtiers! Which of you will bring me her throne before they present themselves humbly before me? An Ifrît (strong) from the Jinn said: I will bring it before you…

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Why Invoke Allah’s Blessings Upon The Prophets?

We pray for safety and security of Prophets in durood and salam. I have a confusion that they have passed away they don’t have any thing to do with this world any more. Neither they have any danger so why should we pray for their safety and security i.e, Hazrat Esa (Peace be upon him) etc.

Answer:

In the supplications which are called by the people in our lands as durood is nothing but a prayer for the Prophets. We invoke Allah's blessings upon them. This is due to the fact that the Prophets were chosen by God for the guidance of mankind. We owe them gratitude and the best form of gratitude is to invoke Allah's blessings upon them. We also pray for all of our dear ones. The Prophet's status…

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Splitting The Moon And Questioning The Angels

1. Is it true that Prophet (sws) has divided moon with his finger.

(i). If it is true then why we have not got yet any proof from authentic scientific source because many of sign of Qur’an have been proved by science that it is true such like Bigbang theory. Movement of moon and act.
2. Is it part of true ḥadīth that prophet (sws) said to Hazrat ‘Umar: When angel comes into your grave and asks question to you about your creator then you will explain that Allah is your Lord and cross-question him and ask “who is your Lord?” Is it possible that an angel who is assigned work by Allah is cross-questioned?

Answer:

1. Verse 54:1 has been interpreted in two ways: "the prophet caused the moon to be split as a miracle" or that "moon will be split near the end of the world".

My current understanding is that the first interpretation is much closer to the context and the literal meaning of the verse. There are also a number of Ahadith supporting this interpretation.
As for why scientific facts do not prove this (while it might…

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Reaction To Blasphemous Remarks

One of my acquaintances said something blasphemous regarding Hazrat Izrael (naudubi Allah). He said that while pointing to his parents. He said "there are Izraels (he referred his parents) in our house" (naudubillah). Everyone present there laughed at this and as a human nature a little laughter also came down my face but i immediately stopped when I realized it was not good. I controlled myself. The same happened today someone said something that can be included in kufr and as a human my nafs again pushed me to smile at it but immediately I controlled my smile. What should I do? How do I avoid it? It is obvious that you ultimately laugh being a human. Please guide me. What if a person gets influenced by his nafs in these situations and then controls himself? Does he also fall into kufr like the others?

Answer:

We believe that the behavior you have adopted is really commendable. We have not full control over our impulses. When we realize the issue we try to control ourselves. This is not kufr or punishable but a person who immediately controls himself should repent for what escaped him and hope to be forgiven and also rewarded.



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Status Of The Prophet Muhammad (sws)

What is the factual position when people say that Muhammad (sws) is the beloved of Allah and the leader of the Prophets and Messengers?

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We believe that the Prophet (sws) enjoys great status. God Almighty loves all the pious people. The position of the Prophet (sws) can be imagined from this fact alone. The Qur'an says that all the Messengers were equal as their status of the Messengers of God. We need to respect all of them democratically. However, some of them were given excellence not enjoyed by the others. In this regard, for example, Moses (sws) was addressed…

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Declaration Of Faith

My parents taught me the kalimah shahadah as follows: la ilaha illAllah Muhammad ur rasulullah. Why do I have to add that Prophet Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah while there were so many prophets and all of them taught the same religion? Would it matter if I just said la ilaha illallah?

Why do we mention the name of the Prophet Muhammad (sws) and the Prophet Ibrahim (sws) in the tashahhud (sitting position in the prayer)? Also please tell me who authored the supplication to be made in this position?

Answer:

We add the second part of shahadah specifically mentioning the name of the Prophet Muhammad (sws) because we happen to live in the time when his message and the book he brought is the source of guidance for us. We are addressees of the Prophet Muhammad (sws). It is our position as his addressee that makes it necessary to acknowledge his status and the Messenger of Allah. When we declare belief in his prophethood we…

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Salvation And Belief In The Prophet Muhammad

According to verse sixty-two of sura al-Baqara can we say that anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds shall be given his reward in hereafter and shall have no fear or grief irrespective of his or her religion? Can non-Muslims of today enjoy aforesaid reward while some religious scholars say that it is only privilege of Muslims?

Answer:

In of my earlier responses to a similar question I wrote:

A short explanation of this verse seems necessary here since some people argue on its basis that belief in the Prophethood of Muhammad (sws) is not a requirement of salvation. Suffice to say that the verse does not mention the Prophethood of Muhammad (sws) for the simple reason that it is not a basic requirement of salvation. It should be kept in mind…

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Belief In Miracles

In how many Miracles should we have belief that cannot be interpreted? Does not the Holy Qur’ān confirm that no Miracles were conferred on Muhammad (sws)? Which verse of the Holy Qur’ān indicates that Miracles were given to the Holy Prophet (sws)?

Answer:

The Holy Qur’ān mentions certain demands of unbelievers and the Jews from the Holy Prophet (sws) to present some supernatural things but, in response, Allah Almighty has always presented the Holy Qur’ān. This indicates that as a proof of the truthfulness of his Prophethood, the Holy Prophet (sws) had not been bestowed with any observable Miracles. However, it does not implicate that the life of the Holy Prophet (sws) is empty of any unusual events.…

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The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

Is Jesus alive or dead? If he is dead, then who are we waiting for? If he is alive, then when will he return from the heaven?

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The second arrival of Jesus has nothing to do with his life or death. The Almighty who created him the first time can give him another life. The Lord who created him fatherless has enough power to recreate him and send him to earth. Therefore, we should think about his Second Advent leaving the question of his life or death. Anyway, he has secured the life of a martyr.

Firstly, it is clear that the…

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Going Against The Holy Prophet (sws)

Is it allowable to differ with the opinion, thinking and advice of the Prophet (sws) in minor religious matters?

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The religion does not allow us going against the Prophet (sws) in any condition. Contrarily, such an attitude negates one's faith. It can waste one's good deeds. However one can go against a statement ascribed to the Holy Prophet (sws) following the principles of dirāyat (textual analysis). This means he is actually going against the narrators. He does not in fact go against the Holy Prophet (sws).

Translated By: Abid Mahmood Hashmi



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Divinity Of Jesus

My question is about the Prophet Jesus. Doesn't the fact that he was born without a father and indeed from Allah's Holy Spirit make him special? May Allah forgive me but when Christians argue that he is the son of God, they rely on this fact! We also know that Allah Almighty sent Gabriel to Mary and she had Jesus. Should we Muslims regard this as just being one of Jesus's miracles? Or does it really make him more special than other Prophets who were born normally and were then made Prophets at some point in their lives?

Answer:

The Holy Qur’an has referred to the fact that Jesus Christ was created in an unusual way. It also gives reason of abandoning the usual course of reproduction. The Holy Qur’an says:

وَإِنَّهُ لَعِلْمٌ لِّلسَّاعَةِ فَلَا تَمْتَرُنَّ بِهَا وَاتَّبِعُونِ هَذَا صِرَاطٌ مُّسْتَقِيمٌ وَلَا يَصُدَّنَّكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

[Say Oh Muhammad] And lo! verily he [Jesus Christ] is the sign of the Hereafter. So doubt not concerning it, but follow me. This is the right…

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Authenticity Of Kalima Tayyiba

I am a student of the Qur’an and have few questions for you. But at this time, I would like to have your thought and guidance only on the following questions.

1. Nowhere in the Qur’an I found the First Kalima. Do you think Allah (God forbid) forgot to mention it or it is we who ignored the real Kalima from the Qur’an and invented something for ourselves? The first Kalima is called Kalima Tauheed. But with all honestly, I do not think that the first Kalima is a Kalima Tauheed because it includes two entities (Creator and one of his creatures, i.e. Allah SWT and Muhammad (sws). It is also a violation of the Qur’anic teaching when God says “do not make distinction among my messengers”, and yet we pick one Prophet and include in our daily prayers. It seems the Islamic world has abandoned and forgotten God's true message and started worshipping the messenger.
2. Hadiths have contradictions and included a lot of non-sense. I believe it can't be a source of Islamic laws and has very little, if any, to do with the Prophet (sws). Then why we put so much emphasis on it when we talk about Islam? Is Qur’an not clear, complete and fully detailed book?
3. Almost all Islamic duties (Ibadat) came through Prophet Ibrahim (sws) and at the time of Ibrahim A.S, Prophet Muhammed (sws) did not exist. Then why we say Durood-e-Ibrahimi in our prayers? Our Ibadat/Namaaz must be fully devoted to Allah ONLY. None of His creatures should be part of our Ibadat/Namaaz.
4. We conclude that al Prophets were pious people and guaranteed Jannah. Then instead of worrying about our own neck, why we say Durood-O-Salaam to the prophet, day and night? It is shirk (polytheism) and against the teachings of the Prophet. Is it not? I expect a comprehensive and logical answer.

Answer:

1. There are ten verses in the Qur'an where "obey the Prophet (sws)" is mentioned immediately after "obey God". Does this violate the concept of Tohid? Was it not enough to say only "obey God"?

In verse 5:111 we read:
"And when I revealed to the disciples to believe in me (God) and my prophet (Jesus), they said we believe and be witness that we are Muslims"
Why God is referring to Himself and His…

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Birth Of Jesus And Adam (sws)

The Quran seems to hold that Jesus (sws) and Adam (sws) were created through a similar process. Does Adam, in the relevant verse, signify the whole mankind or only the first man?

Answer:

The referred to verse of the Holy Qur’an reads:


Surely the case of Jesus is like the case of Adam. He created him out of dust, then he said to him, "Be', and he was. (3:59)

God Almighty has only negated the views of the Christians. They believed Jesus to be son of God. The basis of their views was his miraculous birth. God says that he was given birth suspending the natural…

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Revelation To The Non-Prophetic Figures

Are there any individuals other than the Prophets who received the Divine guidence?

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The Holy Qur'an has called the Holy Prophet (sws) 'Khātam al-Nabiyyīn' i.e. 'the last of the Prophets'. It entails that Allah has closed down the process of direct revelaion of the religious guidance. It implies that no further religious guidance through revelation can be expected after the demie of the Holy Prophet (sws). Those who claim of receiving the divine revelations are liars deflected by Satan. The Holy Prophet (sws), clarifying this reality, has been…

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Noah’s (sws) Age

The Holy Qur'an states that Noah (sws) preached for almost nine and a half centuries. I believe that average life and physical body traits of mankind has always been the same. A difference of five to ten years is understandable. But what the traditions report about the body structure of Awj b. Aunuq seems far beyond the reality. We can deny it because it has not been affirmed by the Holy Qur'an. But the life span of Noah (sws) has been recorded by the Holy Qur'an which cannot be questioned in any condition. Did all of his disciples live such a long life? Were they like us in their heights or was there some difference? I think that Noah (sws) lived almost five thousand years ago. Four or five thousand years have no significance in the long history of the world and the universe. It does not seem reasonable that five thousand years ago man lived as long as one thousand years. The Holy Qur'an does not say any such thing about any other Messenger of God.

Answer:

The Noachian time is the prehistoric period. Mawlana Hamid ul Din Farahi holds that gauging the time of Adam to Noah from the pedigrees given in the Bible would not be right. This family tree carries the names of the famous figures only, leaving out many generations in the middle. He believes that these are the names of great leaders of the past. We may find great distance counting to more than hundreds of years…

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Allah’s Blessing For His Creatures

The Holy Qur'an says: "Allah and His angels send blessings on the Holy Prophet (sws)" (Q 33:56) My question is that what does it mean that Allah sends blessings on His creatures, like for example the Holy Prophet (sws), given the fact that He is the Creator and the Absolute?

Answer:

In Arabic in particular and in other languages in general the relationship of the verb to the subject determines and modifies its meanings. The best example of this alteration in Urdu is muhabbat (affection). Mother's affection for her son is totally different from that between a husband and his wife. Yet the same word is used to connote both the relations. When the word 'sallā' is ascribed to mankind, it carries the meaning of praying…

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Finality Of The Holy Prophet (sws)

A friend of mine is was insisting that Jesus Christ (sws) died and will never come again. Although it doesn't disturb my belief but his second question of course crosses the belief line. He said that the last Prophet is Jesus Christ (sws) and not Hazrat Muhammad (sws). Please provide enough verses from Qur'an to prove that Hazrat Muhammad (sws) is the last Prophet and no Prophet (nabi and rasool) will come after him.

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For our view on the finality of the Prophet (sws) please refer to: Finality of Prophethood

That the Prophet (sws) is the last of the Prophets is not only dependent on the Qur'anic verses. The belief was taught by the Prophet (sws) to the entire generation of the Companions (rta) and was transferred to the next generation by the consensus of the Companion (sws). The successors too received and believed in it with their…

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