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Regarding The ‘Sins’ Of Mohammad (sws)

I have always read that all the prophets of Allah are perfect people who do not sin. While I do not believe in the Torah version of events, I thought, all prophets were people who must have committed mistakes and misjudgments (political, religious or social) here and there, which God corrected immediately and forgave them for.

Now, I searched the quran for sins of the perfection or humanness of our beloved Mohammad SWS and found the following verses which not only testify that he might have committed errors in political or social decisions but sins. a sin "zanb" is much graver than a mistake and I believe it relates to breaking a religious law.
God confirms he has forgiven Mohammad SWS all his sins the past and the future but it still remains that unlike what many Moslems claim, the quran's ayas are evidence that our prophet was not a perfect human being and he committed sins.
40:55
So be patient (O Muhammad SAW). Verily, the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your fault, and glorify the praises of your Lord in the Ashi (i.e. the time period after the midnoon till sunset) and in the Ibkar (i.e. the time period from early morning or sunrise till before midnoon) [it is said that, that means the five compulsory congregational Salat (prayers) or the 'Asr and Fajr prayers].
47:19
So know (O Muhammad SAW) that La ilaha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women. And Allah knows well your moving about, and your place of rest (in your homes).
48:2-3
That Allah may forgive you your sins of the past and the future and complete his favour on you and guide you on the straight path.

What do you think, and if I a completely wrong in my conclusion then how would I make sense of the quranic ayas?

Answer:

Apparently, the verses you have quoted seem to communicate that the Holy Prophet (sws) committed sins. A deep deliberation on the verses considering the history of the life of the Prophet (sws) and other prophets of God, however, shows that the sins referred to here are not of the kind we generally take the word for. The prophets of God do not sin in pursuance of their self-centered ends as other human beings; however, these…

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Was Maryam A Hermaphrodite?

A Sheikh has mentioned that according to his understanding, Maryam, the mother of Jesus, was a "hermaphrodite" (a rare form of living organism, plant or animal that has both male and female reproductive organs, inside or outside of body). He made this verse of Quran a base of his approach to this matter:

Then when she delivered her child Maryam (Mary), she said: "O my Lord! I have delivered a female child," - and Allah knew better what she delivered, - "And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Maryam (Mary), and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Shaitan (Satan), the outcast. (Q. 3:36)
The part of the verse saying (Allah knew better what she delivered), according to him, is reference, to establish such theory on this matter. What is your point of view of this?

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As for the argument presented by the said scholar it is not tenable. There is nothing in the words of the Qur’an which can take us to that conclusion. We believe that the first part of the verse expresses the unexpected surprise of the mother of Hazrat Maryam who was expecting a male child who could be devoted to the service of God. When she says that she had delivered a girl she was somewhat…

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Chanting Durood For Mundane Purposes

I watch your program "Deen-o-Danish" and I learn a lot from it. I wish that all the people can learn Islam in the right way. I have a question, if someone reads drood shariff 100 times or more to get their wishes, is it allowed in Islam?

Answer:

We cannot state that it is forbidden for one to recite the durood a hundred or more or less times and seek God’s blessings and hope from Him that his wish will be granted. However, we can say that there is no guarantee from God to grant a wish on reciting the durood any number of times. We do not find any sound basis in the sources of the religious to the fact that God…

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Seeing The Prophet (sws) In A Dream

I had a very short dream during the recent shab-e-barat (fifteenth of Sha’ban) night. In which, I was told that the person I vision was the Prophet Muhammad (saw). This happened while I was not doing any ibadat, instead I was at work doing night shift, where sometimes when no work I just sit on sofa and sleep for a while. The detailed get-up etc. of the Prophet (saw) as I saw in the dream was as following:

Medium/smart stature and height, white beard slightly thin from cheeks as compared to the chin, Noorani (hallowed) face, but I do not remember the features, wearing white turban, holding a stick in his hand. I was the only person there and was standing close/left edge on his way. However, there was no conversation or eye contact established between is. The predominant feelings after the dream were that, how this could happen to me while I cannot even offer Prayers regularly, and I occasionally fall into commuting sins? I was also not ritually pure at that time (as I did not have a bath ever since I had an intercourse with my wife few days earlier). I have also found out that the Prophet (saw) had a black beard, than why did I see the white one? Also came across a Hadith that ways that whoever sees the Prophet (saw) in a dream actually sees him. Please tell me about the validity of this dream in the light of the sahih Hadiths. And if it is valid, does it impose any religious/ethical etc. obligations on me for the future life.

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Please note that dreams are not always true. There are many kinds of them. Some of them are divine blessings and some are satanic influence. Some others are mere working of mind. We cannot always differentiate between them. That is why if we have a good dream, we thank God and believe that God will bless us if we follow the path of His liking. However, they do not entail any action from our part.…

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Does Islam Endorse Divinity Of Jesus (sws)?

I wonder why Islam accepts Jesus Christ (sws) as a prophet when he said that he is the only way to Heaven, and the only begotten Son of God. If he is lying, then Islam accepts a false prophet. If he is telling the truth, Islam is not the way he is. Can you explain? Thanks in advance.

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The primary source of religious knowledge in Islam is the Holy Qur’an. It claims that the Prophet Jesus (sws) was the true messenger of God. It cleanses the personality of Jesus Christ (sws) from the falsifications ascribed to him.

And the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. God destroy them. How perverse are they! (9:30)


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Sound Belief

What is the Sahih Aqeedah (sound beliefs) according to Prophet (sws)? And which school of thought is nearer or exactly according to that?

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The Prophet (sws) was himself guided by the Qur'an and was instructed to warn and guide by the Qur'an. The correct belief therefore is one that is based on the Qur'an.

This might seem as a too obvious and simple response, but actually it is not. Many think and claim that their belief is according to the Qur’an while it is not.
If a person wants to base his belief on the Qur'an,…

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Blessings Of The Relics Of The Prophet (sws)

I would like to know what is the basis of the claims that prophet’ hair has blessing or his other body parts such as nails etc. Can blessings come from such things? Is there any hadith that supports or are these just whims and fantasies of maulvis?

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There are some Ahadith saying that some people were keen to use the left over of the water that the Prophet (sws) would use for ablution or liked to get hold of his hair, etc. However the Prophet (sws) himself never encouraged such an act and there is nothing in the Qur'an to inform people about any blessings as such.

We can conclude therefore that the above practices were only natural reactions of people who…

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Meaning Of Aal-I Muhammad

What do the terms aal-i Muhammad and aal-i Ibrahim occurring in the durood (prayer for blessing) refer to?

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In my response to a similar question I wrote:

"As for the word Aal, it takes both the family and the followers. In the Holy Qur’an the Almighty variously says that the Almighty punished Aal-e-Frihon (Pharaoh). It is evident that the punishment was not meted out only to the family and progeny of Pharaoh. He did not have any offspring and the punishment struck his followers as well. In certain connotations…

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Fate Of The Prophet’s Parents

A scholar has claimed that the holy Prophet’s parents are in Hell, because they were not Muslims. I need a clarification on the matter. He claimed that the Prophet Mohammad (sws) had once told a Muslim who had non-Muslim parents that his parents were in Hell. He got upset and the prophet clarified that his parents were with the Prophet’s parents, in Hell.

Now, I think that all those who were not introduced to the Holy Prophet should not be in Hell, because they existed before the revelation of Qur’an or the advent of the Prophet (sws). I am sure that the Prophet’s parents followed Abraham’s religion which was also the predecessor of Islam in Arabia. Please, elaborate and comment with reference to the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Answer:

Your opinion in this regard is justified. Every person is held accountable only for the guidance provided to him. A person living in an era before the Prophet (sws) should certainly be judged according to the guidance provided to him that is innate guidance and what was left of Abraham’s religion. Even if after the departure of the Prophet (sws), the message of Islam did not reach a person at all or reached him in…

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Significance Of Seeing The Holy Prophet (sws) In Dreams

I would like to have the privilege of the Ziyarat of Holy Prophet (sws) in my dream. I would just like to add that I have had mystical/spiritual experiences in the past. But this seems to be the goal of my mystical life.

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Your love and respect for the Messenger of God is commendable. True love of this kind is a virtue we are required to rear in our self. But I am afraid this love should not manifest itself in our yearning to seeing him in our dreams. It is very likely to drive us into some kind of misconception and deception. Our love and respect for the Messenger of Allah should be translated in our remaining…

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Origins Of The Prophetic Teachings

I have been told by a critic of Islam that the Prophet Muhammad (sws) did not receive any revelation from the Almighty rather he would make things up. The following tradition is quoted to prove that the Prophet (sws) would copy things from others and present it as divined decrees.

‘Aishah (rta) narrates that Judama bint Wahb al-Asadiyyah informed her that she heard the Messenger of Allah (sws) say, ‘I intended to prohibit ghila but I remembered that the Greeks and Persians do that without it causing any injury to their children.’ Malik explained: ‘Ghila is that a man has intercourse with his wife while she is suckling [her offspring]’. (Mu’atta, No: 16)

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We very well know that the Holy Prophet (sws) lived in a particular culture in a particular period of history. He did not claim that all he uttered was sanctioned from the Almighty. He must have also expressed his views based on his own observations of the matters, inherited knowledge of that time and self-inclinations. The referred to incident does not tell us that he received a revelation about the ill-effects of a certain act…

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Does The Prophet (sws) Respond To Us?

Is it correct that the Prophet (sws) answers those who send blessings on him in the grave. I have been told that the Prophet (sws) himself has said that whenever someone invokes Allah’s blessings for him, Allah returns the soul to his body until he replies to his salutation. Is the Hadith authentic?

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The text of the Hadith follows:

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (sws) said: Whenever someone sends blessings upon me the Almighty return me my soul so that I respond to it. (Abu Daud, No: 2041)
First of all, it should be remembered that it is a gharib report. The author of Mu‘jam Al-Awsat has also recorded this tradition and observed:
None has narrated this Hadith from Yazid except for Abu Sakhar…

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Intercession By The Prophet (sws)

One of my friends holds that the Holy Prophet (sws) is dead. He is no more in this world. We should not pray to Allah with his reference. For example we cannot say: O God, please forgive me because of your beloved Prophet (sws). He says we should plead to Allah directly. Mohammad (sws) is dead and the dead have no value. This is unacceptable and heartrending to me. Please explain how he can be rebutted.

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There is no doubt in that the Prophet (sws) has passed away. It is also clear that there is no such belief in Islam as to seek God's favours through a saint, peer or a Prophet. We can ask God ourselves directly. God says He is nearer to the believer that the jugular vein. It is only total submission to God and complete reliance on Him that makes a prayer worthy in the eyes of…

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Offensive Language For The Prophet (sws)

Recently my teacher was lecturing on the life story of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (sws). I was very disturbed when she referred to his moving to Madinah from Makkah in words like he ‘sneaked away’ or ‘fled’. She is not a Muslim and neither are many of the students who are taking this course at my University. Through another source I was given the impression that the Holy Prophet (sws) had migrated to Madinah. I was wondering if you could guide me through this. I would be very grateful.

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It is a well known historical fact that the Holy Prophet (sws) faced severe difficulties in Makkah and when he was commanded to leave the city because the Makkans were out to kill him. But it is evident that he did not leave Makkah for fear of his life rather he migrated to Madinah on divine bidding like many other messengers of Allah did (for example the Holy Prophet (sws) Moses, Noah and Abraham). In…

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Offensive Language For The Prophet (sws)

Recently my teacher was lecturing on the life story of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (sws). I was very disturbed when she referred to his moving to Madinah from Makkah in words like he ‘sneaked away’ or ‘fled’. She is not a Muslim and neither are many of the students who are taking this course at my University. Through another source I was given the impression that the Holy Prophet (sws) had migrated to Madinah. I was wondering if you could guide me through this. I would be very grateful.

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It is a well known historical fact that the Holy Prophet (sws) faced severe difficulties in Makkah and when he was commanded to leave the city because the Makkans were out to kill him. But it is evident that he did not leave Makkah for fear of his life rather he migrated to Madinah on divine bidding like many other messengers of Allah did (for example the Holy Prophet (sws) Moses, Noah and Abraham). In…

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Did Adam (sws) Ask For Muhammad’s (sws) Intercession?

Please clarify the following: Did Adam (sws) ask his forgiveness from Allah by using Prophet Mohammed (sws) as an intermediary (wasilah)?

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The most authentic source regarding the question of what Adam (sws) said in his prayer is the Holy Qur’an. The incident of the creation of Adam and Eve has been dealt with in various places in the Holy Book. If we study the matter wherever it occurs in the Holy Qur’an it becomes very clear how Adam expressed his repentance and what he prayed at that time. The incident first occurs in Surah Baqarah where…

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Culmination Of The Institution Of Prophethood

I believe in finality of prophethood, and I have read the same from Ghamdi Sahib's Meezan, but one of my friends believes that prophethood has not terminated on Muḥammad (sws). He says BAB and BAHULLAH are the prophets who followed Muhammad. He gives following verse of the Qur’an in support of his argument:

O children of Adam: If there comes to you Messengers from amongst you, reciting to you, My verses, then whosoever becomes pious and righteous, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (al-A’raaf 35)

He claims that the verse quoted above clearly shows continuity of prophethood for ever. Please comment.

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Thank you for writing to us. We believe that the verse you have quoted does not prove that the Messengers will continue to come even after the Prophet (sws). Consider the translation you have provided yourself.

O children of Adam: If there comes to you Messengers from amongst you, reciting to you, My verses, then whosoever becomes pious and righteous, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (al-A’raaf 35)
The underlined part…

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Does The Prophet (sws) Listen And Respond To Our Greetings?

Is it correct that the Prophet (sws) answers those who send blessings on him in the grave? I have been told that the Prophet (sws) himself has said that whenever someone invokes Allah’s blessings for him, Allah returns the soul to his body until he replies to his salutation. Is the Hadīth authentic?

Answer:

The text of the Hadīth follows:

Abū Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (sws) said: Whenever someone sends blessings upon me the Almighty return me my soul so that I respond to it. ( Abū Dā’ūd, No: 2041)

First of all, it should be remembered that it is a Gharīb report. The author of Mu‘jam Al-Awsat has also recorded this tradition and observed:

None has narrated this Hadīth from Yazīd but Abū Sakhar and none narrates from Abū Sakhar…

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