I am a medical doctor and have extensively studied and been well trained in this profession. l want to do so pertaining to the study of Quran and then propagate it further with Quranic study circles. Is it possible to have some guidelines towards accomplishing this goal? May Allah be your protector, guider and helper to accomplish your aims and goals!
Your desire to learn and preach the message of the Qur’an is really commendable. We pray to the Almighty to help you accomplish this worthy work. Amen.
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My question is about dealing with non-Muslims temples when Islam is in power. It is said in some ḥadīths that don’t destroy the old temples or prayers places of non-Muslims but when Muslims got victory over Mecca the Prophet himself destroyed the idols of many gods which were inside the Kaba. So what was the situation there and in present time what should we do with this issue?
Islam claims that Ka'bah was built by Abraham and it was center of monotheism. It was later desecrated by putting idols to be worshipped there. The Prophet [pbuh], according to Islam, was sent to purify the house of God of the filth of polytheism and establish tawheed in Arabia. Islam established the veracity of the Messenger and His claim through various arguments and did not allow polytheists to live in Arabia while rejecting the truth…
What is our responsibility as a Muslim against social crimes or problems for example I am a lecturer in a local college what is my responsibility a s a teacher in a society so that I can win my Allah’s approval and jannah?
We all are required to spread the light around us. A father is responsible for those in his care. A teacher is responsible for the enlightenment of his children on these issues. However, it does not mean that he should divert greatly from his main subject. That is his primary responsibility. But he must find time to guide his pupils regarding the truth that he believes need to be imparted to them
My question is with regards to jihad and qital given the circumstances today. Is qital obligator for the modern day Muslim?
An individual Muslim does not need to decide whether Qitaal necessary for him or not. It is the Muslims state which has to decide when to go into war and against whom. It may call the general public for participating in the war or it may decide to rely on the armed forces alone. In case if it makes an open call for jihad every individual has to respond positively to the call of…
I am a Muslim from India. I want to know why has the history of the followers of Islam been so bloody and continues to be so. It pains me to see my fellow followers of the faith getting killed every single day, somewhere in the world.Is acceptance of change not a part of Islam? Is the message of peace not understood and propogated by our religious leaders? Is forgiveness not a bigger force compared to vengeance in our religion?
I fail to understand how deeds of the adherents of a religion render that particular religion evil. If you want to learn the cause of the (so called) aggressive nature of the Muslim you need to study their history. It is not essentially true that they have always been unjustly aggressive. To forgive is a great virtue but none of the societies in the civilized world condones that culprits be forgiven and that the killers…
I am a Christian living here in America with my family. Does this mean that the Muslims have to kill me? I am very frightened and confused. Can you please explain?
I am afraid you have not understood the correct Islamic view on this issue. It is merely because of misconceptions that some Muslims hold that they are obliged to prepare themselves and force the non Muslims into accepting Islam or paying jizyah. They are not actually out to kill people except some of the groups we are well aware of. Majority Muslims are not in favor of war like for example some extremist Muslim groups…
In a video-clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-N4Wf_RR-0), Mawlānā Waḥīd al-Dīn Khān has claimed that, since killing of non-combatants is not permissible in Islam, the scope of jihad has almost ended in the nuclear area as war can escalate into a situation where killing innocents may become inevitable. Also, he believes that only defensive (in self-defence) is permissible and, that too, only at the level of the state. In an essay of his “Ṣabr kē us pār,” he advises Muslims to suppress their desires and focus only on their responsibilities. What are your views n this regard?
While it is true that any armed struggle without the authority of the collectivity in which a Muslim resides is prohibited in the opinion of most scholars from early to modern times, in Q.22:40, God explains why war is sometimes necessary to end oppression and persecution. If a State has the strength and moral authority to end persecution, it is height of apathy to sit back without justifiable reason (Q.4:75-76). For example, if India deliberately…
Are martyrs dead or alive?
The view that martyrs are alive is based on the evidences from the Holy Qur'an. Surah al-Baqarah (2) reads:
وَلاَ تَقُولُوْا لِمَنْ يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبيلِ اللّهِ أَمْوَاتٌ بَلْ أَحْيَاء وَلَكِن لاَّ تَشْعُرُونَ (154:2)
My question is regarding Jihad of the companions of prophet. I am convinced about the stance of Mr Ghamidi that Prophet (sws) in fact killed the mushrikeen of that time after "itamam-e-hujjat". But I wonder that itamam-e-hujjat can be accepted for individuals who were the direct addressees of Prophet (sws), as he (sws) totally convinced them regarding the message of Islam and they deliberately denied the truth. But what about the nations (i.e. Persians and Romans) which were just sent letters. Can "itamam-e-hujjah" be done just by sending letters? I believe that saying that "itamam-e-hujjah was completed on those nations just by sending letters, is a weak argument. May be my knowledge is not complete. Kindly shed some light in detail as I and my friend are having difficulty in understanding this.
Some people are of the view that hizb-ullah and taliban have actually defeated Israel and US by engaging them in war for several years and at the same time recently Israel withdrew from one of the wars against hizbullah. Now the jihad they are doing does not satisfy all the conditions of jihad, then how they are winning the battles, should we consider it that it is God's help (nusrat-e-ilahi). And can we say that today Israel, India and US are doing persecution and if we were able then jihad was obligatory to be declared by our state? Kindly answer in detail about both the questions especially the first one.
As far as the itmam al-hujjah on neighboring countries in the time of the Prophet (sws) is concerned, it was not merely accomplished by writing letters. Letters were just the beginning of itmam al-hujjah.
The real thing in this regard was the actual happening of shahādah of Muhammad (sws) in Arabia. This was enough to conclusively convey the truth to the rulers of neighbouring countries to whom the Prophet (sws) wrote these letters. Any evasion on…
I have following questions regarding the answer you have provided me regarding Itamam-ul-Hujjah on neighboring countries.
Here are the answers to your questions:
Before coming to your specific question I would like to state that it would not be academically right to object to anything merely on the basis of assumptions. If we follow the course we can easily get to the answer as well. If we assume that the Prophet (sws) knew that he was going to die we can also add the fact to our assumption that he was told by the Almighty that the army…
Please elaborate on Ghazwa-e-hind and comment on the ahadith that are often quoted in this regard.
I have tried to find out the sources of the traditions. None of them is found in reliable sources like Bukhari, Muslim, Mu’atta etc. If we suppose them to be reliable they talk about an even that has happened already. They do not talk about Pakistanis fighting Indians. They talk about Arabs on an expedition to India and conquering it.
May I ask what the crucial differences are between the Arabic words Jihad and Muharabah?
A Muslim scholar, Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, has defined Muharabah in his work ‘Penal Law of Islam’ in the September 1999 issue of the journal in the following words:
If a Muslim state attacks another Muslim state then defending the country obviously is Jihad for the Muslims of invaded country. In such a situation, what should be the stance of the Muslim soldiers of the invading army? What are they supposed to do if they find before them their Muslim brethren?
Today, the only basis of Jihad endorsed by Islam is one that is against oppression and persecution. This is irrespective of the fact whether this oppression is being perpetrated by Muslims or non-Muslims.
What are the circumstances that make Jihad obligatory on a Muslim citizen? What is the punishment for not taking part in Jihad when it has become obligatory?
As far as an individual is concerned, Jihad becomes compulsory upon him if both the following conditions are fulfilled:
The following Hadith states that we should fight people (which I presume refers to disbelievers):
I have been directed to fight against these people until they testify to the oneness of God and to the prophethood of Muhammad, establish the prayer and pay zakāh. (Muslim,No:22)
This inference is not correct. As explained by Ghamidi, people who deliberately reject the Messengers of God are punished in this world for this denial. While the polytheists among them are put to death the monotheists among them are subjugated into a life of submission.
In the early period of Islam, we find that the Islamic rule was extended by the Companions (rta) of the Prophet (sws) to a large part of the world. They conquered Persia, Rome, Egypt and many other countries of their times. My question is that why did they impose Islam on these countries? Why were they not given the option of accepting Islam if they wanted to?
Indeed, it is generally held that the rise of Islam in the early period was due to a wave of ‘Arab Imperialism’ that shook the super powers of those times and forced them into submission. In an astounding series of conquests, country after country fell to the sword of Islam. It was not long before the Muslim empire stretched from the shores of the Mediterranean in the west to as far as Indonesia in the…
What is the Biblical view on Jihad. Did the Prophet Moses (sws) and the Prophet Jesus (sws) wage Jihad in their times?
As far as the Bible is concerned, while the Old Testament contains explicit directives on Jihad, the New Testament is devoid of them. The reason is that while the Prophet Moses (sws) was bestowed with political authority by the Almighty, the Prophet Jesus (sws) was not.
There is a persistent notion among many Muslims that fighting in the battlefield is something very inferior to fighting againstone’s desires.While the former is termed as Jihad-i-asghar (the lesser Jihad), the latter is called the Jihad-i-akbar (the greater Jihad). Does this mean that we should be more anxious to take part in Jihad-i-akbar?
It is generally understood that the terms Jihad-i-akbar and Jihad-i-asghar are supposedly attributed to the Prophet (sws). However, this attribution does not have a sound basis. The chain of narrators of this narrative is very weak. Authorities of Hadīth like Ibn Hajar, Ibn Taymiyyah and Al-Bānī have convincingly challenged the authenticity of this narrative1. So, one can safely conclude that there is no such thing as a greater Jihad or a lesser one.
There are some scholars who believe that all wars fought by the Prophet of Islam were defensive. Muhammad (sws) never carried out unprovoked attacks. Please comment.
There are indeed scholars who hold this view Sir Thomas Arnold is one prominent authority who holds this view. He writes: