The Only True Religion

I was explaining Islam to a non-Muslim friend. He came up with a couple of questions that actually confused me as well. I have been told since I was a kid that Islam is one true religion and everything else is a lie. How can I be sure that it is not a man-made religion and it really is the truth? I have gone through the embryology example. Anything else that could prove the divine presence in holy Qur’ān?

Answer:

In order to understand whether Islam is a man-made religion or not, one first needs to understand and appreciate what actually Islam means. Islam is the name of the religion that is embodied not only in the nature of a human being but in fact in the nature of everything in the world. Islam is therefore the religion of all the prophets of God. Islam in its conceptual meaning simply means to surrender to God…

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Forcing Our Children To Islam

All of us try to make our children "Good Muslims". Similarly a Christian tries to make his children "Good Christians", an Atheist tries to make his children "Good Athiests". These efforts make a child biased or at least strongly inclined towards a particular religion. When he grows up, he has a strong set of beliefs and practices and he considers all other religions "wrong". He also has strong relations within his family and friends. All these factors make the religious conversion almost impossible. Only those people convert who revolt from their beliefs and society. That is the reason that entire Da'wah activity of any religion faces a lot of problems.

Can we say that this effort is a good ethical practice? If it is a good practice, it means that it is good for Muslims and Non-Muslims and Allah will not punish Non-Muslims for it because they were made biased by their parents and society. If it is a bad practice, it will be bad for both Muslims and Non-Muslims. In this case, as ethical human beings, we should stop this practice. We should teach our children only the agreed-upon ethics to make them good human beings. At their age of maturity, they should be allowed to evaluate different religions in an unbiased manner and adopt whatever they find the best.
Another aspect of this issue is that according to Quran "there is no compulsion in religion". Is this activity of making our children "Good Muslims" a type of compulsion because it creates a bias in their mind. What are teachings of Quran and Sunnah about this practice?

Answer:

We believe that it is incumbent upon a Muslim to spread the word of God to others and to share the guidance bestowed upon him by the Almighty with other human beings. One's family and near relations do have their right upon us to share whatever light we have been blessed with. This is only natural that the parents impart whatever knowledge they have to their children. This includes their religious affiliation. In fact the…

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Regarding Abraham’s Prayer For His Father

Javed Aḥmad Ghamidi one’s said, during our chat, that Ibrahim (sws) was told by God not to pray for your father as he is a rejecter. But it appears that in Sūrah Ibrahim verse 41, the Prophet Ibrahim, again asks God to forgive his parents. To me the time period of latter is later than the first. Can you explain this please? Also kindly give me the reference of the sūrah where God stops Ibrahim (sws) to pray for his father.

Answer:

The Holy Qur’ān variously mentions the incident of Abraham’s promise to his father about praying to God for his forgiveness. It also mentions the prayer:

He said: Peace be to you! I shall ask forgiveness of my Lord for you. Lo! He was ever gracious to me. [19:47]
The Qur’ān does not mention verses clearly forbidding Abraham not to pray for his father. However some of the Qur’ānic verses indicate to the fact:
It is not for the…

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Why All The People Are Not Muslims

If Islam is the truest religion of God then why all the people in the world are not Muslims?

Answer:

It is commonly held that Almighty allows religious guidance to some people and prevents others from getting to it on the basis of His own sole discretion. This understanding makes people stay away from making personal efforts to acquire and strengthen faith, because they contend that they have no role to play in either accepting faith or in rejecting it.

The Qur'an has mentioned the outlines of the law of the guidance very concisely in…

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The True Islam

Is there one true form of Islam? Who is the human leader of Islam on the earth?

Answer:

Islam is a unified religious code based on well-defined and intelligible sources, the Qur’an and the Sunnah. It is there in its original form as communicated to the world by the Prophet Muhammad (sws). The Almighty made sure that the basic teachings of Islam are not put in the hands of some individuals facing the danger of being lost. These were communicated and disseminated in the entire generation of the Companions of the Prophet (sws)…

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Who Speaks For Islam?

Who Speaks for Islam in this Era? Islam addresses the whole world and we today do not know the political aspect of Islam. The scholars who speak about the political aspect on Islam make me feel so much aggrieved. They always or mostly in one way or other teach us to become rebellious or to revolt against our corrupt leaders without mentioning the criteria as how to judge them to be corrupt. I always have found this view conflicting with traditions narrated in the Hadith books. The situation in the Arab world from today is one present example which is not more than a revolt against the leaders. Amazingly if the leaders try to resist, the rebels is considered guilty of killing, murder and tyranny but being rebellious is never considered a crime in most of the cases according to the most of the youth of the Muslims. Who really speaks for Islam? What is the view of Islam on revolting against the Leaders? If there is a right for the Leader then one should not forget the fact that the leader should be a leader in its complete sense. Who gives the rebels the right to speak that if people rebel against a leader he should not resist against the rebels? We Muslims were never in a state where we were united on one leader in any country. Why we always speak about our leaders and to revolt against them and then put ourselves behind bars or face injuries and loose our loved ones and then claim our leaders to be ruthless? Are not these we ourselves who inflict ourselves with this by revolting and making our selves killed?

Answer:

The only speaker for Islam is the Qur'an.

As for the views of Mr. Ghamidi on conditions of revolt, please see the following article:
http://www.monthly-renaissance.com/issue/content.aspx?id=959

Whether the conditions mentioned in the above article apply to some of the Arab countries of our time is beyond the scope of this website.

I would only like to add one point:

One of the main duties and obligations of the state is to uphold justice in the country. Whether…

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Does Islam Explain Everything?

In Islam, what does it mean if one is thinking/speaking of something and then it occurs or they hear about it straight after e.g. thinking about a place and someone else brings it up, or thinking/speaking about someone and then you see them?

Answer:

Islam is not an encyclopedia of knowledge from which answer to any question could be provided. Islam is a set of beliefs, laws and moral directives that help human being purify himself in order to become a better servant of his Lord and to reach success in the hereafter.

Your question starts by: "in Islam, what does it mean if one is thinking/speaking of something and then it occurs"
This is based on the assumption that…

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Enforced Conversion And Islam

People frequently accuse Muslims of coercing people to Islam by asking them to choose from a) a tax (jizya) b) accepting Islam or c) war. What is the reality of this statement?

Answer:

We must first realise that Islam is a religion of peace. We do not coerce anyone. People have a wrong understanding of the events during the Prophet’s (sws) life. These events are based on the principle of Divine judgment (danoonat). According to this principle, a nation is punished if it obstinately refuses the right path after clear proofs and elaboration. Noah’s flood, the fate of Sodom and Gomorah are expressions of this principle. Truth was…

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The Only True Religion

I was explaining Islam to a non-Muslim friend. He came up with a couple of questions that actually confused me as well. I have been told since I was a kid that Islam is one true religion and everything else is a lie. How can I be sure that its not a man-made religion nauzubillah and it really is the truth? I have gone through the embryology example. Anything else that could prove the divine presence in holy Quran. In durood-e-ibrahimi there is an expression aal-e Ibrahim. Does it signify the family of Hazrat Muhammed (sws) or all the ummah? Can you please refer a quote from Quran itself to prove that its all ummah. If not, why is the family of the Holy Prophet (sws) getting special treatment when Allah has already said that the only differentiator in front of Him is 'taqwa'?

Answer:

In order to understand whether Islam is a man made religion or not, one first needs to understand and appreciate what actually Islam means. Islam is the name of the religion that is embodied not only in the nature of human being but in fact in the nature of everything in the world. Islam is therefore the religion of all the prophets of God. Islam in its conceptual meaning simply means to surrender to God…

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Conflict Between Hazrat Aishah (rta) And Hazrat Ali (rta)

My question is about the status of Hazrat Ayesha in our eyes. God has revealed a complete surah in her respect. The Qur’an also requires of them to stay in their homes. Apparently her offensive against Hazrat Ali is a violation of the express Qur’anic command. If it was not wrong than why did she resign and withdraw herself from public politics? I also want to know she got killed?

My second question is why Hazrat Ali (rta) changed the capital from Medina to kufa? Was there a specific strategy involved? Or as the point seems people of Makkah were not ready to accept him?
My third question about the term shaheed? Can one dying of medical problems be called shaheed? Were Hazrat Umar (rta) and Usman (rta) shaheed or we only respectfully regard them as such. They were not fighting with enemy but they were only running the government and discharging their responsibility. Why don’t we confine the criteria of shaheed only to the martyrs of war as it seems most simple and appropriate because due to this broad criteria we have made the people who have not contributed in Muslim Umma much but became shaheed and are enjoying more status than deserved for example Banazir Bhutto, her father, Zia ul Haq etc?

Answer:

Here are the answers to your questions:

1. The directives related to the wives of the Prophet (sws) being confined to their homes primarily pertained to the lifetime of the Prophet (sws) because the Hypocrites had launched a besmearing campaign to malign the Prophet (sws) by maligning his wives. After his departure, obviously such a campaign slowly faded away. Hence if A'ishah (rta) participated in a battle that took place more than two decades after…

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Seeking Fatwas

Why do we not just face hardships instead of asking for fatwas, leniencies? Why should we ask for exceptions? Would working on fatwas/lenience not take away the determination to face the issues? I believe in the end Allah (as he knows our efforts) will reward us justly. So for every problem we face we will have a reward. Then why give and get fatwas? In effect getting the fatwa implies that the deen was hard and we need an exception.

Answer:

I am not sure why seeking fatwas is translated as seeking way out of the religious obligations. Fatwa is basically one's understanding of the religious ahkaam (edicts). There is no doubt in that there are people who seek fatwas only to learn if there are views relieving one of a responsibility he incurred but this is not the inherent property of every effort to seek the views of the scholars. Laymen in fact need to…

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Purification Of Nafs (Self)

How can one purify oneself according to Islam?

Answer:

The Holy Qur’an explains that the basic purpose of the religion and religious guidance is purification of the human nafs. It very clearly tells that this purpose can only be obtained through practicing the religious guidance provided in the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (sws). All the religious dictates contained in these sources are well known to all including you and me. We only need to observe these directives and live the…

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How Can Muslim Women Practice Islam In The Best Way?

In this day and time how can a Muslim woman practice Islam as she could do during the days of the Prophet (sws)?

Answer:

Every person comes in this world with a certain set of circumstances. The nature of the test each individual is put though is determined by the place, time and circumstances specific to him. Therefore, a person of restricted financial worth is not supposed to spend in the way of Allah like the wealthy. An illiterate man is not supposed to do the duties of a scholar and a man living in a corrupt society cannot…

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Were The Earliy Shari’ahs Deficient?

assalām-o-alaykum

Please refer to Q 42:13 which says that the same laws of religion were ordained for all the prophets. However, we keep hearing from the Islamic religious clergy that Sharī‘ah of Muḥammad is different, better and somehow more complete then the laws ordained for previous Prophets. I do not have any ready reference regarding the above claims by clergy but I recall hearing such assertions many times in the past. Could you please give your opinion on this subject?
Best Regards
S Manzoor

Answer:

I understand it would be better if we restricted to giving the most plausible view on the question without discussing parallel opinions in this regard.

Some Muslim scholars hold that according to the Qur'ān all the Prophets and Messengers that went before the Prophet Muhammad (sws) propagated the same religion. The Almighty says in the Holy Qur'an:
He enjoined on Noah, and which We have revealed to you; which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses and Jesus,…

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