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.
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…
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.
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:
If Islam is the truest religion of God then why all the people in the world are not Muslims?
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…
Is there one true form of Islam? Who is the human leader of Islam on the earth?
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)…
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?
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…
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?
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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.
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…
How can one purify oneself according to Islam?
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…
In this day and time how can a Muslim woman practice Islam as she could do during the days of the Prophet (sws)?
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…
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.