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Religious Centers Of The Non-Muslims

What do you say about construction of Hindu and Sikh temples? A Hindu friend has asked me why in Arab countries especially in Saudi Arabia Hindus are not allowed to construct their temples?


Is there any example in the Hadiths or historical sources which shows that Muslims allowed polytheists to make their temples?

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Since we know that the Prophet (sws) and the Rightly Guided caliphs allowed the non-Muslim citizens in the state to keep and maintain their temples and worship there, this also implies that they can build new temples for the same purpose. There is no prohibition in the Qur'an in this regard. We cannot comment on what a particular Muslim state implements its understanding of the divine laws. One thing is clear. The divine law and…

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Responsibility To Establish Islamic Political System

Mr. Ghamdi is hard at work, trying to promote Religious Darwinism. His total argument is “offer prayer, keep fast, pay zakah, do hujj and remember Allah. Do not try to establish or do not strive for an Islamic socio political economic system, but if it happens by itself then it is well and good.” This is a term like Darwin Theory of evolution that says: “Let things happen as they are happening and Islamic state may come in existence through evolution. We really do not have to interfere with social evolutionary process.” As if Mr. Iblees is sitting dormant or as if all the Socio political economic systems that have ruled the parts of the world in the past or in present came into existence on their own. It is to suppose that all the unbelievers who are milat-e wahida (singe community) will allow this natural evolution of Islamic Socio Economic Political system to happen on its own. To me this is flawed logic, basically telling the Muslims all we are required to do is to do our rituals and If Islamic state will come into existence by natural evolution then well and good, else just be it.

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Thank you for sharing your views. However, would it not be better to critically evaluate the arguments proffered by Ghamidi sb -- arguments drawn from the Holy Qur'an -- on the issue under discussion and point out their flaws?

Muslims should be very academic as well as sincere in their approach to religion. If we think that there is something wrong in a viewpoint then instead of emotional outbursts we should critically evaluate the opinion…

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Settling In A Non-Muslim State

I want to find out that can a Muslim live in a non-Muslim country (for example UK? A scholar holds that one’s prayer will not be accepted if one says in a non-Muslim country. He says that one can stay in non-Muslim country only for preaching Islam. Please advise me according to Mr Ghamidi’s research.

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Some scholars hold the view you have mentioned in the question. They usually base their view on the following verse of the Holy Qur'an:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَوَفَّاهُمُ الْمَلآئِكَةُ ظَالِمِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ قَالُواْ فِيمَ كُنتُمْ قَالُواْ كُنَّا مُسْتَضْعَفِينَ فِي الأَرْضِ قَالْوَاْ أَلَمْ تَكُنْ أَرْضُ اللّهِ وَاسِعَةً فَتُهَاجِرُواْ فِيهَا فَأُوْلَـئِكَ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ وَسَاءتْ مَصِيرًا

Surely (as for) those whom the angels cause to die while they have been unjust to their souls, they shall say: In…

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Islam And Democracy

Is democracy totally incongruent to Islam? On what grounds democracy and Islam can be shown to be equal and on which grounds these are mutually exclusive? I believe that democracy is the system of West whereas khilafat is the system of Islam. Democracy on the contrary, is based on the principle of "sovereignty of the people" as is evident from its very definition. Suppose if the parliament legalizes the consumption of alcohol we can’t stop them in a true democracy. But in Islam, we cannot allow the parliament to repeal any of the Islamic injunctions. This means that we are denying the foundational principles of democracy.

Another difference between the two systems is that democracy works on the principle that majority view has to prevail. Whereas in Islam we have Shoora which implies consensus within limits of the Qur’an and sunnah.
What is the use of finding democracy in Islam? Isn’t Islam itself is a perfect religion? Why do we have to show it compatible or equalling to democracy?

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We do not consider democracy to be a parallel religion. Democracy does not replace religions including Islam. We find democracy acceptable in Islam in the sense that it is the best form of dealing the political and administrative affairs of the humans. In a truly democratic system, the will of the majority rules. This means that if the believers, who accept the supremacy of the Qur'an and Sunnah, are in majority in a given state…

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Fake Certificates For Traveling Alone For Hajj

There is a general tendency nowadays to form groups by some agents for ‘Umrah. The problem with this method of ‘Umrah is that some of the ladies also want to perform ‘Umrah but they do not have a Mahram to accompany them. In the process, what the agents do is to declare some males in the group as Mahram of these ladies so that the official requirement is fulfilled. I wanted to know whether this kind of subterfuge is allowable in Islam. A good aspect of forming these groups could be that these groups consist of subgroups of ladies who then perform the ‘Umrah rituals quite satisfactorily and independently, which serve the real purpose of the company of a Mahram.

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Before commenting on your specific question I would like you to appreciate that the Islamic Shari‘ah has not held it compulsory for women to be accompanied by a Mahram during their travel to perform Hajj or ‘Umrah. We believe that some of the jurists have misconstrued a saying of the Holy Prophet (sws) in this regard. In our opinion, the Shari‘ah does not hinder women from performing Hajj without being accompanied by a Mahram relation.…

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On Appointment Of The First Caliph

Several ahadith approve Ali's (rta) khilafat. Abu Bakar's (rta) khilafat was either an accident or deliberation. And in the light of the above; was he a true khalifah al-Rasool? Was Muawiya's decision to appoint Yazid as his successor, legitimate especially in the presence of Hussayn?

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Khilafah of Abu Bakr Siddique (rta) was acknowledged by the entire community of the Companions of the Prophet (sws). The Companions as a community, could not have joined hands on deviating from the command of the Prophet (sws). The Holy Qur'an affirms their truthfulness and puts on them the huge responsibility of communicating the religion of God to the world. Since their veracity is confirmed by the Book of God we cannot claim they disregarded…

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