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    Posted: 31 March 2008 at 1:46am
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This thread is a continuation of an earlier thread with the same title archived at this URL:
 
 
What is The Qur'an?
 
Q: Please give me a brief and clear idea about what exactly is the Qur’an and if the translations are also Qur’an. Is Islam simply the Qur’an?
 
A: The Qur’an was revealed in the course of the 23 years of the prophetic career of Muhammad (pbuh), in accordance with the requirements of the particular contexts that called for divine guidance in certain issues.
 
For this reason, in order to arrive at the correct understanding of many of its verses, we need to know the circumstances in which these verses were revealed. That is why the foundation of the religion of Islam is not just the Qur’an; but it includes the sayings and the example of the messenger, as well.
 
This also means that the best interpreter of the Qur’an is the prophet, to whom the verses were actually revealed ...
 
 
 
 
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Prophets...What If They Were Angels?

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- Why did God choose human beings as His messengers?

- Wouldn't it be more appropriate if God sent angels to guide people and to show them the straight path?

- Wouldn't people be more eager to believe an angel than merely another human like themselves?

- How fair would it be for human beings to have angels as their prophets?

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A messenger is assigned to convey the law of God and to inform people about the divine message, so he must be one of them — speaking their language and knowing their habits — to be able to convey the message. People must have known him before his mission; his honesty, truthfulness, and noble manners should be unquestionable.

Not only would the prophet convey the divine law, but he would also teach people how to apply it. The law is theoretical and must be practically applied; people need to see their messenger offering prayers, performing Hajj, and applying the divine law he brought to them. Therefore, the humanity of the prophet is imperative. ...

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The Concept of Sin in Islam

Q: How do you distinguish who is a sinner and who is not?
 
A: Both Christians and Muslims are united in the belief that Adam – the father of mankind – was misled by Satan to disobey God and to eat the forbidden fruit, and consequently God expelled him and his progeny from Paradise.

 

Muslims believe that Adam soon after the act of disobedience became aware of the seriousness of his sin and repented. He sought the forgiveness of God and God forgave him.

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I tend to think that things would be much clearer were god to come down himself and tell us.
I have a really hard time believing people who aren't equipped with all of the answers...even the prophets didn't have all of the answers.
 
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Nature of Prophethood
 
 Islam sets up a different model of prophethood in which prophets are examples of the best of human beings
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Answers to Questions on the Translations of the Qur'an

by Dr. Jamal Badawi (Part 2 of 3)

Questions:

- What is the meaning of translation in reference to the Qur'an?

- How did translations of the Qur'an develop?

Answer:

Many problems are likely to occur when translating between any two languages. Some aspects of translation are quite difficult regardless of which language you are translating to or from.

However, we should elaborate on the fact that the Arabic language has certain characteristics that make it even more difficult to translate, in addition to other characteristics that are peculiar to the Qur'an itself as a standard of the Arabic language ...

In an interview with Yusuf Islam (previously known as Cat Stevens), a super pop musician from Britain who became Muslim, he indicated that one of the most powerful things that really changed his life completely, even though he did not know anything about Islam, was reading the Qur'an. He did not read it from the original, but through some of the available English translations. Cat Steven's case is not the only one; there have been numerous others like that despite all the problems with translation ...

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Good to be Selfish?

Q: Ever since we are young, we are always taught to act in an unselfish manner. It is better to help an old lady cross the street just because it is good to do so rather than helping her purely for some reward? ...

My point is that we should do good just for the sake of doing good rather than for a reward but in Islam and other religions doing good acts is simply for the purpose of gaining paradise, is this not selfish?

A: Every act we perform has an intention behind it, either good or bad. Our intention for any good deed should always be for the sake of Allah, to please Him because He created us and to Him we shall all return

We serve Allah not because He is in need of it, but because we need it. That is true mercy from the Lord of all the worlds. Allah is not in need of us to do good, and is not affected if we do evil. We are the ones who benefit or suffer from our actions.

 

However, if we do not seek reward from people that is one thing, but if we do not seek reward from Allah, what are we trying to accomplish in performing good deeds? ...

 

In the Hereafter there are only two final destinations for mankind, Paradise and Hellfire. When we see the Hellfire, and every one of us will have to see it, we will wish that we could do anything to get as far away from it as possible ...

 

We seek the pleasure of Allah because He has given us everything, including our own selves. He is the reason we exist and the reason for our existence is to worship Him. We worship Him by doing things that please Him, in the ways that please Him ...

 

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An Islamic renaissance

The Islamic Renaissance is a relatively new social phenomenon which is of immense importance to the future of the Muslim civilization, and which presumably has some serious implications for the whole world ...

The term is generally used in the sense of a general awakening that has been taking place among the Muslims since the middle of the nineteenth century under the influence of some fresh thinking and activism. 

It is a process of moderernization of the Muslim world with an Islamic orientation to design the scheme of modernization by conforming to Islamic norms. Even though a heavy emphasis on intellectual, political, economic and technological development in common in both, the European Renaissance and the Islamic Renaissance, the two are significantly different in their orientations. 

There are three undercurrents that together constitute the mainstream of the Islamic Revivalist movement: reformism, Intellectualism and activism. apparently the three undercurrents maintain their separate identity, but because of he commonality of goals, they reinforce and strengthen one another. ...

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Keys to Happiness in Islam

Happiness is the only goal on earth that all people without exception are seeking to attain.

Believers and unbelievers alike seek to be happy, but each party is using different methods. However, only believers can achieve genuine happiness, and all forms of happiness attained through other than belief in Allah the Almighty are mere illusions. ...

An Important Key

Do not be preoccupied with the future because the future is in the world of the Unseen; do not let it bother you until it comes

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Husband-Wife Relationship

In Islam, the relationship between a husband and his wife is all about affection, respect, faithfulness, cooperation in being loyal to Allah, and contribution to the building of a wholesome society.

Even in times of dispute, mutual understanding and fairness should be the dominant arbitrators

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New Muslim: Nicole Queen (Dallas)

Found out how Nicole found Islam through Youtube, and later took shahada in May 2007

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The First Islamic Democracy in Madinah

The first true democracy which addressed the public at large, specially in  sensitive issues like electing the ruler, was recorded immediately after the death of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

 

When the Prophet Muhammad felt he was dying, he wanted to settle the issue of his successor to prevent people from having splits among themselves; specially that the newborn state he established in the Peninsula was full of not only various but also historically rivaling ethnic, tribal and political factions.

 

Deep inside him, Prophet Muhammad wanted his best friend and companion during the Hijrah (emigration from Makkah at the time of the Prophet ), Abu Bakr, to succeed him, but he could not have had his wish outspoken because this would have gone against people's human right to choose their ruler.

 

He only asked Abu Bakr to lead the people, during his last illness, in the congregational prayer in a symbolic gesture of his wish. He did not do any more to let people understand his will, which if he had declared frankly, people would have obeyed blindly.

 

But for the Prophet, more important than having Abu Bakr as a successor was to educate his citizens the principle of democracy as the only cornerstone for building a modern state which guarantees social justice and national security.  

 
Although most people understood the gesture, yet others insisted on practicing their right to choose.

 

Two Main Political Parties

 

At the time of the Prophet's death, the main political parties in Madinah were the Muhajirun, or the emigrants — mainly those who emigrated with him from Makkah to Madinah to escape tyranny — and  the Ansar, or the supporters. These were the inhabitants of Madinah who received him and his people, hosted them and divided their own  wealth among them. ...

  

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The Meaning of Wisdom

Q: What is the meaning of Al-Hikma in Islam ?

A: Practically speaking, a wise person is someone who is able to make best decisions at the right time and the right place.

Naturally, this is associated with a type of maturity, which is not necessarily a function age. Also, such a possessor of wisdom is thought to have both a better grasp with the bigger picture of things and, most importantly, a faculty apt to make decisions and commitments that are more viable in the long run. So on the operational level, wisdom is associated with not having short-sightedness. ...

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Who Is "Allah"?

The name "Allah" is a word that is heard quite often these days whether it is on the television or passed along in conversation. But most non-Muslims have no idea who Allah is ...

Muslims believe that Allah is the One and Only God without partners and that the name "Allah" is unique to the sole Creator of this World and everything in it. To liken Allah to another supposed god in any way shape or form is to commit the one unforgivable sin of shirk, or ascribing partners to Allah ...

Muslims believe in submitting their entire will to Allah through acts of worship, obedience and good deeds. Muslims believe that Allah is ever-present watching over His Creation and is always close to them ...

The Quran reveals that there are Beautiful Names of Allah, which is how Muslims get to know the Creator. Muslims are forbidden to ponder upon Allah’s appearance or to attribute Him to anything in this World as some faiths liken Allah to man. Islam rejects this entirely. We can know about Allah from His beautiful names of which Prophet Muhammad said:

 

"Verily, there are ninety-nine names of God, one hundred minus one. He who enumerates (and believes in them) them would get into Paradise." (Al-Bukhari)

 

Some of the names are:

 

Al-Wadud — The Loving

Al-Khaliq — The Creator

Al-Ahad — The One

Al-Aziz — The Mighty and Strong

 

The best way for humans to understand Allah as the Creator is to open their eyes and see His design. Who else but Allah could create a flower as perfect as the rose? ...

 

Allah is the Most Kind and the Most Merciful. All that Allah has asked for humans to do is to be pious, worship Him alone and be kind to our fellow man. In return, humans are the veritable owners of the Earth to rule it as they see fit as Allah continuously showers His innumerable blessings upon humanity  ...

 

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