Islam and Muslims. Questions and Answers


Today I felt a need to write about Islam. I usually don’t discuss Politics or Religion as these subjects can get quite heated but in this instance I decided to open a post which will allow people to learn a little bit and give them an opportunity to ask questions

As a Muslim it hurts and makes me ashamed of the actions of so called fellow Muslims. It seems we are all judged the same. No one in their right minds can agree that acts of terror or barbaric actions are acceptable from anyone

True Muslims believe in peace for all humanity. Islam is the religion of peace. Even its greeting which is “Salam” is the Arabic word for “peace”. Violence in Islam is not acceptable even against animals. There is an element within Muslim community to who do not adhere to this. There are similar groups in other countries who are not Muslim like the Irish Republican Army in Ireland used to be or the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.  I also include other so called Christian nations (unnamed)  Any of whom could be called terrorist or who have done terrorist like acts.

I have come across  too many sites that claim to teach about/give information about or proclaim to be Islamic which are full of crap! Excuse my language but it makes me so mad that people who want to find out information are being fed lies and hatred. I hope to direct you to authentic websites and also answer your questions to the best of my ability.

To start you off i will give an example of misconceptions and this is for Muslims as well. However we will always find those who will not agree and have their own school of thought.

 Question:

Does Islam require women to cover themselves?

Answer:

Yes:(24:30) (O Prophet), enjoin believing men to cast down their looks29 and guard their private parts.30 That is purer for them. Surely Allah is well aware of all what they do. (24:31) And enjoin believing women to cast down their looks31 and guard their private32 parts33 and not reveal their adornment34 except that which is revealed of itself,35 and to draw their veils over their bosoms,36 and not to reveal their adornment save to their husbands,37 or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands,38 or of their own sons, or the sons of their husbands,39 or their brothers,40 or the sons of their brothers,41 or the sons of their sisters,42 or the women with whom they associate,43 or those that are in their bondage,44 or the male attendants in their service free of sexual interest,45 or boys that are yet unaware of illicit matters pertaining to women.46 Nor should they stamp their feet on the ground in such manner that their hidden ornament becomes revealed.47 Believers, turn together, all of you, to Allah in repentance49 that you may attain true success.48

However there are many who would interpet this according to their own way but if you really want to know more  i suggest you visit the link below.

http://www.islamicstudies.info/tafheem.php?sura=24&verse=30&to=31

What does Jihad really mean?

The word Jihad represents a concept which is much misunderstood in the West. The concept is explained nicely by the Christian scholar Ira 6. Zepp, Jr. in his book entitled A Muslim Primer on pages 133-135.

The essential meaning of Jihad is the spiritual, psychological, and physical effort we exert to be close to God and thus achieve a just and harmonious society. Jihad literally means “striving” or “struggle” and is shorthand for Jihad fi Sabeel Allah (struggle for God’s cause). In a sense, every Muslim is a Mujahid, one who strives for God and justice.
Al-Ghazali captured the essence of Jihad when he said: “The real Jihad is the warfare against (one’s own) passions. Dr. Ibrahim Abu-Rabi calls Jihad “the execution of effort against evil in the self and every manifestation of evil in society.” In a way, Jihad is the Muslim’s purest sacrifice: a struggle to live a perfect life and completely submit to God.
Another form of Jihad is the striving to translate the Word of God into action. If one has experienced God and received guidance from the Qur’an, one struggles to apply that guidance in daily life. So the larger, more prevalent meaning of Jihad is the spiritual struggle of the soul. In this case, Jihad is always present for the believer whether there is an external enemy or not. We should never reduce Jihad to violence.
A third level of Jihad is popularly known as “holy war.” The classic passage is found in the Qur’an: Fight in the way of Allah those who fight against you, but transgress not the limits. Truly Allah likes not the transgressors (Qur’an 2:190).
It is crucial to note here that what is condoned is defensive warfare; Islam cannot justify aggressive war. Muhammad and the Tradition are also against killing non-combatants, torturing of prisoners, the destruction of crops, animals and homes. Adapted from Ira 6. Zepp, Jr., A Muslim Primer (1992, Wakefield Editions, US) pp.133-135.

Is a Muslims God different to a Christian God?

In Islamic theology, God (Arabic: Allāh) is the all-powerful and all-knowing creator, sustainer, ordainer, and judge of the universe.[1][2] Islam puts a heavy emphasis on the conceptualization of God as strictly singular (tawhid).[3] God is unique (wahid) and inherently One (ahad), all-merciful and omnipotent.[4] According to the Islamic teachings, God exists without a place.[5] According to the Qur’an, “No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision. God is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things” (Qur’an 6:103)[2]

Please feel free to ask any questions in a respectfull manner. I will delete any comments that are made to stir up hatred on all sides.

 

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4 Responses

  1. . . just wanted to say ‘Bravo!’ for having the strength to speak out clearly and gently. You and I are poles apart on the issues around religion/theology, but I suspect we are side by side on the issues of respect and our common humanity.

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  2. Thank you Alan. I appreciate simple kindnesses from people, a smile, a kind word, a courtesy as you have just done for me.
    My attitude has always been “treat everyone as you would like to be treated”.

    (quote)I suspect we are side by side on the issues of respect and our common humanity. (a) Very much so and its a sad world when we are a minority.

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  3. I adored your useful blog. topnotch work. I hope you produce many. I will continue watching

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    • So sorrry for the late reply but your comment was in my spam folder lol. However i have approved it now.
      Thank you for your comment and i hope you pop by from time to time. 🙂

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