Islam

Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaching that there is only one God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the messenger of God. It is the world's second-largest religion with over 1.8 billion followers or 24.1% of the global population, known as Muslims. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 50 countries.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 3 days ago

Also, some other good ways to learn about Islam are:

* Reading the Qur'an. I recommend The Study Quran by S. H. Nasr. (You may wish to skip the commentary as the commentary is long but the Quran is not too long)

* Reading books about Islam (whatever is of interest)

* Watching videos about Islam. The Youtube channel called Ahlulbayt Tv has good quality videos. 

* Sometimes it is nice to see how individuals understand their own faith. There is a nice book called Muslims of the World: Portraits and Stories which talks about different Muslims and their lives and how that relates to their faith; it also has a lot of nice pictures (In fact I have an extra copy which I am happy to send to the first person who seeks out my contact information and asks for it!)

* If you end up having a strong interest in religion, you could always pursue courses in religious studies at the university (either as a major or just something to do on the side) or, if you are in a country where you have A-levels, during A-levels.

Learning about Islam, or any other religion, does not require you to give up your own religion, although it is always good to continually reflect on what is true!

Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 days ago

Islam is the true message from The Creator, God Almighty to all creatures. Islam is The Truth about everything in existence including The Creator, the creation, life, universe, and hereafter.

i congratulate you for your intention to seek knowledge about Islam and invite you to read about Islam from pure Muslim sources like www.al-Islam.org, www.shiasearch.org and similar websites.

Please feel free to ask any question you may have. Islam is the faith and religion of truth which has answer to every question.

May God guide you to The Truth and help you to know His message to you and all human beings and grant you strength to follow His teachings which will make your life enlightened with light of the Truth.

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 1 week ago

It is because there are hadith specifically prohibiting chess.

Ayatollah Khamene'i allows chess if it is not being used for gambling, but in general the traditional view is that it is not allowed.

God knows best.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 weeks ago

Non Muslims who respect the rules of the Muslim society will enjoy full protection from Muslims and have their full religious freedom as far as they do not break the rules of the society. No Muslim has right to attack any worship place belongs to non Muslims. 

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 1 month ago

This is one of those "yes" and "no" questions.

Yes, in the sense that God sent the Prophet Muhammad as the final prophet for all people, and the Qur'an as revelation for all people. So it is intended for all people, and all people should do what God wills, since God is the one who created us and the universe.

However, perhaps there was some divine wisdom in creating the world in such a manner that there is diversity in faith. That is, obviously, God knew when sending the Prophet (S) that not every person in the world is going to accept Islam as a faith, for whatever reason (especially human reasons like geography, culture, language, fear of what is different, etc). This is similar to how Adam and Eve shouldn't have eaten from the tree, but at the same time Allah knew that they would eat from the tree, and doing so was part of the divine plan for humanity. 

Qur'an 9:33 indicates that Islam will eventually predominate, and this is expected to happen during the time of the Mahdi. However, even the, there are some hints that some people will still formally follow other religions, even though the Mahdi will settle in as a just and welcomed ruler and will have proof of the religion with him. 

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 1 month ago

It is ok to give the baby a Japanese name.

Congratulations and best wishes with the birth!

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Seyed Ali Shobayri, Seyed Ali Shobayri is of mixed Iranian and Scottish descent who found the path of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by his own research. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University through the... Answered 1 month ago

Bismillah, 

Asalamu Alaykom, 

The following article will give you a good explanation of this: 

https://www.al-islam.org/articles/differences-between-islam-and-iman-yasub-al-din-rastgar-juebari 

May Allah grant you success 

 

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 month ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Mental health in Islam is termed as the struggle with the self. With self-reformation and purification, a person becomes enlightened and is adorned with beautiful character traits. Their source of strength is God and they are far away from worshipping their own egos. They are a source of blessing and peace to all those around them. Since the struggle with the self is one of the most important aspects of the spiritual message of Islam, mental health is something that is extremely important. It is unfortunate to see many Muslims chasing after mental health solutions in traditions that are sometimes even secular in their outlook which focus on the strengthening of the ego rather than humbleness in front of God, as that is usually due to a lack of familiarity with the solutions that are offered within Islam.

May you always be successful

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 month ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. In classical theological ruminations, a difference is drawn between those people who have understood the message of Islam and chosen to reject it, and those who don't accept it because they have not understood its message. To further categorize the second group, there is a difference between those who do not know about the truth of Islam because they haven't put the effort to research in order to find the truth and those that have. It is this last group that will not und up in hell according to those ruminations. There is also the issue of those who are mistaken in the path of life they take, perhaps because of a negative interaction with Muslims which has put them off researching Islam and those who are living the message of Islam even if they have not come into appropriate contact with Islam, and these two groups are also given the benefit of the doubt.

So in summary if a person doesn't know properly about Islam, but that is not out of a lack of searching for the truth then they will not end up in hell.

May you always be successful

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Seyed Saied Alavi, Seyed Saied Alavi is a researcher based in Qom who has studied from the Howzah of Qom and also completed a Pastoral studies program. He is currently a university lecturer in the fields of Shia... Answered 1 month ago

In the name of Allah

Their permission is not needed in this case.
However, it behoves a Muslim to be respectful towards the parents. So try to get them on board if possible.

WasSalaam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

It depends on your educational background and previous readings and information. You can see www.al-Islam.org.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 2 months ago

No. Fertility is created by Allah to whom He wants and it is never a matter of superiority. Superiority is based on Taqwa (Piousness). Wife of Prophet Ebrahim and wife of Prophet Zakaria were not fertile during long period of their life. In Quran we read :ويجعل من يشاء عقيما  (Allah makes whom He wants not fertile.) (Sura 42, Verse 50).

When it is from Allah, then there is no question of inferiority.

Wassalam.