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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Rebecca Masterton, Dr Rebecca Masterton graduated with a BA in Japanese Language and Literature; an MA in Comparative East Asian and African Literature and a PhD in Islamic literature of West Africa. She has been... Answered 2 months ago

It is narrated that the Imams had shoulder-length hair (see the book Wahhabis' Fitna Exposed, which narrates a famous narration about Imam al-Ridha (as) when he was stopped on his way to Merv, and he pulled back the curtain on his howdah), but I am not aware of any particular fiqh that advises what is recommended.

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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 months ago

Islam is the religion which was sent by Allah, The Creator of the universe to guide people to the right way of life and happy everlasting future.

1. The Creator of Nature sent Islam which is in complete harmony with every thing in nature .

2. Allah permitted acts and not permitted acts in Islam are in accordance with the nature e.g. eating, drinking, wearing, relations, etc. Eating pork is forbidden in Islam, and drinking alcohol is forbidden as well. All scientists admit the damaging harms of such things on the human health.

3. Sexual acts are allowed within the frame of marriage or Mut'ah but it is sinful with out such frame. This is the natural need of human beings being organized properly by Islam.

4. Every permitted act in Islam is harmless, while every obligatory (Waajib)  act is necessary for life, and every Haraam (forbidden) act is damagingly harmful.

5. Islam guides people to social system based on human dignity for all humans and equality and justice which leads to peaceful social and individual life.

There are thousands of examples which can be found with little thinking.

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... Answered 2 months ago

The faith means that you believe in something. The action according to the faith is the logical result of your faith. Action on the faith has degrees. Faith must be reflected in action in whatever degree the person has. Faith with no action at all means there is no real faith.

Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 2 months ago

as salam alaikum

it is not difficult for all men to convince their wives to have another wife and it is not difficult for all wives to accept an husband with more than one wife. Also, it is not necessary for all men to have more than one wife and in many cases it may be detrimental for them. People differs and sometimes there are situations that call for specific choices. For example the Qur'an says: "And if you fear that you will not be able to to justice to the orphan girls, then marry of women as may be agreeable to you two or three or four, but if you fear that you will not be able to deal equitably then one" (4:3).

With prayers for your success.

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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 3 months ago

Bismillah, 

Asalamu Alaykom, 

A Muslim man (not female) can marry a non-Muslim who is from the people of the book. This includes Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians. Some scholars allow both permanent and temporary marriage with the above mentioned categories, and some only allow temporary marriage with them. 

If someone says a Shahada and professes faith, we judge on the apparent and consider them Muslim. If however a Shahada was not taken seriously or said in a joking type of way, it has no value.

So if a person has the intention inside them to say the Shahada just to get married - and this has happened before - it will be accepted if we aren’t aware.

This is similar to hypocrites who utter the Shahada but don’t believe in Islam with their hearts. 

If a non Muslim is genuinely willing to accept the faith and marriage is also a motivation for him, it will still  be accepted. 

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 3 months ago

Bismillah

Mental health is part of the well being of the soul, and in Islam a person who with good mental health is one who benefits from the realities of faith and wisdom. Through their relationship of trust in God and faith in Him, His Wisdom and His Kindness, there is nothing from the transient world that can break him/her. It is through their relationship with God that they find peace and solace, hope and tranquillity. Their hearts are enlivened and their minds are active. Their actions are measured with the insight into both worlds and their lives are beautiful and successful due to their attitudes and actions.

The well being of the soul is discussed extensively in the scriptural sources (Qur'an and hadith) and is also discussed in the fields of ethics, philosophy and theoretical and practical mysticism.

May you always be successful

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 3 months ago

as salam alaikum

all the disciples of Jesus, peace be upon him, were Muslims. Amongst them, one of the most prominent was Sham'un al-Safa (Saint Peter) who have been said to have preached in Rome and be buried there.

With prayers for your success.

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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 3 months ago

Muslims vary in their understanding of Islam and the Qur'an, as well as in their customs (which they often support in the name of religion). 

Feminism is also a very broad concept encompassing many things, some of which might be in harmony with the ethos of the Qur'an and others which may not. (So, basically, one can't evaluate feminism as a whole; rather, one has to look at specific ideas.)

Therefore, there isn't a single answer to this. However, there are generally 3 approaches:

* A heavily patriarchal approach, which gives men a lot of dominance and a central position, and sees women primarily in terms of how they relate to men.
* The idea that women and men are spiritually equal but that in the material realm, men have dominance, leadership roles, or superiority in some ways.
* Women and men are equal, and/or that Islam liberates women from having to define their worth on the basis of how attractive or useful they are to men.

Seeing as so many people give many views on this question in this day and age, I don't think it's appropriate for me to impose my own view, but you can read the Qur'an, and consider what people say about Islam, in light of those paradigms and see which it seems to fit. There is also a lot written these days on the subject of Islam and gender which can be pondered.

However, I do think that the best way to approach this question as a believer is to view it from the angle of "what is the will of the creator of the universe?" This sometimes helps keep the subject focused and away from emotional assumptions, pseudo-science, or minutiae that sometimes creep into these discussions.

Personally, I also tend to be cautious of getting too focused on any sort of -ism, because an -ism is a human-made ideology and therefore has limitations, whereas Allah is unlimited. Of course this doesn't mean that we shouldn't discuss -isms, incudng feminism; however, in my view, the question should be "is feminism an island that can fit into the ocean of Islam" not "does Islam fit into feminism".

Happy pondering!

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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 3 months ago

No. Just as it is not appropriate for me, as a Muslim, to tell others (such as Christians or Buddhists) how to practice their faith, it is not appropriate for someone who is not a Muslim to tell me how to practice my faith. 

(It is fine to listen to people's ideas but they should be taken as suggestions or observations, not commands)

Self-definition is a fundamental right of human beings and part of human dignity. When a person (or group) gives that up, they are demeaning themselves. 

This is apart from the fact that the main message of the Qur'an is one should obey Allah and the Prophet (S) as primary sources. 

Of course, if there is some legal or practical reason why one is under the authority of someone else (imprisonment, political oppression, laws enforced by police, etc), sometimes there is no choice but to do what one is told to do. However that is not internal obedience; rather that is simply being forced to do something due to circumstances.  

 

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 3 months ago

as salam alaikum

Islam does not agree with the belief in reincarnation. Therefore if karma is used in that sense, it is refused according to Islamic perspective.

If the doctrine of karma is used to simply indicate the relation of cause and effect among some actions and reactions, or similar issues, it may have some similarities with an Islamic point of view but we should consider also that it may not apply to all cases. For example Allah may increase His blessings to a person at His will: "...bestowed from your Lord by way of gift by reckoning" (78:36). 

With prayers for your success.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 4 months ago

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there are many ahadith forbidding playing chess for the believers and that is why most of the scholars have forbidden it. Other scholars have deduced that the prohibition is related to gambling and not to all cases of playing chess. There are relatively lengthy discussions on the topic and opinions are different in this regard.

In such cases, precaution is the safest option and more in harmony with the apparent meaning of many ahadith. And Allah knows the best.

With prayers for your success.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 4 months ago

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Salat differs from voluntary invocations and supplications. The intention during Salat is to pray for Allah only. However the recitation of Sura al-Fatihah is mandatory wherein it is said "Guide us to the Straight Path" (1:5) which in itself is a prayer for ourselves and others as well.

It is also possible to pray for others during the qunut.

With prayers for your success.