Qur'anic Verse

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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 1 week ago

Qur'an 3:184: But if they reject you, so indeed were rejected before you messengers who came with clear arguments (al-bayyinat) and scriptures (al-zubur) and the illuminating book (al-kitab al-munir).

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Bayyinat is said to refer to the signs accompanying or miracles performed by the ancient prophets. It could also refer to their logical arguments.

"Scriptures and the illuminating book" is said to refer to the scriptures and/or religious laws and ordinances transmitted by the ancient prophets. For instance, Tafsir al-Mizan gives as examples the scriptures of Noah and Abraham, and the Torah and Injil. Some exegetes have specific views about which scriptures may be referred to by which phrase and others simply take it as an overarching phrase to refer to ancient scriptures. 

("Zubur" can refer to any scriptures not just the Psalms.)

This interpretation may be due to the fact that it is related that section of the Qur'an was revealed when some Jews came and questioned the Prophet. 

Maybe in the phrase "the illuminating book", there is a hint that all the revelation came from a single divine source, rather than the different scriptures being like books written by different people. 

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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 weeks ago

as salam alaikum

The Qur'an says: "Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him but forgive anything else" (4:48). However  many people who were mushrikin became Muslims and Allah forgave all their past sins. One of the interpretations of the above-mentioned verse is that as long as you are associating something with Allah, you won't be able to go back to Him through tawbah while it is possible if you are committing other sins. 

With prayers for your success.

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 3 weeks ago

Those who insist on Shirk and die with Shirk will not be forgiven, but those who repented and left Shirk will be forgiven.

Millions of people who committed Shirk,then became Muslims, were forgiven.

The Hadeeth says: Believing in Islam cuts off whatever was before it الاسلام يجُبّ٫ ما قبله 

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 1 month ago

The Prophet Muhammad {SAWA) never hesitated to convey any message from Allah (SWT) and the verse 67 in Sura Al-Ma'ida never suggested that. Allah (SWT) wanted the whole Muslims in all times to know the great importance of the order of Allah to the Prophet to declare the divine and legitimate leadership after him being the most important factor of the future of Islam. Many well known persons will not like that announcement because personal enmity against Ali who killed their relatives,  that is why, you read that Allah is assuring the Prophet that Allah will protect you from the evil people.

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 1 month ago

Yes. Many verses in Quran encourage human beings to use their intellectual abilities properly and blame those who do not think properly e.g. Sura 2, Verse 164, Sura 13, Verse 4, Sura 25, Verse 44, Sura 47, Verse 24 and many other verse.

Wassalam.

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Abolfazl Sabouri, Abolfazl Sabouri is based in New Zealand and has an MA in Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies. He is a graduate of Elmiyeh seminary in Qom with more than 15 years of study and research where he has... Answered 1 month ago

It is clear that this Hadith is fake. Ali is the Master of believers according to Qur'an 5:55

And he is the one who we must obey and follow according to Qur'an 4:59

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

This is a false narration fabricated by the enemies of Imam Ali (AS). The narrator is Ataa' ibn al-Saa'ib عطاء بن السائب who is mentioned in main Sunni books of Rijaal as a rejected person. Yahya Ibn Mo'een said about him: His narrations are not valid. Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and al-Dhahabi and Abu Haram and al-Nasaa'ee  and ibn'Olayyah and al-Humaidy spoke against him and his narrations.

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

There is contradiction at all. Allah (SWT) grants everlasting life to the martyrs (2:154) and (3:169). The Prophets and Infallible Imams are much higher in degree from the martyrs, so, their continuous life is very obvious. Every Muslim salutes in his Salah, the Prophet السلام عليك أيها النبي ورحمة الله وبركاتهand all Pious servants of Allah السلام علينا وعلى عباد الله الصالحين

This means that they are alive to receive and respond to our salutations.

Allah (SWT) Has created the rules of this universe, but, His will is above all te rules. He made the fire cool and peace on Ibrahim, and He made Easa able to revive dead to alive. He ordered continuous life for His most humble servants.

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... Answer updated 2 months ago

It is not good to reduce this verse to a question of religious identity.

The verse is speaking about humans (and jinn) in general. Human beings have the potential to ascend above the level of the angels, or descend lower than the level of animals. 

One of the purposes of the human life is for the human being to develop their spiritual and human potential. People who do not use their God-given capabilities to think, reflect on, and draw lessons from the world around them (including to consider what is right and wrong and their reason for being), who focus only on consuming (like cattle), who blindly follow others (like sheep), or who care only about indulging in their animal desires fail to reach a minimum level of their God-given potential and, as a result, end up in Hell. This is especially true if their appetites and apathy leads them to harm others, take away the right of others, or blindly accept injustice.

So, basically, God created Hell for human failures. 

(Obviously this verse is not about people who genuinely are unable to contemplate some things, for instance, if they have a mental impairment.)

This is independent of whether a person identifies themself as a Muslim or not. Of course a true Muslim - not just a Muslim in name - would strive to rise above their animal side and would take heed of the Qur'anic injunction to think, reflect, and ponder on God, the creation, the human being, ethical matters, society, and how to live. 

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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

Muslim is allowed to receive legal cash assistance and social services if he is entitled to it as a citizen in non Muslim countries from non Muslim governments. Muslim is required also to serve his country and society in every possible way as Islam teaches serving people especially your neighbors.

According to Quranic Verse 5:51, Muslim is not allowed to be a blind follower or blind servant for non Muslims who aim to weaken Islam and Muslims and oppress them.

Wassalam.

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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

Thank you for your question. The purport of the verse is that the result of struggle and strife in the way of Allah, be that military, against satan or against the lower self, is an increase in guidance on the pathways that lead to God.

May you always be successful

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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

In addition to what has been said, my understanding of this verse is with respect to the meaning of "wali/awliya" as putting one's self under someone else's authority. That is, one should not put one's self under the authority (in the sense of dependence or giving over power of one's self to someone else, e.g. politically, financially, personally) of someone who is not Muslim in such a way that one loses control over one's life or society and cannot easily recover it.

To my understanding, one of the principles of the early Muslim community was self-definition and self-sufficiency. It doesn't mean that one cannot be friends; friendship is different from disempowerment. To see the results of political or economic disempowerment, one can look at what happened during the colonialist era as an instructive example. (I am not saying that European colonialism was a morally Christian act, but just that this is how these dynamics can play out in the real world)

I would like to add that, in this day and age, no one would argue the reverse; that is, none of the Western countries (which are somehow connected to the Christian heritage even if they are not necessarily "Christian") woud put themselves under the political, legal, financial, or cultural authority of Muslims, yet no one says that this is prejudiced.