Christianity

Christianity is a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, as described in the New Testament. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and savior of all people, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament.

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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 weeks ago

What is beneficial for one person may be different from what is beneficial from another. However, my own thought is that it may be good to start from the middle of the Qur'an (really you could just open it to the middle and see what catches your eye). The reason for this is that the earlier surahs contain more passages related to the historical situation of the Muslim community at the time, and the later surahs contain more metaphorical language. 

If you have a particular interest in the story of Jesus or the Virgin Mary in the Qur'an, you could also start with Surah Maryam (Surah 19) and Surah Al-i Imran (Surah 3), although you should keep in mind that these surahs cover other topics as well. 

You could also consider starting with the following surahs:
* Surah Yusuf (12), which contains the Qur'anic treatment of the story of Joseph and is strongly focused on that narrative.
* Surah al-Qasas (28), which discusses Moses and Pharaoh
* Surah al-Kahf (18), which tells of the seven sleepers of the cave

These might be good choices to start with because they are strongly narrative-focused and there is shared material between the Christian and Islamic traditions, although there are some differences in the Qur'anic treatment of these narratives.  

In any case, the most important thing is to have a good translation. I have been very impressed by _The Study Qur'an_, ed. S. H. Nasr. It is the best translation I have seen, and also has excellent footnotes. It is a bit heavy due to the essays in it, but one should not be intimidated because the actual text of the Qur'an is not that long. 

Happy reading! If you have specific questions on specific verses, you could ask here. 

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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 weeks ago

I get the feeling you may be working in delivery or taxi services. If someone is paying you to deliver something, as long as it is not clearly illegal/forbidden and is not UN-holy water (such as cyanide to the unsuspecting or bottles of cocaine), then just deliver their package.

Unless you are living in an area with few Christians, it seems unlikely that Christians will usually ask a Muslim to do them a favour and transport holy water to a church, as most people keep their religious practices within their own circles. But if they really want you to do this, make the best choice. I am sure they can get the idea that, as a Muslim, you aren't advocating their beliefs and are just lending a helping hand. The Prophet (S) was not hostile to Christians or churches.  

As for whether the water is holy or not after being prayed over, who knows. I would say that Muslims often treat certain items as holy - for instance, things from holy cities, tabaruk from majlis, gifts from pious individuals or scholars - even if there isn't any formal scriptural basis for this. In many countries, Muslims recite Qur'an over water and consider it to be helpful in spiritual healing. Perhaps the items are somehow blessed and perhaps they are not. The idea of blessing food and water through praying over it is found in many cultures and seems to be deeply rooted in the human psyche. There are certainly worse things to be transporting about, anyway, than water which someone has been praying over. God knows best. 

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 4 weeks ago

Muslims should always help in any good work and avoid helping in wrong. Allah (SWT) says in Quran (And help  and co-operate in good and piousness, and never help in sins and wronging others) (Sura 5, Verse 2).

We should not help in wrong worship because it is based on injustice and it ignores the Truth sent by Allah (SWT) on His last Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).

What you named it as Holy Water, can you prove that it is Holy? How it became Holy? By whom?

We have to be accurate in naming things and not blindly follow others.

Wassalam.

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 5 months ago

The first part of this question is really a question about the authenticity of the Qur'anic text: is it all as the Prophet Muhammad stated, or could anything have been added to it over the centuries?

Since, from the time of the Prophet, the Qur'an was heavily memorized and was transmitted by multiple transmitters, and was compiled early in Islamic history, it is unlikely that anything was added to it, as it would not have been accepted by the people. There was also a lot of strictness in copying the Qur'an. (This is in contrast to other historical manuscripts, which may easily have had interpolations) It is virtually impossible to find anyone who seriously argues that anything was added to the Qur'an after the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

For more information on the compilation of the Qur'an, you could consult Qur'anic Sciences by Abbas and Masuma Jaffer.

(From an Islamic theological perspective, the entire Qur'an is the word of God not specifically the Prophet, so technically this verse is seen as the word of God not the word of the Prophet; for the Prophet's style of speech, one could consult the hadith.)

As for Christianity itself... Certainly Christianity IS a world religion that is acknowledged as an existing religion in the Qur'an. There have been many interpretations of Christianity and ways that it is lived, and there were a number of sects in and around the Arabian Peninsula.

The Qur'an praises some aspects of Christianity and acknowledges it a religion of God, while at the same time it criticizes some beliefs or gives a different viewpoint. This is one of those differences and clearly it is a major theological difference, but it doesn't mean that Christianity as a whole has no truth or merit to it.

While the Qur'an teaches that all prophets before the time of Islam, including Jesus, taught the same message, it does not say that every religion that emerged was absolutely correct or identical. Even just considering Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, there are obviously major differences between them! Rather, the position of the Qur'an is that some people deviated from the teachings of their prophets or introduced incorrect beliefs or practices, and this is why there is variance in religions. 

 

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 5 months ago

Every verse in Quran was revealed on the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and he conveyed it exactly as it was revealed. The Prophet is infallible and he is the most truthful person. Whatever he conveyed was from Allah with out any doubt.

Jesus was never killed nor crucified by his enemies who did try to commit that crimes, but they failed because Allah (SWT) made the person who informed the enemies of Jesus to catch and kill him, Allah made him look like Jesus in shape, and saved Jesus and raised him to the sky. The enemies of Jesus killed and crucified that person (the informer) not Jesus.

This fact does not harm the validity of the real teachings of Christianity which in fact never said that Jesus was crucified, but it does invalidate the false claims of the enemies of Jesus.

Wassalam.

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Yes, you are allowed to. The Holy Prophet (s) used to draw up peace treaties with non-Muslims that respected mutual rights. When the Qur'an says 'do not take the Jews and Christans as your awliya'', it means 'do not make them guardians and managers for your affairs'. You can still communicate with them, and if they are your neighbours you actually must communicate with them in order to observe their rights.

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Bismillah

Thank you for your question. The criteria to understand this statement is not the amount of Christians or Muslims as that would mean that another shared prophet, such as Ibrahim (as) would be the most beloved as Jews, Christians and Muslims all love prophet Ibrahim (as) for example. Rather, the Prophet (saw) being the most beloved creation can be understood in a couple of ways:

1) He (saw) is the most beloved creature to God, and since God has the greatest capacity to love, the Prophet (saw) is the most beloved creature of all time.

2) The pre-eternal reality of the Prophet (saw) is the source of existence of all that is good and so the whole of creation from its beginning to its end loves the Prophet (saw) including Jesus (as), whose very goodness and belovedness is derived from the belovedness of the Prophet (saw).

May you always be successful.

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Jesus is a Prophet of God, so even if we accept that these are miracles, it proves that he is the messenger of Allah and is holy.

Moreover, Christianity is a religion of Allah but Muslims believe it happened distortion in this religion. And we should follow the religion of our time... 

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Nour Tessie Jørgensen, Nour Tessie Jørgensen has an MA in Islamic studies from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and a degree in Philosophy of Ethics at Al Mustafa International University in Qum, Iran. She works as... Answered 10 months ago

Greed is described by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) and the imams (peace be upon them) as a disgrace, like mentioned in the narration of Imam al-Baqir (a.s.): 'There is no disgrace worse than that of greed.’[Tuhaf al-’Uqul, no. 286]. Imam al-Hadi (a.s.) described it as ‘an evil characteristic.’[al-Durra al-Bahira, p. 42], and the Prophet (s) furthermore concluded that ‘Greed takes away wisdom from the hearts of the knowledgeable men.’[Kanz al-’Ummal, no. 7576]. 

It is described as a form of poverty because you are never satisfied with what you have: The Prophet (S) said, ‘Beware of greed for it is ready poverty.’[Kanz al-’Ummal, no. 8852], and a form of slavery because you are a slave to your lower self and its desires: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Greed is an eternal slavery.’[Nahjul Balaghah, Saying 180].  

Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘The servant of Allah is free so far as he remains content. The free man is a slave as long as he is greedy.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 413] 

Imam al-Hasan (a.s.), when his father asked him about greed, said, ‘[It is] when you count what is in your hands as a source of honour, while you count what you have given away as a waste.’[Bihar al- Anwar, v. 73, p. 305, no. 23] 

A greedy person is a person who cannot be satisfied and won’t look at all the blessing bestowed upon him. That is why he’s always in a state of poverty because he can’t make use of what he already has, as he is always looking for more, Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘Greed is worse than miserliness because a miser is parsimonious in spending what he has, whilst a greedy man covets that which others possess in addition to what he himself possesses, such that whatever he sees in the hands of others he wishes to be his – lawfully or unlawfully. He cannot be satiated, and nor does he derive any benefit from what Allah has granted him.’[Tuhaf al-’Uqul, no. 371, 372]. 

In reality it is a neglecting of your soul, and despite the greedy person thinks he “deserves” more, and that is the reason why he always wants more, he is neglecting his true being. Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘The person most neglectful of his own soul is the one who is full of greed.’[Sharh Nahjul Balaghah li Ibn Abi al-Hadid, v. 18, p. 84] 

So where does greed comes from? Imam Ali (a.s.) wrote in his letter to al-Ashtar when he appointed him governor of Egypt, ‘Verily miserliness, cowardice and greed are all evil impulses brought together by entertaining a low opinion of Allah.’[Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 53], he further explained that ‘Cowardice, greed, and miserliness are vile traits that come together as a result of distrust in Allah.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 1837]. 

Luqman (a.s.) said to his son, exhorting him, ‘If you want to attract Honor in this world, then cut off your greed of drawing advantage from what other people have in their possession; for verily the prophets and the veracious ones achieved what they did by cutting off their greed.’[Qasas al-Anbiya’, p. 195, p. ].