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What type of musical instruments are allowed in Islam? Can you please provide references and indicate if there are different views among the scholars?
Muslim great scholars in general consider every music which is usually used by sinners as not permissible. There is no specific musical instrument which is allowed always, but it depends on how this instrument is been used whether in sinful music or not.
Does Islam have any guidance on how long in a marriage Muslim couples should stay sexually active with each other?
Sexual activity between husband and wife should continue as long as they are healthy and able. If the wife is young, then her husband must sleep with her at least once every four months.
‘Even if they are aged, they should enjoy themselves as husband and wife in the way which they prefer. Wife is not allowed to refuse to be sexually with her husband as far as she is able. Husband is also required to sexually treat his wife as much as he can.
I find it troubling that in Islam I feel that there are so many different opinions on the fundamentals of the religion. Why did God make this so complicated?
I would aver that the fundamentals of Islamic theology are actually quite simple. For instance: God exists and is omnipotent/omniscient, is just and good, and responds to prayer; there is life after death and we are judged in accordance with our actions and intentions; God sends messengers to guide people; the Qur'an is divine revelation; the Prophet Muhammad was the final prophet; there are other beings such as angels.
It is true there are some arguments about the details of this (for instance, details of exactly what happens during the Resurrection), but I think the fundamentals are simple and this is one reason why Islam has spread so much around the world. Most Muslims will agree on these major points and disagree on smaller points, such as how exactly to do wudu.
However, I also don't want to shoot down your question; clearly you are considering there to be many different opinions.
In this case, I would say that it is human nature to differ over time, especially when a community becomes large, and, over time, Muslims developed various worldviews and understandings, especially when faced with new questions.
As for why God made it complicated, the Qur'an often emphasises the importance of using the intellect, pondering, taking lessons from the natural world, and so forth. So, perhaps we are meant to use our intellect and experience to find solid answers to the questions that are before us - that is, we are meant to put effort into it, rather than just receiving instructions like a computer.
This effort is what distinguishes us from the angels: they see the divine realities directly and receive their instructions and do them, but they do not have to go through the struggle to find out what is true or not. Therefore, this ultimately gives us a greater potential even if the process is difficult.
Conversely, we value the things we have to work for (including theological and spiritual understandings) and do not usually value the things we are given freely.
Just a few thoughts - I am sure there will be others!
I know in Islam there is the belief that Allah does not have a beginning or an end. So does that mean he cannot die? But could he cause himself to not exist anymore or does this go against the nature of God?
In addition to the previous reply, perhaps below might be useful:
Therefore, when we talk of God as being "Alive", "Everlasting", and such, our immediate frame of reference is our own lives and existence. When we see that we come from being non-existent into existence, that we live and die, we sometimes might think of God as being alive and existing in the same manner.
Some theologians and philosophers will explain that God, who is the "source" of all that exists, is existence Himself. Whereas our existence is contingent, meaning it's dependent and possible, God's existence (or perhaps God as existence) is necessary.
I hope that the above discussion has shed some light. At the end of the day, all of our ruminations and musings are limited by our own limitations.
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