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Question: I am doing an assignment for university and would appreciate some simple questions answered on the "religion" of islam please. Please forgive me if these questions seem silly to you but I am trying to educate myself in these ways! How are women treated in a case of foreign business? If I, as a woman, was to deal with a man of Islam faith from another country, would he respect me as an equal in a business dealing? How often do Islam faith people pray? Where do they pray? What times of the day do they pray? Are women visiting an Islam country expected to cover their head/hair too? If you can help me in any way to do with these questions, and anything else you can tell me about Islam faith and the day-to-day activities, I would be greatful. Thank you, Kim.
Answer: I apologise for the late reply. Many of the questions you have asked are not so much about Islam itself, but about the culture of Muslim countries which may vary from one to another and from one area to another within a single country, and even from one individual to another. A conservative Muslim sheikh, for example may relate to women somewhat differently than would a business associate or contact. It would be best for you to contact a local embassy or travel guides for the region you intend to visit. There are five ritual prayers over a period of 24 hours. Each is to be offered within a fairly broad time frame. The morning prayer is done after dawn and before sunrise. The after-noon prayer is done obviously afternoonbut not into the late afternoon, for that is when the third prayer is done. The fourth is after sunset, and the last is after the darkness of night sets in. These prayers each last only a few minutes, and may be offered at any clean spot either at home, at a place of business or in the mosque. If you have any further questions please write again. Thanks. Shabir Ally

Question: I see that you have said that the reason for saying Sister of Aaron is because Mary actually did have a brother named Aaron, where might I find this information? Also I have seen lectures by brother Jamal Badawi say that it is in reference to a religious term as in "Sister" of Aaron. Maybe I read your information wrong so please answer this for me. Thanks!
Answer: The commentary on the Quran "Tafseer al-Kabir" by Al-Razi lists both the view which you have cited as that of Dr. Badawi and the view which you now ask about. Both are possible. (Al-Tafsir Li Al-Imam Al-Fakhr Al-Razi, Dar Ehia Al-Tourath Al-Arabi Publishing, 2001, Volume 7, p. 530) Shabir

Question: What is the concept of god in ISlam?What is the original sin in Islam? What is the meaning of the word Islam?Authenticity of your Koran? What is the thought of Friday and Sabbath Day?What is your university of faith?
Answer: God is the unseen creator of everything and everyone. We declare that there is no god but one: Allah. This word is the name for the God of the Bible in Arabic. We believe that each individual is responsible for his or her own sins. Hence sin is not inherited, and there is no original sin. Each child is born pure but with the potential to develop an individual personality which can choose to turn to sin. Such sins will be forgiven by God in response to sincere repentance or may be forgiven simply due to God's grace and mercy. The word 'Islam' literally means submission. It is taken by Muslims to mean 'submission to God.' The root word of Islam also gives the related word salam meaning peace. Muslims understand that submission to the will of God results in peace with oneself, with God, and with all of God's creation. The Quran is a collection of oral revelations recited by the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, over the last 23 years of his life. These pieces were written down on a variety of scattered pieces of material which were, within two years of the prophet's death, assembled by his closest companions. Within another two decades this collection was copied and sent to various parts of the Muslim empire, and hence became widespread and unchanged. Friday is a day on which the grace of God is especially merited. Muslims offer a special prayer on Friday, and they are also allowed to work before and after it. The Quran recognises that the Sabbath day was instituted for Jews, and that various communities have been given specific practices and rituals through which to draw close to God. But the day instituted for Muslims is Friday. I am not sure I understand your question about the university of faith. Do you mean universality of faith? I assume that this is what you mean. Islam is a universal faith. It teaches that all people are related as they are all children of Adam and Eve. The Quran tells us that God made us into nations and tribes so that we will appreciate the beauty of his creation (30:22). We are to try and understand each other and not despise one another (49:13). God is said to be the Lord of the Universe (1:1) and the Lord of Humankind (114:1). Islam brings people together across all divisions of race, colour, language, or gender, as is beautifully demonstrated in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca which each Muslim is required to make once provided that the way is safe and one is physically and financially able to make the journey. Shabir Ally

Question: who was hazrat saffiah?
Answer: Two persons in Islamic history were most notable with this name. One was an aunt of the prophet. More famous is one of the wives of the prophet, Safiyyah, daughter of Huyayy. Shabir

Question: If we are to meet with Allah in the hereafter, and stand before him in our birth outfits, (naked) shouldn't one arrive to the conclusion that Allah is going to be in some form or shape. (May Allah forgive me from such thoughts) Is Allah going to present himself in a spiritual entity.
Answer: Our use of language is connected to our observed realities. Allah does not correspond to any of these observed realities. Hence we cannot attribute to the words we use in relation to Allah such physical properties as would be understood regarding human referents. Certainly if we stand before a king then the king is also before us in terms of physical and spatial geography. But how things will be on the Day of Judgement and how Allah will appear cannot be said to correspond to the physicalness of this description. The best we can say is that the effect of our standing before a judge in this life and the awe with which we should view that possibility should be multiplied in our expectation that we will stand before Allah. It is precisely this effect that the statement intends to capture when we say that we will stand before Allah. The nakedness of course is to stress that we go back with nothing and will appear with nothing but our deeds either to commend or condemn us. Otherwise, we should not imagine our bodies then to be the same as we have them now. We will be recreated with bodies that recall our present ones and yet be different enough to survive in an extra-terrestrial environment. Shabir

Question: salam alaykum sheekh shabir. i am a student of comparative religion, and i would like to ask about the gospel of john. i heard that john is not one of the disiples of jesus? is that true. if so how can i prove this to s christian. also about where it says in the bible that jesus forgive sins. i remember u refuted this point in one of your debates by showing this was given to other men. I am working hard on a christian and i would be very happy if you can help. I feel that insha ALLAH if things work right he will convert. I hope that u will be able to answer my questions. your brother hussam , amman jordan may ALLAH be with our brothers in palestine , iraq and all mujahideen,..... ameen
Answer: That was close enough: Assalaamu Alaykum. It means: "Peace be upon you." This greeting is an indirect prayer to God to bestow wellbeing on the person greeted. Shabir

Question: Asalam A Alekum Which Tree or Flower can we plant in Mosque and Graveyard? Jaazak Allah
Answer: As far as the mosque is concerned there is no restriction regarding planting trees. As for the graveyard itself, there is also no restriction. The grave, however, is to be kept simple so as not to encourage any acts thereat which may involve devotion to the dead in a way that infringes on Allah's right to our exclusive worship. If planting a tree will be unlikely to have this effect then there is no harm in planting one. There was a reported occasion on which the prophet placed a green palm branch on a grave and prayed that the person be given relief for as long as the branch does not dry up. And for this reason a companion of the prophet had willed that two such branches be placed on his own grave. Shabir

Question: is smoking ciggerettes haram or makruh
Answer: Many scholars have said that it is makruh due to its foul smell and the waste of money it involves. Seeing the dangers to health it poses as we have become aware in modern times, some sholars have said it is haraam. However, makruh seems to be the better designation for this, as the harm is not deliberately inflicted on oneself, nor is the harm immediate but incremental. Shabir

Question: Asalamoalaikum Does Qur'an speaks about the second advent of Jesus(pbuh) or we just rely on the hadiths to believe in his second arrival?
Answer: there are two verses which have been interpreted by some scholars as reference to Jesus's second coming: 4:159 and 43:61. Other scholars give alternative meanings to these verses. Hence we cannot say that there is any clear indication in the Quran that Jesus will return. Such clear statements are in the hadiths many of which are grated sahih (authentic). Shabir

Question: I play guitar for almost ten years now im trying to become religious and now i am in a fix whether i have to leave the total music? Or will be a sinner if i continue with music. I have read the whole Quran but didn't find anything straight about leaving music /haram as it is declared about "WINE". But in some hadis it is told that music is prohibited but specially for instruments with strings.So Please make my confusion clear if there is any qouts /ayat from QURAN about denying music then please let me know.
Answer: A basic principle in Islam will serve as a background to the answer. Classical scholars, in order to guard matters relating to worship from innovations, have adopted the principle that in this area of Islam nothing is permissible unless proven so in a text from the Quran or the Sunnah. On the other hand, in order to allow for growth and change in other areas, they have also held that things are permissible unless proven otherwise by a clear and authentic text of revelation. Hence if music is to be declared impermissible it must be done so on the basis of a clear and authentic text. As you noted there is no such in the Quran on this subject. As for the hadith, although some texts have been advanced in this regard, as far as I am aware none of them are authentic. Hence we cannot on this basis declare music to be forbidden. On the other hand, we can look at the content, effects, and associations related to various sorts of music and form an opinion of them on that basis, though such a formulation of opinion will not have the force of a clear textual ruling. Some music have clearly bad content, others clearly good, yet others somewhere in between. The same may be said of the effects the music has on an individual. Does it propel you towards goodness as nasheeds do, or prompt you towards evil? Or is the effect not clear? I mention effect separately from content only to provide another window of analysis, otherwise there is obviously a close connection between content and effect. Associations also matter. Some music is associated with people who live very unislamic lifestyles. Others with good people. When one is attracted to good people one also becomes attracted to things associated with them. As a corollary to this, when one is not attracted to unislamic lifestyles, one is not attracted to the music and other paraphernalia associated with those lifestyles. Looking at it from the other angle, one may want to avoid the sort of music which may help foster an attraction for people who live very unislamic lifestyles. In short, if we are to rule something impermissible then it must be done so on the basis of a clear and authentic text, none of which exists on this subject, and individual judgement aided by scholarly advice must play a greater role. As an illustration of this, consider the eating of bananas. We do not have to prove that eating bananas is halal. But if anyone were to claim that it is haram such a claimant will have to furnish the evidence from a text. Yet individuals will have to judge how much and which types of bananas to consume. Too much is bad for health. Individual tastes will prefer some bananas over others. Some bananas are sweet, as are the sweet figs and honey bananas. Others are sour. More to our point, some bananas are as rotten as are some sorts of music. Let the listener beware. Shabir

Question: what is th ething that muslims say when they see another muslin. i think it goes some thing like isalacum isalam ..........something like that i know the spellin is wrong i'm sorry.
Answer: That was close enough: Assalaamu Alaykum. It means: "Peace be upon you." This greeting is an indirect prayer to God to bestow wellbeing on the person greeted. Shabir

Question: Assalamualaikom Renting property to banks Question: A nationalized bank in my hometown has offered to rent my property. is halal ? and can we our property give to international banks or local banks for rant purpose. tell me sir is right for us, means is halal in islam thanks.
Answer: I understand that a bank wants to rent property from you which they will in turn rent out to others. I regret that I do not feel competent to answer this question. Please direct your question to another website such as Shabir

Question: where do i find the 12 dueads like the one you must say after the opening
Answer: I am not sure I understand the question. Are you asking about the short chapters of the quran which one may normally recite after reciting the opening chapter during the formal daily prayers? Or, are you asking about some specific dua or supplication which may be recited in certain circumstances? Please restate your question. Shabir

Question: Asalamualaikun Brother Shabir I wanted to ask you of a book (recommended by you) written by a non-muslim on St. Paul and his mission to spread christianity. I understand he was a tent maker, mercenary and finally inspired by Jesus while traveling to Damascus on his way to suppress the the original deciples teachings (based on Jesus). I remember you had mentioned after the debate in Virginia (couple of months ago) that Paul had a clash with the deciples. Since it was late that evening we were not able to discuss further. If you could please send me a title of a good book on Paul (his history). It seems like todays christaiany is based on his letters written by him while he was in and out of jail. Oh yea one other thing, if Paul NEVER met Jesus, and why is he refered to as an Apostle or a deciple? how is he given a saint title? when he was suppose to be a mercenary. Thanks Wassalam Syed A. Ali
Answer: I just received another email from you with an attachment. I have not been able to open the attachment due, no doubt, to problem with my system. Could you please resend it with the contents copied and inserted in your email? See my responses below: Brother Shabir I wanted to ask you of a book (recommended by you) written by a non-muslim on St. Paul and his mission to spread christianity. I understand he was a tent maker, mercenary and finally inspired by Jesus while traveling to Damascus on his way to suppress the the original deciples teachings (based on Jesus). R. An excellent book that deals with this at the introductory level was mentioned in the debate: Author: James Dunn; title: The Evidence for Jesus This book is an introduction to another interesting book: Jesus: The Evidence by Ian Wilson. At a more technical level is Paul by A.N. Wilson, not to be confused with the previous author. I remember you had mentioned after the debate in Virginia (couple of months ago) that Paul had a clash with the deciples. Since it was late that evening we were not able to discuss further. If you could please send me a title of a good book on Paul (his history). It seems like todays christaiany is based on his letters written by him while he was in and out of jail. Oh yea one other thing, if Paul NEVER met Jesus, and why is he refered to as an Apostle or a deciple? how is he given a saint title? when he was suppose to be a mercenary. R. From his own letters and from Acts of the Apostles in the Bible we learn that after once being a persecutor of Christians he eventually claimed to have had a reveletory experience in which he was made a disciple of Christ. The extent of his missionary work following this experience has made him an outstanding public figure at the time. He was the sort of person who had to be either defeated, joined, or simply tolerated. Some, of course did not accept him. It is clear from the New Testament that he had clashes with the original disciples, but these clashes were resolved from time to time in at least some tentative manner in simple councils. Subsequently, two branches of Christianity would grow out of these disputes. One followed the disciples of Jesus and branded Paul as a heretic. This group did not survive as a viable group beyond the third century. The other group, following Paul, became Roman Christianity with the triumph of Constantine and the seqence of the great councils. The rest is a history written by the victors. Shabir

Question: Shabir, Thanks for your response. As I understand it, your Muslim. I not sure actually what that means. (I don't really know anything about your beliefs). I'm continuing to read your website and may have some questions for you. I did find your comments on Jesus interesting. Can you confirm that you believe that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah)? Again, as a Christian, I find it interesting that I find myself agreeing with everything on your website that I've read about the Bible, the Father (God), and Jesus. I'll continue reading. Bst Regards,
Answer: Yes, I am a Muslim. Yes, I believe that Jesus was the messiah as stated in the Quran 3:45. Shabir

Question: Hi, I found your website very interesting. I would like to know more about what you believe. I am a Christian, yet I agree with what you say in your website about Paul's belief and also John's Gospels says. In general I agree with what you said the Bible says. Jesus was not God. I have been a Christian all my life, I believe in One God, but Jesus is and was not ever God. I pray to my Father in heaven. Of course, this puts me at odds with all my Christian friends and my church. My Pastor has called me a heretic many times. Interesting thing, I have many friends ( 10- 12) that believe the same way as I do. This truth was revealed to me about 3-4 years ago. I would like more information from you, pls respond. I'll continue to enjoy your website. Bst Rgds....
Answer: Thanks for your supportive email. I think you are right to regard the father as the only object of worship despite the opposition you faced. We have to stick to what we really believe and God will provide the friends and associates who will related to us with respect for our right to hold our beliefs. Shabir

Question: Hello, My name is Daisie and live in the United States. I have been trying to get an understanding of different religions for my own personal growth. I have read this web site and found everything very interesting and to make sense to me. I have been trying to find some answers to all of the contradictions that are found in the Christian Bible. One of my biggest questions was what this web site seemed to shed light on for me. The question is about why Jesus is looked at in Christianity as the "Son of God" and why people pray to him when it is also stated that God is the Almighty and that no one should come before him. My question to you is how do you explain John 3:16 in the Christian Bible. Jesus clearly states that God has sent his only begotten son. If you could help me by trying to shed some light on this question for me it would be greatly appreciated.
Answer: Hi, John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that he sent his only betgotten son such that believing in him will merit everlasting life. Verse 18 adds that whoever does not believe in him is condemned. These verses assert three things requiring my comment: 1. Jesus is the only begotten son of God. 2. God sent him to save the world. 3. Those who do not believe in him are condemned. We should note that these three themes in John's Gospel does not find a similar emphasis in the other three gospels all of which was written before John's. This is indicative of a general trend that has been identified by biblical scholars who point out that John tended to place Jesus in a position of importance far greater than he has been placed in the other gospels. If Jesus had this greater importance it would certainly have come out in the earlier gospels, and would not have have to wait to find expression in the last of the gospels to be written. In short, the passage cannot be taken to be a correct reflection on the life and teachings of Jesus. Having said this, let us elaborate on the specific points: 1. David was called the only begotten son of God (Psalms 2:7). 2. Jesus saves the world not by his blood but by his message which calls people back to God after the had once been lost. 3. We can understand that those who believe in Jesus will be saved. Muslims believe also in him. We cannot insist that he is the Son of God in the literal sense, as this is an insistence that is not original to the teachings and preachings of Jesus himself who was best aware of his onw relationship as a servant of God. This is an insistence that grows out of the writings of Paul, who was not one of the original followers of Jesus, and John the last of the four gospels presenting a highly evolved portrait of Jesus as the Son of God. Moreover, when the matter is stated negatively: those who do not believe, we should be aware that we cannot mean by this such persons as may not have heard of Jesus, or may not have had the mental capacity to believe in him either due to immaturity or insanity. Hence we should mean that those who heard his message and had the intellectual capacity to understand it and yet rejected it deserve God's condemnation. Shabir

Question: Hello, I just read some of your info concerning Paul's view of Jesus, i.e., that Paul did not believe that Jesus was God. What is your explanation for this verse from Colossians 1:16: "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and earth..."? So Paul seems to be saying that Jesus existed before anything else was created. If Jesus is not God then what category of person is he? Sincerely, Pete
Answer: Paul believed that Jesus was an agent whom God used in creating the cosmos. Shabir

Question: Asslamulykum Brother: I was asked a question about the Miracles performed by Benny Hinn on TV.(curing cancer and the like just by touching etc....) i Would like more infor so I am able to answer these questions: 1) is this a true medical phenomenon??? 2) is it s form of magic?? are these people in the audience actors?? 3) is this type of think mentioned in the hadith and sunnah or Quraan. 4) is this man a Fitnah ...taking into account he is not saying he is a prophet or a god...but that he only performs these miracles with the power of god. 5)have these types of actions been done before in the time of The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). 6) as we know only Jesus (PBUH) did these types of miracles. I would appreciate your urgent reply Jazak Allah Assalamulaykum
Answer: The book: "The Faith Healers" by James Randi shows that often this sort of healing involves a lot of acting and trickery. This book, however, was written before Benny Hinn became popular, and is based on an investigation of earlier performers and their methods. Randi shows that some results are due to psychosomatic healing. A person is convinced that he is sick, though he is not, and then the healer makes him convinced that he is healed, and he is. We believe that, whatever the secret, the underlying cause of all healing is Allah. He may heal people in a variety of ways: with no apparent physical cause, or through obvious physical causes. God's healing may coincide with a doctor's healing. We say, then, that the doctor heals with the permission of Allah. It is known that some practices can have a very strong psychological effect on people to the extent of manifesting on their physique. In some tribal societies a shaman or voodoo practitioner may put a curse on a member of the community predicting death for him within a short while. The member dies as predicted, probably due to the strong effect his own belief in the curse has on him. Of course this may not always work. When it works it is noted as an extraordinary event. When it does not, the shaman is eventually replaced by someone who can do the work better, but not registered as a failure of the practice itself. In a similar way, artists such as Hinn would select patrons who are susceptible to this form of healing. The successes are noted, the failures are ignored. Shabir Ally

Question: Why don't Brother Shabir Ally reply or DEBATE Sam Shamoun? SAM SHAMOUN'S OPEN CHALLENGE
Answer: Recently I have become reticent to engage in debates and more interested in dialogues in which there is a genuine attempt to share ideas rather than to win an argument. Aditionally, I have been very busy recently and have not had the opportunity to study and respond to Shamoun's articles on the web. This may prove more useful than entering into a live debate. Nevertheless, I do respond to invitations to speak, dialogue, and debate. If I have a definite invitation for a specific time and place and I can fit that into my schedule a debate may very well go ahead. Shabir

Question: Shabir, Hi. I read some more on your website and have another question. Do you believe that Jesus Christ (Spirit Being) existed with the Father before he was incarnate in his human body? Also, Pls read and comment on the text below. I sent this to my Pastor sometime last year. By the way...his response was to call me to a meeting and make a point that if I thought that the "spirit" that was in Christ was anything else but the "Father" I was wrong, and in heresy. I look forward to your comments. *******begin paste******** Pastor, I guess I don't know what your definition of Trinitarianism is. If you have time, it would be great if you could define Trinitarianism and also deity for me. As to your question. Yes, the Son of God was "begotten" of the Father. When - before the world was formed. You seem to be saying that for you, this makes the Son of God, also God. Hmm...not so with me. Why would anyone assume this? This is exactly what the Pharisees in Jesus time said to him when he said he was the "Son of God". They thought that since he was the "Son of God" that he was God. Yet that's not what he said. John 10:31 (KJV) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? This would lead me ask the same question to anyone who concludes that being the "Son of God" is equal to God. What do you answer to Ps 82:6? It's the Hebrew word "elohiym". How do you deal with Pauls words in 1Co 8:6 (KJV) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. ? I say there is only "One God" this is what I find in Scriptures. I find no plurality in God. God is One. The fact that this one God, begot a Son, does not make two Gods. The fact that this one God sent his Son in to the world, incarnate in a man, does not take away anything from what I understand to be the Gospel, but yet makes it clearer. Paul, spoke this way, John and Peter spoke this way, why can't we? The precepts that they taught was that God sent his Son. This is what Jesus taught. They taught, one Lord, one Faith, one baptism, one God and Father. That's One Lord - Jesus Christ, One Faith - believeth in Jesus as the Messiah, One baptism - in Jesus Name, One God and Father - God Almighty, the LORD of the old testament. Jesus Christ knew he as the Son of God. I imagine that he knew this from his birth. By the time he was twelve he expressed this, when he said "I must be about my Fathers business". But notice he did not do any miracles until he was baptized and the Spirit of God descended upon him. He was a spirit being in a "earth suit", and we are the same. We are also anointed of God, called, chosen, justified and glorified by God (the Father). It is his goal, will, and purpose that we become just like his Son, not the flesh, but like his Son the spirit being. He wants us to be conformed to the image of his Son, that the Son might be the first of many brethren. Consider 1 John chapter 5: 1Jo 5:18-21 (KJV) We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. Compare this with John 17, Jesus praying in the Garden. Joh 17:3-5 (KJV) And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. How do you deal with the separation in these two passages. The writer was speaking of the One True God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ. Here are some scriptures that support this: Heb 2:10-11 (KJV) For it became him (Jesus), for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Are we brethren to God or Jesus Christ (the Son of God)? Php 2:5-7 (KJV) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: It was the Son of God that became a Man. Not God the Father. Eph 1:16-23 (KJV) Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Eph 3:14 (KJV) For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Eph 4:12-13 (KJV) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Paul again here in Eph 4:12-13 is stating again that it is God's plan that we all come in unity, unto knowledge of the Son of God, unto perfect men (learned) and unto the likness of Christ. Just like in Romans 8, we are to become conformed to the image of the Son of God, not the image of God. 1Co 8:6 (KJV) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Eph 5:20 (KJV) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1Th 3:11 (KJV) Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 1Jo 1:3 (KJV) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1Jo 2:22 (KJV) Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. I hope we can continue this discussion. I would like to hear how you explain Paul's, Peter's and John's teachings. I don't find that they had a concept of duality. **********end paste********** Mike Christman
Answer: thanks for sending this again. My personal belief as a Muslim is that all humans exist in the mind of God before we are actually born. The traditional language speaks of this existence as being in the world of the souls. Jesus for Muslims is a human being, and hence he too in this way existed with God, whom you call the Father. The writing you have composed to your Pastor is an excellent piece of biblical scholarship. In reading it I was reminded of some studies I did some time ago in preparation for some of my written pieces now collected in the booklet: Is Jesus God? The Bible Says No! This I believe is on our website. Obviously the points cannot be rebutted, from a point of view that adopts the Bible as the primary authority and treats it as a completely consistent document. It seems that the most your Pastor was able to do was to condemn you without showing any evidence for the faith he expects you to have and which you have so eloquently refuted. Shabir

Question: I hope did not offend you. I did want to push to get a response. Thank you for responding. I have resent the e-mail that I was hoping that you would be able to read and respond. In the e-mail is a letter that I sent my Pastor. He is belongs to a Oneness organization. I'm not sure if you know what that means, but they believe in One God, and their God is Jesus Christ (they say that Jesus and the Father are one and the same). They do not separate God in to 3 persons as the Trinitarians do. I on the other hand do separate God from Jesus Christ. Jesus was not the Father. He was with the Father before (as a spirit being - who some call the Word, some call the Son) and came in the form of a man - Jesus Christ. This belief separates me from every other Christian group that I know of. As you may realize...that puts me in a peculiar situation. Thank you again for responding. Best Regards, Mike Christman
Answer: That group seems to resemble a group I encountered some time ago. They call themselves "Oneness Pentecostalists." Their belief is historically known as monarchical modalism which in essence holds that God went through various modes, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But this belief, as you pointed out, is easily refuted with passages from the Bible. Your own belief will find support in another group that I chanced to work with in the past. If you are interested, begin by reading the book: "The Doctrine of the Trinity" by Anthony Buzzard and Charles Hunting. I had a public dialogue with Mr. Buzzard some years back. Shabir

Question: Salaam alaikum... Dear Dr. Shabir Ally I'm very confused, in christianity they believe that Jesus died and rose...and in islam, we believe that jesus didn't die; but was raised victoriously to heaven. I'm puzzled because Surah 5.117 say I did not say to them aught save what Thou didst enjoin me with: That serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord, and I was a witness of them so long as I was among them, but when Thou didst cause me to die, Thou wert the watcher over them, and Thou art witness of all things. Although i'm a hundred percent sure that Jesus didn't die, i would still like for you (Inshaallah) to clarify this minor misconception.
Answer: The word translated in 5:117 as "you caused me to die" could also mean "you took me." Hence the verse by itself does not necessitates the meaning found in the translation mentioned. However, some scholars have adopted the same meaning given in that translation as that is the natural meaning. The intend, however, to say that God caused Jesus to die and raised him to himself. Some others said that Allah caused Jesus to sleep and then took him in his sleep. But even here, a man who lived 2000 years ago and is no longer on earth would be said by historians to be dead, whereas believers will maintain with you and me that Jesus is alive. This dual view on Jesus may help explain why the Quran used a word which in fact can be interpreted both ways: one way by the historian, and another way which does not deny the historically proven events but asserts a faith perspective on God's total control of the situation and his vindication and preservation of his righteous servants. Moreover, those who assert that Jesus was raised in sleep, add that this in effect resembles death as in both cases the person is no longer around. In commenting on 3:54 the classical tafseer books such as Ibn Katheer provide reports that some early commentators on the Quran maintained that God caused Jesus to die for a few hours or even for a few days and then raised him to himself, though they also say that he was not put on the cross. Shabir

Question: ok thank you i have a question to , i have a friend ( for real its not me) but she's dating a muslim boy an i really dont trust him an he keeps using his religion as a resson why they have allt his kind of sex an say's to her that she's going to be his wife an that she has to become muslim and that..well iunno i cant really explain it its weird and i my eyes wrong. i also wanted to ask if some one ( me) wanted to know more about islam not to be muslim but to be educated about it how would i go about to do that
Answer: In islam sex before marriage or outside of marriage is strictly prohibited. A Muslim man can marry a Jewish or a Christian lady without requiring that she converts to Islam. However, if she converts this would be better to ensure that married life goes smoothly without having the two spouses pulling in different directions. In fact, due to known problems having occurred with such mixed marriages, many Muslim scholars in North America insist that the female should convert to Islam before marriage. To learn about Islam you may pick up a simple book such as the Complete Idiot's Guide to Islam by Yahya Emerick. Shabir Ally

Question: What is the most definitive and comprehensive guide on the proper way for a new muslim to pray and observe pray times correctly? Please advise. Thank you.
Answer: The most comprehensive treatment of the subject I have seen in English is a translation of Fiqh as-Sunnah by Sayyid Sabiq, translated by Jamal Zarabozo. Shabir Ally

Question: There are 1.7 billion Muslims in the world. They know who the terrorists are, they know where they live, and they could end this wave of terrorism in less than a week. Why are so few taking a stand against terrorism? Are they afraid of the terrorists, or do they secretly feel that the time has come for Islam to take over the world, and if so, are they poised to join the terrorists in the final moments of the jihad? JS
Answer: Muslims in general would like to see an end to the use of Islam in connection with violent acts. If there is anything that can be done to end terrorism in the simple manner you suggested many Muslims would rush to do it. Many Muslims have in fact condemned terrorism, and many continue to do so. Unfortunately, it is not this good news that often makes the news but bad news that do. Most Muslims do not intend to take over the world in the way you suggest, nor do they intend to join the terrorists in any such battle. Most Muslims would like the world to be a peaceful and safe place in which to live, breathe and travel. Shabir Ally

Question: Dear Mr Shabir Ally, My name is Tair Ali, I'm a Muslim student studying in Cambridge. First of all I would like to thank you for the wonderful talks you gave during 'Islam awareness week'. It was a pleasure attending them with much to think about after the seminars. I have a few Islamic questions I would like to ask; 1. Is a peacock halal and is it lawful to use its feathers as 'book marks' in the qu'ran? 2. In fact can anything be used in the qu'ran as a book mark say 'post-its'? 3. Is it lawful for a father to sit next to his unmarried daughter in the home? A relative and my brother put these questions before me and I promised them I would find out for them. I'd appreciate any enlightenment, Salaam, Tair Ali.
Answer: Sorry for the delay in replying. Here are your questions answered: 1. Is a peacock halal and is it lawful to use its feathers as 'book marks' in the qu'ran? Yes it is halal to eat peacocks duly slaughtered. The feathers can be used as bookmarks in the Quran. 2. In fact can anything be used in the qu'ran as a book mark say 'post-its'? Yes, anything that does not defile the Quran. 3. Is it lawful for a father to sit next to his unmarried daughter in the home? Yes. What is prohibited is any sexual activity between them. Anything leading to that should be avoided. Shabir

Question: please send me further information regarding islam and kadiyani group islam
Answer: We do not have any specific information to send you in this regard. Basically, the group to which you refer emerged out of India during the last century. The founder is held by many of the following to be the second coming of Jesus. Some hold that he is a prophet in the shade of the last prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Others hold that he is not literally a prophet but only metaphorically so. You may search the internet for articles about this. Shabir

Question: God's voice will be heard no matter what Whether you listen is up to you "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life..." John 3:16 I love all people, so why must we prepare ourselves for the task to defend our faith, when we are all one family.
Answer: Thanks for your thoughtful message. Love is a good thing, and I am glad that you are able to extend it to all people. We need more of that in today's hate-filled world. In Islam we believe that God forgives those who sincerely repent. Therefore there is no need for anyone to die for anyone else. We also believe that it would not be right to make the innocent suffer for the sins of the guilty. Moreover, we believe in an uncompromising monotheism. This involves the insistence that God has no co-sharers in divinity. He is without partners. He has no sons nor daughters. Shabir

Question: Hello, I have a question that I'm trying to sort out. I'm currently an Essene Nazarite and a reader of the dead sea scrolls(a.k.a. the Quamran, not Quran, many of my friends think I'm Muslim but I'm actually Unorthodox Christian, Essene Nazarines supposedly are the oldest sect of unadulterated Pseudo-Christianity, by unadulterated I mean by Papism) Anyway, I have a few questions regarding Islamic belief: If Y'shewah Ha Meshiakh was born from Mary, a virgin, and was solely a miracle from Yahaveh/Allah God (or the One God, by whatever name, is the same God), then wouldn't he (Y'shewah/Jesus... I don't like calling him Jesus, its greek origins means "Of Zeus") technically be a begotten son of God? Muslims do believe that God made Mary with child while she was still virgin, yet they say God cannot beget, and cannot be beggetted. I'm not pointing out contradictions out of hostility but out of ignorance to what others believe. I have 2 Muslim friends who can't really explain their beliefs on Y'shewah. I don't understand how God could make Mary with child but Y'shewah can't be his son. According to Islam belief then, would we all be the sons of Allah? And how would Y'shewah be different since he was miraculously born? He is still considered Messiah, but is he considered "king of men" or something? Or "the right hand of Allah?" Or just a high prophet of God? Usually when sseing explainations online, when people describe old prophets, when describing Abraham or Moses, they don't say pbuh, but they do for Y'shewah and Muhommed. Is there any signifigance to that? Also, please don't take offense to my inquiry. I understand what its like to be misunderstood in the western world, I was born under a strict southern baptist family, who totally misinterpret everything I am since I converted to Nazarene, and they think ever since 9-11 that I'm some radical terrorist, they can't understand I'm a different type of Christian, I hate idiocy. I've been Nazarene for ten years Nazarenes have some unorthodox beliefs: Abstainence from intoxicants Growth of hair, not to cut the hair of the head for our covenant Vegetarian belief system A strong disliking for western influence over eastern religions Many uneducated people think that I'm Muslim Anyway, if you could shed some light on my question I'd appreciate it, I've been wondering about it for some time now. Thanks Darrel
Answer: Thanks for asking. I also want to congratulate you on the fortitude you show in holding to what you believe in the face of severe opposition. You remind me of Y'shewah Ha Meshiakh himself. And naturally as a follower of him you must be likewise willing to carry the cross. We believe that Y'shewah Ha Meshiakh was a servant and prophet of God. The unique manner in which he was conceived does not imply that God is his father, rather his creator. We do not speak of God as father. We recognise that God is more than a father could ever be. Moreover, we want to guard a strict monotheism as was the faith of Y'shewah Ha Meshiakh himself and of the earliest Nazarenes who lived and walked with him. The idea that he was the Son of God is a belief that was introduced later and became dominant. It may be worth reminding you that the belief that Jesus is the Son of God in Christianity normally does not depend on the virginal conception. For the belief is either that Jesus was eternally generated from God or that he, though being a mere human, was adopted by God as his own son at some point in his human life. In the first case, he would have existed as the Son of God before Mary was even created, and her virginal state at the time of his conception would not make any difference to Jesus's status. To be more clear, if Jesus was the Son of God from all eternity as a spirit being who now comes into a human body it would make no difference whether that human body was born from two parents or one, whether conceived normally or supernaturally. For in that case what is the Son of God is not the body in which Jesus once dwelled, but the spirit he was since eternity. In the second case, if God adopted a human Jesus as God's own Son at some point in the human life of Jesus it again makes no difference how he was born. If, for example, Jesus was adopted at the scene of his baptism, a belief held by many early Christians who found confirmation of this in the Gospel description of the scene, then even if he was not born of a virgin he would still be the adopted Son of God. Hence the virginal conception in either case makes no difference to the status of Y'shewah Ha Meshiakh. The difference the virginal conception may have made may be explained as follows. Jesus did not have an earthly person to call his own father as other children did. All he had for parent was his mother. He must have been consoled by the explanation that he was a special creation of God. When other kids asked who his father was with the suggestion that his mother was unchaste, a charge which the Quran vigourously refutes, he may have replied that God is his father. This would not have meant to imply an ontological relationship, but only a sentimental one. Jesus, then may have been accustomed to thinking of God as the One to turn to in a moment of distress as others may have turned to their earthly fathers. It is noteworthy in this respect to notice that in Mark's Gospel, the earliest we now have in our Bibles, it is precisely in the scene of Gethsemane when the Passion seems close at hand that Jesus cries out 'Abba,' meaning 'Father' and begs to be saved from the hour. To Jesus, God must have been to him sentimentally what fathers were to other people, even more so. This would be the key difference the virginal conception would have made in the psychological development of Jesus as a child, and may have been reflected in his outlook in later life. This does not, however, raise Jesus above the ontological status of being a servant of God. The ontological raising of Jesus into a higher Christology came with the writings of Paul and the later Gospels, especially the Gospel of John, and culminated in the formation of the major creeds such as the one formulated at the Council of Nicea in 325 CE. We normally say "Peace be upon you" as our common greeting, and imply by it a prayer for the person addressed. We say this by way of prayer for prophets of God, that they may be in God's special protection. We tend to say this more often in the case of the prophet Muhammad, and perhaps also in the case of Jesus though the use is not meant to exclude the others. Again, thanks for asking. You have much in common with us Muslims. I have great respect for you. Shabir



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