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Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 18:13
Q : Why is pork forbidden in Islam? Click to view answer
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simply put, because of its unclean nature. Allah has clearly announced it in several verses of the Holy Quran, e.g.:

“You are prohibited carrion, blood, the flesh of swine …” (5:3).

“Say, ‘I do not find in what has been revealed to me that anyone be forbidden to eat anything except carrion or split blood, or the flesh of swine —for that is indeed unclean— or an impiety offered to other than Allah.’ …” (6:145)

Scientifically speaking, because pork is the main carrier of many germs and parasites which result in serious diseases. and Despite hard efforts in medical science, many of the pig parasites cannot be eliminated by antibiotics, drugs or vaccines. you may find this article (Why Don’t Muslims Eat Pork?) useful to get a more convincing answer.
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 16:50
Q : Who is mahram? Click to view answer
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Simply put, Mahram is a term used by Muslims to refer to people of the opposite sex they can never marry, e.g. your parents, your siblings, your parents’ siblings, etc. see this Who are Mahrams in Islam?

They are put in three categories:

1- blood ties:

· parents, grandparents and further ancestors;

· siblings;

· children, grandchildren and further descendants;

· siblings of parents, grandparents and further ancestors (cousins and their children are not Mahram);

· children and further descendants of siblings

2- marriage ties:

· father-in-law, mother-in-law;

· son-in-law, daughter-in-law;

· stepfather (mother's husband) if their marriage is consummated, stepmother (father's wife) even if their marriage is not consummated;

· stepson (husband's son) even if their marriage is not consummated, stepdaughter (wife's daughter) if their marriage is consummated

3- breastfeeding:

. Rada or "milk-suckling Mahrams" become one’s Mahram because of being breastfed by a woman other than their mom under certain conditions.

. everything concerning blood Mahrams applies here, like

· rada or milk father/mother

· rada sister/brother

· rada aunt/uncle and so on
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 16:46
Q :
What is the difference between zakat and khums in Islamic alms giving and charity?
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A :
Khums and Zakat are both among the obligatory principles of Islam that are considered as solutions for decreasing the financial problems in the Islamic society. Khums is paid on the surplus to annual expenses of a person, i.e. one has to pay one-fifth of what has remained from his income after subtracting his own expenses on an exact date each year, to a religious expert and needy descendants of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). See: Khums | Salam Islam
Zakat, on the other hand, is paid on one’s cattle, crops, gold and silver, to be used in favor of the people in need or for certain beneficial deeds in society. See: Alms-Tax (Zakat)
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 16:44
Q : What is Jihad? Click to view answer
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In the religion of Islam Jihad is sacrificing one’s life and property primarily for the sake of Allah, elevating and sustaining Islamic beliefs and standpoints. In this sense, Jihad is the act of Defending the Islamic territory against the assaults and intrusions of outsiders and invaders. The essence of Jihad lies in Defense, thus any violence which is shown with the intention of invading a country or a nation’s lives, property, etc. and for manipulating their economic potentials or human resources, not only is not called Jihad but also considered as the overt manifestation of injustice and cruelty which is strongly rejected in Islam. See: The Holy Struggle (Jihad)
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 16:41
Q : According to Islam what happens to the Soul after death? Click to view answer
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After death, human beings’ souls will enter an intermediate world called “Barzakh” in which they would feel, see and hear everything in a different way; there would be things they enjoy and ones they suffer from, based on their deeds in this earthly life. In short, man will go through two different stages of life after death; one temporary that is to come right after death (Barzakh), and one that lasts forever and will never end (Hereafter). Please find more information here: The Nature of Afterlife (Ma’ad)

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