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Salam Islam | 05/16/2016 - 14:19
Q : What is Halal? Click to view answer
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The word Halal literally means lawful or permitted, and it refers to any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term covers not only food and drink but also all matters of daily life.
“those who follow the Apostle, the uninstructed prophet, whose mention they find written with them in the Torah and the Evangel, who bids them to do what is right and forbids them from what is wrong, makes lawful to them all the good things and forbids them from all vicious things, and relieves them of their burdens and the shackles that were upon them those who believe in him, honour him, and help him and follow the light that has been sent down with him, they are the felicitous” (7:157).
Salam Islam | 05/16/2016 - 14:16
Q : What is Hijab? Click to view answer
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The Arabic word ‘Hijab’ is a veil, which refers to a type of clothing that covers the head and chest. Muslim women wear Hijab, usually after the age of puberty, in the presence of adult males outside their immediate family (Maharem). This clothing item is a symbol of modesty, privacy, and morality for women. However, there are verses in the holy Quran that encourage modesty among both men and women.
“Tell the faithful men to cast down their looks and to guard their private parts. That is more decent for them. Allah is indeed well aware of what they do. And tell the faithful women to cast down their looks and to guard their private parts, and not to display their charms, except for what is outward, and let them draw their scarfs over their bosoms, and not display their charms except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers, or their brothers" sons, or their sisters" sons, or their women, or their slave girls, or male dependants lacking [sexual] desire, or children uninitiated to women's parts. And let them not thump their feet to make known their hidden ornaments. Rally to Allah in repentance, O faithful, so that you may be felicitous” (24:30-31)
Salam Islam | 05/04/2016 - 12:54
Q : How do Muslims practice their faith? Click to view answer
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Muslims put their beliefs into practice by performing certain acts of worship. Some of these religious duties are practiced daily like prayer (Salat); some are performed annually at specific times of the year like fasting (Sawm) during the month of Ramadan or the rituals of Hajj.
Salam Islam | 04/23/2016 - 13:33
Q : Do Muslims believe in Bible and Torah? Click to view answer
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Quran says: “The Apostle has faith in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and all the faithful. Each [ of them ]has faith in Allah, His angels, His scriptures and His apostles.[ They declare, ]" We make no distinction between any of His apostles." And they say," We hear and obey. Our Lord, forgive us, and toward You is the return” (2:285).
According to this verse, Muslims respect and believe in the original divine messages of the Bible and the Torah, but they believe that the people of earlier communities failed to preserve the clarity and purity of their divine scriptures and so they were subject to much corruption and distortion. Such distorted and corrupt texts are what the Muslims reject, as they come from a human source and not Allah.
Salam Islam | 04/23/2016 - 12:02
Q : Should Quran be read only in Arabic? Click to view answer
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No, Quran can be read in any language since its blessing does not come by just reading it, rather it comes by understanding and accepting its message. God has told us in this holy book that language is irrelevant and only the sincere ones are going to understand the Quran irrespective of their language; while those who are not sincere will fail to understand it, even if they speak, read, and write Arabic:
“Had We made it a non-Arabic Quran, they would have surely said," Why have not its signs been articulated?"" What! A non-Arabian [scripture] and an Arabian [prophet]!?" Say," For those who have faith, it is a guidance and healing; but as for those who are faithless, there is a deafness in their ears and it is lost to their sight." They are [as if they were] called from a distant place” (41:44).
However, it is recommended to learn reading Quran in Arabic since it is originally revealed in this language and this action will in a way preserve its soul.

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