Four times in the Quran, God informs us that He has provided us the hearing, the eye sight, and the brains. [16:78] GOD brought you out of your mothers' bellies knowing nothing, and He gave you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brains, that you may be appreciative.[17:36] You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it … Continue reading Hearing, Eyesight and Brains
Two verses that individuals try to use to claim that messengers receive scripture to distort the difference in function between a messenger (rasool) and a prophet (nabi) are the following: [57:25] We sent our messengers supported by clear proofs, and we sent down to them the scripture and the law, that the people may uphold … Continue reading Prophets (Nabi) vs. Messenger (Rasool) and 4:136 and 57:25
There is much debate regarding what is the difference between a prophet and a messenger. The best verse that clarifies this difference can be found in the following verse. [3:81] GOD took a covenant from the prophets (l-nabiyīna), saying, "I will GIVE YOU (ātaytukum) the SCRIPTURE (kitābin) and wisdom. afterwards, a MESSENGER (warasūlihi) will come … Continue reading Prophet (Nabi) vs. Messenger (Rasul)
In the following verse we read about Qaroon's keys. [28:76] Qãroon (the slave driver) was one of Moses' people who betrayed them and oppressed them. We gave him so many treasures that the keys thereof were almost too heavy for the strongest band. His people said to him, "Do not be so arrogant; GOD does not … Continue reading What kind of keys did Qaroon have?
When is it justified to let someone know that they are no longer welcome at our masjids? Are we to tolerate someone whose beliefs are 100% aligned with the Quran, yet their behavioral conduct is that of an aggressor or tyrant? For such people God tells the believers that it is their duty to fight … Continue reading When should someone no longer be allowed to frequent a masjid?
Sura 7 of the Quran is entitled الأعراف (Al-A‘arãf) and is translated as The Purgatory. When we look up the meaning of Purgatory in the dictionary, we get the following definitions: (in Roman Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to … Continue reading Understanding the Meaning of Sura 7: The Purgatory (Al-A‘arãf)
For years I would read the following verse in Sura 10 verse 10 with the understanding that the ultimate prayer of a person is "Praise be to God, Lord of the universe," as in this is the best prayer one could make. الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ But the word "ultimate" has multiple meanings in English. … Continue reading The Ultimate Prayer
There is a lot of debate around the meaning of 4:34 in the Quran. The proponents against the Quran will claim that this verse advocates to beat one's wife, while some other individuals will claim that the verse is improperly translated. So let's first take a look at the verse and determine if the verse … Continue reading What is the meaning of وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ in 4:34 of Quran?
It is interesting that Satan's claim to God when he challenged God's authority, was not that he would prove that most people are idol worshipers, hypocrites, or disbelievers, but instead that most people are unappreciative. [7:17] "I will come to them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right, and from their … Continue reading Most of them are unappreciative