Marking the Hands

There are very few punishments that followers of the Quran are specifically commanded to apply when a crime is committed. One of these is the punishment for stealing. Unfortunately, there are two major misunderstandings that many people have regarding this verse. [5:38] The thief, male or female, you shall mark (fa-iq'ṭaʿū) their hands as a punishment … Continue reading Marking the Hands

A Comprehensive Guide: The Distinction Between Prophet (Nabi) and Messenger (Rasool)

Much debate has been had regarding what is the difference between a nabi (prophet) and a rasool (messenger). Some claim that the terms are interchangeable, and some claim they have different meanings. In this article, we will systematically go through the distinction between these two words using the verses of the Quran. In summary here … Continue reading A Comprehensive Guide: The Distinction Between Prophet (Nabi) and Messenger (Rasool)


One of the senses that over time humans have come to neglect has been our sense of smell. Most people if asked if they had to give up a single sense indicate that it would be their sense of smell. Immanuel Kant said "Which organic sense is the most ungrateful and also seems the most … Continue reading Smell


If you were asked what you could do to be more righteous, I think most people would start considering different forms of righteous work they could do. Actions like giving more charity, reading more Quran, commemorating the name of God, and other ways of striving. But just as important, if not more important, is considering … Continue reading Subtraction

Did Hud Receive Proof for His Messengership?

The requirements for a messenger of God to prove the authenticity of his messengership is threefold. Advocate the worship of God alone (3:79, 21:25)Never ask for a wage (6:90, 11:51, 26:109, 36:21)Provide a sign (40:28, 64:6) This is spelled out very clearly in Appendix 2 of the Quran translated by Dr. Rashad Khalifa. Some … Continue reading Did Hud Receive Proof for His Messengership?

Quran and Hikmah

The word Hik'ma ( الْحِكْمَة ), which is typically translated as wisdom, throughout the Quran is almost always mentioned in association with the scripture (kitab) (See: 2:129, 2:151, 2:231, 3:48, 3:81, 3:164, 4:54, 4:113, 5:110, 6:89, 45:16, 62:2). [2:129] "Our Lord, and raise among them a messenger to recite to them Your revelations, teach them … Continue reading Quran and Hikmah