• Do Muslims Have a ‘Caste System’ like the Hindus?

    Respected scholar, In Indian subcontinent Muslims are divided into so many alleged upper and lower casts and adopt the same cast system prevailed in Hindu community. Some Muslims prefix the word SAYYED with their names and claim that they are ancestors of Prophet (peace be upon him). They also declare other Muslims inferior to them. My question is: Does Islam allow cast system in any way? What is the meaning of Sayyed in Arabic language and do Arabs also use this word as cast symbol? Please answer in detail as the Indian Muslim Ulema also recognized casteism directly or indirectly.

  • Did Muhammad Write the Quran?

    How would react the allegation that your Prophet Muhammad wrote the Quran?

  • Did Islam Spread by the Sword?

    1- What would you say to people who accuse our prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) for using wars to spread Islam? 2- I have read recently in a book titled: "Man and Prophet" by Mr. Adil Salahi that lady Saffiya has reported to have said that our Prophet was the most hateful person to her but our Prophet kept apologizing to her until that hatred washed away. Does this mean she was married to our Prophet against her wishes or am I missing something here? This is because if our Prophet is so hateful, then why she married him in the first place and no one will marry a person if he or she is so hateful?

  • Why Are Gog And Magog Still A Mystery?

    In the Quran, in surat Al-Kahf, there is the story of Dhul-Qarnain and how constructed a barrier to confine the Gog and Magog. The Quran is quite clear in the materials used to construct this barrier, i.e. iron and copper, which leaves no doubt that this is a physical barrier that can be touched and seen- not something that is simply metaphorical. As such why has no one discovered it and why is it not visible via satellite imagery whilst we can pick up things like the great wall of china as well as other geospatial substrata of the earth? This wall constructed by Dhul-Qarnain has clearly been constructed on the surface of the earth because the Quran clearly mentions it being constructed between two mountain cliffs. So why has no one discovered it as yet? The Gog and Magog are supposedly very large in number so it must be a vast area in which they have been confined. Since the earth isnt very big and most if its surface has been mapped why hasnt this wall ever been discovered? I acknowledge there are parts of the earth that remain to be discovered, but these are mostly areas that are beneath the seas and we clearly know from the Quran that this wall is not beneath any sea. Please provide a detailed answer.

  • Is Shariah Compatible with Human Rights?

    I have some serious concerns about Shariah laws. It has been questioned by some scholars about the validity of some of the Shariah laws. One of them is the Director of Shariah laws in Muslim Canadian Congress from whom I was informed about some of the laws that directly contradict the Quran. Some of them are the followings and I would like to know how these laws can be justified as divine laws: 1- The Shariah laws clearly do not place men and women on level ground in seeking justice, acting as witness, in inheritance and divorce. A husband can instantly divorce his wife where witness is not a pre-requisite. On the contrary, the Quran in Surat al-Baqarah, verses 228-229, and Surat al-Talaqh, verses 1-2, clearly states: "When you do divorce women, divorce them at their prescribed period and count (accurately) their prescribed period (that delays finality of divorce for at least two months) and take for witnesses two persons from among you." "Women's witness is not acceptable in hudud (killing, robbery, adultery, etc) and qisas (an eye for an eye, etc.) cases." Is this not a direct violation of verse 283 of Surat al-Baqarah where it is affirmed: "conceal not evidences, for whoever conceals it, his heart is tainted"? 2- Regarding dispensing justice for killing of human beings: "If a Muslim kills a non-Muslim and non-Muslim kills a Muslim, in either case, the killer must be given the capital punishment." However, "If the head of state kills anyone or if anyone kills his son, daughter or grandchildren, then the killers must not be given the capital punishment." On the other hand, the Penal Law of Islam declares: "In an Islamic state, no Muslim should be given capital punishment for killing a non-Muslim." Al-Bukhari in Hadith 283 of Volume 4 supports the above dictum when it says: "A Muslim must not be given capital punishment for killing a non-believer." In contrast, the Quran is very explicit in its declaration in Verse 33 of Surat Bani Israel (Al-Israa') where it was revealed: "Nor take life -- which God has made sacred -- except for just cause" and verse 178 of Surat al-Baqarah which states: "The law of equality is prescribed to you in case of murder." No exception has been granted in the Quran so far as the punishment for taking an innocent human life is concerned. 3- In some countries, a few clerics very often declare a Muslim as murtadd (someone who has renounced his faith) citing the violation of specific Shariah law by the victim and promulgate a unilateral death sentence to him. The Quran in this case clearly indicated in Surat al-Nisaa', verse 94: "And say not to anyone who offers you a salutation: you are none of a believer!" Verse 137 of Surat al-Nisaa' went further by declaring: "Surely those who believe then reject faith, then believe again and again reject faith, and go on increasing in unbelief, God will not forgive them nor guide them." This verse clearly directs the believer neither to proclaim anyone murtadd nor to take the law in one's own hand to deal with the so-called murtadd. 4- One of the Shariah laws that have been criticized mostly is the law that states: when a girl/woman is raped, four male witnesses are required to prove the guilt of the rapist. Is it not ridiculous? How is it always possible to find four male witnesses of a rape unless all of them were involved in a gang rape? This law is adopted in the Shariah court of Pakistan and because of this law many unfortunate girls in Pakistan and some other counties cannot get justice. The major concern of people critical of Shariah law is that it is extremely anti-women and subject to uncontrolled interpretation and evolution. There is virtually no formal certification process to designate someone as being qualified to interpret Islamic law. The Quran itself in verse 9 of Surat al-Hijr describes itself as a "book of advice," and as such, each verse of it may not be deemed to be a directive. Moreover, Surat al-Ghashiya's verses 21, 22 of the Quran revealed, indicating to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "Therefore do you give admonition, for you are one to admonish. You are not one to manage affairs." The similar messages were delivered twenty eight times in the Quran where it was revealed: "I sent messengers only to convey my messages of fear (to those who reject truth) and good news to the mankind." For these reasons, probably, none of the preachers of Islam ever applied Shariah law and the four Jurist Imams never called their legal opinions "God's Law." The laws illustrated by five madhhabs (school of thoughts) are numerous and in many cases they contradict each other. The existence of different school of thoughts itself amplifies that there are hardly any universality in them. In fact, Shariah law has, in many instances, tarnished the universalism of the Quran by indulging itself in contradictory interpretations. I look forward to your answer which will clarify all these issues. Thank you very much.

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