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Most Common Questions about Islam | Islam Explored

Frequently Asked Questions​

Under Islamic law, why is a woman’s share of inherited wealth half that of a man’s?

Islam abolished the former practice whereby inheritance went only to the oldest male heir. According to the Quran, a woman automatically inherits from her father, her husband, her son and her childless brother. The Quran contains specific guidance regarding the division of the inherited wealth among the rightful beneficiaries. The three verses that broadly describe the share of close relatives are found in chapter 4, verses 11, 12 and 176. In these verses, Allah establishes the right of children, parents and spouses to inherit a specific share without leaving the matter to human judgment and emotions. In the absence of

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Some believe that Muslims worship Muhammad. Is this true ?

Muslims do not worship Muhammad in any way. They believe that he was the last messenger sent by Allah and like all His other prophets and messengers, he was a human being. However, some people mistakenly assume that Muslims worship Muhammad and this is one of the reasons that Muslims were erroneously called “Mohammedans”. Muhammad, like Jesus, never claimed divine status. He called people to worship Almighty Allah alone, and he continually emphasized his humanity. In order to prevent his deification, Prophet Muhammad always said to refer to him as “Allah’s slave and messenger”. He said: Do not adulate me

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The Quran says that Allah is Merciful and that He gives severe punishment, so is He Forgiving or is He Vengeful?

The Qur’an mentions many times that God is the Most Merciful. In fact, all except one of the 114 chapters of the Qur’an begin with BismillaahirRahmaanir-Raheem, which means, “I begin with the name of God, the Entirely Merciful and the Especially Merciful”. These two descriptions of God are sometimes translated as “The Compassionate, the Merciful”; however in Arabic grammar, both names are an intensive form of the word “merciful”. Rahmaan means merciful to all creation, and justice is part of this mercy. Raheem means merciful especially to the believers and forgiveness is part of this mercy. A complimentary and comprehensive meaning

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The Quran says that only Allah knows what is in the womb. Does this not contradict medical science?

To answer this we should look at the verses that relate to this matter. Allah says: Verily Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. (Quran 31:34) And He says: Allah knows what every female carries, and what the wombs lose [prematurely] or exceed. And everything with Him is by due measure. (Quran 31:34) If one reads the Arabic text of this verse, they will find that there is no Arabic word that corresponds to the English word ‘sex’ or ‘gender’. The Qur’an mentions only the knowledge of “what”

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Why does Islam impose such harsh punishments for sex outside marriage?

Punishment in Islam has a social purpose, which  is to dissuade others from committing the same  crime. The nature of the punishment depends on the  seriousness of the crime in question. Nowadays,  some are opposed to the Islamic punishment for fornication and adultery because they see it as disproportionate or too harsh a punishment. The  basic problem here is the different standards by  which the severity of the crime is measured. Islam views adultery as a very serious crime, because it undermines the very foundation of the family system upon which the whole superstructure of the society is built. Illicit relationships destabilize the family

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When all the Muslim follow one and the same Qur’an then why are there so many sects and different schools of thoughts among Muslims?

Muslims Should be United It is a fact that Muslims today, are divided amongst themselves. The tragedy is that such divisions are not endorsed by Islam at all. Islam believes in fostering unity amongst its followers.  The Glorious Qur’an says: And hold fast, All together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you),  and be not divided among yourselves;  (Al-Qur’an 3:103) Which is the rope of Allah that is being referred to in this verse? It is the Glorious Qur’an. The Glorious Qur’an is the rope of Allah which all Muslims should hold fast together. There is double emphasis in

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