Akhlaaq (Manners), Aqeedah (Theology)

Muslims Are Not to Judge Who Specifically Is or Isn’t Going to Hell

It is not the job of a Muslim to judge specifically who is or isn’t going to the Hell Fire. We don’t know how Allah will judge people on individual levels. Allah Says, meaning of which is, in many places in the Qur’an: Not for you, [O Muhammad, but for Allah ], is the decision whether He should [cut them down] or forgive them or punish them, for indeed, they are wrongdoers. And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. He forgives whom He wills and punishes whom He wills. And Allah is…

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Grave Worship in Islam
Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith

Hadith: “If one of you gets lost in the wilderness, let him call out, ‘Help me, O slaves of Allah!'”

Al-Bazzaar (4922) narrated via Usaamah ibn Zayd al-Laythi, from Abaan ibn Saalih, from Mujaahid, from Ibn ‘Abbaas, in a marfoo‘ report: “Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, has angels on earth other than the recording angels who write down how many leaves fall from the trees. If one of you gets lost in the wilderness, let him call out, ‘Help me, O slaves of Allah.’” Firstly: This hadith is not reliable. For a detailed look into the weakness of this hadith and others that are similar in meaning to it, see: http://islamqa.info/en/181206 http://islamqa.info/en/132642 http://www.alsoufia.com/main/articles.aspx?article_no=1805 http://www.saaid.net/Doat/assuhaim/b/9.htm It is important to…

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The Qur'an
Aqeedah (Theology), Tafseer

What It Means When Allah Asks Us to “Think” in the Quran – Dr. Yasir Qadhi

A portion from a talk delivered to a group of Muslims at Harvard University. In the full length lecture, Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi summarizes his doctoral dissertation, which dealt with the relationship between the intellect and the Qur’an, and adds some practical observations about the problems of assuming ‘rationality’ can always be infallible. I cut out a portion from the full lecture to highlight an important point. Many extreme liberal Muslims misinterpret the meaning of “thinking” in the Qur’an to justify their unorthodox and incoherent opinions. They understand the command “to think” in the Qur’an as an open game to interpret…

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Allah
Aqeedah (Theology)

Muslim Perspective: Did God Create Man in His Image?

The hadith about Allah creating Adam in His image has been discussed by many scholars of Islam to the point that there is even controversy surrounding it.  There are many different versions of the hadith with various wordings but the most authentic version of the hadith in complete is as follows:[1] Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah created Adam in His image, and he was sixty cubits tall. When he created him he said, ‘Go and greet that group of angels who are sitting and listen to how they greet you,…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith

Rejecting Hadiths: The Fitnah of the Quranists

There are some “Muslims” in our times who follow a recent new movement (19th-20th century) which rejects hadiths, hence, deviating from the path of mainstream Islam. They pose and comment on many issues related to Islam from their viewpoint and reject many fundamental aspects of our religion.  Worst of all, they try to present their views as the mainstream opinion. It should be made clear that they do not represent mainstream Islam or Muslims in any way or form. The ummah (nation) of Muhammad (pbuh) accepts the Qur’an and hadiths as legitimate forms of sources for deriving Islamic laws. We,…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Aqeedah (Theology)

The Difference Between Splitting And Differing in Religious Matters

Distinguishing between splitting (iftiraaq) and differing (ikhtilaaf) is an extremely important matter. It is essential that such an issue be referred back to the people of knowledge, since most people – especially some of the callers to Islam (du’aat) and some of the students of knowledge who have not fully matured in their understanding of the Religion – do not make a distinction between issues of differing and issues of splitting. Because of this, some of them apply the ruling of splitting to issues of differing; and this is a dreadful mistake! The root cause of this is ignorance of…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Seeking Knowledge

Studying Aqeedah: Tips and Resources

Aqeedah is the Islamic theology branch of Islamic studies and deals exclusively with the understanding of Muslim creed. Ibn Uthyameen said: Aqeedah refers to those matters which are believed in, with certainty and conviction, in one’s heart and soul. They are not tainted with any doubt or uncertainty. The Arabic word aqeedah stems from the root ‘aqada, which conveys meanings of certainty, affirmation, confirmation, etc. In Islam, aqeedah is the matter of knowledge. The Muslim must believe in his heart and have faith and conviction, with no doubts or misgivings, because Allah has told him about aqeedah in His Book and via…

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