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Is Dating Allowed in Islam?

By: Meena Malik What Does Islam Say About Dating? You may have heard “Muslims don’t date” or “dating isn’t allowed in Islam.” On a surface level, those statements are correct. However, in order to understand what Islam’s stance is on dating, the term “dating” frst needs to be defined. I’ll define dating as the [...]

February 22nd, 2022|FAQs, Islam|

What is Islam?

Understanding Islam Islam is the name of the religion that Muslims follow. People who practice Islam are called Muslims, just like those who practice Christianity are called Christians. The literal and lexical meaning of Islam means submission. Islam comes from the root Arabic letters s-l-m which are the same root letters the word [...]

March 20th, 2021|FAQs, Islam|

How Does One Become Muslim?

Understanding the Core Beliefs of Muslims Are you considering becoming Muslim but not sure what it entails? The first step is to ensure you understand the basic beliefs of Islam (found here). These beliefs consist of: Belief in one God, who has no partner or son All Prophets and Messengers All scripture revealed by God [...]

February 27th, 2020|FAQs|

Frequently Used Terms

[/fusion_text] Allah: the Arabic word for God, the Creator of the universe. It is also used in Arabic versions of the Bible. Allahu Akbar: God is greater or greatest. Arabs: a race of people that share the Arabic language and culture. Not every Arab is a Muslim. In fact, there are Arab Christians, [...]

November 27th, 2019|FAQs|

Have the peaceful verses of the Qur’ān been abrogated?

By: Justin Parrott (Abu Amina Elias) Debunking Misconceptions In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful Advocating violent conquest or terrorism is one of the most common accusations against Islam, but it is also deeply uninformed of Islamic teachings, history, and theology. Muslims can point to many, many verses in the Qur’an [...]

May 23rd, 2019|Islam on Violence, Jihad, Misconceptions|

The Muslims Equal Islam Argument

Breaking Stereotypes Even though the terms “Islam” and “Muslims” are constantly mentioned in major media outlets, there is still considerable ignorance about both. Islam is often portrayed as a monolithic tradition that oppresses women, incites violence, and is at complete odds with modernity. Muslims are viewed as inherently violent, tribal, anti-Western, backward individuals who [...]

March 18th, 2018|FAQs, Islam, Jihad, Terrorism, Women in Islam|

Muslim Slaves: America’s First Muslims

The Forgotten History of Islam in Black America With the approach of Black History month, rising Islamophobia, and the portrayal of Islam as a religion that is foreign to America, it is important for us to look back at the history of Muslims in this country. The identity of slaves who came to America is [...]

Does Islam Teach Hatred and Violence?

Islam: A Religion of Peace or Violence? Islam is often painted as being a religion of hatred and unrestricted violence. Donald Trump said “I think Islam hates us.”  Islam is not a person and therefore cannot hate. Furthermore, it is unclear who “us” is since Muslims are Americans as well. He was perhaps regurgitating the [...]

July 10th, 2017|Articles, FAQs, What do Muslims Believe?|

Does God Exist?

The Existence of God: A Question That Has Been Answered Throughout History The question of God’s existence is one that is often raised in gatherings, classrooms, television, and movies. While some doubt God, many humans throughout different times, cultures, and regions acknowledged the existence of a higher power. Despite the fact that humans differ on [...]

February 11th, 2017|Articles, Concept of God, FAQs, God's Existence|

Gender Relations

Islam's View of Gender Equality: Men and Women Are Equal in God's Eyes In the Quran, God declares, “…In God’s eyes, the most honored of you are the ones most mindful of Him: God is all knowing, all aware” (49:13). Islam clearly establishes that men and women are equal in front of God. At the same time, [...]

November 30th, 2015|Islam and Gender, Islamic Teachings|

Within the Sheltering Peace

By Tasleem K. Griffin Sexual Politics Imagine this scenario, for it is real: two antagonists locked in a grim power struggle. And another: two or more other competitors, rivals in a race for high stakes, a race to determine the course of their entire life. At the race’s end, prizes include compliments, telling glances, and [...]

March 30th, 2015|Islam and Gender, Social-Ties, Solutions to Social Issues|

Shariah Laws and Women: Interpretations and Misinterpretations

By: Dr. Jasser Auda Challenging Misconceptions on Women's Issues in Islam Women’s issues are the real test for the current Islamic reform. The reason is that groundless and unfair differentiation between men and women is deeply embedded in many popular opinions that we inherited from the eras of decline of the Islamic civilization. First of [...]

January 31st, 2015|Islam, Islam and Gender, Women in Islam|

Understanding Shariah

877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure Shariah: The Holistic Approach to Muslim Life The newest buzzword these days is ‘Shariah.’ As several states scramble to pass legislation to outlaw Shariah, a hyped fear and persistent confusion surrounds this loaded term. Most people who speak passionately against Shariah do not, in reality, understand it and often reduce it to [...]

December 15th, 2014|Brochures Online, FAQs, North America, On Faith, Sharia, Society|

Gender Equity in Islam

By: Jamal A. Badawi, Ph.D. World Assembly of Muslim Youth I. Introduction & Methodology When dealing with the Islamic perspective of any topic, there should be a clear distinction between the normative teachings of Islam and the diverse cultural practices among Muslims, which may or may not be consistent with them. The focus of this [...]

December 15th, 2014|FAQs, Islam and Gender, Social-Ties, Solutions to Social Issues|

Islamic Shariah

By: Saulat Pervez The Islamic State: A Divinely-Ordained Blueprint for Societal Balance When the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, first began to receive revelations from God in 610 A.D., little did he know that they were the foundational stones for the formation of a future state to be refined piecemeal over the next [...]

October 25th, 2014|FAQs, North America, Sharia, Social-Ties, Society|

Shariah Law: Opportunity or Threat to America? Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Shariah: More Than Just Criminal Law - A Look at the Divine Legal Framework for a Prosperous Society Shariah is an integral part of Islam. It is often defined as ‘Islamic law,’ causing one to assume that it consists mostly of criminal rulings and penalties. However, Shariah encompasses much more than the conventional understanding of [...]

August 7th, 2014|FAQs, North America, Sharia, Social-Ties|

Why Don’t Muslims Condemn Terrorism?

Prominent Muslims Condemn Terrorism, Call for Peace and Justice Prominent Muslim scholars, organizations and movements, representing the vast majority of Muslims worldwide, have repeatedly condemned terrorism, and have spoken out for peace and justice. Following is a very brief list of such open condemnation of terrorism, including statements issued in the wake of the heinous [...]

August 10th, 2011|Islam on Violence|

What about verses in the Qur’an that encourage you to kill non-believers wherever you find them?

Islam's Message of Peace: Debunking Misconceptions about Violence and Interfaith Relations This is a question that often comes up in critiques of Islam, especially in light of recent political events. It is incumbent on Muslims to respond to and clear misconceptions stemming from Islam’s perceived stance on violence and interfaith relations. The Importance of Context [...]

August 9th, 2011|Islam on Violence|

Did the Prophet Massacre and Persecute the Jews in Madina?

Prophet Muhammad's Fair Dealings with Jews: A Model of Religious Freedom Historical accounts of Prophet Muhammed describe in detail his clear and fair dealings with the Jewish tribes in and around the city of Madina. As soon as the Prophet emigrated to Madina, he established the Constitution of Madina or ‘Sahifa’. It was the first [...]

August 9th, 2011|FAQs, Islam and Other Faiths|

Does the Quran contain anti-Semitic verses?

Islam's Teachings on Interfaith Relations: Debunking the Myth of Hostility towards Jews and Christians A common misconception about Islam is that it espouses hostility with Jews and Christians. The verse quoted in this regard is: “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends [...]

August 9th, 2011|FAQs, Islam and Other Faiths|

Why does the Quran refer to Jews and Christians as kufar, or infidels? What kind of respect and tolerance is that?

Misinterpretation of 'Kafir' in the Quran: It Doesn't Mean Infidel The translation of the word kafir as infidel is a grave error. The word infidel means someone who does not believe in God. The Qur’an does not allege that Jews and Christians do not believe in God. On the contrary the Qur’an refers to Jews [...]

August 9th, 2011|FAQs, Islam and Other Faiths|

Why does Islam Prohibit the Consumption of Alcohol?

Alcohol's Destructive Power: Crime, Mental Illness, and Broken Homes Alcohol has been the scourge of human society since time immemorial. It continues to cost countless human lives, and causes terrible misery to millions throughout the world. Alcohol is the root cause of several problems facing society. The statistics of soaring crime rates, increasing instances of [...]

August 9th, 2011|Restrictions in Islam|

Why Do Women in Muslim Countries Not Have the Same Rights as Women in the West, Such as Rights For Education and Employment?

Challenging Stereotypes: Empowering Muslim Women through Islamic Principles Gender issues the world over, including the Muslim world need urgent attention. However, the issues faced by women in the Muslim world are of a vastly different nature as compared to issues faced by women in the West. Firstly it is important to differentiate between the status [...]

August 9th, 2011|Islam and Gender|

Is the ‘Nation of Islam’ a Muslim organization?

The Nation of Islam: Addressing Racial Inequity with Unique Beliefs The beliefs and tenets of the ‘Nation of Islam’ are contrary to some of the fundamental tenets of Islam. In is therefore incorrect to consider the Nation of Islam a Muslim organization. The Nation of Islam was formed to address racial inequity and civil [...]

August 1st, 2011|African Americans, Islam in the West|

Verses of Quran on Jihad

Why Are There Verses in the Qur’an that Encourage Muslims to Kill Non-Believers Wherever they Find Them? The Importance of Context The word ‘context’ has two dictionary meanings: 1. The parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect. 2. The [...]

June 25th, 2010|FAQs, Jihad|
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