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Did the Slaughter of the Innocents Occur?

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The Catholic Church commemorates the Slaughter of the Holy Innocents on the 28th December.  The Slaughter of the Innocents is the biblical account of the infanticide committed by Herod the Great.  In the Gospel according to Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all male children, below the age of two, in the vicinity of Bethlehem, to secure his throne from the infant “King of the Jews”.
Matthew 2:16-18 16 Meanwhile, when he found that the wise men had played him false, Herod was angry beyond measure; he sent and made away with all the male children in Bethlehem and in all its neighbourhood, of two years old and less, reckoning the time by the careful enquiry which he had made of the wise men.  17 It was then that the word spoken by the prophet Jeremy was fulfilled: 18 “A voice was heard in Rama, lamentation and great mourning; it was Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because none is left.”
This last portion is in refer…

The Lineage & Character of the Prophet (s.a.w.)

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The following is extracted from “The Prophet Muhammad Musthafa the Elect (s.a.w.),” by Shaykh Osman Nuri Topbas.
Allah (s.w.t.) Brought His Beloved to the realm of being by Filtering him through the noblest and purest of lineages beginning with the first page of the book of humanity.  Bestowing upon this lineage, a pre-eminence above others in many respects, the Almighty Made each and every ancestor of the Prophet (s.a.w.), a person honoured and respected during his or her time.
Beginning with Adam (a.s.), the first man and prophet, an oath was taken from every single prophet to believe in the Final Messenger (s.a.w.), and disclose the news of his coming, which has been bolstered by many incidents alluding to the awaited arrival.  Allah (s.w.t.), thus Introduced His Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.), whom He was to Grant to humanity, with all His Signs, easing the path for His right-minded servants to affirm their faith in him once he appeared.
By leaving him …

Seeing the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a Waking State

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This is Shaykh ‘Ali Juma’ah’s response when he was asked, “Is it possible to physically see the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a waking state and what is the reality of this?”
Seeing the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a waking state is not something based on the issues of the shari’ah that causes a positive or negative change in faith.  Rather, it is an issue based on real life events, and causes an immense amount of responsibility for the one that claims it.  Seeing the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a waking state comes as a glade tiding and as a miracle.  It does not contradict that he has passed from this life nor does it mean that one has become one of his companions; in actuality nothing is and can be based on it.
After these introductory remarks, to analyse this issue we must first ask, “Is this rationally possible or not?”  That which is rationally impossible is that one entity be present in two locations.  Seeing the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a waking state, though, does not mean…

Wishing "Happy Chinese New Year" is Now Haram?

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It has to be asked, what good is MUIS’ Asatidzah Recognition Scheme, when instead of helping the Muslims by accrediting scholars, it is used as a means to normalise extreme ideas by giving Wahhabis legitimacy?  According to this group, which lists MUIS accredited scholars, even wishing the Chinese, “Happy Lunar New Year” is kufr.  This is from their web site’s metadata, and is shared around by the usual suspects.
What will MUIS do about this?  Absolutely nothing.  Just like they did nothing about Murad Said saying celebrating National Day is haram, and how we should kill apostates.  He is still on the ARS, and still teaching at various mosques.  Just like they did nothing about Rasul Dahri all these years, despite the fact he radicalised Mas Selamat and taught the same things all these years.  People, including myself, have written in and called in, and they either claimed they cannot do anything, or they do not know.






Imam ibn al-Hajj (r.a.) on the Vision of the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a Waking State

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Imam ibn al-Hajj (r.a.), in his Madkhal, wrote, “Some have claimed that they have actually seen the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a waking state.  However, this is a narrow happening and those who can claim this are few and require a level of purity that is rare in this age; rather, it is near extinction.  We do not, however, deny it from happening to those whom God Protects in their outer and inner states.”

Imam an-Nafrawi al-Maliki (r.a.) on the Vision of the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a Waking State

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The noble scholar, Imam an-Nafrawi al-Maliki (r.a.) wrote, “It is possible to see the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a waking state as well as in one’s sleep by consensus of the ahadits masters.  The debate is, however, whether one sees his noble essence or an image of it.  The first is the opinion of some, while the second is held by al-Ghazali, al-Qarafi, al-Yafi’i, and others.  The first opinion is supported by the fact the Prophet (s.a.w.) is the lamp and light of guidance and the sun of the gnosis.  Therefore, as one sees the light, the lamp, and the sun distinctly, and what is seen is a body of the sun caused by its accidents, likewise the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) noble body.  Therefore, nothing leaves his body in his grave, rather Allah (s.w.t.) Removes the veils so one can see him in his location no matter his location, be it east or west.  Or, the veils are kept but made transparent so as not to veil what is behind them.  What al-Qarafi has argued, however…

Imam al-Haytsami (r.a.) on the Vision of the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a Waking State

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Regarding the vision of the Prophet (s.a.w.) in a waking state, Imam ibn Hajr al-Haytsami (r.a.) said, “This matter has been denied by some and upheld by others who are correct.  This has been mentioned by those amongst the righteous who are not found blameworthy.  As well as reported in the hadits found in Swahih al-Bukhari, ‘Whoever has seen me in their sleep will see me in a waking state.’ by his eyes, or his heart.  The meaning, that this is a reference to the Day of Reckoning, is a stretch as there is no point in constricting the meaning to this as all of us will see the Prophet (s.a.w.) on the Day of Reckoning, those who have seen him during sleep and those who have not.
ibn Abi Jamrah, in his commentary on the ahadits he selected from the collection of al-Bukhari, held this particular hadits to have a general meaning of both during the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) life and after.  This vision being for the one who is able to follow the sunnah of the Pr…

Quora Answer: Would You Allow Muhammad (s.a.w.) to Marry Your 6 Year Old Daughter?

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The following was my answer on Quora: Would You Allow Muhammad (s.a.w.) to Marry Your 6 Year Old Daughter?
Question: If, today, Muhammad (s.a.w.) comes to your home and says he wants to marry your 6-year-old daughter, then what would you do?
Answer: There are a lot of assumptions here, since this is a leading question.
Firstly, in that unlikely scenario, the answer is obviously “no”.
Secondly, the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) is not going to people’s houses to ask for their hand in marriage.  In fact, a look at the sirah, the story of the Prophet (s.a.w.), there is actually not a single instance where the Prophet (s.a.w.), out of his own volition, went and looked for anybody’s hand in marriage.
Thirdly, if this is in reference to the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) marriage to ‘Aishah (r.a.), the circumstances are disputed.  There are those who do believe that they were married when she was 6 years old, and the marriage was consummated when she was 9.  The understandin…

Quora Answer: Why Does the Qur’anic Rejection of Jesus’ (a.s.) Death on the Cross not Refute Islam for Muslims

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The following was my answer on Quora: Why Does the Qur’anic Rejection of Jesus’ (a.s.) Death on the Cross not Refute Islam for Muslims?
Question: Was Why does the Qur’anic rejection of Jesus’ (a.s.) death on the Cross not refute Islam for Muslims?  In modern scholarship, the baptism of Jesus and his crucifixion are considered to be two historically certain facts about Jesus (a.s.).  Islamic texts categorically deny the idea of crucifixion or death attributed to Jesus (a.s.) by the New Testament.
Answer: In modern scholarship, there are still people who dispute the existence of Jesus (a.s.).  The Qur’an Affirms his existence, his miraculous birth and his baptism by John the Baptist (a.s.).  It rejects his dying on the cross and resurrection.  The Qur’an Treats the question of Christ’s (a.s.) crucifixion in a single verse where it affirms that the Jews did not kill Christ (a.s.) but, rather, that this was Made to seem to happen to them.

That they said (…

Quora Answer: Why did Muhammad (s.a.w.) Reject the Crucifixion

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The following was my answer on Quora: Why did Muhammad (s.a.w.) reject the Crucifixion?
Question: Why did Muhammad (s.a.w.) decide to reject the death, crucifixion, bodily resurrection, and divinity of Jesus (a.s.)?  Could Muhammad (s.a.w.) still have argued that he was a prophet after Jesus (a.s.) if he had accepted the death, resurrection, and divinity of Jesus (a.s.)?
Answer: The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (s.a.w.), was the recipient of Revelation, the Qur’an, and the Qur’an is Explicit about the Crucifixion:

That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, the Messenger of God”; ― but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was Made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. ― (Surah an-Nisa’:157)
As such, every Muslim rejects it.  The second part of the question is actually irrelevant since the Qur’…

Quora Answer: What do Sunni Muslims Think of the Day of 'Ashura?

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The following was my answer on Quora: What do Sunni Muslims think of the Day of ‘Ashura?
Question: What do Sunni Muslims think of the Day of ‘Ashura?
Answer: In Sunni Islam, ‘Ashura has a spiritual meaning.  Each prophet experienced a significant event on that day.  All those prophets except Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) had a positive development on that day.  Adam (a.s.) was Forgiven by Allah (s.w.t.); Noah (a.s.) was Saved from the flood and the ark came to rest; Moses (a.s.) was Saved from Pharaoh with the Israelites and received the Commandments; Abraham (a.s.) was Saved from the fire of Nimrod and received his title, “al-Khalil” and Jesus (a.s.) was Raised up to Heaven.
Additionally, this was also the Day, Enoch (a.s.) was Raised to the Heavens; Job (a.s.) was Relieved from his trial; Jonah (a.s.) was Saved from the three layers of darkness; David (a.s.) was Forgiven; Solomon (a.s.) Received his kingdom and was Restored to it.  As for our prophet, M…

Quora Answer: Was Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) a Creationist?

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The following was my answer on Quora: Was Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) a creationist?
Question: Was Muhammad (s.a.w.) a creationist?
Answer: Creationism is the belief that the universe and all life is by Divine Action.  Since he is a prophet, Muhammad (s.a.w.) was certainly a Creationist.  However, I believe the question you are really asking is whether he believed in evolution.
There are various forms of Creationism, and some believe in evolution and some do not.  There is a form of Christian Creationism that believes that the account of Creation in Genesis should be taken literally, for example.
There are many anecdotal verses in the Qur’an Itself that support the idea of evolution such as creation in stages, the origin of life from water and the spread of species.  The vast majority of Muslim scholars believe in evolution.  In fact, it was a Muslim scientist, Abu ‘Utsman ‘Amr ibn Bahr al-Kinani al-Baswri (r.a.), better known as al-Jahizh, who proposed …

Quora Answer: Prophet Muhammad's (s.a.w.) Da'wah to Modern Christians & Atheists

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The following was my answer on Quora on Prophet Muhammad’s (s.a.w.) da’wah to modern Christians and atheists.
Question: What arguments would Muhammad give to modern day Christians and atheists to believe in his Qur’an?
Answer: The Prophet (s.a.w.) was not Sent to argue or engage in debates, but to be an example.  People believed in the Revelation of the Qur’an because they believed in the person receiving it.  It was his excellent morals and etiquette that drew people to him.  The majority of people will believe, as they did in his time, because they know him, and they love him.
From a Muslim perspective, and this can be vouched by many others, the Qur’an as Scripture speaks to any person who reads it with an open heart.  It cites the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) as the best example.  If, a thousand and a half years later, people are still inspired by love of a man they never met, what more if they actually have the chance to meet him?