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Neglected Prayers

THE mosque is full, and not an inch of space is available to set one’s foot inside. The main hall, the courtyard, the lawns, even the entrance and the footpaths are all occupied, making it difficult to squeeze in. This is a common scene a little after noon every Friday. To the observer it may seem that people are certainly …

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5 WAYS YOGA IS A BASIC PRACTICE FOR MUSLIMS

Prayer is performed very consciously and deliberately, both physically and spiritually. There is a lot of discussion on the spiritual significance of Salat. The physical significance, however, is often overlooked. Once during Sujood (prostration), I couldn’t help but become distracted and wondered, ‘Wait, this is just like a Yoga pose…’ I was never committed to yoga, but I was familiar …

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Do the words in 16:44 and 3:164 authorise the Hadith as a second source of Law besides the Quran? Do we need the Hadith because it explains the Quran?

Verses 16:44 and 3:164 have been used to claim that since the messenger is commissioned to explain and teach the Quran, thus we need the hadith which explains the Quran. In 16:44 we read: “We have sent down to you the reminder (Quran) so that you make evident to the people what was sent to them” and in 3:164 we …

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Medieval Imams and their man made prohibitions

This article is written in response to numerous emails we have received enquiring about many prohibitions which are proclaimed by numerous Imams and which cannot be found in the Quran. The following email is one example: “Salaam, we have converted to Islam 3 years ago, we have been reading various pages on your site and we are very impressed with …

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Prayers for the Dead – A Quranic Perspective

In the Quran, God prohibits all believers from offering prayers for the disbelievers or idol worshippers regardless of whether they are dead or alive: “Neither the prophet, nor those who believe shall ask forgiveness for the idol worshippers, even if they were their nearest of kin, once they realise that they are destined for Hell.” 9:113 If they died as …

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Does The Qur’an Leave Out Anything?

Is it correct to assert that the Qur’an does not contain everything required for guidance, is incomplete and does not give us Divine signposts for all matters necessary? Let us see if Allah takes His Book as incomplete and in any way lacking as a form of guidance. THE QUR’AN HAS EVERYTHING THAT IS REQUIRED FOR DIVINE GUIDANCE And We have revealed the Book …

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Menstruation and Religious Duties

According to Muslim scholars, a woman is not allowed to perform her religious duties if she is menstruating. A woman has been disallowed from performing her Salat (prayers performed to get closer to God) if she happens to be menstruating. Worse still, woman are also told that they are not allowed to fast either if they are menstruating. The logic …

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