Category Archives: Islam 101

‘what is preferred to say, god or Allah?’

Q: Assalamalaikum imam,
In Islam what is preferred to say, god or Allah? Is there a reason to say one over the other?
Time: Sunday December 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

Best to say Allah (SWT) whenever possible over the words God/Goddess. God is male gender word while goddess is of female. Allah (SWT) by contrast has no gender attribution. Thus, recommended is the word Allah (SWT) over the words God/goddess.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

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helping hand

Q: Salaam Alaykum,
It has been on my mind a lot for awhile, but with the recent purchase of dozens of Qurans by Wasatch Presbytarian Church, to have distributed for free in some bookstores to anyone who asks, it has just been gnawing away at me to the point that I can’t just sit still and not DO anything any longer. Continue reading

Tafseer Exam: May 14th-2011 (a kind helping hand–a glimpse of what to expect)

In the Name of Allah

part 1) Please answer all the questions in light of the class. Even if your personal opinion is valid and better than mine, I would appreciate it at a later time. You folks remain as part of a brilliant class. I am positive that each of you would not get below 93% Continue reading

Music

Question: Asaamualikum, Brother Imaam

What islam says about music? Is it allowed to listen . If no , is there any Hadith on that ?

I think we need to correct ourselves, but not getting the right guidance.

Salam
Time: Thursday April 14, 2011 at 11:11 am Continue reading

no such as thing as ‘i think.’ Either you know or you dont, its simple as that

Q:Salam Alaikum,

It can become a little tricky in Halaqas when it comes to tafseer and hadeeth. Some end up saying: “I think…” while talking about a quranic ayah or a hadeeth. Should there be a scholar present in the Halaqa so some of us unqualified individuals do not start interpreting the quran according to our gut feelings?  How should we discuss the quran and hadeeth without falling into error? Should we just stick to reading an interpretation of the ayahs/hadeeth from a credable source? What would be a credable source?
What should we focus on in Halaqas?

Jazakumullah khairan for taking the time to answer my questions.

Time: Tuesday February 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm Continue reading

Here are what some call: ‘set up questions for interfaith students’

Questions:
I wrote earlier, but my question wasn’t responded to. But on reflection I have several questions, and I would really like a response in order to better understand the Muslim (Islamic) religion, and the general culture of the people who follow it. Please do not think that I am judging you, or begin cruel, but there are conflicts between what I have been taught, and what I have seen, and I believe that in order to form an honest opinion about Muslims, I should probably ask you about your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Again, I have hundreds of questions about Islam, but I will limit myself to 3, for now. Continue reading

‘Do Arab men truly not care about the opinions of women.’ I am sorry she says (Thank you!) Muslims will accept this apology! See MSA contribution that fits in just as neatly at the end…

Comment/Concern: While working I met a man of Islam. He was very kind to me, and always treated me with respect, patience, and attentiveness. I am an American woman (Divorced with children) and have always been taught that Arab men are abusive and controlling, and that for single women to touch them is considered highly offensive. So, despite his manners I avoided touching him at all costs, and only responded to his questions and conversation cautiously. When I last saw him I happened to take my break at the same time he came into my store. We ended up having lunch together, and he told me about his desires to marry and re-settle in Orem, Utah. He spoke of his love for children, and he complemented me on the beauty of my own children. His timing could not have been worse, and my manner in responding to him could not have been more shameful. Continue reading