Category Archives: Comparative Religion

Thanks for what when you got no job?!

Q: I am told that to celebrate thanking is ok bcuz we celebrating the past years harvest. So if this is my intention can I do it? Can I have friends over to celebrate as Dawah? (text from 480 area code) Continue reading

having core values and similarity is good but not always enough

Q: Assalamualaikum,
my question is, as a muslim male we are allowed to marry woman from “people of the book” which means christians and jews. i was wondering if muslim point of view considers LDS mormons as christians too. considering LDS mormons proudly believes they are christians and their core morals and values are a lot similar to muslims.

thank you. Time: Friday November 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm Continue reading

‘2012 as being the end’

Q:

Asalmalkium, Imam

I am a person who believes in all forms of higher powers, Allah being one of the positive gods I have been studying.
This might seem like a stupid question,but please have patience with me as I am of the western culture.
Does Allah have his followers believing in 2012 as being the end of a paradigm, Rather, it is the end of the world as we know it and the beginning of a whole new way of being, a whole new culture, and a whole new path for humanity, and not as the end of the world like some would have us believe?

Time: Tuesday May 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm
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‘for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God’

Q:Asalamualaikum,

I had a question regarding your 04/23/2010 Friday English speech… this question is not only to better my own understanding but to elaborate further on a specific topic to rid any confusion that was caused or chaos it may have created in the minds of especially those who are not fully educated on the 12 commandments.  1st commandment-“You shall have no other gods before Me” and you also quoted it and said that God says that he is a jealous God? can you please elaborate on this to further clarify so that we can better understand the relationship between the 12 commandments and Islam.  Why does God say he is a jealous God? Maybe the God and Goddesses are jealous but Allah is in no need of anything or anyone nor is he is need of our worship and is definitely free from jealousy? please explain Continue reading

birthdays and new Muslims

Questions:
As Salaamu Alaikum

Although we Muslims don’t make a celebration of birthdays, is there anything wrong with a simple acknowledgment of the fact that a person is another year older and extending Best Wishes, or simply saying “Happy Birthday”(no gift, no card, no cake with candles, no balloons…etc.)? If a Muslim gets an invitation to a non-Muslim’s birthday party, would it somehow be un-Islamic to attend?

What about giving a gift for no particular reason, as a random act of kindness, or giving a gift of something useful that you know the recipient can appreciate and use, or maybe even something that he/she actually needs? Continue reading

Announcement

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
What: A program for new Muslims and Muslims who want to learn more about Islam and its fundamental tenants
Where: Khadeeja Islamic Center
WhenSaturday at 2-4 pm

Norooz party: ‘I actually had a very good time!’

Questions:

As Salamu Aleikum Imam,

Last year I went to a Norooz party and it was a very secular event to say the least. There was loud music, crazy dancing, and men and women were dressed to impress, to say the least. In fact, some of the girls dressed very revealing, and at one point a girl bent over and all I saw was skin.

My question is such parties permissible? I actually had a very good time and I want to go party again!

Yours truly,

Float like a butterfly sting like a bee

Time: Sunday March 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

Q: Can one celebrate nawrooz just cuz family Is doing it. It is just a get together to get men and women together for a good evening? Would this still be unislamic?

Time: Sunday March 21, 2010 at 6:32 am

Q: Would eating norooz food be haram? Why can a Muslim celebrate norooz but not New Years of American calendar? I am not living in Afghanistan and Iran. Do I make sense? (text)

Q: as salaamu alaikum

I have heard that Nowruz (which is Persian New Year) is bidah to celebrate according to some scholars? Could explain to us why this celebration is an act of bidah, if Persians are following a different calender than Hijri?

Time: Sunday March 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm Continue reading

Alhamdulilah, you are a Muslim

Q: I converted several months ago. I read books on Islam and all I needed to know about islam from online. And then later I had realized that Islam was for me so then later went back online and found the transliteration of the shahadah with English said it by myself at home with Allah and the two recording angels as witnesses. I also said it with the Imaam on TV as the people were converting that same night.

Now Br Imaam I come to the musjid where i live and the sisters were having their halaqah and they tell me I did it all wrong. So now you tell me, am I a nonMuslim? Or Muslim? So all I prayers was wasted? Fast wasted? You tell me what i do? Continue reading

Dhu al-Qarnayn — man with two horns-ponytails

Q:

I am a student studying the Middle-East and Arabic at BYU. I am doing a paper on Dhu al-Qarnayn mentioned in the Qur’an. In my research I discovered that many Islamic scholars believe this figure to be a prophet or a believer and that he was the figure known in the West as “Alexander the Great”. From what I have been taught about Alexander the Great it seems interesting that some Muslims would connect him with a prophetic figure in the Qur’an. I was wondering:
1. Do you consider Dhu al-Qarnayn to be Alexander the Great?
2. How does this fit with the Western understanding of Alexander?
3. Do you consider Dhu al-Qarnayn (Alexander) to be a prophet?
If you could help in any way, it would be very much appreciated.
Many Thanks! Continue reading

Does Islam really say kill em all? Islam is not based on what you think or i think or care not to think

Q: Assalam-o-Alaikum, I am a student studying at BYU . Since i am studying at a religious school off course Christian, it’s not uncommon for me to come across people who ask question about Islam. There are a lot of questions but one question that I was recently asked is about people who convert to another faith from Islam, since the common belief in Pakistan is that They should be murdered. However personally since Islam gives everyone the freedom to practice there religion I don’t find it very convincing that a punishment like this would be prescribed  for a person who wants to convert from Islam. Hence I didn’t really have an answer for this question. So would you please clarify what exactly is Islam’s perspective on this issue and how should this question be addressed. I have looked at your website and I really appreciate the work you are doing, since it has helped me present a better image of Islam to my friends. Thanks a lot. Continue reading