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Q: I was a person who cared very little about religion. I almost ridiculed religion and those who were religious. I have even rejected the existence of God and demonstrated that rejection in an outrageous manner. Yet, one day in November last year, it all changed. Waking up one morning, I started crying and kept […]

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Q: In our everyday lives, we face so many problems and at times we get so tired that we keep wondering, ‘where’s God’, we lose hope, we simply want everything to end. As a Muslim, please tell me, how does one handle these problematic situations? A: If we look at the obstacles in life, we […]

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Q. With war and conflict happening in many areas, many women are raped by enemy soldiers and other people. If a rape victim is unmarried, can she be married to a Muslim man? If she is married, how should her husband treat her? If a rape victim becomes pregnant, should the pregnancy be terminated? What […]

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Q: Search for the purpose of life and death remains incomplete unless we tend to ponder over divine revelations. Why has Allah Almighty created both death and life? Life is full of ups and downs where people are sometimes either happy or unhappy. Despite that life is so beloved to them that they hardly want […]

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Q. A question which has bothered me for some time is whether man acts and behaves according to his own free will or to what has been destined for him by Allah. In other words, is the choice in any given situation completely ours, or is it pre-determined for us? Is there for every one […]

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Q. I find it difficult to read the Qur’an in Arabic and I am not sure of its pronunciation. I use two translations which I feel give the meaning properly and with clarity. My friends and relatives object to this and find it strange. I realize that any translation of a beautifully written text will […]

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Q. Does the shaitan (satan) know what crosses our minds, which no one knows except Allah, and thus whisper to us what is in accordance with our thoughts? A. Evidence suggests that the shaitan is close to man. Safiyyah bint Huyayy (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (Pbuh) said: “The shaitan flows through […]

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Q: There have been numerous claims to Prophethood throughout time. Some of the claims were rightful, and others were motivated by want for power, wealth or status. How were the people of those times to know the difference? How can we tell? A: There are at least two characteristics which distinguish the true prophets. When […]

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