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    Islam FAQ
    Six Articles of Faith of every Muslim-

    To believe in:
    2-His Angels

    3-His Books
    Surah Al-Baqarah (2:253)
    “Say ( O Muslims ), " We believe in Allâh and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrâhim ( Abraham ), Ismâ'il ( Ishmael ), Ishâque ( Isaac ), Ya'qűb ( Jacob ), and to Al-Asbât [ the twelve sons of Ya'qűb ( Jacob ) ], and that which has been given to Műsa ( Moses ) and 'Iesa ( Jesus ), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islâm ). "

    4-His Messengers
    5-The Last Day

    6-Divine pre-ordainment.
    Surah Al Hadid (57:22,23)
    “No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfűz), before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allâh.
    In order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get, nor rejoice because of that which has been given to you. And Allâh likes not prideful boasters.”

    Five Pillars of Islam

    1-Ash-Shahadah (The testimony)
    “To bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and that Muhammad (Pbuh) is the messenger of Allah.”

    2-As-Salat (The prayer)
    Five obligatory prayers that must be performed within the prescribed time. The significance of prayer is that it is the link between the Almighty and the believer, it is believed to be the first deed for which one will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment.
    The prayer is a sign that distinguishes between Islam and disbelief.

    3-Zakat (obligatory alms-giving)
    For each of the different kinds of wealth
    Livestock, gold and silver, merchandise that is meant for sale, fruits and grains.
    There is a minimum amount, that if one possesses that amount ,he must give Zakat when the year ends.
    The exception is for grains and fruits, because Zakat for those items is due when they grow completely and become ripe, even if a year had not passed.
    The Zakat wealth is given to the deserving, and the categories are of people who deserve Zakat are listed in the following verse:
    Surah At-Taubah( 9 :60)
    “As-Sadaqât (here it means Zakât) are only for the Fuqarâ'[] (poor), and Al-Masâkin[] (the poor) and those employed to collect (the funds); and for to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islâm); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allâh's Cause, and for the wayfarer (a traveller who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by Allâh. And Allâh is All-Knower, All-Wise.”

    4-Fasting the month of Ramadan
    Fasting the month of Ramadan is to abstain from food, drink and sexual intercourse from the time of early morning prayer till sunset.
    By fasting, a Muslim benefits spiritually and physically. One of the spiritual benefits of fasting is that one feels for those who are poor, and who spends long periods without food and drink.
    Those who are ill or on a long journey have the option of making up the same number of days he could not fast during Ramadan to be fasted before the next Ramadan.
    Those who are old and unable to fast have the choice of fasting or feeding a poor person for each day they are unable to fast.
    The month of Ramadan is also believed to be the month the Quran was revealed. Muslims in the month of Ramadan increase recitation of the Quran and try harder to stay away from all that is vile, like lying etc.

    5-Hajj (Pilgrimage to the sacred House)
    It is obligatory for a Muslim to perform Hajj at least once in his lifetime, and he/she must fulfill the following-
    He/She is sane
    Has reached the age of puberty
    Is able-financially and physically to perform the Hajj.

    Explanation of Important Lessons (For every Muslim)-Written by Abdul-Aziz bin Abdulllah bin Baz .Compiled by Muhammad bin Ali bin Ibrahim Al Arfaj

    To be continued...
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    May 11, 2008, 08:34 AM
    Yes, and even though if Ramadan came and you recited Qur'aan a lot, worshipped Allah(S.W.T), did everything good, and never did evil, you should'nt be acting bad and evil when the month of Ramadan ends.. Our religion should be always doing the right thing. Yes Allah(S.W.T) gave us fun[There are limits], in fact he does allow us to do stuff... but something he won't be angry of, or something that he warned us about in the Qur'aan. We should always be ready for death and don't do the evil... Or something bad we doo and we say"it is just small". That's wrong, In the sight of Allah (S.W.T), one little bad thing may affect you badly. And sometimes one little help or good you did may lead you to Paradise, just for that little thing you did, saved you from Hell Fire. So you never know what comes around. Always be ready, live life, but live it with the happiness that Allah (S.W.T) has old us. And remember Allah (S.W.T) did all these rules to protect us. And oh yah, Allah (S.W.T) is always there for you, whenever you make duaa {asking} or pray for him, he's there and watching everything. He loves you, so love him back by worshipping him the way you want. I'm not saying sitt down and worship.. All the good your doing for the Sakke of Allah (S.W.T) is a worship.
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    What does Islam mean?
    The Arabic word "Islam" means the submission or surrender of one's will to the only true god worthy of worship "Allah" and anyone who does so is termed a "Muslim", The word also implies "peace" which is the natural consequence of total submission to the will of Allah.

    Who is Allah?

    Is Muhammad (pbuh) the founder of Islam and do Muslims worship him?
    He is not the founder of Islam.He is the last Prophet amongst many prophets and messengers; some are mentioned in the Quran.
    Muhammad(pbuh) is not considered divine and he is not worshipped by Muslims.

    Quran (3:144) “Muhammad (Pbuh) is no more than a Messenger, and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels (as disbelievers)? And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allâh, and Allâh will give reward to those who are grateful.”

    Do Muslims worship the Stone building in Mecca?
    Muslims do not worship the building in Mecca called the Kaaba, but this building determines the direction of worship. Wherever a Muslim may be, they will face the direction of the Kaaba at least five times everyday or even more when they pray the non-obligatory but very rewarding additional prayers.

    Does Islam consider race to be a factor?
    A Muslim can be of any nation or race.
    Anyone who considers himself or herself to be a Muslim must not differentiate between different races or make claims that Islam is for one certain race.
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    May 29, 2008, 01:53 PM
    Why can men marry more than one wife?

    The religion of Islam was revealed for all societies and all times and it accommodates widely differing social requirements. Circumstances warrant the need of another wife but the right is granted, according to the Quran, only on condition that the husband is fair between his wives.
    Quran( 4:3)….then marry (other) women of your choice, two or three, or four but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one or that your right hands possess. That is nearer to prevent you from doing injustice.”
    Multiple wives although permitted is not as widely practiced as people think. For a Muslim man it is a huge responsibility to take care of his family, let alone more than one wife, because he knows that he will be questioned by the Almighty for his treatment of his family, his wives and all his other deeds on the Day of Judgement.

    Eating habits of Muslims
    Quran (5:3,4)
    “Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytatah (the dead animals - cattle-beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and the meat of that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allâh, or has been slaughtered for idols, etc. or on which Allâh's Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns - and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal - unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on AnNusub[] (stone altars). (Forbidden) also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision, (all) that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allâh and sin). This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion. But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above-mentioned meats), then surely, Allâh is OftForgiving, Most Merciful.

    They ask you (O Muhammad SAW) what is lawful for them (as food). Say: "Lawful unto you are AtTayyibât [all kind of Halâl (lawful good) foods which Allâh has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits, etc.)]. And those beasts and birds of prey which you have trained as hounds, training and teaching them (to catch) in the manner as directed to you by Allâh; so eat of what they catch for you, but pronounce the Name of Allâh over it, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Swift in reckoning."

    Can a Muslim be a vegetarian?
    A Muslim cannot believe in vegetarianism as a part of faith or belief. A Muslim may be a vegetarian due to his/her personal dislike of certain meat or meat products or due to medical/dietary requirements.

    Is Alcohol forbidden for Muslims?
    Yes , and all other intoxicants.
    Quran (5:90-91)''O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, dedication of stones, and divination by arrows, are an abomination, of Satan's handiwork: eschew such abominations that you may prosper."
    Satan's plan is but to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will you not then abstain?''

    As can be seen, this prohibition extends not only to alcohol but to all intoxicants. It includes any activity that clouds the mind and is addictive to the point that it hinders one from the worship of Allah.
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    Jun 2, 2008, 03:38 AM
    Muslim women cover their head and wear long dresses,why?

    A woman wears the "hijab",in order to follow the commands of Allah in the Quran.
    We believe that by following the commands of Allah we are drawing closer to Him by obeying the rules and obligations set by Allah for every muslim.

    Quran (33:59)
    "O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful."

    Quran (24:30,31)
    "Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do."
    "And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful."

    Personally as a muslim woman,when I started to wear the hijab,I felt better about who I was and what I wanted to be.
    By covering up except for my hands and face,I did not have to worry about how my body looked in the clothes I wore or if my hair was in the latest style or if I looked fatter or thinner than the norm.
    Not to say I was the type who worried about such things before,but it sure does cross all of our minds one time or another and wonder if we are dressed right.

    By dressing in accordance to Islamic criteria,it helps us take our focus off our physical selves and puts the world into perspective that we are not here to see who looks more beautiful or more fashionable but to live right,pious lives and prepare for a day when we will be judged for our deeds and not our looks.

    Hijab: Always A Woman's Business? - - Ask The Scholar
    Women in the Quran and Sunnah

    What about the face veil?
    There is a difference of opinion regarding the face veil that some scholars are of the opinion that it is obligatory,while others deem it to be non-obligatory but a recommended practice.

    Most women who do wear "niqab" or face veil believe it to be the right way and believe that they are emulating the "Mothers of believers" or the wives(May Allah be please with them) of the Prophet (pbuh).
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    What is the Islamic Year?
    The Islamic year started from the migration (Hijra) of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD. It is a lunar year of 354 days. The first month is called Muharram. 2007-2008 AD is in Islamic year 1428-1429 AH.
    The Islamic twelve months are:
    1. Muharram
    2. Safar
    3. Rabi' al-awwal (Rabi' I)
    4. Rabi' al-thani (Rabi' II)
    5. Jumada al-awwal (Jumada I)
    6. Jumada al-thani (Jumada II)
    7. Rajab
    8. Sha'ban
    9. Ramadan
    10. Shawwal
    11. Dhu al-Qi'dah
    12. Dhu al-Hijjah

    What are the major Islamic festivals?
    Idul Fitre, marks the end of fasting in the month of Ramadan and is celebrated with public prayers, feasts and exchange of gifts. Idul Adha marks the end of the Hajj or the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. After the public prayers, those who can afford, sacrifice a lamb or a goat to signify Prophet Abraham's(alaihi salaam) obedience to God, shown by his readiness to sacrifice his son Ishmael(alaihi salaam).

    How do Muslims treat the aged?
    In the Islamic world, it is rare to find “old people's homes.” The strain of caring for one's parents in this most difficult time of their lives is considered an honor and a blessing and good for spiritual growth. In Islam, it is not enough that we only pray for our parents, but we should act with limitless compassion, remembering that when we were helpless as children, they preferred us to themselves. Mothers are particularly honored. When Muslim parents reach old age, they are treated mercifully, with kindness and selflessness.

    In Islam, serving one's parents is a duty second to prayer, and it is their right to expect it. It is considered despicable to express any irritation when, through no fault of their own, the aged become difficult.

    Quran, 17:23-24
    " Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. If one of them or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of disrespect, or scold them, but say a generous word to them. And act humbly to them in mercy, and say, “My Lord, have mercy on them, since they cared for me when I was small.”

    What are Jinn?
    Allah created Jinn from the smokeless flame of a fire. Jinn, like angels, are unseen creatures. Unlike angels, however, Jinn are not sinless and have the potential to disobey Allah. The first Jinn recorded to have disobeyed Allah was Iblis. He was then called Shaytan, and any Jinn who is disobedient to Allah is referred to, in general as a shaytan (satan).
    Muttaqun OnLine - Jinn: According to Quran and Sunnah

    Muslims believe in angels?
    Muslims do believe in angels. We believe they are made of light. They are invisible to us and are neither male nor female. Angels are spiritual beings (not possessing physical bodies) and are sinless. They never disobey Allah in what He commands them, and act as they are commanded.

    What is the worst sin in Islam?
    Worship of anyone other than Allah is the greatest sin. It is called "shirk", and this is not forgiven except through repentance.

    Masjid is the place of worship for muslims.It is recommended to pray in congregation all five prayers,Friday prayer,Eid prayers, etc.
    Objects in masjids do not represent any great significance. There are no idols inside the mosque.

    The characteristics of a masjid are:
    -That it must be purified from dirt and impure things.
    -The praying person must face in the direction of Mecca inside the Masjid.
    -It is not favored to decorate mosques excessively, but moderately — the simpler the better as decorations will be a distraction while praying.

    Men and women are segragated in prayer, as it would be distracting to men and women to stand beside the opposite sex during a time when we need to focus on praying to the Almighty.
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    Jesus in Islam?
    The Truth about Jesus Christ
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    What is the Quran?
    Muslims believe Quran to be the last revealed word of Allah. It is the primary source of every Muslim's faith and practice. It deals with all the subjects which concern human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, transactions, law, etc. but its basic theme is the relationship between Allah and His creatures.Quran is a guideline for muslims in our belief in Allah.

    The Quran was revealed to Muhammad (pbuh)in Arabic only. So, any Quranic translation, either in English or any other language is only a translation or transliteration of the meaning of the Quran. The original Quran exists only in the Arabic in which it was revealed 1400 or so years ago.
    This link has the transliteration of the whole Quran.
    Muttaqun OnLine: The Noble Quran

    Muslims learn to at least recite some chapters/surahs of the Quran in Arabic,which are necessary for the five daily prayers.There are many muslims who can recite the whole Quran by heart.

    Here is a sample of Quran recitation
    YouTube - Beatuful Recitation by Mishary Alafasi / alafasy - Sura Najm
    YouTube - Mishary-Surah Mulk in Studio w/English Translation

    What is "Sunnah"?

    "In Islam, the Arabic word sunnah has come to denote the way Prophet Muhammad (saas), the Messenger of Allah, lived his life. The Sunnah is the second source of Islamic jurisprudence, the first being the Qur'an. Both sources are indispensable; one cannot practice Islam without consulting both of them. The Arabic word hadith (pl. ahadith) is very similar to Sunnah, but not identical. A hadith is a narration about the life of the Prophet (saas) or what he approved - as opposed to his life itself, which is the Sunnah as already mentioned."

    Islam on War?
    Islam permits fighting in self-defense, in defense of religion, or on the part of those who have been expelled forcibly from their homes.

    Quran (2:190,191,192,193)
    "And fight in the Way of Allâh those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allâh likes not the transgressors.
    And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah is worse than killing. And fight not with them at Al-Masjid-al-Harâm (the sanctuary at Makkah), unless they (first) fight you there. But if they attack you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.
    "But if they cease, then Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. "
    "And fight them until there is no more Fitnah and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allâh (Alone).But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zâliműn (wrong-doers, etc.)."

    Quran (4:29,30)
    "O you who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves unjustly except it be a trade amongst you, by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely, Allâh is Most Merciful to you."
    "And whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire, and that is easy for Allâh."

    Suicide in Islam?
    Muttaqun OnLine - Suicide: According to Quran and Sunnah

    Islamic view of origin of life?
    The Origin of Life - an Islamic Perspective

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    Aug 21, 2008, 01:33 AM
    Some pretty good things here

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    Islam on Death-Funeral Rites

    Sequence of Islamic Funeral Rituals - - Ask The Scholar

    First of all, it is be noted that Islam demands its adherents to follow the Prophet's guidance in each sphere of life. In their social, political, religious, and daily gatherings, Muslims should abide by a certain code of ethics that is based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). In funerals, Muslims are distinguished by firm adherence to Shari`ah-based rules that keep the dignity of man and at the same time consider the feelings of the afflicted family.

    Focusing more on your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

    "Islamic funerals consist of the following sequence of actions:

    1. Immediately after the death has occurred and it has been verified, his/her eyes are closed; the mouth and jaws are tied gently with broad bands or pieces of cloth so that they do not remain wide open; the legs should also be tied in the same way. The body should be covered, and must always remain covered, preferably with a white sheet of cloth.

    2. The bereaved family and friends are to be comforted; all attempts are made to share the grief and help them face their loss with patience and surrender to Allah's will.

    3. Funeral arrangements must be made without delay; relatives and friends are to be notified. The body must not be kept waiting unnecessarily.

    4. Immediate family and friends are to prepare food for the bereaved family for three days.

    5. Islamic funerals consist of washing, shrouding and prayer.

    6. Washing is preferably done by close relatives; males should be washed by males, and females by females, except in case of spouses or parents and children who are permitted to wash each other. If close relatives are not available to wash, then those who are Allah-fearing and trustworthy should be asked to do it.

    7. After the body has been washed, it should be shrouded in three white sheets (in case of males) or five sheets (in case of females).

    8. Funeral Prayer is performed. It can be performed in a mosque or funeral home.

    9. While performing funeral Prayer, the casket is placed in front of the Prayer-leader, who leads the worshippers in prayer.

    10. Funeral Prayer consists of glorification and praise of Allah, benedictions on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and prayers for the deceased as well as for the living.

    11. Following the Prayer, the body is escorted to the graveyard. While accompanying the funeral, silence should be observed; it is considered a time for meditation on death and the transient nature of life.

    12. The body is lowered gently to the grave with the following prayer:

    “Bismi Allah, wa `ala millat rasuli Allah salla Allahu `alaihi wa sallam. Minha khalaqnakum wa fihah nu`idukum wa minha nukhrijikum taratan ukhra.”

    In the name of Allah, and in accordance with the way of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him). “From the earth We have created you and unto the earth We shall return you and from it, again, We will resurrect you once again!” (Taha: 55)

    13. Then each person takes three handfuls of dirt and throws them into the grave saying the same words.

    14. Once the grave has been fully covered with dirt, once again, prayers are said, invoking Allah's mercy on the deceased.

    15. Finally, they say farewell by uttering a greeting of peace to him and to all those who are buried in the graveyard: “Greetings of peace to you all. Allah-willing, we will also join you. May Allah forgive you and all of us!”

    16. The dead are remembered through periodic visits to their graves as well as through prayers.
    Links for further reading-
    The Important Lessons for the Muslim Ummah
    Funeral Rites and Regulations in Islam

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    Islam on Death- Post Mortem/ Dissecting dead bodies;
    Islam Question and Answer - Dissecting dead bodies in order to learn medicine
    Dissecting dead bodies in order to learn medicine

    Fiqh councils and scientific committees have undertaken detailed studies to come up with the ruling on dissecting human bodies in order to learn medicine, and that is because this issue has to do with two important principles:

    1 –The sanctity of the deceased in sharee'ah, and the strict instructions to respect and honour the deceased.

    2 – The necessary interests that may be served by dissection in many cases.

    We will quote fatwas that have been issued on this matter by academic bodies and some contemporary scholars, which may by summed up by noting that there is nothing wrong with using dead bodies for dissection to learn and teach medicine, but that is subject to the condition that the body not be that of someone whose life is protected by sharee'ah, and it should not be done more than is absolutely necessary.

    It says in the statements of the Islamic Fiqh Council in Makkah al-Mukarramah, quoting from Fiqh al-Nawaazil by al-Jayzaani (4/208-209):

    Based on necessities which call for dissection or autopsy of the dead body and in which dissection or autopsy serves an interest which outweighs the concern about violating the sanctity of the deceased, the Fiqh Council of the Muslim World League has determined the following:

    1 – It is permissible to dissect a dead body for one of the following purposes:

    (a) Examination in the case of a criminal investigation to find out the causes of death or what crime was committed; that is when the qaadi (judge) is uncertain of the causes of death and thinks that dissection or autopsy is the way to find out these causes.

    (b) Investigation of diseases in cases where dissection or autopsy is called for so that in the light of this post mortem examination, precautions may be taken or suitable treatments may be determined for those diseases.

    (c) Learning and teaching medicine as is done in schools of medicine.

    2 – In the case of dissection for the purpose of teaching, attention should be paid to the following guidelines:

    (a) If the body is that of a known person, it is essential that he have given permission before his death for his body to be dissected, or his heirs must give permission for that after his death. The body of a person whose life is protected by sharee'ah should not be dissected except in cases of necessity.

    (b) The dissection should be limited to whatever is necessary, so as not to tamper unnecessarily with the body of the deceased.

    (c) The bodies of women should not be dissected by anyone other than female doctors, unless there are none.

    3 – In all cases, all parts of the dissected body must be buried afterwards.

    In the book al-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah by the Council of Senior Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2/83-84) it says the following:

    This matter may be divided into three categories:

    1 – Dissection or autopsy in the case of a criminal investigation

    2 – Dissection in the case of an investigation into an infectious disease, so that precautions may be taken in the light of this investigation to protect others from the disease

    3 – Dissection for scientific purposes, for learning and teaching

    After exchanging views, discussing and studying this issue, the Council has determined the following:

    With regard to the first and second categories, the Council thinks that permitting them serves many interests in the fields of security, justice and protecting society from infectious diseases; the violation of the dissected body is outweighed by the many public interests that are served by that.

    Hence the Council is unanimously agreed that it is permissible to dissect bodies for these two purposes, whether the body that is dissected belonged to someone who was protected by sharee'ah or not.

    With regard to the third category, which is dissection for educational purposes, since Islam came to achieve and increase that which is in people's interests, and to ward off and reduce that which is detrimental to their interests, and as it seeks to do the lesser of two evils in order to ward off the greater, then if there is a conflict of interests, the greater interest must be served;

    And since dissecting animals other than humans cannot replace dissection of humans;

    And since dissection serves many purposes that are seen in scientific progress in various fields of medicine;

    Then the Council believes that it is permissible to dissect human bodies in general, but because Islam pays a great deal of attention to the dignity of the Muslim in death as in life, because of the report narrated by Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawood and Ibn Maajah from 'Aa'ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Breaking the bone of the deceased is like breaking it when he was alive”;

    And since dissecting involves a loss of dignity, and since there is no necessity for dissecting them because it is possible to obtain dead bodies that are not protected by sharee'ah, the Council believes that dissections should be restricted to such bodies and not bodies of people who are protected by sharee'ah. End quote.
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    Ruling on aborting a deformed foetus
    A woman is pregnant and has had several scans, which show that there are deformities in the foetus. Is it permissible to abort it?.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Firstly: We have already stated in the answer to question no. 12811 the ruling on aborting a foetus that is physically deformed, and that this is permissible before the soul is breathed into the foetus, i.e. before 120 days of pregnancy have passed. This is allowed after exhausting all possible means of treating the problem. But after the soul has been breathed into the foetus it is not permissible to abort it because of deformity.

    The parents have to be patient and accept the will and decree of Allaah, and remember the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):

    “and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allaah knows but you do not know”
    [al-Baqarah 2:216]

    “it may be that you dislike a thing and Allaah brings through it a great deal of good”
    [al-Nisa’ 4:19]

    And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for all his affairs are good, and that applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him he gives thanks and that is good for him, and if something bad happens to him he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” Narrated by Muslim, 2999.

    Secondly: Here we will add something from a fatwa of the Standing Committee concerning this matter.

    The Standing Committee was asked about aborting a pregnancy in the fifth month, after scans proved that the foetus was deformed and the top of the skull was absent.

    They replied:
    It is not permissible to abort the foetus because of the deformity mentioned in the question. Allaah may heal the foetus during the remainder of the pregnancy, and it may be born normal and healthy, as has happened to many people.
    Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 21/440.

    They were also asked about a pregnant woman who was treated for cancer with radiotherapy, which would affect the foetus and cause it to be born deformed – is it permissible to abort it?

    They replied:
    It is not permissible to abort the foetus which it is feared may be deformed. Rather the matter should be left to the will of Allaah; it may be free of deformity.
    Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 21/249.

    They were also asked about a woman in the fifth month of pregnancy; scans had shown the presence of several deformities in the foetus which made the doctors sure that it would die after birth. These deformities were as follows: a deformity in the heart, a severe deformity of the spinal cord and spinal column, the size of the head is very small, there is a large sac between the head and body that is bigger than the head, the intestines are outside the abdominal cavity, and there is a deformity in the brain. Is it permissible to abort it?

    They replied:
    After studying the question, the Committee replied that it is not permissible to abort this pregnancy, because often the doctor’s reports are speculative, and the basic principle is that the foetus must be respected and it is forbidden to abort it, because Allaah may make the foetus whole during the remainder of the pregnancy, so it may be born free of the things that the doctors mentioned, even if what they said was correct. We must think positively of Allaah and ask Him to heal him and make him whole, and to cause him to be born healthy. His parents have to fear Allaah and ask Him to heal him from all ills and to delight them with a healthy child. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah says: ‘I am as My slave thinks I am.’”

    Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 21/250-251.

    They were also asked about a woman in the fifth month of pregnancy, whose foetus has some deformities which expose the mother’s life to danger. Is it permissible to abort it?

    They replied:
    After studying the question, the Committee replied that if the situation is as described, and continuation of the pregnancy to full term will result in danger to the mother’s life, then there is nothing wrong with aborting the pregnancy before it reaches full term, in order to protect the mother’s life. But if the abortion is because of the deformities only, then it is not permissible to abort the pregnancy.

    Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 21/452.
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    Sep 4, 2009, 11:02 PM
    Using foetuses as a source of organs for transplant
    In some fields of medicine there is a trend towards using aborted foetuses for organ transplants. What is the ruling on this?

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Nowadays there is something known as the trade in foetuses, in which some doctors deliberately abort foetuses so that they can profit from selling the foetal organs or cells, from which some kinds of injections may be prepared for the benefit of elderly rich people and others. This is a major crime, because it entails the deliberate murder of innocent souls for financial gain. This is a serious form of wrongdoing and the rulings concerning it are well known and obvious. The question of whether the aborted foetus may be used as a source of transplant organs has been researched by the Islamic Fiqh Council, which issued the following fatwaa:

    It is not permitted to exploit foetuses as a source of organs needed for transplant into another person except in certain limited circumstances under stringent conditions.

    It is not permitted to deliberately induce abortion for the purpose of exploiting the foetus for organ transplants to another person. Only foetuses expelled through natural or spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or aborted for a legitimate reason may be used in this way. Surgery should not be performed to remove the foetus except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.

    If the aborted foetus is viable and capable of living, then medical attention should be aimed at preserving its life, not at exploiting it for organ transplant. If it is not viable and will not live, its organs cannot be used until after it has died naturally, according to the conditions of sharee’ah.

    It is not permissible to exploit any part of the procedures required to obtain and transplant organs for commercial gain.

    The procedures surrounding organ transplants must be supervised and regulated by a specialized and trustworthy organization.

    And Allaah knows best.

    Qaraaraat Majma’ al-Fiqh al-Islami, p. 119.
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    Sep 8, 2009, 10:04 PM
    Thank you Firmbeliever for posting these, this is vauable information. I agree, all life is precious, including the life of fetuses. I believe that the stem cell practices should not be done, as it is abusing and taking advantage of life.
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    Jan 27, 2010, 07:11 AM

    Regarding the practice of beating one's chest and cutting self with swords,blades etc on the day of "Ashoora".
    Also known to some as Maatum

    What the Shi’ah do on ‘Ashoora’ is bid’ah (innovation) and misguidance

    Praise be to Allaah.

    What the Shi’ah do on ‘Ashoora’ of beating their chests, slapping their cheeks, striking their shoulders with chains and cutting their heads with swords to let the blood flow are all innovations that have no basis in Islam. These things are evils that were forbidden by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who did not prescribe for his ummah to do any of these things or anything similar to them to mark the death of a leader or the loss of a martyr, no matter what his status. During his lifetime (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) a number of senior Sahaabah were martyred and he mourned their loss, such as Hamzah ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, Zayd ibn Haarithah, Ja’far ibn Abi Taalib and ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Rawaahah, but he did not do any of the things that these people do. If it was good, he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would have done it before us.

    Ya’qoob (peace be upon him) did not strike his chest or scratch his face, or shed blood or take the day of the loss of Yoosuf as a festival or day of mourning. Rather he remembered his missing loved one and felt sad and distressed because of that. This is something no one can be blamed for. What is forbidden is these actions that have been inherited from the Jaahiliyyah, and which Islam forbids.

    Al-Bukhaari (1294) and Muslim (103) narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “He is not one of us who strikes his cheeks, rends his garment, or cries with the cry of the Jaahiliyyah.”

    Please refer link for the whole article.
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    It is legal in Islam to invest in Islamic Banks in Pakistan?
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    Comment on ladieedee21's post
    Actually we should not worship Him according to what we what and we think is good, but according to what He has ordained through the statements of His Messenger -sAaws.
    You made this little mistake. But thanks for the very good reminder.

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