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What Distinguishes Judaism from Islam-part 1

What Distinguishes Judaism from Islam? Part 1

Salam (Peace) Tina, Shalom aleichem! (As–salamu Alaikum!) Thank you very much for your question. Please find part one of the answer to your question below. Find the second and final part at the link here. It is very heartening to receive your question. First of all, it is a sincere inquiry from a member of the Jewish community, …

Is Bowing Before Someone a Kind of Shirk

Is Bowing Before Someone a Kind of Shirk?

Salam Alaikum, Thank you for sending in your question to our website. In Islam, the first pillar of faith, and the first article of belief that a person has to possess in order to be Muslim, is monotheism or “tauheed” i.e. belief in only one god. When a Muslim staunchly believes and declares that “there …

Do Muslims Worship the Black Stone

Do Muslims Worship the Black Stone?

Asalamu Alaikum, Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question. Dr. Shabir Ally addresses this question in the video below: Transcript: Safiyyah Ally: Welcome back. Now, Dr. Shabir Ally, here’s a question. Can you tell me about the Black Stone in the Kabbah? What is it? Why is it there? And do Muslims worship it? …

The Transcendent and His Names

There is no “Islamic theology.” It is meaningless, and in actual fact wrong, to compare the often peripheral discussions that took place among Muslim scholars (particularly from the tenth century) with the radical reflections that gave birth to “Christian theology.” Admittedly, some debates were lively, and in the course of history in the Islamic Schools …

Did God Become Man

Did God Become Man?

Salam, Thank you for your question. Thank you also for your interest to have a clear understanding of the Muslim creed. Muslims believe the following about God (Allah): Allah is Unique and nothing is like unto Him. Allah cannot have a son. Allah has no incarnates. Allah is completely different from His creatures. Allah does …

Does Pantheism Have Any Place in Islam-

Does Pantheism Have Any Place in Islam?

Salam (Peace) Graeme,  Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question.  First, I would like to correct an error in your question: The Ka`bah is not the Black Stone.  In the Arabic language ka`bah literally means cube. The Ka`bah is the cubic structure built out of stone blocks at the center of the Sacred Mosque in Makkah. It …

Approaching The Quran

How Can I Approach The Quran As A Non-Muslim?

Salam (Peace) David,  Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question. As you read the Quran, take into consideration that it is different from the Bible. In fact, we usually smile when people refer to Quran by saying “your Bible” … The Quran is not a kind of Bible.  The Quran is not like the Bible in the …

The Alleged Shirk of Abraham

The Alleged Shirk of Abraham

Asalamu Alaikum Abdul Rahman, Thank you very much for your question. The word “shirk” is often translated as “idolatry”. It literally means “partnership” or “association.” From the Quranic point of view, shirk is associating a thing, person, or concept with God; believing him, her, or it to be equal to God or to possess qualities only God possesses. If …

One God- Many Faiths

One God: Many Faiths

Salam (Peace) Conner, Thank you very much for your question, which is something that many people ask about. Only recently a Roman Catholic friend of mine wrote to ask me for prayers. She said that her priest was ill and that the whole of the parish had been praying for his recovery, but with little success. …

Quibbling About Monotheism

Quibbling About Monotheism

Salam (Peace) Peter, Thank you for your very insightful question.  As you have written, the primary testimony of faith in Islam is “la ilaha illa Allah”, which means that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah, the Creator. And you have given the first part of the Nicene Creed as the primary creed of …



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