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House of Lords Discusses Fasting in Different Religions

A few weeks after the month of Ramadan during which Muslims around the world  observed daily fasting, the Conservative Muslims Forum (CMF) brought together a panel of faith leaders Tuesday, June 18, to share the historical tradition of fasting in different religions. Organized and managed by Mohammad Amin, Farukh Miah, and Lord Sheikh from the …

Is It Allowed to Practice Meditation Techniques to Calm Down?

Are Alternative Methods of Meditation Allowed for Muslims?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.  All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: You are doing nothing wrong by using meditation techniques as long as you do not perform the specific rituals of Buddhism and as long as …

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Can I Become a Muslim and Still Practice Hinduism?

Short Answer: It seems, sister in humanity, that you wish to become a Muslim, but are not yet ready to leave Hinduism. This is dichotomous, because the affirmation of the Islamic faith begins with a negation of all other doctrines. The testimony that is pronounced when someone becomes a Muslim, begins with the Arabic word “Laa” (“No”). This means, that, to be a Muslim, …

Karma

Is There Any Relation Between Karma and Destiny (Qadr)?

Short Answer: Hindus believe the soul from all eternity is undergoing birth and rebirth. This is according to the inviolable law of karma. Thus is born the doctrine of the re-incarnation of the soul, which is a corollary of the doctrine of karma. Islam accepts the idea that every soul has to face the consequences of its actions: There is …

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Did Muslims and Islam Originate from Hinduism?

Short Answer: No. The origin of Islam and the Muslims had nothing to do with Hinduism, either as a religion or ethnicity. Islam started in the Arab world, but it is a universal message for all people. The roots of this confusion come from the fact that as soon as Islam came to the Indian Peninsula, …

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Reincarnation: Any Past Lives According to Islam?

Short Answer: There is no concept of reincarnation in Islam. We are given one chance on this earth to live a life worthy of Paradise. Our souls do live on after we die, though, and are granted Paradise or Hellfire, based on the life we lived. People who think they remember past lives are suffering from …

Religious Symbols

The Origins of the Crescent, Cross, and Star of David

Salam Dear Sister, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. With regard to the origins of different religious symbols, I will explain the history of the four examples you mentioned in the question in details. The Cross The chief symbol of Christianity today is the cross. Christians view it as a powerful …

Why Do People Choose Islam Over Other Religions?

Why Do People Choose Islam Over Other Religions?

Islam offers all the beauty found in these religions and none of the drawbacks. So, why Islam and not any other religion? Because Islam is a global religion that speaks the very soul of a unified God necessitating a unified creation.

How is Pilgrimage Performed in Different Religions?

How is Pilgrimage Performed in Different Religions?

Hajj is an obligatory pilgrimage prescribed by God Almighty on all Muslims who are capable; whereas the pilgrimages of other religions are optional. The origin and history of such pilgrimages show that they were initiated by humans much later than the putative origin of those religions.

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How Is a Muslim Different From a Hindu?

Salam (Peace) Ajit, I am happy to receive such challenging and important questions. Before I proceed, I would like to make two main points very clear. The first is that we should avoid stereotyping and branding people by the actions of some small groups. The second point is that we should start exploring each other and …



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