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Why Are Makkah and Madinah So Important for Muslims?

Short Answer: Makkah stands on its own as the most sacred place in Islam. It is the destination of all Muslims to fulfill Hajj, the fifth main Islamic pillar. Makkah and Madinah witnessed the very precious early moments of Islam: the birth of Prophet Muhammad and the revelation of the Quran.Makkah is the center of …

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Were All Prophets Direct Blood Descendants of Abraham?

Short Answer:No, not all prophets were direct blood descendants of Prophet Abraham. Lot, for example, lived during the same time period as Abraham, in a different land, and he came from the lineage of Prophet Noah. There are many prophets we are unaware of, but it’s very unlikely that someone like Buddha ever preached a …

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Stoning Pillars During Hajj: Did Devils Turn into Stone?

Short Answer:Prophet Abraham did not yield to Satan’s temptation. He chose his love for Godover his love for Ismail. So he decided to obey God’s commandment and sacrifice Ismail.The “jamarat” are not the devils. They are only symbolic representations of the Devil, one may say, dwelling within ourselves. When we throw stones at the stone …

Describe Hajj

How Can I Describe Hajj to Non-Muslims?

Short Answer:Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. Muslims who are physically and financially capable of doingHajj should do it once in their lifetimes. They perform the core rituals of Hajj in Makkah, Mena and Arafah over a duration of five days. They learnunity, equality, universality, unity of purpose, togetherness, selflessness, humbleness, and sharing. The …


Why Didn’t Abraham Teach Hajj to His Children Through Isaac?

Short Answer:The Hajj proclaims to the world not only the Oneness of God, but also the Oneness of humanity. The three Abrahamic religions are basically the same religion that evolved into three different forms.Isaac the second son of Abraham, and Jacob the second son of Isaac became the ancestors of the Children of Israel. God …

Does Islam Encourage Circumcision for Men and Women? - About Islam

Does Islam Encourage Circumcision for Men and Women?

Assalamu Alaikum, Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question. Dr. Shabir Ally addresses this question in the video below: Transcript: Aisha Khaja:Dr. Shabir, the question that we have from our viewer today is about whether or not Islam encourages circumcision. And if it has the potential to be harmful, as some studies may …

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Ishmael or Isaac - Who Was To Be Sacrificed?

Short Answer: It was most likely Ishmael. Though some scholars have argued it was Isaac, the majority agree that it had to have been Abraham’s eldest son, Ishmael. Asalamu Alaikum, Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question.Dr. Shabir Ally addresses this question in the video below. Video Transcript: Aisha Khaja:Dr. Shabir, the question …

Built Kaaba

Why Does The Quran Claim Abraham Built the Kaaba?

Short Answer: The Bible shows that Abraham was well traveled, and Muslim tradition is very clear that Abraham was in the Arab region and that he was responsible for laying the foundation of the Kaaba. ________________________________________ Asalamu Alaikum, Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question. Dr. Shabir Ally, from Let The Quran Speak, …


Is Prophet Muhammad Mentioned in The Torah?

Short Answer:The brethren of the Children of Israel are the Children of Ishmael.As the prophet to come was from amongthe brethrenof the Children of Israel, it is clear that he is from the Children of Ishmael.Prophecies make it clear that the Prophet-like-Moses foretold in Deuteronomy and the “my servant whom I uphold” of Isaiah 42, …

Prayers and Healing

Prayers and Healing

We, the physicians, have now come to accept a fact known to our patients for centuries: that healing is from God, and we are just an instrument of the Healer. We give the same medication to two different patients with the same type of medical problem or perform similar operations on two patients otherwise at …

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