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Tuesday, 14 February 2006

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Chris Hodgson

salam, what does Islam have to say on miracles and prophicies happening to people of the book right now, which encourages them towards the opinion that their God is answering their prayers.

Umer Siddique

Dear Chris,

'Miracles' - or supernatural events - are not indicative in and of themselves of the truth of a message. The Qur'an and Bible both confirm the presence of 'demons', or 'jinn' as they are known in Arabic, that have the ability to carry out acts that are not normal for human beings to undertake.

Perhaps Abdurraheem can clarify further, but I would have thought that a supernatural event in and of itself can never be proof of Truth. Besides, one will find such false miracles to have a hidden defect in their rationale. The statue of Ganesh the elephant-headed god of the Hindus apparently drank milk - common sense eluded those who failed to question why a god would need to drink anything - or why they would depend on a person to do so in the first place! And when Catholics saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary on board an aeroplane's lavatory, they failed to question the presence of such a blessed woman in the most vile place possible (the toilet, we are told, in Islamic scripture, is the home of the devil).

Of course we believe in miracles; many occur even to this day. But as Muslims we take them as a strengthening agent for our faith; not a piece of evidence to show and try to win converts!

The real miracle lies in reading the Qur'an, pondering its meanings, and establishing whether or not the claims of it being a perfect book with no flaws are true or not.

As for prophecies, there are many prophecies within the Bible and other religious scriptures. But you will never find 100% accuracy in them.

Umm Rageh

Assalamu Alaikum,
I have an uncomfortable q Brother Green, but I need some honest advice about it, because we are living in such fitnah these days. Whilst being addicted to the web, I have noticed many ppl who call themselves Muslims doing things that seem very un-Islamic. They say that if it's just cyber flirting then it's ok- however I'm not so sure. My q is; is talking about Zina with strangers a sin? I mean is it the same as actually doing it? For married and unmarried ppl. Does it count as adultery and therefore holds the same punishment?
A detailed response would be very much appreciated. Jezak Allahu Khayr in advance.
Wassalaam.

ARGcomment: The Prophet saws said that everyone of us has a decreed portion of zina (illicit sexual intercourse), so there is zina of the eyes which is to look and zina of the toungue which is to talk and zina of the hands which is to touch and the private parts either follow that or not.
So "cyber flirting" is a type of zina, and is disobedience to Allah, and it should not be taken lightly, even if it is a small sin, since many small sins can equal and certainly lead to major sins. May Allah protect us from hell-fire!

Noamaan

Brother, i hav a problem dealing with muslims who do not offer regular salah. I dont want to hate them but i hav started doing that. My roommate doesn't offer salah (and sometimes givs me silly reasons like he needs to take a bath...). He never reads qur'an. He has a girlfriend. First i was trying to make things easy for him so that he may turn to Allah, but i found him worse. Is it that he is a kafir? I keep listenin lectures by various speakers, i ask him to join me, but he gets asleep within 5-10 mins. I find myself becoming evil than he becoming good. I was extremly patient with them earlier, but now i hav started hating them. Are these people hypocrites? How should i deal with this bro?? I feel like stop living with them and live alone. Please advice bro!!

ARGcomment: It is better to live with good people who will help you in your deen. YOu should still adivse this person, and remind him of the last day, death, hell fire and paradise. Ask him why he does not pray. does he not believe in Allah. Does he not know that Allah ordered him with this. Does he know the punishment for leaving prayer. Does he know the benefits and virtues of prayer..etc...etc..

james

Most Muslims believe in the death penalty, and the Shariah law advocates it...yet, many people have been falsely accused and convicted of murder and other capital crimes.

The anti-blasphemy laws in Pakistan, for example, are tearing the society apart, because many people make false accusations to discriminate against non-Sunni Muslims, or to settle personal disputes over land and other things.

Also, the death penalty is not more of a deterrent than a lengthy prison sentence. In the U.S., death penalty states generally have higher murder rates than non-death penalty ones. In fact, three of the five most dangerous American cities are in the piously Christian state of Texas, which has the highest rate of executions in the nation.

ARGcomment: Islam is a system, not merely a series of penalties. These laws are only effective in the context of an actual "Islamic" society.

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