Misconceptions – Ask A Muslim

What is Shariah?

Long story short, Shariah is Islam in its complete totality. People think that shariah only means capital punishments. Rather, smiling in the face of your Muslim brother is part of the shariah. Being good towards your neighbor is part of the shariah. Feeding the poor is part of the shariah. Obeying your parents and being … Read more

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Are Men Better Than Women in Islam?

Men and women are completely equal in Islam; no one has superiority over the other except through righteousness. Allah says in the Quran, “O humanity! Be mindful of your Lord Who created you from a single soul, and from it He created its mate, and through both He spread countless men and women. And be mindful … Read more

Is Being a Vegan or Vegetarian Allowed in Islam?

Being a vegan or a vegetarian is completely okay in Islam, but the problem comes if one thinks that eating animal products is immoral or haram. Allah says in the Quran, “O believers! Do not forbid the good things which Allah has made lawful for you, and do not transgress. Indeed, Allah does not like … Read more

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Is the Quran Just Another History or Poetry Book?

The Quran is the Divine, literal word from Almighty God, revealed to Prophet Muhammad PBUH through Angel Gabriel AS. It is the criterion for truth, containing guidance for humanity to live by. The Quran cites lessons from preceding generations and the history of the Prophets so that we may learn from their experiences. It further … Read more

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Can Islam Force People to Become Muslims?

Allah says in the Quran, “Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth has been made clear from error” (Quran 2:256). Although it is a duty on Muslims to convey and share the beautiful message of Islam to others, no one can ever be compelled to accept Islam. To accept Islam, a person must sincerely … Read more

Did ISIS Come From Islam?

Terrorism, extremism, and killing innocent people is clearly prohibited in Islam. Allah clearly states in the Quran, “Allah does not forbid you from dealing kindly and fairly with those who have neither fought nor driven you out of your homes. Surely Allah loves those who are fair. Allah only forbids you from befriending those who … Read more

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What is Jihad?

When people think of jihad, they think of violent fighting, wars, killing, etc. What jihad really means is to struggle. In the context of Islam, it is to struggle for the sake of Allah. If I strive to stay away from fornication and adultery, this is jihad. If I struggle to pray my prayers on … Read more

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Was Prophet Muhammad the Founder of Islam?

We believe as Muslims that Islam was the religion of the first human being, our father, Adam AS. If we look at it from a linguistic point of view, Islam means “submission.” One who submits their will to Allah would then be called a Muslim. Therefore, we believe all the Mighty Prophets were Muslims, including … Read more

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Is Islam Only for Arabs? Does Islam Prefer Arabs?

Islam is for all of mankind. Islam does not discriminate or prefer one race over the other. Allah says in the Quran, “O humanity! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may ˹get to˺ know one another. Surely the most noble of … Read more