Why is Music Haram?

Allah, Glorified and Exalted, says in The Quran, “And of the people is he who buys the amusement of speech to mislead [others] from the way of Allāh without knowledge and who takes it [i.e., His way] in ridicule. Those will have a humiliating punishment” (Quran 31:6). Many scholars have interpreted this verse to be … Read more

Was Islam Spread by the Sword?

To be blunt, Islam was in fact spread by both the sword and the word, but what does this exactly mean? Islam was spread through many means, including trade, diplomacy, expeditions, and military conquest, but unlike the conquests of religions such as Christianity and Hinduism, the Islamic conquests cannot force the conquered people to convert … Read more

What Does it Mean When Allah Says He Guides Whom He Wills? How Can Pre-Destiny and Free Will Coexist?

The concept of Divine Decree and free will coexisting is often confusing for many people. Allah says in the Quran, “And if Allah had willed, He could have made you [of] one religion, but He sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And you will surely be questioned about what you used … Read more