Misconceptions – Ask A Muslim

Misconceptions

Will Men in Heaven Get 72 Virgins?

It is mentioned in a hadith that men who died and were martyred on the battlefield while fighting for Islam will get 72 Hoor al Ayn, who are beautiful maidens in Paradise. Therefore, this reward is only for a specific group of men in Paradise. However, this brings up the question: why is the reward for men mentioned but not for women? Well, it isn’t true that the reward for women isn’t mentioned, because when one looks at the Quran, …
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Why Are Muslims Attacked if Islam is The Truth?

Allah says in the Quran, “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.’ Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided” (Quran 2:155-157). This life is a test, …
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Why Don’t Muslim Men Shake Women’s Hands?

In Islam, a man is not allowed to touch a woman who isn’t his wife or a close family member, such as his mother, daughter, etc. Similarly, a woman cannot touch a man who isn’t her husband or from her close family. This is out of respect and should not be perceived as derogatory. It’s not because that man or woman may not be a Muslim, because even if they were Muslims, a Muslim still can’t touch the opposite gender. …
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Was The Prophet Muhammad Affected by Magic?

Yes, the Prophet Muhammad PBUH at one point in his life was affected by magic. It is clear that the hadith is authentic, however, it does not detract anything from the status of his Prophethood. Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, protected His Prophet PBUH and made him infallible before this spell was cast, during it and afterwards. From the ahadiths, it is known that the spell did no more than make the Prophet PBUH think that he had …
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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 to Islam. Allah makes it very clear in the Quran, “Let there be no compulsion in religion, for the truth stands out clearly from falsehood. So …
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Why Did Prophet Muhammad Marry His Adopted Son’s Ex-Wife?

The Prophet Muhammad PBUH married his adopted son’s ex-wife because in Islam, an adopted child is not seen as your actual child. When the Prophet PBUH adopted Zaid, he named him Zaid Ibn Muhammad, but Allah did not condone this, because in Islam, the lineage of a person is protected. Later on, Zaid and Zainab chose to get divorced, and Allah enforced this idea even more (that your adopted son is not your actual son) by ordering the Prophet PBUH …
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Why Did Prophet Muhammad Marry More Than 4 Wives if the Limit for Muslim Men is 4?

Allah gave Prophet Muhammad PBUH an exception to marry more than four wives out of His Infinite Wisdom. When one examines all of the Prophet Muhammad’s PBUH marriages, one can see that each and every one of them had benefit for the Muslims and wisdom behind it. To give a simple example, when the Prophet PBUH got married to Juwairiyah, this resulted in thousands and thousands of people becoming Muslim. Additionally, it doesn’t make sense that the Prophet Muhammad PBUH …
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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 to do” (Quran 16:93). What needs to be understood is that Allah knowing what path a certain person will choose has nothing to do with …
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Why do Women Have to Cover up in Islam and Men Don’t?

It is completely false that men don’t have to cover up in Islam. Men are required to cover from their naval to their knee, and if he shows other parts of his body that he knows will cause temptation and will open doors to other evils, he has to cover it up as well. Now one might ask, “But don’t women have to cover up more than men?” The answer is yes, they do. Allah ordained this to happen in …
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Do Women Get Less Inheritance Than Men in Islam?

Long story short, this is not in all cases. In some cases, women get more than men. But in other cases, where there is a son and a daughter, the son would definitely get more. If one tries to think about the wisdom that may be behind this, one will realize that the male in Islam is the one that has the financial burden upon his shoulders; in other words, a male has more economic responsibilities than women in Islam, …
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