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Dawood (AS) and Chain Mail

Some people claim the Quran says Dawood (AS) invented chain mail armor but this is historically inaccurate. They say chain mail armor was actually invented by the Celts about six centuries after Dawood (AS). Archeology and Its Reliability Archeology as a science depends heavily on the lack of evidence to make conclusions. The notion that …

Tazir: Discretionary Punishment according to Ibn Taymiyyah

Ibn Taymiyyah talks in his book As-Siyasah ash-Shar’iyyah about tazir, its reasons, and its extent. I will provide a non-direct translation of what he says. Sins That Get Tazir Sins that do not have a prescribed hadd punishment or kaffarah for them are given a tazir punishment. Examples of these sins include: A man kissing …

Benefits of Suffering

This article is not strictly concerned with solving the problem of evil (see its own article) but will list some of the many wisdoms Allah may have created suffering. Benefits Related to Faith Makes people recognize the power of Allah Makes them recognize their own weakness Reminds them of death And We will surely test …

Two, Three, or Four: Meaning of Verse 4:3

Allah says in the Quran: And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphans, then marry those that please you of women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then one or those your right hand possesses. That is more suitable that you …

Justice vs. Equality

A lot of the doubts in many different topics arise due to a conflation of justice with equality. Allah is Completely Just and Fair. One of His names is al-Adl. On the other hand, there is never a guarantee in the Quran or Sunnah of equality. That means: Islam guarantees justice, but it does not …

Was the heaven or earth created first?

The Quran describes the creation of the heavens and earth briefly in many verses and in detail in a few verses. Some people claimed there is an apparent contradiction between what the Quran says in those verses. That contradiction is in the question: Was the heaven created first or the earth? We have the chronology …

What is the name of God?

Muslims generally call God Allah, which some have speculated is simply the Arabic word for God. We also believe in many other names of God including a list of ninety-nine names that includes ar-Rahman (the Most Merciful) and ar-Raheem. Some Christians say: The word Allah just means “God,” and that is a title. The word …

From Between the Backbone and the Ribs

Allah says in Surah Tariq: So let man observe from what he was created. He was created from a fluid, ejected, Emerging from between the backbone and the ribs. (86:5-7) Many anti-Islam apologists have tried to use this verse to claim the Quran misunderstands human reproduction. Some Muslims have become confused over this verse as …