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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 …

Can finite crimes deserve infinite punishments?

One of the objections people give to the concept of Hell in Islam is that the crime of disbelief is finite while the punishment is infinite. They say this is unfair. For the sake of this article, I will assume the reader already knows that beliefs can be punishable. See: Can false beliefs be immoral …

Complete Dawah in Five Verses

In Surah Baqarah, after the introductory passages about different types of people (believers, disbelievers, and hypocrites), Allah gives a general call to Islam to mankind. In five verses (2:21-25), Allah calls people to Islam and gives proof for God, proof for the Prophet (SAW), warning of punishment, and promise of reward. In blue is the …

Meaning of Ummah

This article will be about the different usages of the word Ummah in the Quran. It will not be about explaining the brotherhood of Muslims. That is a topic covered in many other articles by more qualified people. The word أُمَّة is used 51 times in the Quran in its singular form, and its plural …