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Monday, December 24, 2007

Q & A On Islam

1) Question: The Polygamy question
Answer: Plural marriage vs. plural mistresses. If in the U.S. the culture and the law allow a macho man to have 1 or 4 or 15 mistresses – why should we condemn Islam for making those men legally responsible for the women? *Plural marriage is not new to the Bible, Thalmud or the Torah as well as other religious scriptures like Vedas, ramayan, Mahabharat and Geetha. Islam did not initiate it; Islam regulated and fought the injustice that was happening in plural marriages. *The Quran is the only religious scripture in the world that contains the phrase, "marry only one". There is no other religious book that instructs men to have only one wife - In the Quran, Allah says, "Marry women of your choice, two three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them) then only one." (An-Nisa 4:3). Before the Quran was revealed, there is no upper limit for polygamy and many men has scores of wives. *Average lifespan of females is more than of males - Males & females are born in approximately the same ratio. A female child is more immunity than a male child. For this reason, during the pediatric age itself there are more deaths among males as compared to the females. During wars, there are more men killed as compared to women. More men die due to accidents and diseases than women and thus, many widows and orphans created which need protection, provision, care and love physically & spiritually. *The World female population is more than male population - In USA, women outnumber men by 7.8 million. New York alone has 1 million more females than males, and the male population of New York one third are homosexuals. The USA as a whole has more than 25million homosexuals & lesbians. Great Britain has 4 million more females as compared to males. Germany has 5million more females as compared to males. Russia has 9million more females than males. GOD alone knows knows how many million more females there are in the world as compared to males. Restricting each and every man to have only 1 wife is not practical. Even if every man got marry to 1 women, there would still be more than 30 million females in USA who would not be able to get husbands (considering that America has 25million gays). There would be more than 4million females in Britain, 5 million females in Germany & (million females in Russia alone who would not be able to find a husband. Suppose your sister happens to be one of the unmarried women living in USA. Among the options open to her are married to a man who already has a wife and be treated justly according to Islamic marriage principals, or becomes 'public property'. Those who are modest will opt for the first. *In Western society, it is common for a man to have mistresses and/or multiple extramarital affairs - in which case, the women leads a disgraceful, unprotected life. The same society however, cannot accept a man having more than 1 wife, in which women retrain their honourable, dignified position in society and lead a protected life. Between the two options to a women who cannot find a husband get married to a married man or become 'public property', Islam prefers giving women the honourable position by permitting the first option and disallowing the second. There are several other reasons, why Islam has permitted polygamy, but it is mainly to protect the modesty of women. But, do not forget also that it is not as easy as many people think how Islam allows polygamy. In Islamic law, the husband must get permissions and signature of his wife first to add another wife and then must also get approval from the authorities of the Islamic Affairs in the country and must give the reason why he want to add another wife. This council will then decide whether he can afford or not to have extra wives in terms of financial, time, physical health etc. He must abide to Islamic law and must be able to be just to all his wife. If he fails to do this, his wives can report to the council and he will then be punish.

2) Question: Men polygamous, why not women?
Answer: It’s not fair? Does fairness mean I must get half the orange and you get half? Or can fairness be I get the peel, you get the fruit? There is no denying it, men are polygamous by their nature, and women are monogamous by their nature. If God legislated it like that, doesn’t He know what He created?

3) Question: Are women oppressed in Islam?
Answer: Most likely someone thinks this because of the Muslim woman’s head covering. So, that thinking tells us that the more clothes a woman takes off, the more liberated she is. Therefore, according to this belief, the most liberated women are pornography models. To a Muslim woman liberation is to be respected for who she is not what she looks like. A Muslim woman’s beauty is seen by her female friends, her children, her close relatives, and her husband. The only people that don’t see her beauty are strange men.

4) Question: Does Islam command the murder of innocent people?
Answer: Why would anyone say so? (Most likely it will be something they saw on TV or ‘media’ related.) Let ponder this, “Are bats evil? If we saw one at night would we get scared?” We’ve watched too many Dracula movies right? Stereotype. Don’t let the media indoctrinate us with stereotypes. Travel the world and experience the diversity. There is more to planet earth then America and CNN.
In the Quran, Surah Al-Maa’idah 5/ 32
[…Whoever kills a soul, unless (it is in legal retribution for muder) of a soul, or whoever spreads corruption in the land – it is as if he had murdered all of mankind. And whoever saves (a soul) – it is as if he had saved all of mankind.]
To read more explanation on this topic, please go to this post - Islam Denounces Terrorism

5) Question: The spread of Islam was by the sword, through violence.
Answer: Then why today is Islam the fastest growing religion amongst Americans and Europeans? Where are the swords? Or is it the power of truth? If it is the truth from God, our Creator, don’t you think you deserve to learn more about it? He’s your Creator too. ( to read more on this topic, please go to this post - was Islam spread by sword?)

6) Question: Do Muslims worship the Grand Mosque in Makkah?
Answer: It is a point of direction for all Muslims around the world. It is the universal axis of universal brotherhood and sisterhood. If a Muslim harbored the belief that they were worshipping the Ka’bah, they would be committing a sin that Allah would never forgive. In Arabic ‘shirk,’ to associate partners in worship with God

7) Question: Non-Muslims cannot enter Makkah and Madinah?
Answer: Every man, woman, and child is allowed to enter Makkah – but they must purify their heart first. There cannot be in their heart love for any God other than the one true God. This is the visa requirement

8) Question: Why can’ t Muslims drink alcohol?
Answer: Of the things that the prophets warned of is alcohol and pork. This is guidance that will bring an individual prosperity and a warning that will bring an individual harm. We don’t need humans to tell us alcohol is a disease and detrimental to one’s health and prosperity. God already told us.

9) Question: Why are there so many sects in Islam, like Shia and Sunni?
Answer: With human differences, there is still one body of Muslims. Our God is the same, our Prophet is the same, our book is the same, our prayer is the same, our direction of prayer is the same, our name is the same (Muslims), our fasting is the same, our pilgrimage (Hajj) is the same on the same day and so much more. Our sources of legislation are the Qur’an and authentic Hadith. Whatever opinion comes, it is by these two we judge it. So, yes, there will be people who
differ. Muslims always have a standard to go back to by which the statements of men are measured.

10) Question: Purpose of religion is high moral character. Then why Islam? And why should those others be condemned? (Good acting person in hell?)
Answer: There is no base to say that the sum total of religion is good character? And what is the definition of high moral character? One can only think that its the way we act towards other human beings, nature, animal etc. Could there be more to religion ... say ... the right of God to be worshipped alone? Do you think it’s possible for a person to be good to humans, but in their relationship with God they are the most wretched? It is not fair to God who created you, shower you with provision, supply you with Oxygen to breathe, the sky as roof to protect you and guide you to the light of true faith through all His Prophets and Messenger and what did you give in return, you worship other than him as God instead (Angels, Prophets, Saints, Kings, Stars, Priests or worst Demons/Satan.). God only acknowledged your good conduct only if you recognize Him as your Lord worth to be worship.

11) Question: Death for the apostate?
Answer: The U.S. acknowledges the punishment for treason – death. Islam is not a bunch of theories; it is a way of life that encompasses spiritual, moral, and social laws. As you understand the punishment for U.S. treason, this is Islam’s punishment for violent treason

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