I am asked many questions on Islam by people from all over the world. Sometimes answers are very clear-cut, with examples taken from Qur’an and Hadith, and sometimes there is a difference of opinion by scholars on matters. I try to answer them to the best of my ability, ensuring that I use religious backing and rationale to answer.
The frequently asked questions compilation below are some of the most asked questions that I usually receive. If you have a specific question please feel free to use the contact form.
What’s surprising about terrorism, is that it doesn’t have a definition in the United Nations’ literature. In 2005, one hundred and fifty Monarchs and Presidents met in a two days’ summit at the U.N. to define terrorism, after two days the summit ended without a definition and most of them said that there is no need for a definition because everyone knows what terrorism is.
Political scientists and international law professors have already defined terrorism, I spoke to Dr Robert Pape of Chicago university as well as Dr Philippe Sands of UCL and both of them agreed that terrorism is “targeting non combatants to push a political agenda”.
Terrorism has been practiced by individuals, organizations and by governments too-may be this explains why world leaders did not come with a definition in their summit-as soon as non combatants are targeted in any political disagreement, then what we are seeing is terrorism, which is totally prohibited by Islam. Islam does not permit the killing of innocent civilians under any circumstances
For more elaboration on the topic please watch:
Extremism is not extra religion, but rather the phase just before apostasy from religion. It is very easy to go extreme whether to the right or to the left but the challenge of every Muslim is to always stay in the middle, a moderate Muslim, as one of the members of the moderate nation.
God says in the Quran:
وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا
“Thus We have made you a middle nation” (Qur’an 2:143) which is the verse exactly in the middle of Chapter2 from the Qur’an which consists of 286 verses.
The prophet Muhammad peace be upon him foretold the appearance of extremists after his death and described them as people who will get out of the religion despite their good recitation and their humbleness in prayers
I accepted nearly every invitation to talk, I received from Muslims and non-Muslims alike, as long as I was available at the time of the event. My acceptance never depended on the background of the invitees or the organizers. Whether they are so called moderates or extremists. All types of young Muslims are my target audience. The last event I attended with the Muslim brotherhood was in Egypt in the year 2000, then after the revolution of the 25th of January 2011, and during the short period in which Egypt enjoyed democracy before the coup on 2013, some of their youths got in touch with me asking for some advise which I always gave to them as well as to others sincerely.
The first thing I learnt, when I started to study Islamic studies, is that: No one is infallible except the prophets of God, all others, including scholars, are not safe from falling in error no matter how knowledgeable they are.
I studied Dr Yusuf Al-Qaradawy as I studied other multi faith scholars, I definitely benefitted from him, like I benefited from others as well, but that doesn’t mean that I am a copy of any of them. I agreed with them and differed too.
Islam liberated women, from being abused by men. Islam gave the women the right to vote 14 centuries before they got it in the USA in 1920, or in France in 1945 or in Switzerland in 1971. Women were granted their rights in Islam with any need for struggling to get them, like they did in Europe and the USA, and the suffragettes were jailed and pushed to act violently in order to increase awareness of their struggle.
In Islam men and women are equal and it is very unfortunate that they are not granted their Islamic rights today in some Muslim countries. The Prophet Muhammad had lady Um Salama as his political consultant and he applied her advice in a very serious matter which turned to be a very wise advice.
Prohibiting women from driving has no basis in Islam. I personally believe that it is more appropriate to let women drive their cars than put them in a car for several hours every day with a foreign driver who hasn’t seen his wife whom he left back home in India for several years. I think it is safer and more honorable if women drive their own cars.
Islam doesn’t allow violence against spouses and those who thought that the Qur’an allows it are wrong! It all stems from interpreting a verse in the Qur’an wrongly by assuming that the hitting mentioned in it is for disciplining, this whole topic is explained in details in this episode.
To conclude, Islam doesn’t allow any violence against spouses, and if a woman is beaten by her husband, then she should raise a complaint with the appropriate authorities.
I see that women only mosques are a bid’a (innovation in religion), same as brothers only mosques. What pushed women to establish their own mosques, is the negligence they face in many mosques, many mosques provide no facilities for them, no prayer area, and most of those who provide one for them occupy it on Friday sermons, because there is not enough space for men. It is more proper to hold more than one jam’aa and allow women to come to the mosque than prevent them in order to make space for men.The prophet ﷺ said: ” Do not prevent the female servants of Allah (Muslim women) from attending the mosques of Allah.”. The prophet Muhammad ﷺ did not have any men only events including going to battle, but some Muslims today feel that they have more manhood than the prophet peace and blessings be upon him himself.
Since I work on correcting misconceptions, I would accept an invitation to women only or men only mosques under the condition that I address that issue with them. Otherwise, I would never accept an invitation to such mosques, if they ask me not to address it.