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|As-salamu Alaykum. A friend, who is an orthodox Hindu, is very much impressed by Islamic values and morals and he would like to embrace Islam. But he has some doubts to be cleared. 1. Why is circumcision needed? What is the scientific basis of it? Give evidence from scientists who are non-Muslims. 2. If circumcision is done in India, they only remove a small portion of foreskin, whereas I heard that Prophet Muhammad had it done for the entire foreskin, is it necessary to do so? 3. Can the Prayer, call to Prayer, and conversations with Allah be done only in Arabic? If I embrace Islam, is it necessary that I recite the words of testimony in Arabic, which I don’t know? Why can’t I do so in English or Hindi? Why should I recite the Prayers of Salah only in Arabic and not in any other language? I do not know Arabic and I do not like the language. 4. Is there any valid archeological proof, or any other proof, for the details of other prophets like Salih, Yahya, Jacob, etc, which are not mentioned in the Bible or Torah, only in the Quran? Thank you.|
As-salamu Alaykum Dear Brother,
Thank you for your questions and for contacting Ask About Islam.
Your first question is about the necessity of circumcision. In fact, circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin surrounding the head of the penis. It is a very simple operation and normally does not cause any complications. Here is a scientific view of the matter:
In Islam, it is a strongly recommended Sunnah custom (a practice of the Prophet) to be emulated by all the males among Muslims. According to the Shafi`i’ School, it is obligatory for all Muslim males.
As for using Arabic only for the daily ritual of Salah, please don’t forget that a Muslim is never an isolated entity from the whole Muslim Ummah body. Muslims pray Salah individually and in congregation. Using one common language is a symbol of the unity of all Ummah (nation) members. This never means that all Muslim have to speak no other language or cannot use other languages in their supplications.
Salah is a form of worshiping the Almighty God of the universe as taught by the Last Prophet, and our duty as Muslims is to emulate the Prophet as closely as we can. For one thing, if individuals are given a choice here, the present uniformity and unity of the Muslim Ummah would be undermined.
So, we must perform this rite of worship in Arabic only. If you do not know Arabic, you can learn it, at least as much Arabic as is necessary for practicing Islam, as millions of new Muslims have been doing during the past centuries.
Question: Is there any valid archeological proof, or any other proof, for the details of other prophets like Salih, Yahya, Jacob etc, which are not mentioned in the Bible or Torah, but only in the Quran?
In fact, Yahya and Jacob are mentioned in the Bible. As for Salih, note the following:
In AH 9, the Last Prophet and his followers came across the archeological remains of the Thamud people, to whom Salih came, while in an expedition to Tabuk against the Roman forces. Also, there are indications that the recently excavated rock city of Petra in present day Jordan was a Thamud city. Thus, we have some archeological proof of prophets mentioned by name in the Bible and or the Quran.
But you know that the Quran as well as the Hadith clearly state that there were thousands of prophets who preached the religion of God to their respective peoples in different periods of history. And so, it is not necessary for a Muslim to get archeological proof to believe the clear statements in the Quran such as this verse which means:
Or, this verse which means:
And Allah knows best.
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