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Br. Mohsen Haredy Concluded This Live Session On Sunday 16 December, 2012
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Mohsen Haredy-12-12-2012

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

We are glad to have concluded this Live Session on Sunday 16 December, 2012. 

This session was dedicated to “Ask About Islam”; Br. Mohsen Haredy replied to general questions about Islam including misconceptions and misinterpretations of Quran and Hadith.

Please don’t hesitate to send us additional questions at any time through the following email address:

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Br. Mohsen Haredy is the Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Da`wah Committee in Kuwait, and a contributing writer and counselor of Reading Islam. He graduated from Al-Azhar University and earned his MA in Hadith literature from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Currently he is an overseas PhD student at Leiden

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Below you can review all questions and Br. Mohsen’s replies:

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Question 1:  What do Muslims believe about Jesus?

Answer:

Salam Dear John,

Thank you for your question.

Muslims believe that Jesus (peace be upon him) is one of the many prophets and messengers sent by God to guide humanity. Muslims also believe that Jesus was sent with the same message that was given to other prophets, i.e. to worship God alone and not associate partners with Him. Muslims believe that Jesus never claimed that He is God or son of God. Jesus' message was corrupted later and many changes have been introduced into it.

In summary, it is a core Islamic belief that Jesus (peace be upon him) is a human being who was miraculously created from a mother but not a father, just like Adam who was created without a father nor a mother, and Eve who was created from Adam (peace be upon them) by God’s word “be” and it was.  He is a prophet and a messenger but yet not any messenger; he is a mighty messenger, in Arabic min ulu al-zmi-mina Rusul.  In addition, Muslims believe he was not killed, therefore not crucified since crucifixion is a humiliating act that discredits his position but was raised to the heaven in order to return towards the end of time as a follower of Muhammad, a Muslim praying like Muslims, to abolish all evil on earth including the killing of the false messiah (Al-Massieh Addajal).

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Question 2: Assalam Alaikum... The Christians believe that the prayer OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN was taught by Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him)... What is the story behind it?

Answer: 

Salam dear Nadia,

Thank you for your question.

Let me repeat what I said earlier in my answer above.

Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) never claimed any divinity. He never claimed that he is God or even son of God. Muslims believe about the Bible what Christian scholars say about it that it has the hand of the translators, the hand of interpreters, and it had been subject to many reviews over the centuries. 

So we will no be able to rely on the story behind it since we cannot confirm its authenticity.

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Question 3: What are the pillars of the Islamic faith?

Answer:

Salam dear Adam,

Thank you for your question.

The pillars of the Islamic faith are to believe in:
  1. Allah, the One True God Who has no father or son
  2. Messengers of Allah who were sent to convey God's Message to humankind, the final one being Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
  3. The Angels who are creatures always bound to worship Allah
  4. The Divine Books or scriptures including the Torah, the Gospel, and the Psalms as they were originally revealed, and the Quran
  5. The Day of Resurrection when people will be raised up from death to receive their book of deeds and punishment or reward accordingly
  6. Divine destiny or predestination that nothing happens in this world without the knowledge of Allah.
A Muslim's belief is incomplete if he misses any of these beliefs.

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Question 4: In the Qu'ran, it says "We then clothed the bones with the skin" Is this statement accurate? If not, then can someone interpret it to mean that skin is over bone in terms of layering? Thank you

Answer:

Salam dear Ahmed,

Thank you for your question.

The translation of the verses concerning the different stages of creating man is as follows:

{We created man from an essence of clay, then We placed him as a drop of fluid in a safe place, then We made that drop into a clinging form, and We made that form into a lump of flesh, and We made that lump into bones, and We clothed those bones with flesh, and later We made him into other forms ––glory be to God, the best of creators!–– then you will die 16 and then, on the Day of Resurrection, you will be raised up again.} (Al-Mu'minun 23:12-16)

I will quote for you the statement of Dr Keith L. Moore, Ph.D., from the Department of Anatomy, University of Toronto, Canada: 

"This continuation of Sura 23:14 indicates that out of the chewed lump stage, bones and muscles form. This is in accordance with embryological development. First the bones form as cartilage models and then the muscles (flesh) develop around them from the somatic mesoderm."

So your quotation could possibly be a mistranslation since the verse above clearly states that bones are clothed with flesh, not skin.

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Question 5: I used to regularly wear Islamic hat before 4 years when I was in college then after a while since my hair was getting bald I stopped wearing it. I am not sure if wearing it is mandatory or just a Sunnah? Please explain.

I want to major in Islamic studies somewhere abroad. I am currently studying my MBA in a local university but want to study some kind of Islamic study after I finish what I have started. What do you advice me and how shall I go on?

Answer:

Salam dear Nabil,

Thank you for your keenness in following the teachings of Islam.

Wearing a modern hat is not an act of the Sunnah. What is reported about the Prophet (peace be upon him) is that he wore something like a turban because it was a custom at his time. Scholars differed on this issue and they concluded that people follow the custom of their communities. In Gulf countries, there is a special custom; people are free to follow this custom or ignore it; it is not an act of worship. In the West, it is not common to cover the head. So people are free to do so.

There is no single word in the Sunnah that says covering the head is an act of the Sunnah of the Prophet.

With regard to studying Islamic studies, I advise you to travel to Egypt and join al-Azhar University, the oldest learning seat all over the world. If it is not possible to travel to Egypt, you may travel to Tunisia and join Zaytuna University.

There is also an Islamic Online University in Qatar and it offers courses in Islamic studies in English.

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Question 6: Do you and will you believe in the coming of Jesus Christ?

Answer:

Salam dear Julia,

Thank you for your question.

It seems that today's session is about Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) since this the third question about him. Anyway, his teachings need to be covered in voluminous works.

Muslims believe that the coming of Jesus Christ is one of the major signs of the Last Day. We read in the Quran what means:

{He is nothing but a slave (meaning Jesus) on whom We bestowed favor, and We made him a pattern for the Children of Israel. And had We willed We could have set among you angels to be viceroys in the earth. And lo! verily there is knowledge of the Hour. So doubt ye not concerning it, but follow Me. This is the right path.} (Az-Zukhruf 43:59-61)  

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Question 7: I converted to Islam few months ago. Do I have to change my name?

Answer:

Salam dear Ezabilla,

Thank you for your question.

We would like to welcome you the fold of Islam. We pray to Allah Almighty to help you remain steadfast in your faith.

Changing your name is not an obligation. As I always say in answering such a question, it is not a pillar of Islam for new Muslims to change their names.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) changed only the names that had bad connotations such as Harb, meaning war.

If you do not have any problem with your name, please keep it.  

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Question 8: How should I deal with my non-believing parents?

Answer:

Salam dear May,

Thank you for your question.

Islam teaches that we should treat our parents kindly and gently even if they are not Muslims.

Try your best not to change the way you treat your parents after your conversion to Islam. If you treat them badly, they will get a bad impression about Islam. They will think that this is what Islam commands you about how to treat them.

Do not engage with them in debates about Islam. Try to embrace Islam in your daily life and let them judge your behavior and how Islam changed you to the best.

Always make du'aa (supplication) to Allah Almighty to guide them to Islam.   

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Allah Almighty knows best.

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