The followings are the questions that I have received so far from the readers, along with their answers:
2: Where did we come from? Did we, in any form, exist before our birth here in earth? Was our total beginning right here on earth, with the birth of earthly parents? If we did exist, in any form, spirit, intelligence, or otherwise, what do you understand that existence to have been like?
3: What is the true purpose of life? Why are we here on earth? For some, of no religious faith, our birth and our purpose here would be simply, we guess, nothing more than something of biological origin -- just simply live and fend for ourselves, perhaps with greater success than those who have gone before us. Is there any Divine purpose underlying our existence? To repeat, why are we here?
4: Where are we going after this life? Is there life beyond our life here on earth? If so, what will it be like? What do you know about it? Will we know each other? What about our husband and wife and family relationships here on earth - will they continue beyond this life?
Question 5: In Islam it is believed
that Judas was crucified and not Jesus.
Question 6: I have been looking up several sites on the Islamic faith. I have read that Joesph plays a role in this faith but I can not find out exactly
what it is. If you can help --- What is the importance of the Prophet Joesph in the Koran?
Q1. A) What do you believe about God (if we understand
correctly, the Moslem name of the Supreme Being is Allah)?
B) What is he like? Does God, or Allah, have any form or image? Has
he ever been seen?
C) Do you ever use the expression, "Father in Heaven?" Do you
refer to Allah in the male gender - he?
Read Who is Allah?
one of the Creator’s names; He has many other names, like Ar-Rahman, Al-Malik,
Al-Quddos, As-Salam, Al-Mo’amen, etc., as He said:
17:110) Say "Invoke Allah or invoke Ar-Rahman (the Most Beneficent), by
whatever name invoke, for to Him belong the Best Names"...
22. He is
Allah Whom none has the right to be worshiped but He, the All-Knower of the
unseen and the seen. He is the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
23. He is
Allah Whom none has the right to be worshiped but He the King, the Holy, the One
Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures,
the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allah! (High is He)
above all that they associate as partners with Him.
24. He is
Allah, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. All that
is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the
42:11) " ... There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the
112:4) "And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him"
like Allah, He was never seen and it is impossible for the human mind to imagine
Him, as He said (Quran 20:110) "... And they (Allah’s creatures) do not
compass Him (Allah) with knowledge". The believers will see Allah after they
enter paradise and that will be their greatest reward as Allah said (Quran
75:22-23) "Some faces that Day shall be shining, looking at their Lord
don’t call Allah "Father", we only call Him with the names that He called
Himself with, as Allah said (Quran 7:180) " And for Allah belong (all) the
Most Beautiful Names, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who
belie (or deny or utter) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to
We use the
pronoun He not to refer to a gender, since Allah is High above having a gender
or any other attribute similar to His creatures; but in Arabic there is just two
singular pronouns "Howa (he) and Heya (she)" there is no "it", Allah
used the pronoun "Howa (he)" for Himself, that’s why we use it, we do not
mean that Allah has a gender. We use "Howa (he)" for the moon and "Heya
(she)" for the sun, we use "Howa (he)" for the angles too, and all these
have no gender. You will also see that Allah used the pronoun "Nahno (We)",
for Himself because one of the usages of the pronoun "Nahno (we)" in Arabic
is to indicate the greatness of the person, while in English it only refers to a
in the Quran (23:12-16):
We created man from a product of wet earth (clay).
placed him as a drop (of sperm) in a safe lodging.
We fashioned the drop into a clot, then We fashioned the clot into a little
lump, then We fashioned the little lump into bones, then clothed the bones with
flesh, and then produced it as another creation. So blessed be Allah,
the Best of creators!
Behold! After that you surely will die.
on the Day of Resurrection you will be raised (again).
created our father Adam from clay, we did not exist in any form before, we were
nothing, but it is in the power of Allah to do what ever He wills as He said: (Quran
16:40) Verily! Our Word unto a thing when We intend it, is only that We say unto
it: "Be" – and it is.
Read Who Created the Universe and Why?
51:56) I have not created jinn nor men except to worship Me.
here to worship Allah, that’s why He created us, He does not need us to
worship Him (He is free from all needs), but He wants us to and that satisfies
Him. The angles worship Allah day and night, but they don’t have any choice
like us, they don’t eat, drink or have any other enjoyments as we have, the
only thing that they enjoy is worshipping Allah, their worship to Allah is an
act similar to our breath, it comes naturally with out any effort, but our
worship to Allah is by choice, we choose to worship Him and we make efforts for
that and that’s what satisfies Allah more than the angles or any other
Allah for couple of reasons:
because we love Him, He gave us all the bounties that we have our sight,
hearing, feeling, thinking, provisions, etc. So the least we could do to thank
Him is to worship Him. As Allah said: (Quran 3:31) Say (O Muhammad): "If you love Allah, follow me: Allah will
love you and forgive you your sins, for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful"
hope to gain Allah’s Mercy and enter Paradise, by our worship we seek His
fear His severe punishment (Hell). As Allah said: (Quran 17:57) " ... they
hope for His Mercy and fear His Torment. Verily, the Torment of your Lord is
something to be afraid of."
obey His order to worship Him alone. As Allah said: (Quran 2:21) "O mankind!
Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that
you may become pious. Who has made the earth resting place for you, and the sky
as a canopy, and sent down rain from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits
as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allah
(in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshiped)
resurrect us after our death; we will either live in paradise forever or hell
depending on our deeds in this life. We will know each other’s, the people of
paradise will have their family relationships, but the people of hell will curse
one another even if they were husbands and wives, because they would blame each
other’s for being in hell.
the Trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the
earth will swoon away, except those whom Allah will. Then it will be blown a
second time and behold, they will be standing, looking on (waiting).
the earth will shine with the light of its Lord (Allah, when He will come to
judge among men) and the Book will be placed (open) and the Prophets and the
witnesses will be brought forward, and it will be judged between them with
truth, and they will not be wronged.
each person will be paid in full of what he did; and He (Allah) is Best Aware of
what they do.
those who disbelieved will be driven to Hell in groups, till, when they reach
it, the gates thereof will be opened. And its keepers will say, "Did not the
messengers come to you from yourselves, reciting to you the Verses of your Lord,
and warning you of the Meeting of this Day of yours?" They will say: "Yes,
but the Word of torment has been justified against the disbelievers!"
will be said (to them): "Enter the gates of Hell, to abide therein. And
(indeed) what and evil abode of the arrogant!
those who kept their duty to their Lord will be led to Paradise in groups, till,
when they reach it, and its gates will be opened and its keepers will say:
"Salamun Alaykom (peace be upon you)! You have done well, so enter here to
they will say: "All the praises and thanks be to Allah Who has fulfilled His
Promise to us and has made us inherit (this) land. We can dwell in Paradise
where we will; how excellent a reward for the (pious good) workers!"
you will see the angels surrounding the Throne (of Allah) from all round,
glorifying the praises of their Lord (Allah). And they (all the creatures) will
be judged with truth, and it will be said. All the praises and thanks be to
Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alameen (all that exists).
the Event (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) befalls.
there can be no denying of its befalling.
3. It will
bring low (some); (and others) it will exalt;
the earth will be shaken with a terrible shake.
5. And the
mountains will be powdered to dust.
6. So that
they will become floating dust particles.
7. And you
(all) will be in three kinds (i.e. separate groups).
those on the Right Hand (i.e. those who will be given their Records in their
right hands), Who will be those on the Right Hand? (As a respect for them,
because they will enter Paradise).
those on the Left Hand (i.e. those who will be given their Record in their left
hands), Who will be those on the Left Hand? (As a disgrace for them, because
they will enter Hell).
those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous
deeds) in the life of this world on the very first call for to embrace Islam,]
will be foremost (in Paradise).
will be those nearest to Allah.
12. In the
Gardens of delight (Paradise).
multitude of those (foremost) will be from the first generations (who embraced
14. And a
few of those (foremost) will be from the later time (generations).
will be) on thrones woven with gold and precious stones,
Reclining thereon, face to face.
will be served by immortal boys,
cups, and jugs, and a glass from the flowing wine,
Wherefrom they will get neither any aching of the head, nor any intoxication.
fruit; that they may choose.
the flesh of fowls that they desire.
(there will be) Houris (fair females) with wide, lovely eyes (as wives for the
unto preserved pearls.
reward for what they used to do.
Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk) will they hear therein, nor any sinful
speech (like backbiting, etc.).
only the saying of: Salam!, Salam! (greetings with peace) !
those on the Right Hand, Who will be those on the Right Hand?
will be) among thornless lote-trees,
Talh (banana-trees) with fruits piled one above another,
water flowing constantly,
fruit in plenty,
season is not limited, and their supply will not be cut off,
34. And on
couches or thrones, raised high.
Verily, We have created them (maidens) of special creation.
made them virgins.
(their husbands only), equal in age.
those on the Right Hand.
multitude of those (on the Right Hand) will be from the first generation (who
40. And a
multitude of those (on the Right Hand) will be from the later times
those on the Left Hand Who will be those on the Left Hand?
fierce hot wind and boiling water,
shadow of black smoke,
shadow) neither cool, nor (even) good,
Verily, before that, they indulged in luxury,
were persisting in great sin (joining partners in worship along with Allah,
committing murders and other crimes, etc.)
they used to say: "When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then
indeed be resurrected?
"And also our forefathers?"
49. Say (O
Muhammad): "(Yes) verily, those of old, and those of later times.
"All will surely be gathered together for appointed Meeting of a known
"Then moreover, verily, you the erring-ones, the deniers (of
"You verily will eat of the trees of Zaqqum (a horrible tree in
"Then you will fill your bellies therewith,
"And drink boiling water on top of it,
"So you will drink (that) like thirsty camels!"
will be their entertainment on the Day of Recompense!
disbeliveers say:) "What! When
we die, and become dust and bones, shall we (then) be raised up (again)
17. "And also our fathers of
18. Say: "Yes, and you shall then be humiliated (on account of your
19. It will be a single (compelling) cry (i.e. the second blowing of the Trumpet);
and behold, they will be staring!
20. They will say, "Ah! Woe to us! This is the Day of Judgment!"
21. (It will be said,) "This is the Day of Sorting Out, whose truth you
22. (It will be said to the angles)
"Assemble those who did wrong, together with companions (wives), and the
things they worshipped-
23. "Besides Allah, and lead them to the Way to the (Fierce) Fire!
24. "But stop them, for they must be asked:
25. "What is the matter with you? Why do you not help each other?'"
26. Nay, but that day they shall
27. And they will turn to one another, and question one another.
28. They will say: "It was you who used to come to us from the right side
(and beautify for us the sins)!"
29. They will reply: "Nay, you yourselves were not believers
30. "And we had no authority over you. Nay! But you were transgressing
31. "So now the Word of our Lord has been justified against us, that we
shall certainly (have to) taste (the punishment of our sins).
32. "We led you astray: for truly we were ourselves astray."
33. Truly, that Day, they will (all) share in the Penalty.
34. Verily that is how We deal with criminals.
35. For they, when they were told that there is no god except Allah, would puff
themselves up with Pride,
36. And say: "What! shall we give up our gods for the sake of a Poet
37. Nay! He (Muhammad) has come
with the (very) Truth, and confirmed (the Message of) the messengers (before
38. You shall indeed taste of the painful torment;-
39. And you will be requited nothing except for what you used to do (evil)
40. Save the chosen Servants of Allah (the believers);-
41. For them there will be a known provision (in Paradise),
42. Fruits (Delights); and they (shall enjoy) honor and dignity,
43. In Gardens of delight (paradise),
44. Facing each other on thrones (of Dignity):
45. Round them - will be passed a cup from a clear-flowing fountain,
46. Crystal-white, of a taste delicious to the drinkers,
47. Free from headiness; nor will they suffer intoxication there from.
48. And besides them will be chaste women, restraining their glances, with big
eyes (of wonder and beauty).
49. (Delicate and pure) as if they were (hidden) eggs (well) preserved.
50. Then they will turn to one another and mutually questioning.
51. A speaker of them will say: "I had an intimate companion (on the
52. "Who used to say, 'what! Are you amongst those who bear witness to the
Truth (of the Message)?
53. "'When we die and become
dust and bones, shall we indeed receive rewards and punishments?'"
54. (The man) said: "Would you look down?"
55. So he looked down and saw him in the midst of the Fire.
56. He said: "By Allah! You have nearly ruined me
57. "Had it not been for the Grace of my Lord, I would certainly have been
among those brought forth (to Hell)!
58. "Is it (the case) that we shall not die,
59. "Except our first death, and we shall not be punished?"
60. Verily this is the supreme achievement!
61. For the like of this let workers work.
62. Is that (paradise) better entertainment or the Tree of Zaqqum (a horrible
tree in Hell)?
63. Truly, We made it (as) a trial for the wrong-doers.
64. Verily, it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of Hell-Fire:
65. The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils:
66. Truly they will eat thereof and fill their bellies therewith.
67. Then on top of that they will be given a mixture made of boiling water.
68. Then their return is to the (Blazing) Fire.
69. Truly they found their fathers on the wrong Path;
70. So they (too) were rushed down on their footsteps!
71. And truly before them, many of the ancients went astray;-
72. But indeed We sent among them, warners (Messengers);-
73. Then see what was the end of those who were warned (but heeded not)
Q5. In Islam it is believed that Judas was crucified and not Jesus.
A) Why is
it that Islam holds this belief? B) Do you believe that Jesus’ disciples knew
that it was Judas on the cross and not Jesus? And if Jesus’ disciples
knew that it was Judas, C) how did the Christian scriptures come to say with such
consistency that it was Jesus who was crucified?
is it that Islam holds this belief?
Islam holds this belief because this is what the Quran
mentioned, the Quran did not mention Judas by name but the Hadeeth, which
explains the Quran, mentioned him. For more information see Jesus
and Mary in the Quran.
you believe that Jesus’ disciples knew that it was Judas on the cross and not
I am not sure if Jesus’ disciples knew what happened for
Jesus or not, but there are many facts that they knew, yet they are not
mentioned in the current popular Christian scriptures, one of the major facts is
that Jesus was born with no father - just like Adam. See the following Q&A.
C. How did the Christian scriptures come to say with such consistency that
it was Jesus who was crucified?
This question will drive me to dig into the history of the
Any Christian scholar of Christian history will readily
confirm that after the famous council of Nicea (325 AD), the church of St. Paul
(The Roman Catholic Church) selected out of the over three hundred Gospels in
their possession the four that most closely conformed to their doctrines. All
others were ordered completely destroyed because they were considered
"Apocrypha" (which actually means "hidden from the people").
Some of these were written by disciples of Jesus (pbuh), and not disciples of
disciples, who had never met Jesus (pbuh), such as Paul. If these destroyed
Gospels were not more authentic than the current selection then they were at
least of equal authenticity. The church also ruled that all Gospels written in
Hebrew were to be destroyed. An edict was issued that anyone found in possession
of an unauthorized Gospel would be put to death. Countless numbers of Christians
were then systematically killed as heretics and burned at the stake if they
maintained their belief in the divine Unity of God and did not conform to the
innovative teachings of Paul. It is well known that this practice continued
until at least the year 1616 AD.
Fortunately there was one Gospel -that I know of-, which
was saved although it does not agree with the teachings of St. Paul, this Gospel
is the Gospel of Barnabas, there is one copy of it in the Library of Congress in
Washington, DC, and another one in the British museum. A new printing has been
made off of these copies and it is available today. This Gospel agrees with the
Quran and mentions Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by name.
Some quotations from the Gospel of Barnabas:
In reply to a question by Philip, Prophet Jesus said:
"God alone hath no equal. He hath had no beginning, nor will he ever have a
end, ... He hath no sons, nor brethern, nor companions." (Gospel of
"... Verily ye have erred greatly, O Israelites, in
calling me, a man, your God. ... I confess before heaven, ... that I am a
stranger to all that ye have said; seeing that I am man, born of a mortal woman,
subject to the judgment of God, suffering the miseries of eating and sleeping,
of cold and heat, like other men, Whereupon when God shall come to judge, my
words like a sword shall pierce each one (of them) that believe me to be more
than man," (Gospel of Barnabas: 93).
There is a whole surah (chapter) in the Quran about Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) peace be upon him, you can read the
translation of its meaning from http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/012.qmt.html
In general, the Quran has stories about the other prophets to give a reminder and a lesson about them for the people to follow their example in
calling to the sake of Allah (God) and to learn from their wisdom.
About Prophet Yusuf peace be upon him there are many lessons taken from his story, I will touch briefly a few of them here:
The first lesson is about raising children. The parents must be fair with them, because in the story the brothers of Yusuf were jealous from him and
his other young brother because they felt that their father Prophet Ya’qub (Jacob) preferred him more, so they tried to kill him. Although Yusuf’s
brothers were also very righteous but their feelings that their father loved their brother more than them, caused them to hate and harm him.
The second lesson is that some dreams that we see while we are sleeping have real meanings and may come true, look at the verse 4 from this surah
(chapter) it contains Yusuf’s vision and verse 100 describes how it became true, also read verses 36 to 41 it describes how Prophet Yusuf was able to
interpret the meaning of the dreams of his two fellow prisoners, also verses 43 to 49 describe the dream that the king of Egypt saw and how
Prophet Yusuf interpreted it.
The third lesson is about Prophet Yusuf’s love and fear to Allah, when the woman whom he was in her house asked him to commit the sin with her, he
refused although she had power over him and she was young, beautiful and wealthy while he was youthful and single. She tried to force him, as she
said to the other women who cut their own hands when they saw his beauty: "if he refuses to do what I order him, he shall certainly be cast in
prison, and will be one of those who are disgraced", but Prophet Yusuf said: "O my Lord! Prison is more to my liking than that (committing sin) to
which they (the women) invite me to." Then Prophet Yusuf peace be upon him
was imprisoned for few years, just because he refused to commit the sin. This shows how the true believer acts when forced to do something wrong.
The fourth lesson is about how to call to the sake of Allah (verses 36-41), when the two prisoners asked Prophet Yusuf peace be upon him to interpret
their dreams he told them first: "No food will come to you as your provision but I will inform its interpretation before it comes", then after
he got their attention he started by calling them to his creed the monotheism he said: "This is of what my Lord has taught me. Verily I have
abandoned the religion of the people who believe not in Allah and are disbelievers in the Hereafter. And I have followed the religion of my
fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and never could we attribute any partners whatsoever to Allah. This is from the Grace of Allah to us and to mankind,
but most men thank not. O two companions of the prison! Are many different lords (gods) better or Allah, the One, the Irresistible? You do not worship
besides Him but only names, which you have named (forged), you and your fathers, for which Allah has sent down no authority. The command (or the
judgment) is for none but Allah. He has commanded that you worship none but Him, that is the (true) straight religion, but most men know not." Then
after calling them to his religion, he interpreted their dreams, he said: "O two companions of the prison! As for one of you, he will pour out wine
for his master to drink; and as for the other, he will be crucified and the birds will eat from his head. Thus is the case judged concerning which you
both did inquire."
Well, these are some of the lessons learned from Prophet Yusuf’s story, if you need more details or if you have any other questions please feel free
to ask, and I will do my best to answer you as soon as I can. May Allah guide us to His straight path.
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