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Question: Is it correct that one shouldn’t clip one’s nails and cut hair if one is to sacrifice animal on the tenth of Dhul Hajj or later? Why? It seems not consistent with teachings of a religion which emphasizes on cleanliness.   Answer: The practice of refraining from clipping nails and cutting hair by those […]

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Question: Isn’t the mention of ten nights in the Qur’an (89:2) referring to the first ten nights of Dhul Hajj?   Answer: No it is not. The oaths in the Qur’an haven’t appeared to emphasize the significance of the objects mentioned in them. There can be no significance attached to a falling star, Qur’an 53:1, […]

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Question: Why did the poor the pilgrims who had nothing to do with the wrong policies of their rulers suffer if what happened yesterday was a punishment from God? Response: I simply pointed at a possibility. Everyone has a right to disagree. There are two types of punishments mentioned in the Qur’an: There were calamities […]

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Question: Can we donate our qurbani (animal sacrifice) money to go towards feeding Syrian families? Response: Animal sacrifice on Eidul Azha is meant to revive the spirit of sacrifice in us, following the example of the sacrifice of Ibrahim alaihissalam. It is not primarily meant to use the flesh or hide of animals for charitable […]

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Question: A religious personality recently mentioned in a television show that the Qur’an mentions the name of Hazrat Maryam only amongst ladies, giving a tacit message that it’s not a desirable thing to mention the names of ladies. What’s your take on it? Answer: The fact that Hazrat Maryam’s name is mentioned in the Qur’an […]

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Question: How would you respond to the decision of the US Supreme Court to legalize same-gender marriages? Answer: Same gender marriages are prohibited by God. A religiously legitimate marriage can take place between a man and a woman only. It can’t take place between two individuals belonging to the same gender because they can’t procreate. […]

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Question: Why are people in the west doing well in life and why aren’t we Muslims doing quite as well. Is it that God is pleased with them and not with us? Answer: We do well in life for two reasons. We use our God-given intellect and practice what we understand properly. And God helps […]

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