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What is Hajj and Umrah?

What is Hajj and Umrah?   Umrah: this is the lesser pilgrimage which is optional and can be performed at any time. Hajj: The pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which every adult Muslim who is physically and financially able must make at least once in ...

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What Can Muslim’s Eat?

What Can Muslim’s Eat?   [5:88] Eat of that which Allah hath bestowed on you as food lawful and good, and keep your duty to Allah in Whom ye are believers Muslims can eat meat and vegetables. The restrictions are moslty realted to the type of meat we can eat. ...

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Our Husayn (a), Mourning him and his Karbala

By al-‘Allama al-Sheikh al-Ameeni. Translated by Shaun Astarabadi, [email protected] It is accepted to the Islamic nation, due to the finality of the prophethood and its particular concerns, that the holy prophet (s) had the knowledge about the wars , trials and that which happened to his family-house hold, their progeny, and ...

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What Does Zakat Mean?

What Does Zakat Mean?   Shia Muslims not only pay 2.5% left over from savings as zakat, but also an additional 20% as khums or general charity. However most prefer to pay directly to the needy. Note that it is forbidden to give Zakat and charity to the descendants of ...

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What is a Mosque/Masjid?

What is a Mosque/Masjid?   A mosque is a place of worship for Muslims.. Masjid is the Arabic term for a mosque. This term is used widely throughout the Islamic world, and the word masjid is widely preferred by many Muslims. The word masjid is from the Arabic root sajad ...

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What Happens to People that Kill Themselves?

What Happens to People that Kill Themselves?   Allah (swt) is the one that gave us life and only He has the right to take it away from us. Suicide is clearly haram in Islam. This is what the Qur’an has to say about suicide: [4:29] O ye who believe! ...

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How Do I Greet Fellow Muslims?

How Do I Greet Fellow Muslims?   The Islamic way of greeting a Muslim is by saying “As-Salamu Alaykum”. It means “Peace be upon you”, and the response of it is “Wa Alaykum As-Salam” meaning, “and on you be peace”. It is highly recommended to greet a fellow Muslim in ...

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Can I Still Drink Wine or Smoke after I become a Muslim?

Can I Still Drink Wine or Smoke after I become a Muslim?   No, a Muslim can not drink wine and other alcoholic beverages, as the Qur’an clearly forbids it. “They ask you about intoxicants and games of chance. Say: In both of them there is a great sin and ...

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What is the Koran or Quran?

What is the Koran or Quran?   The Qur’an is the Holy Book of Islam, revealed to the Prophet Muhammad  , and it is the literal word of Allah (swt). It was revealed over a period of 23 years by the angel Jibraeel. It consists of 114 Surahs (chapters) with ...

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What Does Sunnah Mean?

What Does Sunnah Mean?   Sunnah refers to the deeds, sayings and approvals (including silent approvals) of Prophet Muhammad  and the twelve Imams. The twelve Imams however also followed the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad  , so the sunnah of the Imams, is infact the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad.

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