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Converting to Islam

Question I am a Romanian Orthodox young lady, 21yrs old. I am in love with a Turkish Muslim man. If the situation arises, I would like to know the benefits of converting. I would do it fro love, and also I have read about it, and there are a lot of beliefs which make sense to me. I also know that in the qur'an, an islamic male is allowed to take a non0Muslim wife. Also, ... Read more...

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What's the classical definition of Zina?

Question What's the classical definition of zina? Does sodomy include this definition? Does sexual relation between women include this? Does oral sex include this? Does other forms of foreplay include this? Covering up on above, what laws under Shariah are applicable, and how does Quran's definition of zina cover up on it. Asim Sarfra ... Read more...

Can an Islamic State Permit Foreign Hotel Resorts?

Question This may sound like a silly question, but it came to mind during a brief trip I made earlier this month to the Maldives. The Maldives is a predominantly Muslim country, and one can see the shari'ah expressed in several of the laws. However, the Maldives' main source of revenue is tourism; western hotel resort chains such as The Four Seasons purchase some of th ... Read more...

How to Determine the context of Verses and Ahadith?

Question Most of the explanations given in your answers/articles are based on the rule and that is the CONTEXT of the verses of the Qur'an as well as the Hadith quoted is taken into consideration. My question is that how do you (or for that matter, someone else interested), find the authentic CONTEXT of a revelation of particular verse(s) and especially ahadith quoted ... Read more...

Getting One's Body Tattooed with the Declaration of Faith

Question Please I would like to know if I draw a tattoo of "la ilah illa allah wa muhammad rassoulou allah" is that considered as bad or it is forbidden. Thank you in advance. Mohieddine Zakaria MoroccoQuestion from MoroccoAnswerEven though I commend your desire to get the referred words engraved on your body, yet I would not recommend your doing so. On the c ... Read more...

How to Judge between Scholars

Question Where I live, and I supposed to a large extent, around the entire muslim world, religious scholars are held in high esteem. Laymen like myself are not supposed to question their opinions and "fatwas." However when scholars disagree between each other, it presents a huge problem for people like me. How do I decided which scholar has the correct interp ... Read more...