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    The Focus of Events in the Qur’anic Surahs-Al-Baqara

    I remember a long time ago, I was asked by my African-Catholic driver about the order of events in Qur’anic stories. He asked: I tried to read the Qur’an and found the events not sequential. Why is it not arranged chronologically according to the time of events? Why does every Surah contain topics that are not related to each other? I remember that I did not know the answer to his question. I wondered, is my lack of knowledge a shortcoming or ignorance of this great book? Until one day I coincidentally read an article that talked about the goals of one Qur’anic Surah. It was amazing I found how…

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    The Miraculous Quranic Letters & The Concept of Abrogation

    One of the funny moments that I will never forget, was my first day at the French Cultural Center in Sana’a (Yemen). I remember I took my children at that time; they were in elementary school and had simple knowledge in the French language. I wanted to take them, since perhaps their presence comforted me. What surprised me a lot on the first day was when the French teacher, who had Arabic origins, insisted that everyone in the class should speak French. I couldn’t stop laughing every time I tried to pronounce difficult French words. I told the teacher: How can we speak French when we don’t even know the…

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    The Difference Between Religion and Traditions

    I was once making a presentation in German language about Islam to a large group of Germans who were visiting our center by saying Islam is: The faith in one God “the Creator”, Who has no child or any partner, Who does not become incarnatein any of His creature’s image or body nor in any idol. And to have direct connection with Him by worshiping Him directly without any intermediary (priests, saints, prophets or idols, etc.). One of them asked me: If Islam is that simple and logical as you are saying, why do Muslims cause all these political problems? His question was in front of the group, and I had…

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    Islamic Law

    Touching Story: I once read a story about a Muslim woman who spoke about her former hatred of Islamic law throughout her youth, which she considered brutal and barbaric. In her adolescence she lacked commitment to prayer, and she hated Islam excessively because of these laws, which led to her reluctance to read the Qur’an. She also joined groups denouncing the provisions of Islamic law and demanding its abolition. Until one day, she was exposed to an incident that shook her entity, and changed her convictions along with her life completely. This lady said: I was on a road trip with my mother, father and brother, from one city to…

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    Different Qur’anic Recitations

    The difference is vast: A Catholic friend of mine asked me one day: You Muslims believe in the distortion of the Holy Bible and in the infallibility of the Qur’an, because there are many different books among the Christian denominations. Aren’t the multiple recitations of the Qur’an evidence of distortion? I told her: There is a vast difference between the two cases. As a Catholic, you believe in 73 books in the Bible, while the Protestant removed 7 books for not recognizing their authenticity. If the Catholic is right, for example, then the Protestant has distorted the Bible by removing Books from it, and if the Protestant is right, the…

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    Secularism, Comunism, Capitalism & Islam

    A French secular asked me one day: Why not separate religion from the state, and let human thoughts along with their points of view be included in references, similar to western societies? Along with completely separating religion and the lives of people, similar to how it was implemented in the French society. I replied smiling: You mean references depending on the human’s whims and mood swings? I told him: If you mean Christianity, then yes, Christianity is only a spiritual belief, no system can emerge from it. As for Islam, it is a system of life, not separated from life. Islam is a legislative concept, from which emanates a system…

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    Did Islam Come With Peace?

    Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, came with the religion of all the prophets of God, which is: Belief in one God ( Allah the Creator), God of prophet Moses, Jesus Christ and many others. The Creator who has no partner or child; we have to worship Him alone without an idol, stone, saint, priest or any mediator. Islam is a religion that provides inner peace for human beings by knowing and worshiping the Creator directly without an intermediary. Islam also answers the questions that revolve in the mind of man regarding the source of his existence, the purpose of his existence, and his destiny after death. Islam appreciates…

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    The Dilema of Evil and Pain

    I have read nice news that scientists have recently managed to manufacture prosthetic limbs that can feel pain to indicate that there is a defect somewhere in the limbs added to the body. The artificial pain-sensing skin does not only offer realistic functions, but also a potential humanoid robot with the ability to feel pain. Artificial skin helps develop smart prosthetics covered with functional skin that reacts to pain like human limbs. This allows the wearer to know if he is touching something that could damage him. This news brought back to my memory the question that atheists repeat which is why God created pain, and we find atheists now…

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    Does the Sun Set in a Muddy Spring?

    One of the most common misconceptions that were raised about the Holy Qur’an’s credibility is: “the sun sets in a muddy spring”. We find in Surat Al-Kahf: 83-86 And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about Dhul-Qarnayn. Say, “I will recite to you about him a report.”Indeed We established him upon the earth, and We gave him to everything a way. (84) So he followed a way (85) Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it [as if] setting in a spring of dark mud, and he found near it a people…” Athiests ask: if the sun is one million and thirty thousand times larger than the earth, how does it…

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    Is the Earth Round or Flat?

    Flight map onboard has always attracted my attention in my childhood. I loved watching it, because of my great love for travel. What I liked more is the projections of the sphere on modern aircrafts. I was keen to buy a spherical map of the world when I grew up to plan for my next trips. What surprised me one day is what I heard from some people. They clamied that the planet Earth is not round according to the Holy Qur’an. I was not convinced by this statement, because I was certain that the Qur’an preceded the disclosure of scientific facts, which were declared by the scientists of the…