Dear honorable scholars, let me know the Islamic ruling of inter-faith dialogues that are carried out these days under the pretext of bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together.
Scholars of Islam, as-salamu `alaykum wa rahamatu Allah wa barakatuh. We have heard some people saying that a Muslim woman can marry a non-Muslim man without leaving Islam because the verse that prohibits Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men was confined to the early time of Islam. What is your opinion in this regard?Also, we have read in the news that a Muslim Sudanese girl has married a Christian Ethiopian man in a ceremony backed by a controversial religious edict b y a local scholar allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. What do you, Muslim scholars, say on this?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Are Muslims allowed to inherit from non-Muslims? What is your evidence?
As-Salamu `Alaykum. I have a question related to requirements for a prayer space. At some universities, they are not able to offer students a Musalla (prayer room) only for Muslims, but instead want to provide an interfaith prayer room, which means other religious groups could use it during the day.What requirements should we have for such an arrangement? I was thinking that the place should be clean, with no alcohol at any time, no images, and no religious symbols (crosses, crucifixes, stars, etc). Are these correct requirements, or are there others?Also, is it okay if they have a cross that would be covered by a curtain when we pray? Inshaa'Allah, your response will benefit many students at many universities. May Allah reward you!
As-Salamu `alaykum. Last week at an Interfaith meeting at our mosque, a Christian prayed in the line with the Muslim brothers at `Isha’. He had no wudu’, and it was a Muslim brother who had told him to 'watch and follow' him. A number of the brothers were upset. No one seemed to know how this situation should be viewed, or handled. Since it may arise in the future, we need to know what to do. There were those who condemned - not the Christian, but the Muslim brother who is NOT ignorant about Islam. Then there were those who were gentle. What should we do if similar situations arise in the future?
Dear scholars, how do we answer the people of different faiths when they say that all paths lead to the same end?
Dear scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. Christians speak about the spirit as does the Qur’an. In Surat Al-Qadr it says angels and the Spirit came down with the permission of Allah. Are they the same? Please comment on this.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I frequently hear the term “Ahlul-Kitab”. Does this term apply to the Jews and Christians of today with their gross violations of all the divine rules and teachings imbedded in the revealed books? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, as-Salamu `alaykum. What is the Islamic ruling regarding the actions of some Islamic centers and Sheikhs who offer condolences to the unbelievers whenever a calamity befalls them? Is it permissible to offer condolences to non-Muslims, keeping in mind that some Muslims fail to respond when their Muslim brothers and sisters are brutally killed anywhere in the world? Jazakum Allah khayran.