When Westerners think of Sharia law, their concept is usually centered on excessive punishments, such as being stoned for adultery or having hands cut off for stealing. However, Islam presents Sharia not just as a legal system but as an integral way to fulfill the will of Allah for each person and situation, since Allah’s will is to bring about compassion, generosity, and justice.
QURAN: Divine Authorship or Authored by Men?
Introduction As is true of any scripture, the Qur’an is a vital part of understanding Islam both as it is practiced today and as its origins are described. Since most non-Muslims have never read the Qur’an, a brief introduction is in order. The word “Qur’an” means “recitation” in Arabic and is thought to be derived from the Syriac... Continue Reading →
NASKH: Quranic Verses That Have Been Cancelled or Superseded by Later Verses
Many persons like to compare the Quran as the greatest rival to the Bible, as it is the holy book for some 1.8 billion Muslims the world over. These Muslims believe that it is uncreated and was given to them from the highest heavens and revealed progressively to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel in sections... Continue Reading →
Glossary for The Guide to Answering Islam
Herein is a glossary to help believers and unbelievers better understand Islam and radical Islam.
Why Is It That We Can Say the Quran Is Not a Literary Miracle?
If you were on a long trip and came across another that was heading to the same destination as you, and this new person said, “you are on the wrong path,” would this anger you that he implied that you and the others traveling with you had made a mistake? Would you verbally or physically... Continue Reading →
The Islamic Sharia AKA Sharia Law
Sharia law comes from a combination of sources including the Quran (the Muslim holy book), the Hadith (sayings and conduct of the prophet Muhammad) and fatwas (the rulings of Islamic scholars).
Is the Quran from God or Man?
The orthodox Islamic position on the Quran is that it is “uncreated” and “it was written from the beginning in golden rays on a gigantic tablet in the highest heavens.” (Morris 1916) The objective of this claim is to place the Quran above all else, even making it equal to God himself.
ISLAM and Shariah Law
People living in the Western world generally accept the concept of a true separation of the institutions of church and state. Hundreds of years of Western tradition have demonstrated the wisdom of keeping these institutions separated and the danger that ensues when the ecclesiastical and civil institutions are melded into one. That is not the... Continue Reading →
ISLAM and CHRISTIANITY: Identifying the Book of Truth
What does the Quran say about “God’s Word”? Surah 2:4 says, “[The righteous] trust what has been revealed to you [Mohammed] and to others before you, and firmly believe in the life to come.” What is meant by “what has been revealed . . . to others before you”? There are three separate writings mentioned... Continue Reading →
ISLAM: The Need to Search for the Truth
In the United States, there are 350,000 churches, making up hundreds of denominations. Eighty percent of these are stagnant, with nineteen percent growing only through childbirth, and less than one percent being by conversion.