Comparative Religion

Procedure for Reverting to Islam

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Q: We humbly request your assistance in the correct procedure of making someone take the shahadah and embrace Islam. Please provide us with guidelines and the step by step procedure we should follow. Alhamdulillah, through the will of Allah Ta’ala there are many females who come to us to accept Islam, however we have only a short time to spend with them on the day of their conversion and thereafter encourage them to attend classes twice a week. What exactly must be told to them on that first day and which injunctions of Shari’ah be taught? Would you please kindly recommend what literature be given or used as a basis for teaching.

First instruct the person who intends embracing Islam (who we will hereafter refer to as 'revert') to have a shower by washing the hands, mouth and nose, and then pouring water over the entire body. This is the basic ghusl for a revert and is not compulsory but mustahabb. Instruct the revert to wear clean clothes as well. All this will be done prior to the time of conversion.

When the person arrives at the appointed time, then begin by explaining the meaning of the Kalimah to the revert. State that Muslims must believe in One God who has no partner, no son, no father, no wife, and nothing is comparable unto Him. Then we believe that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last and final Messenger of God to this world, after whom there will be no new Messenger or Prophet. Also explain that for God we say "ALLAH", which is Arabic for 'God'.

Thereafter read the kalimah and let the revert read after you. Break it up and read slowly so that the revert will be able to follow and pronounce the words correctly. Do this thrice or more, as per the need. After reading the kalimah now give the person the translation, as follows:"There is none worthy of Worship But Allah; Muhammad is The Messenger of Allah"

Tell the revert that this kalimah (article of Faith) should be recited as much as possible and he or she must believe thoroughly in its meaning as explained above.

Thereafter the revert must be put into a weekly class or even twice a week where the person will learn wudhu, salaah, and basics of how to read Quran such as Noorani Qaaidah and/or Yassarnal-Quran

Finally, the revert should also be encouraged to attend ta'leem at least once a week, for by association with other Muslims their iemaan will be strengthened. This is the basic follow up program. These last two points are vital for the preservation of iemaan and for them to remain steadfast on Deen

Allah Ta'ala reward you for serving Deen and for guiding people towards Islam - Aameen

Mufti Siraj Desai

What is the Zaboor

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Q: What is the meaning of Zaboor

One section of the present Old Testament is called The Psalms of David. This Book is understood to be a translation of the Zaboor of Dawood (alayhis-salaam) which was revealed to him by Allah Ta'aala. But as with other books of the Bible, it is certain that some parts were left out, or changed and adulterated, or altered to mean something other than what the original meant.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Non Muslim Reading Quraan

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Q: My Muslim friend told me that it is haram to touch the Holy Quran if one does not have wudhu. What about if one is not a Muslim but is interested in learning about Islam and reading a copy of the Quran? A non-Muslim friend asked me for a copy of the Quran and I gave one to her, but advised her to please respect it and to not touch it when she is not cleaned and to not read it in the toilet etc. But since this Muslim friend told me about the wudhu thing I am concerned because my non- Muslim friend will not have wudhu when she reads the Quran.

If you told your non-Muslim friend not to touch the Quran when she is not clean or when she is in her menses, and you believe that she will respect that and follow your instructions, then you may allow her to keep a translation of the Quran and read it. Another condition for this permissibility is that you should have strong hope of her being attracted to Islam. If she is merely reading the Quran for interest sake or she is a student doing some research and there is no hope that she will embrace Islam, then it will not be permissible to give this non Muslim a copy of the Quran. (Al-Fataawal Hindiyyah)

You should also advise her to keep the quran wrapped in a clean cloth and on a raised place, and not to keep it in a room where alcohol is consumed, or where any un-Islamic activity takes place, and not to touch the Arabic text.

Under these circumstances it will be permissible to leave the Quran with her even though she will not have wudhu when holding the translation. Fataawa mahmoodiya vol.12, p.26

Mufti Siraj Desai

Buying Bible, Psalms and Torah

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Q: I wish to purchase the torah zaboor and injeel. Can I do this?
A: Before purchasing them, consider the following points:
a) The original books revealed by Allah Ta'aala to the respective messengers cannot be found anymore. The current books available are not in their original form, but have been changed and altered by man.
b) The final book which is the Qur'aan is our guidance. The Qur'aan has abrogated these previous books. Thus, there is absolutely no need to purchase and read the previous books, which, as previously mentioned, include many falsehoods.
c) Once Sayyidina Umar (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) came in the august presence of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) with a copy of the Taurah and said: O Rasool of Allah! This is a copy of the Taurah. Sayyidina Umar started reading the Taurah and the face of Rasulullah started changing (he was becoming annoyed and angry). Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) noticed this and reproached Sayyidina Umar. When Sayyidina Umar saw the face of Rasulullah (filled with anger) he immediately said: "I seek refuge in Allah from the wrath of Allah and the wrath of His Rasool. We are pleased with Allah as our Rabb, with Islam as our Deen and with Mohammed as a Nabi". Thereafter, admonishing the Sahaabah, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: I take an oath on that being in whose hands my life lies; if (Nabi) Moosa appears among you and you follow him and stop following me, you would deviate from the straight path. If he (Nabi Moosa) has to be alive and live during my prophet hood, (he would have no choice) but to follow me". (Sunan Ad Daarimi V1 P126). We learn from this narration that; there is no need to read the previous books, reading the previous books is a means of displeasure to Allah and His Rasool, If Nabi Moosa (Alayhis salaam) lived during the era of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam), he would have had no choice but to discard his Shari'ah and follow the Shari'ah and Sunnah of our beloved Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam).
d) There is no goodness in the previous books which cannot be found in the Qur'aan and Sunnah. The Qur'aan and Sunnah encompass all goodness of all previous Shari'ahs. Study the Qur'aan and Sunnah under expert guidance. By doing this, you will benefit greatly in this world and the hereafter, Inshaa Allah Ta'aala. Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai

Giving Qur'aan Translation to non-Muslim

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Q: A Christian lady wants to read a Quraan with the English translation. Is it permissible for me to lend it to her?

You may give the Christian a copy of the English translation, but tell her not to touch the Arabic when reading it. Also tell her that she should keep it with respect, on a raised or enclosed place, and not in a room where liquor etc will be consumed or music played.