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How Can We As Muslims Answer These Questions

If you met a Muslim who was willing to answer all questions regarding Islam honestly, what would you ask?

I actually just asked a Muslim friend this question: what sort of food do you cook during the feasts every night on Ramadan?He is alone now since he was not able to fly to hia family in Marawi due to the invasion done by an ISIS leaning terrorist group. But he recently posted a sauteed shrimp dish that he cooked. So I am really curious about the type of foods they enjoy during this special time of the year.PS I also recently asked if English or Spanish names are acceptable for Muslims. Or if they can be more creative with names. Like I even joked to another Muslim friend to feminized an Arabic male name for his baby girl (his wife is 5 months pregnant). Instead of Abdul, he can name her Abdellete or Abdulisa Anne I said. He was horrified. Lol

I have a very long question for Muslims...?

If a hadith clearly says the Earth is flat while the Qur'an clearly says the Earth is round, that hadith obviously contradicts it and is unauthentic, but whether this hadith contradicts the Qur'an isn't so clear. Surely it contradicts Verse 60.8, which says Muslims must be equitable to inoffensive non-Muslims, but does it contradict a later Surah, Surah 9 (At-Tawbah), which seems to harmonize with it perfectly? I found a good study of Surah 9 from Islam Online at
I quote from the study:
“If we keep in view the preceding background, we can easily find out the problems that were confronting the Community at that time. They were:
1. to make the whole of Arabia a perfect Dar-ul-Islam,
2. to extend the influence of Islam to the adjoining countries,
3. to crush the mischiefs of the hypocrites, and
4. to prepare the Muslims for Jihad against the non- Muslim world.”

Can any church history or Muslims answer these questions?

Why doesn’t the myth of the “72 Virgins” exist in REAL Islam?

--- It does. (The Qur'an says that male Muslims will receive virgins in Paradise. But it doesn't specifically say 72 virgins.)

7. What is Sharia?

--- Islamic theocratic law

8. What does the word “Islam” mean?

--- Submission

9. Why was Mohammed forced out of Mecca?

--- For renouncing and denouncing the religions of the people there.

10. What is a caliph?

--- The theocratic leader of the ummah (the global community of Muslims)

11. What are the 2 sects of Islam?

--- Sunni and Shia

12. How did they develop?

--- Disagreement over who should be caliph

13. The early Muslim empire was competing against two other empires. Who were they?

--- Persia and the Byzantines.

To Our MUSLIM friends: Please answer the following questions re. Quran. Ps. provide the Quranic Verses for ea

You have asked questions that each require a book! I will endeavour to answer as many as I am able.

1. The Qur'an was revealed by God to the Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. Memorisation was the primary method of preservation. It was written down completely during the time of the Prophet Muhammad by his scribes. It was collected into a single book during the time of the first Caliph. During the collection, adherence to the following criteria was required:

- The verse must have been written down in the presence of the Prophet.
- Two witnesses must testify that they themselves had heard the Prophet recite the passage in question.

There is no specific verse or Prophetic tradition explicitly commanding the Qur'an be collected into a single book. However, the following verse is seen as an indication:

This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear God;
[Qur'an 2:2]

2. Yes, but we believe that it is no longer in its original form.

If they had observed the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto them from their Lord, they would surely have been nourished from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them there are people who are moderate, but many of them are of evil conduct.
[Qur'an, 5:66]

And lo! there is a party of them who distort the Scripture with their tongues, that you may think that what they say is from the Scripture, when it is not from the Scripture.
[Qur'an, 3:78]

Would you find it odd/ unpleasant if a Muslim answers question on Hinduism or a Christian or Hindu answers questions on Islam?

Very interesting question.  Everyone seems to agree with the logic that an answer is not falsified by an ad hominem argument against it, and therefore it's legitimate for non practitioners to answer.  The one exception (so far) is Shulamit Widawsky, who points out that if the question has to do with the subjective response of a religious practitioner (e.g. "how do you feel leaving a mikvah or going on haj or taking communion) then a non-practitioner doesn't have standing to answer.  However, it's interesting that the question itself is couched subjectively.  The writer is not asking about legitimacy but about feelings.  From that perspective, I have to say that it wouldn't feel odd or unpleasant (well, maybe odd - see Hillel Gray's joke here: What are the best Jewish jokes?.)  But if I had two answers to a abstruse Jewish question, one by a Rabbi and another by an Imam, I would tend (not absolutely, but tend) to believe the Rabbi.