Muhammad Burhanuddin on Quora

Hi, I just created an account in Quora which founded by Adam D’Angelo (Facebook’s former CTO) and Charlie Cheever. It is knowledge market social network like facebook  but mostly on question answer.

Here the sample of my answer posted in quora answering many question:

Why do many Americans seem to blame/hate Muslims in the US?

We know why so many Americans seem to blame and even hate many muslims in the US… Because they got wrong information about the religion (Islam). Just try to obtain the correct information from the Qur’an independently without influence from any people, it is easy to find Islam and how the muslim should do in their life… :)

What are the various points of contention between Islam and Christianity?

Islam has no problem with the the Moses, David, Solomon, Abraham and Jesus prophecy. However Muslim had been noticed by God through His prophet, Muhammad about the story of those prophets and their people. I don’t think there is different concept about God among Moses, David, Solomon, Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad.

The story about son of God was came from the Council of Nicaea in 325. It is not from the Bible actually because Arius from Alexandria had the same concept similar with Islam about the position of the Jesus Christ. Finally with the power of Constantine Arius shall be terminated.

Islam has their own belive according to Al Qur’an about God and if you ask all muslim about those prophet you can find, “we make no distinction between any of His messengers – and they say: we hear, and we obey.” (Al Baqarah 285)

It will be a very long posting here… :)

Is it true that Islam permits Muslim men to own slave women, and permits them to have sex with them without marrying them?

Yes, it is true that Islam permits Muslim (Men) to own slave women. Hence, please don’t miss-interpreted the slavery, because Islam has own slavery concept.

About Islam permits Muslim men to own slave women and permits to have sex with them without marrying them is a “big wrong”. Please show me which verse in the Qur’an saying that…?

Today there is no more slavery, but the Qur’an shall be accommodate the past the future condition. Here we don;t know about future…

For Example, if happen a big war between Islam and other, and fortunately this time Islam win the war, then Qur’an shall have the rules about the captivation, including how to manage the slavery.

The example like we have to give food, home (or suitable place for living), including to make them marriage among them if they would like to have marry. However if there is a master would like to marry his slave, then his slave would be freedom and have equal right according to Islam rules.

What can be done with the Qur’an written in Saddam Hussein’s blood?

after reading the news, I agree with Sheikh Samarrai. We shall not etch Qur’an verses with human blood because blood is dirty, and in certain condition blood shall be clean up before muslim take a prayer. How we can make this “addition in Islam religion” in fact Muhammad never tought about this?

Doing the holy Qur’an written in blood’s someone like this can be categorize in “ghulluw” in Islam. “Ghulluw” was often done by Christian and Jews and that’s Allah noticed through Qur’an to avoid doing like this like on Surat An Nisa’ 171.

Why is drawing the prophet considered disrespectful in Islam when The Qur’an does not explicitly forbid images of Muhammad?

Drawing image of Muhammad would be deemed as “Ghulluw” in Islam (Ghulluw is like exaggerate, over-action, over attitude without guidance from Islam, and Muhammad never tought about this action or attitude)

Qur’an says:

لَا تَغۡلُواْ فِى دِينِڪُمۡ

“Do not exaggerate in your religion…”

This verse is actually a critics from Allah to Christian and Jews (Qur’an says them as People of the Scripture).

If this command was attentioned to the people of the scripture but written in Qur’an then this rules apply too for Muslim.

Jews draw their prophet, Christian also draw their prophet, and finally they argue which one is the right image of the prophet. If Islam did like this, it would be same like Islam open the opportunity to be insulted more.

If the Quran allows a Muslim man to keep 4 wives, why did Prophet Muhammad have more than 4?

Yes, because Allah gave Muhammad dispensation. Muhammad is very special and Allah legitimate his wifes by sending His verse on Qur’an surat Al Ahzab 50:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ إِنَّا أَحْلَلْنَا لَكَ أَزْوَاجَكَ اللَّاتِي آتَيْتَ أُجُورَهُنَّ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ يَمِينُكَ مِمَّا أَفَاء اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ وَبَنَاتِ عَمِّكَ وَبَنَاتِ عَمَّاتِكَ وَبَنَاتِ خَالِكَ وَبَنَاتِ خَالَاتِكَ اللَّاتِي هَاجَرْنَ مَعَكَ وَامْرَأَةً مُّؤْمِنَةً إِن وَهَبَتْ نَفْسَهَا لِلنَّبِيِّ إِنْ أَرَادَ النَّبِيُّ أَن يَسْتَنكِحَهَا خَالِصَةً لَّكَ مِن دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ قَدْ عَلِمْنَا مَا فَرَضْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ فِي أَزْوَاجِهِمْ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ لِكَيْلَا يَكُونَ عَلَيْكَ حَرَجٌ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

“O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war, and the daughters of thine uncle on the father’s side and the daughters of thine aunts on the father’s side, and the daughters of thine uncle on the mother’s side and the daughters of thine aunts on the mother’s side who emigrated with thee, and a believing woman if she give herself unto the Prophet and the Prophet desire to ask her in marriage – a privilege for thee only, not for the (rest of) believers – We are Aware of that which We enjoined upon them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess – that thou mayst be free from blame, for Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.”

If there is no above ayat, I don;t think Muhammad would have more than 4 wifes :)

Why do some Muslim women cover their faces from men?

I don’t know maybe they like to use veil, And covering face is not mentioned in Qur’an. Qur’an encourage to protect human auraat, that’s all :)

Has God said that every Muslim must sacrifice an animal every year? If so is it a must for single women?

Yes, sacrifice animal is one of God’s command. You can find in Islam if someone has a daughter then she must be redeemed by slaughter one sheep/goat by her family on behalf of her :)

Why is Islamic society (ummah) so disintegrated?

Bacause they argue not important thing, not important question, and not important topic :)

What does Islam say about beating of children by their teachers?

Dealing with children sometime not so smooth, sometime we have to beat of our children since they did so naughty and not discipline. However, beating of our children should be in frame to educate them become a wise man then.

As parent we also must be wise how to deal with our children, and educate them with passion, patient, good and wise will make our children feel comfortable with us.

Please read holy Qur’an Ali Imran 159:

فَبِمَا رَحۡمَةٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمۡ‌ۖ وَلَوۡ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ ٱلۡقَلۡبِ لَٱنفَضُّواْ مِنۡ حَوۡلِكَ‌ۖ فَٱعۡفُ عَنۡہُمۡ وَٱسۡتَغۡفِرۡ لَهُمۡ وَشَاوِرۡهُمۡ فِى ٱلۡأَمۡرِ‌ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمۡتَ فَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

“It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them. Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted they would have broken away from about thee; so pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah’s) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).”

If the situation persist, and we have to beat of our children, then we should not beat his/her face. This is according to Prophet Muhammad who said:

إِذَا قَاتَلَ أَحَدُكُمْ فَلْيَجْتَنِبِ الوَجْهَ

“if you have to beat, please avoid his face!”

What is an Ahmadiyah Muslim?

According to Ahmadi they are muslim, and if they don’t belief in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the Promised Messiah and Mahdi then they are infidel (kafeer), although we accept the Qur’an as our holy text, and face the Kaa’ba during prayer.

By the above condition, Ahmadiyah is become a new relegion altough they adopt alot from Islam that different from Islam (according to Al Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad Hadist and Sunnah)

Is there a country governed solely by the law of Shariah?

I don;t think now there is a country in this world governed solely by the law of syariah including Kingdom of Sa’udi Arabia, Iran, or Malaysia :)

Can a pig be genetically modified so it is kosher/halal?

pig is not halal anymore although can be genetically modified.

Leviticus 11: 8
“And the swine, because it divides the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud; it is unclean to you.”

Al Baqarah 173
“He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. but if one is forced by necessity without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits―then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.”

Why did God (or whom/whatever) create the world according to various religions?

World was created by God for human to explore more and for the benefit of mankind.

وَإِذۡ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ إِنِّى جَاعِلٌ۬ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ خَلِيفَةً۬‌

Behold thy Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.” (Qur’an Surat Al Baqarah 30)


because God wants to know who will reject the God and who obey the God:

هُوَ ٱلَّذِى جَعَلَكُمۡ خَلَـٰٓٮِٕفَ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِۚ فَمَن كَفَرَ فَعَلَيۡهِ كُفۡرُهُۖ ۥ وَلَا يَزِيدُ ٱلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ كُفۡرُهُمۡ عِندَ رَبِّہِمۡ إِلَّا مَقۡتً۬اۖ وَلَا يَزِيدُ ٱلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ كُفۡرُهُمۡ إِلَّا خَسَارً۬ا

“He it is that has made you inheritors in the earth: if, then, any do reject (Allah) their rejection (works) against themselves: their rejection but adds to the odium for the Unbelievers in the sight of their Lord: their rejection but adds to (their own) undoing.” (Al Fatir 39)

After God gives everything to mankind, like His question to human:

أَمَّنۡ خَلَقَ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضَ وَأَنزَلَ لَڪُم مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ مَآءً۬ فَأَنۢبَتۡنَا بِهِۦ حَدَآٮِٕقَ ذَاتَ بَهۡجَةٍ۬ مَّا ڪَانَ لَكُمۡ أَن تُنۢبِتُواْ شَجَرَهَآ‌ۗ أَءِلَـٰهٌ۬ مَّعَ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ بَلۡ هُمۡ قَوۡمٌ۬ يَعۡدِلُونَ

“Or who has created the heaven and the earth, and who sends you down rain from the sky? Yea, with it We cause to grow well-planted orchards full of beauty and delight: it is not in your power to cause the growth of the trees in them. (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Nay they are a people who swerve from justice.” (An Naml 60)

What is the connection (if any) between religious belief and measurable brain activity?

they have two ways connection between religious belief and measurable brain activities. brain is like a tool to know, to recognize and to analyze.

For example:
a) brain for theory, and
b) brain for practice.

brain for theory is for analyzing and observing all the theoretics things, and the region of activity usually within decision of presence aspect and absence aspect. Here, can be 3 stage that creates someone thinking like:

1) imagination
2) fantasy and
3) vision

and finally the result from our mind after the above stage we can get the truth related to the existential things or presence. For example what is God?, how prophet is, why there is end of the world, and so on, and so on.

Secondly is brain or mind for practice, that only analyzing about practical things, and the region of activity usually on the decision of dimensional “have to”, “obligation”, “forbidden” or “prohibition”. Here we only get relative truth that not related to the existential thing in the world.

For example, we think about human rights, freedom rights, living rights, and so on, and so on.

However the above minds (theoretics and practical) can be potentially influenced by ’emotional’ and ‘lust’. From these two things human can make a wish, willing, and intention. Hence, religion limited their activities in order not clash with other people wish, willings or intention…

Hope the above explains are Okay.. (*_*)

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