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Does God Have a Gender? Are Ash’aris and Maturidis Disbelievers?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: 1. Am I correct that our understanding of God in islam is that He has no biological sex? 2. From my understanding, once Islam started spreading to different lands, different scholars codified Islamic beliefs in order to call non-muslims to Islam. Therefore, different schools of theology emerged. Are any […]

Do We Worship Allah Due to His Essence Alone, or Due to His Command?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Kahn Question: Do we worship Allah because it is His right over us, because of His essence alone? Or because He has commanded us to do so? Answer: Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health states. The two perspectives are not necessarily mutually exclusive. […]

Sunni Orthodoxy: When Was It Established and Systematized?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: Is it true that “Sunni orthodoxy” was established in the third Islamic century? I have read this in many books authored by non-Muslims. My understanding is that orthodoxy was known from the first century, but systematized as a science in the third century. Is this understanding correct?   […]

Are Good and Evil Determined by the Human Intellect or by Revelation?

Answered by Sidi Faraz A. Khan Question: In a hadith,  a sahabah willing to enter Islam approached the Prophet (pbuh) and informed of his only objection, which was regarding the prohibition of fornication.  The Prophet(pbuh) responded by questioning whether he would object against if someone else did the same to his sister or daughter.   So […]

The Ash`aris & Maturidis: Standards of Mainstream Sunni Beliefs

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it true that the Hanbalis were very anti-Ash`ari? I have heard from some people that the beliefs of the Salaf were the beliefs of the “Atharis” and not the Ash`ari/Maturidis and things like interpreting the attributes is not valid. Can you please clarify? Answer: In the Name of […]