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Questions tagged [islam]

Questions about the religion of the Muslims; a monotheistic faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah.

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Are there officially pronounced “no-go” Islamic zones in France?

In this Hannity interview on Fox News on 9 January, 2015, American author Robert Spencer said that: So in France they have set up - the French government lists on a public web-site -751 no-go areas,...
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Did al-Ghazali lead to decline of science in Islam as Neil Tyson claims?

The astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that during the Islamic Golden Age, especially in Baghdad, science and discovery flourished for a few centuries. Then an Islamic scholar named al-...
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Did Valerie Jarrett say she wanted “America to be a more Islamic country”?

This picture, being shared on Twitter, alleges that Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to the President, during the Obama administration, claimed to be of Iranian descent and of Islamic faith in ...
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Have Islamic prayers been introduced into Ontario public schools while Christian ones have been removed?

Recently I saw one of those chain letters circulating that made a number of lurid claims that looked suspect for me. Here's the first such claim: Islamic prayers have now been introduced into ...
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Is Saudi Arabia funding 200 mosques but not accepting any refugees?

Has Saudi Arabia announced it'll build 200 mosques for those fleeing fighting in Syria and Iraq, but won't accept any refugees? Example claim: "Saudi Arabia Offers to Build 200 Mosques for Syrians in ...
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Were students “forced to recite 'Allah is the only God'” in Tennessee public schools?

This report claims: STUDENTS FORCED TO RECITE 'ALLAH IS THE ONLY GOD' ... Now, parents of public-school students in Tennessee are protesting assignments that include writing a declaration ...
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Have there been more than 27,000 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11?

I was browsing a hashtag on twitter (#StepsToReverseClimateChange to hopefully find how I can help myself), and saw a post by someone with this image attached: The image reads: More than 27,...
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Did Christians kill thirty to fifty times as many people in political violence as Muslims in the 20th century?

Blog post by US academic Juan Cole (sometimes linked to in twitter) Twentieth Century Deaths in War and Political Violence by Religion Total: 102 Million Killed by Christians of European ...
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Is it prohibited to marry more than one woman in US?

It's a wide belief between Islamists in my country that in the West, men are not allowed to marry more than one woman even if all parties (both women and the man) accept it, As Islamists view it, ...
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Did Malcolm X say that Islam has shown him that a blanket indictment of all white people is wrong?

The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks. It can be found here and here, but this answer on Quora ...
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Does the Quran advise men to beat their wives if they disobey them? [closed]

I found this post on Reddit in which it is mentioned that the Quran advises men to beat their wives if they do not obey them. This is a quote from the link: Surah 4:34: "Men are in charge of women ...
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Is Islam banned in Japan?

I noticed some people posting and reposting bold statements online that Japan is (the only) country that banned Islam. I searched a bit and found out that there are some mosques and Muslim societies ...
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Did Muhammad exist?

What contemporary historical records of the existence of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, exist or are known to have existed at some point?
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Did the Quran predict the speed of light?

It appears to be popular to claim that the Qur'an predicted the speed of light before it was scientifically well understood. Although none of the sources state that outright, that is what they imply. ...
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Is the number of Muslims correlated with terrorist attacks?

As reported in The Guardian, the Australian TV host Sonia Kruger has recently kicked up a storm by claiming that There is a correlation between the number of people in a country who are Muslim and ...
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Is Sweden experiencing a “rape epidemic?”

The US think-tank, the Gatestone Institute - along with many conservative web-sites, has claimed that rapes in Sweden have gone up because of the influx of refugees from the Middle East. Forty ...
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Did the Saudi mufti issue a fatwa saying that men can eat their wives?

According to some news reports, a leading Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia has permitted men to eat their wives (the whole thing, or only part if that's all they need) if they get hungry enough. This is ...
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Did medieval Russia reject Islam because of its prohibition against alcohol?

For a long time, I have been aware of a historical anecdote about the attempt to convert Russia to Islam. I don’t know where I first heard the anecdote: I’m pretty sure it was oral, so I had to dig a ...
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Has the Quran (the recitation) been preserved since Muhammad?

Islamic scholars claim that Quran's preservation is the one of the most miraculous aspects of Quran. In fact, a major reason for muslims to believe in the Quran was the preservation of Quran, which is ...
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Is ISIS beheading children in Mosul, Iraq?

On the Gateway Pundit, this claim by Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo is posted: “There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and ...
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Did Hitler use a verse from the Quran in one of his speeches?

In this book ( سلسلة قادة الحرب - كتاب أدولف هتلر.. الطبعة الاولى - بيروت - صفحة 38 - ترجمة كمال عبدالله. ), the author claims that Hitler quoted a verse from the Quran. Is there any evidence of this? ...
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Is Mecca at a special place on the earth's surface, dictated by the Golden Mean?

Mecca considered by Muslims to be the holiest city of Islam. This video about the Mecca makes the following claims: Mecca is at a special point on the Earth's surface in the sense that its ...
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Was a class of Dutch school children required to learn Muslim prayer?

Many websites claim that some school children in Holland had to learn "how to pray in a mosque". Is this claim true?
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Did Muhammad marry a 6 year old?

Making the rounds of news sites today is a story of a billboard in Indianapolis that makes the following six claims regarding the prophet Muhammad, under the heading "The Perfect Man": Married 6 year ...
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Does polygamy result in less infidelity and prostitution?

An answer (now deleted) at the new Islam.SE site made the following claim: If one takes a look at society where polygamy is banned or discouraged, you will see that some men will always try to ...
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Is Hitler's book “Mein Kampf” a bestseller in Muslim countries?

This article from the Telegraph makes the claim that Adolf Hitler's infamous manifesto, Mein Kampf is a bestseller in the Palestinian territories: AN Arabic translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf which ...
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Are Muslims 25 times more likely to commit terrorist attacks within the United States than non-Muslims?

This article claims that Muslims are 25 times more likely to commit terrorist attacks than non-Muslims. Are the claims of the article at all accurate? In addition is the graph linked in the article ...
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Is Islam based on a moon worshiping cult?

I've heard this claim many times, mostly from anti-Islamic sources such as this one. Basically, they attempt to refute the way Islam views itself as an "Abrahamic" faith that is basically a newer ...
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Will Europe soon have more Muslims than Christians?

This story, which appeared in the UK tabloid The Sun (and widely repeated elsewhere), has also been doing the rounds on social media. The original story has the strapline: Muslims will soon ...
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Does Hijama (cupping) alleviate pain and other ailments?

Hijama is, as I understand it, an Islamic and traditional Chinese technique somewhat similar to bloodletting wherein the patient receives multiple minor perforations to his back after which suction ...
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Have more British Muslims joined Islamist groups than serve in British armed forces?

From the New York Times: Her Majesty’s Jihadists Her Majesty’s Jihadists More British Muslims have joined Islamist militant groups than serve in the country’s armed forces. How to understand ...
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Did Nizari Ismailis assassins commit murders under the influence of hashish?

From Wikipedia: The Assassins (from Arabic: حشّاشين‎ Ḥashshāshīn) were an order of Nizari Ismailis, particularly those of Persia and Syria that formed in the late 11th century. In time, the ...
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Do US Military personnel have to observe Ramadan while Gideon volunteers are banned from bases?

The website The Gateway Pundit claims "Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules" : The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The ...
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Did chess not appear until after the death of Mohammad?

In the book The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi made a claim: Researchers have proven that chess did not appear until after the death of the Prophet Did chess not ...
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Did a banned treatise claim Leonardo da Vinci converted to Islam?

I found this to be strange, if not absurd: Morteza Khalaj Amirhosseini, the author of the book "Leonardo Da Vinci's Drawings", went on to say that the book presents a complete biography of Da Vinci ...
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Do 22% of Muslim women in the UK speak little or no English?

According to the BBC, the UK government claims: 22% of Muslim women living in England speak little or no English. It also quotes a former Superintendent of the Metro Police as disputing this ...
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Is Islamberg a terrorist training camp?

I just read the following: Islamic Community Forms Own Government, In the USA. Seems a bit sensationalist, and further searches about this Hancock, NY compound bring up lots of similar articles, such ...
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Does the miswak help with digestion, eyesight, headache, memory or illness?

The miswak is a traditional Middle-Eastern toothbrush (so to speak) make from a twig of a particular branch, that is claimed to be especially effective. The dental efficacy has been studied, but ...
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Are there no camels in the Qur'an?

It seems to be an often-repeated saying that "there are no camels in the Koran". But I just repeated this factoid in the presence of a guy from Syria who insisted it's not true and that there is a ...
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Could climate affect Aisha's age of sexual maturity?

Critics of Islam state that Muhammad had sex with Aisha bint Abu Bakr when she was nine years old, and that this was sexual abuse. One defense made against the claim is that women become sexually ...
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Do 75% of new Muslim converts in the US leave Islam within a few years?

From the Islam-critical site WikiIslam: However, most individuals who convert rarely choose to study Islam objectively before making such an important decision. Instead they choose to be taken in ...
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Did an unmarried couple in Iran get shot for holding hands in 2007?

In this video from 2007 Douglas Murray, a British journalist and critic of Islam, says: In Iran, when people - when a couple were shot the other week for holding hands when not being married, the ...
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Have multiple intelligence services estimated that 15-25% of the Muslim population are “radical”?

In her recent response to a Muslim student (Saba Ahmed), Brigitte Gabriel has stated: There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world today. Of course not all of them are radicals. The majority of them ...
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Did Canadian children sing the Islamic song “Tala'al badru” to welcome Syrian refugees?

Saw this video being shared around in the social media, ostensibly a performance by Canadian children to welcome Syrian refugees' arrival to Canada. I recognized the song as the Islamic song Tala' al ...
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Did Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, say this about pedophilia?

In an article on FaithFreedom.org, Jennifer King claims: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, the Shia Grand Ayatollah, 1979-89 said in his official statements: "A man ...
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Are five million Muslims marching on to Europe?

This article claims that five million Muslims are attempting to move to European countries. Apparently the numbers that they’ve been selling to their unsuspecting populations are wrong by at least ...
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Does putative Islam convert, Robert Guilham, exist?

A widely broadcast story on Islamic sites claims that a Jewish genetics expert from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine converted to Islam as a result of scientific evidence supporting the Quran. ...
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Did Khamenei issue a fatwa banning development of nuclear weapons?

According to Obama: Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons. However, according to a Middle East Media Research Institute report entitled Renewed Iran-...
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Is there any evidence of Dr. Zakir Naik paying people to convert to Islam?

India Today wrote in this article: During their conversation with the SIT, Mufti made startling claims that Dr Naik extended benefits to converts. "They were formally paid and got converted," the ...
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Are Muslims allowed to deceive non-Muslims through a practice called Taqiyya?

This is a pretty notable claim. Examples (the sites are, predictably, pretty anti-Islamic to put it mildly, so the language at the links may be harsh to extreme) Taqiyya ("al Taqiyya") is the ...