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April 2010

1. DEAR ABE: Can Jinns marry a human? What is the relation between Shaitan (Satan) and the Jinns?  – ANISA, EUROPE

DEAR ANISA: Jinns cannot marry humans. They both live in different dimensions. The Jinns can listen to us but we cannot see them [1]. We can communicate with Jinns, but it is a risky proposition that can quickly lead to sinful behavior [2].  The Jinns are descendants of Satan.  Like humans, Jinns can be either righteous believers, or disbelievers [3].

Relevant Verses:  [1] 46:29, 72:1;  [2] 2:102, 72:6;  [3] 51:56, 55:31, 72:14-16.


2. DEAR ABE: Is it ok to donate blood or organs in Islam? – RAJAB, INDIA

DEAR RAJAB: Yes, you can donate blood or organs. There is no prohibition in the Quran.  Blood is specifically forbidden as a food [1].  But for purposes such as medical diagnosis, medical research, blood transfusions, or organ transplants there is nothing prohibiting such activities.

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 2:173, 5:3, 6:145, 16:115.


3. DEAR ABE:   Is it true that Jesus did not die but was lifted like other prophets and that it was Judas the betrayer who was crucified with the image and body of Jesus?  – JAMAL, AFRICA

DEAR JAMAL: AGod clearly states in the Quran that Jesus died and was raised to Heaven prior to the crucifixion [1].  We are also informed in the Quran that those who were attempting to crucify Jesus were led to believe that they succeeded [2].  The best explanation for this is that the soul of Jesus was raised to God, and his body remained alive but unresponsive.  This scenario is supported by Biblical accounts as well as another more recent example of a body remaining alive after the soul has departed [3].  Similarly, all righteous believers are raised directly to heaven at the time of death [4].

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 3:54-55; [2] 4:157; [3] Mark 15:3-5, Luke 23:8-11, Appendix 22 of the Quran translation by R. Khalifa ; [4] 36:26-27.

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