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January 2011

1. DEAR ABE:  Why do Muslim terrorist praise Allah while killing and threatening people?  –FAYE, USA

DEAR FAYE: The Quran (scripture for Muslims) defines three kinds of people in the beginning of the book: Believers, Disbelievers, and Hypocrites [1]. The people you describe (Muslim terrorists) are Hypocrites.  They use the name of Islam and Allah (God) to try to gain power and establish tyranny.  Killing innocent people is against the Quran [2].  If they do not repent, their destiny, according to the Quran, is the lowest pit of Hell in the Hereafter [3].  They will be defeated by God's Grace.

Relevant Quran Verses: [1]  2:3-20;  [2] 5:27-30, 17:33;  [3] 4:145.


2. DEAR ABE: During legal proceedings in a rural area I swore to being truthful using the Holy Bible. I am Muslim and asked for a Quran, but none were available. I was upfront about my beliefs, but I want to know if I did something wrong?  – LEANNE, AUSTRALIA

DEAR LEANNE: In the very beginning of the Quran, God defines the righteous [1]. One of the qualities of the righteous is that they believe in the previous scriptures. The Bible contains God's previous scripture and there is nothing wrong in holding it and swearing to tell the truth.

Relevant Quran Verses: [1] 2:1-5, 5:48.


3. DEAR ABE: Why are we instructed to do wudhu (ablution) before we touch the Quran? Is this also necessary prior to listening to an audio recording of the Quran? –SALMAN, INDIA

DEAR SALMAN: According to the Quran, ablution (wudhu) is only necessary prior to our contact prayers (salat) [1]. There is no requirement to have ablution before touching the Quran. This law was fabricated by religious scholars [2].  Of course, common sense should always be used in being clean and hygienic. However, you can certainly touch the Quran or listen to its audio without performing ablution.

Relevant Quran Verses: [1] 5:6; [2] 6:112-115, 9:31, 34:53.

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