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March 2008

1. DEAR ABE: I noticed that sometimes you are giving advice that goes against common Islamic convention.  I hope you realize this, so you can stop this nonsense.  Are you aware of this issue?   --RUTH, IN THE MIDDLE EAST

DEAR RUTH:   We base our position on the words of God in the Quran, and not on human opinion. Our goal at God's is to demonstrate that the sincere Muslim, as a Submitter to God can find their answers to any of life’s issues by referring back to the Quran; and not personal opinion or man-made laws [1]. If any answer we provide is not supported in the Quran, then it should be disregarded. We invite you to point out any answers on our site which violates the Quran.  We will venture to say that we will be waiting a long time if you were to try to fulfill this challenge.  The point being; we advocate the worship of God alone by utilizing His proven Scripture [2].

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1]  6:157-158, 9:31, 6:114-115, 7:185, 12:111, 31:6, 39:23, 45:6-7; [2] Appendix 1, Appendix 18, and Appendix 19 of the Quran translation by R. Khalifa.


2. DEAR ABE: I was a Christian, I fell in love with a Muslim girl and we married in court. One month prior notice was given to the court.  At the court procedures our parents, and other witnesses were present. After 3 years, I converted to Islam. Now 12 years later we have two sons, ages 9 and 8. I pray daily and fast in Ramadan and follow Islam sincerely. My question is do I still have to go through the procedures of performing the Nikaah wedding ceremony after all these years? What is the status of my marriage and children? --E.F., UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

DEAR E.F.:   God tells us in the Quran believers are to marry believers, despite what they call their faith, so your different backgrounds are not important [1].  There is no Quranic requirement of specific statements or steps to be taken in order for a marriage to be considered “lawful” by God, beyond the engagement and dowry [2].  A wedding ceremony can be done in the name of God and His blessing in any format that suits each couple and each community. Therefore, if you live under a government that has particular requirements for recognizing the marriage or children, you may need to address them, in order to be sure that you are providing appropriately for your family. [3].

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 2:221, 24:3, 2:112, 2:62;  [2] 2:235-236, 4:24; [3] Abe’s Column May 2006 q&a#3, November 2007 q&a#2, September 2007 q&a#3.


3. DEAR ABE: What is Islam’s position on evolution? -- GIJI, AMSTERDAM

DEAR GIJI:   In the Quran we can find three major points made that concern evolution.  First is that all life began from water [1].  Second, evolution, as it occurs, is a divinely guided process. God is in full control of everything, and this includes the recombination of DNA [2].  The third point is that humans were a separate creation [3].

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 21:30, 21:45; [2] 3:109, 6:59, 7:54, 10:61; [3] 15:28, 32:7, Appendix 31 of the Quran Translation by R. Khalifa.

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