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March 2010

1. DEAR ABE: How do we protect ourselves from being possessed by Jinn devils? What kinds of people are more prone to being possessed?  –MAHMOUD, SAUDI ARABIA

DEAR KAREEM: God tells us that the devils are appointed as companions to those who disbelieve [1]. Thus, that person's works are adorned in their own eyes even if they are wrong deeds [2].  To stay in God’s protection from this happening, we have to worship God ALONE [3].  We should also seek refuge in God from Satan the rejected through prayer [4].

Relevant Quran Verse: [1] 7:27, 6:129;  [2] 41:25, 43:36-39;  [3] 5:12;  [4] 7:200, 23:97, 41:36, 113:1-5, 114:1-6.


2. DEAR ABE: When were the Obligatory Prayers standardized? The Quran sets the times during the day for Salat prayer, but when were the postures, supplications, units and number of rukoo formalized? – LISA, PUERTO RICO

DEAR LISA: Everything about the Obligatory Prayers, or Salat was taught through the Prophet Abraham [1].  The Obligatory Prayers came to us, preserved, from generation to generation since then. God did not need to teach any parts of the Salat in the Quran since it is a known procedure. However, although Muslims did not lose the Prayers, a few corruptions crept in.  For example, names of prophets were now being added in the declaration of faith.  Thus, in the Quran, God corrected the corruptions that entered the Obligatory Prayers.  The Quran has corrections for the Shahada declaration of faith, the Ablution ritual washing, and the tone with which to speak the prayers [2]. Furthermore, we now know that the number of bowings and prostrations are mathematically verified in the text of the Quran[3].  [4].

Relevant Quran Verses: [1] 21:72-73, 16:123;  [2] 47:19, 3:18, 5:6, 17:110, Appendix 13 of the Quran translation by R. Khalifa;  [3] Appendix 15 of the Quran translation by R. Khalifa;  [4] Appendix 9 of the Quran translation by R. Khalifa.


3. DEAR ABE:   Which angel's forehead was the holy Quran written onto?   -- NUSHEEN, INDIA

DEAR NUSHEEN: According to the Quran, the Quran was not written on any angel’s forehead.  Instead, Muhammad the soul, the real person, not the body, was summoned during Ramadan to the highest universe and the Quran was given to him [1]. Subsequently, the angel Gabriel helped Muhammad release a few verses of the Quran at a time, from the soul to Muhammad’s memory. The Prophet wrote down and memorized the verses just released into his mind [2]. When the Prophet died, he left the complete Quran written down with his own hand in the chronological order of revelation, along with specific instructions as to where to place every verse into the final Quran format, which is what we now have [3]. [4].

Relevant Quran Verses: [1] 2:97, 17:1, 44:3, 53:1-18, 97:1-5;  [2] Appendix 28 of the Quran translation by R. Khalifa; [3] Appendix 3 of the Quran translation by R. Khalifa;  [4] 75:17.

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