1. DEAR ABE: Do Muslims accept the New Testament account of Jesus (aside from claims to divinity) such as the virgin birth and his miracles and teachings? – VICTOR, NEW ENGLAND
DEAR VICTOR: We believe Jesus was “The Messiah, the son of Mary,…a messenger of God, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him.” We believe Jesus was supported with the Holy Spirit . We believe in the virgin birth . We believe God taught Jesus “…the scripture, wisdom, the Torah, and the Gospel…" and that Jesus confirmed “previous scripture - the Torah - and (he did) revoke certain prohibitions...” We also believe Jesus was supported with miracles and proofs such as creating a live bird from clay, restoring vision to the blind, healing the leprous, reviving the dead, and speaking from the crib as an infant .
Relevant Verses:  4:171, 3:45;  2:87, 2:253;  3:59, 21:91, 66:12;  3:48, 3:50;  5:110, 3:49.
2. DEAR ABE: I am a Muslim married to a Christian woman. How do I set up my will’s inheritance distribution? Do I have to follow the Quran’s inheritance percentages for my wife and all else who have rights to my estate? – MOHAMMED A.
DEAR MOHAMMED: The Quran commands us to write a will and gives the freedom to distribute your property after your death as you wish (based on your circumstances) . The main guidelines for a Muslims will is to be unbiased and just . The Quran gives clear guidance to property distribution if one dies intestate, or, without a will . Many so called Muslim countries do not even allow the option of writing a will and have mandated as law the Quran’s intestacy distribution. Obviously not allowing individuals to write a will goes against the Quran. In conclusion, if one dies without a will, local law will determine the distribution of the inheritance, but it is best for the individual to determine the most just distribution.
Relevant Quran Verses: 2:180, 4:11;  2:180-182, 4:9, 5:106-108;  4:7-14.
3. DEAR ABE: Is it forbidden or haram in Islam to watch TV? –FRAN, NEW YORK
DEAR FRAN: There is absolutely nothing wrong in watching TV. We are not permitted to create and impose man-made rules that God never made . Thus, watching television is allowed, or halal compared to disallowed, or haram. As with any other activity, commonsense should be utilized and the bad aspects of TV should be avoided . All religious law is fully detailed in the Quran and we encourage you to study its translation in order to understand God's words and laws .
Relevant Quran Verses:  10:57-60, 16:116, 42:21;  6:120, 42:37;  6:19, 6:114-115, 12:111, 73:4-5.
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