Answers have been given to frequently asked questions about Muslims. This article covers very common questions asked by people who want to know, out of their curiosity, about Muslims.
How do Muslims Pray?
All Muslims say prayers five times during the day. It is a compulsory ritual to be performed by every Muslim. Only male Muslims go to mosques. Females are exempted from these five daily prayers during their periods. The procedure Muslims adopt in saying a prayer is as follows:
- First, they clean themselves with water by cleaning open parts (like mouth, nose, arms, face, feet, etc. (provided all other parts are clean already – if not – they are required to take bath first)
- While praying they face Ka’ba (in Mecca, Saudi Arabia) as per the order of Almighty Allah.
- They utter Arabic words while standing, while bowing their backs, and while bowing their heads to the ground, and so on.
- Muslims say these five prayers at dawn, at noon, in the afternoon, at dusk, and before going to bed
How do Muslims greet?
When a Muslim meets another Muslim, he or she says “ Assalam-o-Alaikum”. The other Muslim will then respond by saying “ Wa Alaikum Salam”.
Muslims can shake their hands between the same gender meaning that if a male Muslim shakes a woman’s hands, it won’t be acceptable in Islamic society.
If the Muslims are from Arab countries, they kiss each other’s cheeks in greeting too.
How did Muslims come to India?
The religion of Islam commenced in the Indian subcontinent during the 7th century when the Arabs conquered the area of Sindh (in Pakistan now). About five centuries later, the Gardezis conquest and Islam became part and parcel of India since then.
How easy is it to convert to Islam?
It is easy to convert to Islam. For example, you are convinced enough to embrace Islam. Any Muslim can make you enter into Islam. You just have to say a kalima. Kalima is a statement in Arabic. You will also understand and say its translation in your language. The statement says that I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but ALLAH, the One alone, without a partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.
How many Islamic mosques are in the United States?
As per a study conducted in the USA in 2020, there are about 2,800 mosques – more than twice the number in 2000.
Are Muslims allowed to date?
In Islam, Muslims are prohibited to date. Husband and Wife meet (in isolation) for the first time on their wedding day only. Their meeting in private before marriage is a sin. However, they can visit each other in the shape of family visits.
Are Muslims allowed to have sex?
Muslims are strictly prohibited to have sex before their marriage. Sex before marriage is considered no less than rape. Punishment in the religion is very hard.
Are Muslims allowed to listen to music?
Yes, they are allowed to listen to Music. It is common among Muslims to listen to music these days. However, if music makes them aggressive and hostile then such music is not allowed.
Are Muslims allowed to drink alcohol?
No, Muslims are strictly prohibited to take alcoholic substances. Allah says in Quran that “though alcohol-like substances are beneficial, but the sin in taking them is bigger to Him” – asking His believers to stop nearing such substances.
Are Muslims allowed tattoos?
Muslims are discouraged to have tattoos on their body. However, it is not counted among the bigger sins. If someone really wants to have them. He or she might go for it. He should avoid vulgarity in their tattoos nevertheless.
Are Muslims vegetarians?
No, Muslims are not vegetarians at all. Chicken, Mutton, Beef, etc. are popular in their food recipes. However, they are strictly prohibited to take pork.
However, they cannot eat animal meat from every place. They are strictly required to take meat if the animal was slaughtered in such a way that its blood drained out during the slaughtering process. Blood is haram (not allowed) for Muslims. Moreover, at the moment of slaughtering the animal, it is compulsory to utter the words: “Allah Akbar” meaning Allah is the Greatest and further meaning that the animal is being slaughtered in the name of Allah only.
Are Muslims allowed to dye their hair?
Yes, Muslims are allowed to dye their hair. There is no restriction to it as such.
Can Muslims drink alcohol?
No, Muslims are strictly prohibited to take alcoholic substances. Allah says in Quran that “though alcohol-like items are beneficial but the sin in taking them is bigger to Him” – asking His believers to stop nearing such items.
Can Muslims eat beef?
Yes, Muslims are allowed to eat beef. However, they cannot eat beef from every place. They are strictly required to take beef if the animal was slaughtered in such a way that its blood drained out during the slaughtering process. Blood is haram (not allowed) for Muslims. Moreover, at the moment of slaughtering the animal, it is compulsory to utter the words: “Allah Akbar” meaning Allah is the Greatest and further meaning that the animal is being slaughtered in the name of Allah only.
Can Muslims smoke?
Yes, Muslims may smoke. There is no restriction on smoking as such. However, it is not welcomed in places like mosques, etc. due to its bad smell and smokes troubling people worshiping there. So you won’t see people smoking in mosques. Otherwise, Muslims do smoke in their daily lives.
Can Muslims have dogs?
Yes, Muslims can have dogs. Muslims are allowed to keep dogs for security and preying reasons. However, in Islam, a dog is not a “Clean” animal. Dogs must be kept outside of people’s homes. Muslims clean themselves and get prepared to say the five compulsory prayers during the day, and if a dog touches them while they are clean, they need to re-clean themselves before saying the next prayers. So keeping dogs outside the home minimizes such risks.
Can Muslims marry non-Muslims?
Inter-religion marriages are not welcomed in Muslim families. However, only a male Muslim can marry a woman from a Christian or Jewish family only – marrying a woman from the other religion is absolutely not allowed. Muslim women are not allowed to marry outside Islam.
What do Muslims say when someone dies?
When some Muslim dies and on hearing this news the other Muslim says these words: “ inna lillah hi wa inna ilaihi raaji’oon, meaning “ Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return”
What Muslims can’t eat?
Muslims are not allowed to eat these things:
- Food containing the blood of animal
- Any meat if the animal was not slaughtered in the Islamic way.
- Anything being offered as a charity that is not in the name of Allah the Almighty
- Dead animals
What do Muslims believe?
Every Muslim has to believe in these things:
- Existence and oneness of God.
- Existence of angels.
- existence of the books of which God is the author: the Quran(revealed to Muhammad), the Gospel (revealed to Jesus), the Torah (revealed to Moses), and Psalms (revealed to David).
- Belief in the existence of Prophets: Muhammad being the last of them, Jesus the penultimate, and others sent before them [like Moses, Abraham, David, Joseph, Jacob].
- Belief in the existence of the Day of Judgment: on that day, humanity will be divided into two groups: paradise and hell. These groups are themselves composed of subgroups.
- Belief in the existence of God’s predestination due to God’s omniscience, whether it involves good or bad.
What do Muslims do in Ramadan?
Muslims have to observe the whole month of fasting. Fasting begins at dawn and ends at the dusk. They are not allowed to eat or drink anything during fasting. They worship Almighty Allah more zealously and especially during the night. Moreover, during the odd-Islamic-date nights of the last ten days of the month of Ramadan, they worship a lot more.
Who Started Islam and when
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was revealed Quran by Almighty Allah about 1500 years ago. So Islam started spreading in that era.
Why Muslims don’t eat pork?
Pork is especially prohibited for Muslims by Quran. The reason is best known to Almighty Allah. Apparently, the reasons could be that (i) Pigs have excessive sexual desire and (ii) it is the only animal that can eat grass as well as meat. Due to its bestiality, it has been forbidden for humans. Allah knows the best.
Why do Muslims fast?
Fasting has been in nations before Islam. Today’s medical experts do favor fasting for its benefits to the human health system. Muslims fast as per the order given in Quran. They fast in the month of Ramadan. 29 or 30 fastings depending upon the moonsighting.
Why do Muslims wear Hijab?
Muslim women wear hijabs for the sake of modesty and privacy. It is mandatory for a true Muslim lady to maintain her privacy from the unrelated Men.
Why Muslims grow a beard
Muslims grow their beard in copying their prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who had his beard. They are supposed to copy him in all areas of their lifestyles.