• Islamic Law on Capital Punishment

      Islamic Law on Capital Punishment

      6/2/2021 9:30:46 AM

      The question of whether to apply capital punishment for unusually severe or heinous crimes is a moral dilemma for civilized societies across the world. For Muslims, Islamic law guides their views on this, clearly establishing the sanctity of human life and the prohibition against taking human life but making an explicit exception for punishment enacted under legal justice.

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    • The Existence of Angels in Islam

      The Existence of Angels in Islam

      5/17/2021 10:47:34 AM

      Faith in the unseen world created by Allah is a required element of faith in Islam. Among the required articles of faith are a belief in Allah, His prophets, His revealed books, the angels, the afterlife, and destiny/divine decree.

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    • Interfaith Marriage in Islam

      Interfaith Marriage in Islam

      5/3/2021 9:38:53 AM

      Does Islam permit marriage outside of the faith?

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    • Key Differences Between Shia and Sunni Muslims

      Key Differences Between Shia and Sunni Muslims

      4/9/2021 10:00:29 AM

      Sunni and Shia Muslims share the most fundamental Islamic beliefs and articles of faith and are the two main sub-groups in Islam. They do differ, however, and that separation stemmed initially, not from spiritual distinctions, but political ones. 

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    • Origins and Doctrines of Wahhabism, Islam`s Extremist Sect

      Origins and Doctrines of Wahhabism, Islam's Extremist Sect

      4/7/2021 10:12:37 AM

      How Wahhabi Islam differs from mainstream Islam. Critics of Islam fail to appreciate how diverse and varied Islam can be. 

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    • Dar al-Harb vs. Dar al-Islam Peace, War, and Politics

      Dar al-Harb vs. Dar al-Islam Peace, War, and Politics

      3/31/2021 10:07:00 AM

      A crucial distinction made in Islamic theology is that between Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam. What do these terms mean and how does it influence and affect Muslim nations and extremists? These are important questions to ask and understand given the turbulent world we live in today.

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    • The Women in the Prophet Muhammad`s Family

      The Women in the Prophet Muhammad's Family

      3/26/2021 10:48:44 AM

      In addition to being a prophet, a statesman, and a community leader, the Prophet Muhammad, who was born in 570, was a family man. Muhammad was known to be kind and gentle with his family, setting an example for all to follow.

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    • A History of the Crescent Moon in Islam

      A History of the Crescent Moon in Islam

      3/17/2021 9:01:33 AM

      It is widely believed that the crescent moon and star is an internationally-recognized symbol of Islam. 

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    • Religious Knowledge vs. Pretentious Knowledge

      Religious Knowledge vs. Pretentious Knowledge

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The scholars of Islam revered religious knowledge above all else. This is all the more true for the great imams, like Abū Hanīfah, Mālik, al-Shāfi`ī, and Ahmad b. Hanbal. At the same time, their reverence was born of the value they knew that religious knowledge had for people’s faith...

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    • Inspiration

      Inspiration

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      He was a leading accountant who had a problem trying to uncover a case of embezzlement. He had spent three years trying to find a solution to it without success. In the middle of the night, he was awakened by an inspiration and he took up a pen and spent a long time ...

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    • Gifts & Talents Are Treasures

      Gifts & Talents Are Treasures

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Gifts are like treasures in many ways. They are rare. Gifted people, according to certain specific criteria, constitute somewhere between two and five percent of the total population. In truth, all people are gifted in one way or another, but this is only realised...

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    • Sharia law draws rave reviews in Indonesia`s Aceh

      Sharia law draws rave reviews in Indonesia's Aceh

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      On a recent Friday, three stragglers sat sipping the dregs of their coffee as the city of Banda Aceh closed up around them. The gates of the café, like those of shops up and down the street, had been drawn and the streets were clearing of cars. Soon, sharia policewomen...

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    • Our Beliefs about the Pain in Our Lives

      Our Beliefs about the Pain in Our Lives

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A man complained about all the misfortunes he had in life, one after another, as if his existence was a succession of sorrows and tribulations. He rarely had a reason to smile. That was not his only problem. He always ...

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    • A Son`s Complaint: `Let Me be Me`

      A Son's Complaint: 'Let Me be Me'

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A young man once came to me with a complaint. He spoke to me about how he wanted to transfer from his neighbourhood high school to another one far away from his home. When I asked him why, he told ...

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    • The Difference between Islamic & Interest-Based Finance

      The Difference between Islamic & Interest-Based Finance

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Finance aims to facilitate economic transactions and real economic activity. Real activity refers to transactions that directly involve economic production or consumption. Finance becomes necessary when there are insufficient funds to complete the requisite transactions....

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    • Self-Criticism

      Self-Criticism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The state of the Muslim world today, whether we speak on the level of individuals, families, communities, or nations, is best described as a state of “backwardness”. So why do we try to gloss it over, defend it, justify it, and advocate for it? Why do we accuse those who ...

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    • They Are Famous

      They Are Famous

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Albert Einstein, who set forth the theory of relativity, had an exceptional mind. He was the father of modern physics, and his name has become synonymous with genius.

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    • The Danger of Pride for Islamic Work

      The Danger of Pride for Islamic Work

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      He said: “This is just my nature. I feel joy at other peoples’ good fortune. This is why I wish to point out to you some things about your prayer, especially since I see how concerned you are to follow the Sunnah.”

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    • Avoiding the First Person Pronoun

      Avoiding the First Person Pronoun

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Some people have gotten into the habit of avoiding the first person singular pronoun, as if it were an act of piety to do so. When they are compelled to say “I”, they hasten to add: “...and I seek Allah’s refuge form that ‘I’.” I once told a young man...

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    • Know Thyself

      Know Thyself

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A beggar was in the habit of sitting on the side of the road. He had been doing so for the past thirty years. One day, a stranger passed him by. The beggar stretched out his hat and muttered to the man: “Give me some of your loose change.” ...

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    • Paying attention to our children

      Paying attention to our children

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      When we pay attention to our children, we learn a lot. When a child exhibits aggressive or rebellious behavior, it is an act of self-assertion. When a child destroys an object ...

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    • When co-inheritors die simultaneously

      When co-inheritors die simultaneously

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A man and his wife have died in a car accident. It is not known which of them died first. How do we calculate their separate estates so they can be distributed to their respective relatives?

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    • Celebrate the Eid

      Celebrate the Eid

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The joy of breaking the fast comes every night in Ramadān when we complete the day’s fasting, and it comes as well at the end of Ramadān when we complete the entire month. We feel joy at the end of Ramadām for fulfilling our duty to our Lord

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    • Which perfumes are suitable for women?

      Which perfumes are suitable for women?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Question: The Prophet (peace be upon him) preferred to use musk, from all the perfumes. Can women use musk? Or is it better for women to use camphor? Which perfume is best for women according to the Prophet?

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    • Asserting that Laylah al-Qadr is the 27th Night

      Asserting that Laylah al-Qadr is the 27th Night

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      It is strongly recommended to actively seek Laylah al-Qadr throughout the month of Ramadān, especially during the last ten nights. Allah’s Messenger said: “Seek out Laylah al-Qadr in the odd nights during the last ten nights of Ramadān.”...

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    • What fasting means to us

      What fasting means to us

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Fasting is meaningful. It is prescribed for us so we can benefit in many ways. If we pause to contemplate on this matter, we will find much to enrich our thoughts and we will better appreciate the greatness of Islam, and that Allah wishes ...

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    • Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor`s Beat-up Car

      Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor's Beat-up Car

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions. Tanks roamed...

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    • Ten Tools to Strengthen Ourselves against Sin

      Ten Tools to Strengthen Ourselves against Sin

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      We need to cultivate in ourselves qualities that will help us stay away from sin and make it easy for us to repent when we fall into sin. The following ten qualities can give us the strength and resolve we need: ...

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    • Globalization

      Globalization

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Question: Globalization, if it is applied in an Islamic context, will it be allowed or prohibited? Answer: Today, the Western world is proposing the idea of globalization. It has the resources ...

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    • Prayer is better than sleep

      Prayer is better than sleep

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      When young Muslims meet others for the first time and find out that they are Muslim, often one of the very first questions they ask each other is, “Do you pray?” It’s as if this is their touchstone to see if the person they have met...

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    • Doors of Jannah. Islam`s Eight Doors, or Gates, to Heaven

      Doors of Jannah. Islam's Eight Doors, or Gates, to Heaven

      5/19/2021 11:10:25 AM

      Islamic tradition describes Jannah, or heaven, as having eight doors or gates. Each door has a name that describes the types or characteristics of the people who will be admitted through it. Some scholars surmise that these doors are found inside Jannah after one enters the main gate.

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    • Evil Eye in Islam

      Evil Eye in Islam

      5/7/2021 11:00:35 AM

      The term “evil eye” usually refers to harm that comes to a person because of someone else’s jealousy or envy towards them. Many Muslims believe it to be real, and some incorporate specific practices in order to protect themselves or their loved ones from its effects.

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    • The Dead Sea and Its Importance in Islamic Tradition

      The Dead Sea and Its Importance in Islamic Tradition

      5/5/2021 9:25:03 AM

      Located between Jordan, Israel, the West Bank, and Palestine, the Dead Sea is one of the most unique places on earth. At 1,412 feet below sea level, its shores rank as the lowest land point on earth.

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    • The 5 Muslim Daily Prayer Times and What They Mean

      The 5 Muslim Daily Prayer Times and What They Mean

      4/28/2021 10:44:41 AM

      For Muslims, the five daily prayer times (called salat) are among the most important obligations of the Islamic faith. Prayers remind the faithful of God and the many opportunities to seek His guidance and forgiveness. They also serve as a reminder of the connection that Muslims the world over share through their faith and shared rituals.

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    • Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham)

      Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham)

      4/26/2021 11:11:28 AM

      Muslims honor and respect the Prophet Abraham (known in the Arabic language as Ibrahim). The Quran describes him as "a man of truth, a prophet" (Quran 19:41). Many aspects of Islamic worship, including pilgrimage and prayer, recognize and honor the importance of the life and teachings of this great prophet.

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    • Muslim Belief on the Birth of Jesus

      Muslim Belief on the Birth of Jesus

      4/23/2021 10:18:18 AM

      Muslims believe that Jesus (called 'Isa in Arabic) was the son of Mary, and was conceived without the intervention of a human father.

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    • Islamic Prayers Asking Forgiveness From Allah

      Islamic Prayers Asking Forgiveness From Allah

      4/19/2021 10:04:10 AM

      Personal pleas to Allah, known as 'du'a,' can include requests for mercy

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    • Halal and Haram: The Islamic Dietary Laws

      Halal and Haram: The Islamic Dietary Laws

      4/16/2021 10:17:48 AM

      ike many religions, Islam prescribes a set of dietary guidelines for its believers to follow: In general, Islamic dietary law distinguishes between food and drink that are allowed (halal) and those that are prohibited (haram). 

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    • What does the Quran say about Jesus?

      What does the Quran say about Jesus?

      4/14/2021 10:32:29 AM

      In the Quran, there are many stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called 'Isa in Arabic). The Quran recalls his miraculous birth, his teachings, the miracles he performed by God's permission, and his life as a respected prophet of God. 

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    • What Islam Teaches About Sin

      What Islam Teaches About Sin

      4/12/2021 10:30:25 AM

      Islam teaches that God (Allah) has sent guidance to human beings, through His prophets and books of revelation.
       

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    • Muslim Belief on the Birth of Jesus

      Muslim Belief on the Birth of Jesus

      4/5/2021 10:26:08 AM

      Muslims believe that Jesus (called 'Isa in Arabic) was the son of Mary, and was conceived without the intervention of a human father.

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    • Creation of the Universe and Evolution in Islam

      Creation of the Universe and Evolution in Islam

      3/22/2021 9:24:44 AM

      The descriptions of creation in the Qur'an are not intended as dry historical accounts but rather to engage the reader in contemplating the lessons to be learned from it. 

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    • What does the Quran say about Jesus?

      What does the Quran say about Jesus?

      3/15/2021 10:33:48 AM

      In the Quran, there are many stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called 'Isa in Arabic). The Quran recalls his miraculous birth, his teachings, the miracles he performed by God's permission, and his life as a respected prophet of God. 

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    • Dar al-Harb vs. Dar al-Islam Peace, War, and Politics

      Dar al-Harb vs. Dar al-Islam Peace, War, and Politics

      3/12/2021 9:45:49 AM

      A crucial distinction made in Islamic theology is that between Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam. What do these terms mean and how does it influence and affect Muslim nations and extremists? 

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    • Five Pillars of Islam

      Five Pillars of Islam

      3/10/2021 11:01:29 AM

      The “five pillars of Islam” are religious duties that provide a framework for a Muslim’s life. These duties are performed regularly and encompass duties to God, to personal spiritual growth, to care for the poor, self-discipline, and sacrifice.

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    • Converting to Islam

      Converting to Islam

      3/3/2021 10:21:06 AM

      People interested in the teachings of Islam sometimes find that the religion and lifestyle resonate in a way that makes them consider converting to the faith in a formal way. 

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    • Allah (God) in Islam

      Allah (God) in Islam

      3/1/2021 10:45:01 AM

      The most fundamental belief that a Muslim has is that "There is only One God," the Creator, the Sustainer -- known in the Arabic language and by Muslims as Allah. Allah is not a foreign god, nor is he an idol. Arabic-speaking Christians use the same word for the Almighty.

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    • The Meaning of Islamic Abbreviation SAWS

      The Meaning of Islamic Abbreviation SAWS

      2/24/2021 10:08:54 AM

      When writing the name of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims often follow it with the abbreviation "SAWS." These letters stand for the Arabic words "sallallahu alayhi wsalaam" (may God's prayers and peace be with him).

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    • Names of Allah

      Names of Allah

      2/22/2021 11:06:42 AM

      Some Muslims believe there are 99 such names for God, based on one statement of the Prophet Muhammad. However, the published lists of names are not consistent; some names appear on some lists but not on others. There is not a single agreed-upon list that includes only 99 names, and many scholars feel that such a list was never explicitly given by the Prophet Muhammad.

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    • Spiritual benefits of Fasting by Imam Ghazali

      Spiritual benefits of Fasting by Imam Ghazali

      4/22/2019 9:31:28 AM

      Ramadan not only teaches us perseverance but has numerous benefits for our spiritual being. Why is it that Ramadan seems to have such a profound impact on our spirituality, particularly given the physical hardships that it entails? The most distinct feature of Ramadan is that it requires able Muslims to fast the entire month. 

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    • Equality in Islamic Law - An Overview

      Equality in Islamic Law - An Overview

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Human equality, without distinction of race, color or language, is an intrinsic principle of Islam. This principle, despite its importance and obviousness, was not respected by ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt, Persia, and Rome. People were...

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    • `O Commander of the Faithful, Let Them Be`

      'O Commander of the Faithful, Let Them Be'

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Caliph Abū Ja`far al-Mansūr was impressed by Mālik’s erudition and intelligence. He wanted to make Mālik a religious authority figure and oblige the people to follow him. Mālik described what transpired between him and the Caliph ...

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    • Bilal ibn Rabah: The symbol of human equality

      Bilal ibn Rabah: The symbol of human equality

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah bless him) is one of the most illustrious names in the Islamic history. A Negro slave originally from Habasha (Ethiopia), Bilal is an evident story of Islam’s respect for human equality, anti-racism and social equity.

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    • Don`t miss the best night of your life

      Don't miss the best night of your life

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      It is a night whose blessings are extolled in Allah’s Book: “Hā Mīm. By the Book that makes things clear. Surely We revealed it [the Qur’an] on a blessed night. Surely We ever wish to warn (against evil) – On this night, every wise matter is...

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    • Love in the Holy Qur`an (4): CHAPTER 5: Love is the Root of Creation

      Love in the Holy Qur'an (4): CHAPTER 5: Love is the Root of Creation

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      God created human beings out of His mercy, for He says: The Compassionate One / has taught the Qur’an. / He cre- ated man, / teaching him [coherent] speech. (Al-Rahman, 55:1-4) And He says: Had your Lord willed, He would have made...

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    • Love in the Holy Qur`an (3): CHAPTER 4: GOD AND LOVE

      Love in the Holy Qur'an (3): CHAPTER 4: GOD AND LOVE

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      God speaks of the great reality of love many times in the Holy Qur’an. He mentions those whom He loves, such as, for example, those who rely on Him: And when you are resolved, rely on God; for God loves those who rely [upon Him]. (Aal ‘Imran, 3:159). However, ...

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    • Love in the Holy Qur`an (2): CHAPTER 2,3

      Love in the Holy Qur'an (2): CHAPTER 2,3

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Most of human beings’ basic concerns are indicated in this Qur’anic verse, for most people either spend their lives in search of sex, family, chil- dren, prestige and glory, wealth and possessions, or else in search of God’s love and the Hereafter. Most modern music...

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    • Remember Allah’s Grace

      Remember Allah’s Grace

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Every instance of worldly or spiritual good that we experience in our lives is purely from Allah’s grace. Nothing of it is our right or entitlement. This applies even to Allah’s prophets and messengers. Allah says: “But Allah chooses for His mercy whom He wills, and Allah is...

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    • Where the Qur`an mentions the Prophet`s ascension into Heaven

      Where the Qur'an mentions the Prophet's ascension into Heaven

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      We read in the Sunnah about the Prophet's night journey to Jerusalem ad then from there his ascension into Heaven from there. I know where the Qur'an speaks about the night journey to Jerusalem, but I cannot find any mention of the Prophet's ascension into Heaven...

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    • Swimming instead of wudu` for prayer

      Swimming instead of wudu' for prayer

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      While swimming at the beach or at a pool and swimming underwater, a person's whole body becomes wet. Does this mean that when the person gets out of the water, he or she can dispense with wudû' and pray immediately?

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