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What’s the difference between ‘Ya’ & ‘Al'(e.g. Ya-Rashidu / Al-Rashidu) & the difference between messengers,prophets,Imams and a Caliphs?

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(2)What happened to Adam & Hawwa(pbuh) in the end, how did they die ? (3) Some christian girls say that Hawwa was the one to make the first sin & that is why girls have to go through so much pain (pregnancy,monthly periods etc.). WHY DO women suffer so much pains in life but not the men? (4)Will satan go to heaven in the end(in the Day of Judgement)? Please answer all questions! (5)One of the signs of the Day of Judgment is the splitting of moon, what does it mean ‘splitting of the moon?


1. ‘Yaa’ is a letter of calling or addressing, e.g. you say ‘Oh’ so and so.
So, if ‘Yaa’ comes before a name or person, it will mean calling or
addressing him, e.g. al-Rajul means the man and ‘Yaa Rajul’ means ‘O man’.
Messengers and prophets (Alayhis salaam) are chosen people by Allah Ta’ala
and are sinless servants of Allah. A nabi (Alayhis salaam) is he who follows
the messengers before him and a Rasul is sent with his own book and new
laws, e.g. Tawraat, Injeel, etc.
In the English terminology, as commonly used nowadays, both messengers and
prophets are synonymous to each other. However, in the strict Arabic
terminology, there is a difference between Rasool and Nabi as explained
above. Imam refers to a leader and Caliph also has a similar meaning
although it is generally referred to those special leaders who were in
charge of the affairs of Muslims after the demise of Nabi (Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam), e.g. Hadhrat Ali, Mu’aawiya, Haaroon, etc.
2. Aadam (Alayhis salaam) got sick for 11 days, thereafter, he passed away.
He was buried in a cave in mountain of Abi Qubays. (Taarikh Islam)
3. Allah Ta’ala has created men and women differently and given them
different roles and duties to perform. We do not need to know the wisdom
behind Allah Ta’ala’s actions. He is All-Knowing, All-Wise. Kindly refer
4. Satan is cursed by Allah Ta’ala and will burn in the fire forever with
the rest of the disbelievers.
5. In the time of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), the disbelievers
asked Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) for a sign of his
prophethood. So, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) with the help of
Allah Ta’ala showed them the splitting of the moon into two parts until.
Thereafter, it came back to normal. This sign of Qiyaamat has already
passed. The incident took place in Makkah before migration to Madina.
(Jaamiul Bayaan vol.13 pg.98)

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Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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