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|God of the Quran
 
|God of the Quran
 
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|'''Quran'''
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|'''Qur'an'''
 
|Yes
 
|Yes
 
|Central religious text (Holy book) of Islam
 
|Central religious text (Holy book) of Islam
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|Heaven
 
|Heaven
 
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|'''Jahanam'''
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|'''Jahannam'''
 
|No
 
|No
 
|Hell
 
|Hell
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|Lesser holy pilgrimage in Islam
 
|Lesser holy pilgrimage in Islam
 
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|'''Kaaba'''
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|'''Ka'bah'''
 
|Yes
 
|Yes
 
|Building at the center of Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. Direction of Muslim prayers and destination of pilgrimage
 
|Building at the center of Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. Direction of Muslim prayers and destination of pilgrimage
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|Circumcision
 
|Circumcision
 
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|'''Najis'''
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|'''Najs'''
 
|No
 
|No
 
|Ritually unclean or impure physically or spiritually
 
|Ritually unclean or impure physically or spiritually
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|Non-Mutawatir hadith, usually narrated by one narrator
 
|Non-Mutawatir hadith, usually narrated by one narrator
 
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|'''Sharia'''
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|'''Shari'ah'''
 
|No
 
|No
 
|Islamic canonical law based on Islamic scriptures
 
|Islamic canonical law based on Islamic scriptures
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|Obligatory charity based on % wealth
 
|Obligatory charity based on % wealth
 
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|'''Dawah'''
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|'''Da'wah'''
 
|No
 
|No
 
|Islamic proselytizing
 
|Islamic proselytizing
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==Tone==
 
==Tone==
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WikiIslam is an objective and neutral, encyclopedic source of information about Islam. As such the tone of its writing and the use of its sources directly impact its mission. Writers for WikiIslam should collect and present the relevant information
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WikiIslam is an objective and neutral, encyclopedic source of information about Islam. As such the tone of its writing and the use of its sources directly impact its mission. Writers for WikiIslam should collect and present the relevant information from the cited sources. The articles should not include conclusions, as WikiIslam should be the beginning of research on a given subject, not the final word on it. When divergent views exist within expert opinion, both sides should be included so far as possible and the conclusion should encourage the reader to draw their own conclusions/investigate further. It should go without saying, however to be explicit extremely generalizing, hateful, or otherwise insulting statements against any group of people (including against Muslims) are specifically not allowed and continued use of such language may result in a permanent ban.
from the cired sources. Conclusions may be included not not original research; all conclusions must be taken from the relevant sources. When divergent views exist within expert opinion,
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both sides should be included so far as possible and the reader left to draw their own conclusions/investigate further. It should go without saying, however to be explicit extremely generalizing,
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hateful, or otherwise insulting statements against any group of people are specifically not allowed and continued use of such language (including against Muslims) may result in a permanent ban.
      
===Examples===
 
===Examples===
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Overall, the tone should be encyclopedic and neutral. The facts should be presented "as i"s with only as much commentary is needed to elucidate any given point, and the tone of the writing should be that of an encyclopedia entry describing a fact about the world we live in, not a polemic trying to convince the reader of a given point or a conversation with a acquitance. Articles must adhere to the encyclopedia format and should address the topic at hand; articles engaged in a particular argument and attempting to persuade the reader of one side will not be permitted. Speaking directly to the reader should be avoided if at all possible, and the use of the 1st person "we" should likewise be avoided if at all possible. Although the wiki covers some controversial topics the goal of its language should be to keep anyone reading as long as possible without causing any offense. This does NOT mean that the content of the article should "pull punches" or avoid controversial topics that might hurt the feelings of Muslims or any other group of people, however the word choice should not be such that a person from any given group immediately stop reading due to the diction alone.
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Overall, the tone should be encyclopedic and neutral. The facts should be presented "as is" with only as much commentary is needed to elucidate any given point or give relevant background information, and the tone of the writing should be that of an encyclopedia entry describing a fact about the world we live in, not a polemic trying to convince the reader of a given point or conversational banter with a familiar second party. Articles must adhere to the encyclopedia format and should address the topic at hand directly and neutrally; articles engaged in a particular argument (whether states explicitly or left implicit) and attempting to persuade the reader of one side will not be permitted. Speaking directly to the reader should be avoided if at all possible, and the use of the 1st person "we" should likewise be avoided if at all possible. Although the wiki covers some controversial topics the goal of its language should be to keep anyone reading as long as possible without causing any offense. This does NOT mean that the content of the article should "pull punches" or avoid controversial topics that might hurt the feelings of Muslims or any other group of people, however the word choice should not be such that a reasonable person from any given group might immediately stop reading due to the diction or word choice alone.
    
==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
All and any analysis should not be labeled as an analysis and there should be no sections dedicated to or labeled as analysis—the whole article should be a comprehensive summary and analysis of scripture and scholarly sources. Thus, analysis will present itself throughout the article.
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Any and all analyses should not be labeled as an analysis and there should be no sections dedicated to or labeled as analysis—the whole article should be a comprehensive summary and analysis of scripture and scholarly sources. Thus, analysis will present itself throughout the article.
    
===Acceptable analysis===
 
===Acceptable analysis===
Includes that which brings together scholarly stances and/or direct scriptural references on a position and makes objective observations. The idea is to summarize the sources and allow the reader to determine how they support or conflict with one another. All positions mentioned should stay relevant to the subject of the article.
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Acceptable analysis includes that analysis which brings together scholarly stances and/or direct scriptural references on a position and makes objective observations. The idea is to summarize the sources and allow the reader to determine how they support or conflict with one another. All positions mentioned should stay relevant to the subject of the article. Original research, that is to say conclusions reached by the writer/editor of the article and not subject peer review in an academic manner, is not allowed and should not be part of the analysis if there is no relevant scholarly source to be cited in support of it. Even if a fact or analysis conclusion is so elementary as to not require a citation, every fact or analysis conclusion must be able to be cited in an acceptable source.  
    
===Unacceptable analysis===
 
===Unacceptable analysis===
Includes any analysis that includes the editor’s own judgement, conclusions, impressions, evaluations, or ethics. It is also unacceptable for editors to judge intentions or character of any author, source, or person—real or fictional.  
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Unacceptable analysis Includes any analysis that contains the editor’s own judgement, conclusions, impressions, evaluations, or ethics. It is also unacceptable for editors to judge intentions or character of any author, source, or person—real or fictional.  
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We do not want to lose valuable ideas present in the Wiki. While editing, do not to delete good analyses that are poorly written. Instead try to clean any biases and opinions from the old editor and leave any of the objective valuable or citable material.
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While editing, do not to delete good analyses that are poorly written. Instead try to clean any biases and opinions from the old editor and leave any of the objective valuable or citable material.
    
Be sure to investigate counter arguments and check key translated words in the original Arabic or other language before adding a point.  
 
Be sure to investigate counter arguments and check key translated words in the original Arabic or other language before adding a point.  
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|''Shahid (شَهيد , plural: شُهَداء šuhadā) is an Islamic term for a martyr. As with adultery and justice, the term martyr in Islam differs from the secular and Biblical definitions of the word.''
 
|''Shahid (شَهيد , plural: شُهَداء šuhadā) is an Islamic term for a martyr. As with adultery and justice, the term martyr in Islam differs from the secular and Biblical definitions of the word.''
|''Shahid (شَهيد , plural: شُهَداء šuhadā) is an Islamic term for a martyr. Its usage in Islamic literature and rhetoric differs from its use in the West and the Christian milieu.''  
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|''Shahid (شَهيد , plural: شُهَداء šuhadā) is an Islamic term for a martyr. Its usage in Islamic literature and rhetoric differs from its use in the West and the Christian milieu.''
 
|Commentary on other religious traditions should be avoided. In this case it is an unnecessary distinction. Unless the article is comparing religious parallels as the main subject.
 
|Commentary on other religious traditions should be avoided. In this case it is an unnecessary distinction. Unless the article is comparing religious parallels as the main subject.
 
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|An editor's own conclusions or exaggerations are being replaced with facts.
 
|An editor's own conclusions or exaggerations are being replaced with facts.
 
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===Modern Views of Traditional Islamic Topics===
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Islam, as with any storied tradition, has and continues to change with the times. What a Muslim scholar wrote in a book in 10th century Baghdad is not going to perfectly reflect the beliefs and practices of Muslims living on the West Coast of the United States in the current year. The beliefs of both and in fact all other Muslims fall within the scope and purview of WikiIslam, and it is the wiki's job to document both.
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When it comes to the arguments of modern Islamic du'aah (preachers) and apologists however special care is needed. The wiki shall concern itself with documenting such arguments as reach a critical mass of recognition in the Muslim community at large, and will present them clearly and in an unbiased fashion. Where these arguments contradict obvious readings of the original texts, contradict published and accepted science, or generally err in regards to the facts these errors shall be enumerated and commented upon, but the wiki will not concern itself with making persuasive arguments as to the merits of these apologetic claims, one way or another. Likewise, when a commonly held modern view in the contemporary Muslim community contradicts a plain reading of the text or provable history, these discrepancies too shall be catalogued, but it is once again not the wiki's job to make a persuasive argument for or against such views. For more information on which apologetic claims can be included for discussion on the wiki, please see [[WikiIslam:Scope and Article Relevance]]. For more on how the analysis of these modern views should be incorporated into the article, please see [[WikiIslam:Structure]]
    
==Lead vs Body==
 
==Lead vs Body==
    
===Lead===
 
===Lead===
The Lead Text should define and explain only essential information about the subject and its impacts/contributions. The Lead Text text comes before the table of contents and does not have a section title. It is composed of one to four paragraphs and should be written simply and concisely to allow for easy digestion of information. This will also help Google create snippets for their search engine and therefore boosts the article’s visibility.
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The Lead Text should define and explain only essential information about the subject and its impacts/contributions. The Lead Text text comes before the table of contents and does not have a section title. It is composed of one to five paragraphs and should be written simply and concisely to allow for easy digestion of information. This will also help Google create snippets for their search engine and therefore boosts the article’s visibility.
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The lead text is the most important text in the article and should reflect the objective standard we are trying to achieve.  
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The lead text is the most important text in the article and should clearly lay out and summarize the information to be presented in the rest of the article.  
    
The lead should also give a reasonable facsimile of the information in the article. As WikiIslam is an encyclopedia this should not be an argument but should be long enough to give the reader an idea of what they will be reading.  
 
The lead should also give a reasonable facsimile of the information in the article. As WikiIslam is an encyclopedia this should not be an argument but should be long enough to give the reader an idea of what they will be reading.  
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The body text should go into greater detail than the Lead text. It is important that all challengeable materials, or any claim that is subject to dispute, are from third party published works. The body should go into further details of interest on the subject and be broken down into sections.
 
The body text should go into greater detail than the Lead text. It is important that all challengeable materials, or any claim that is subject to dispute, are from third party published works. The body should go into further details of interest on the subject and be broken down into sections.
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Where a source is open to interpretation or is disputed, editors should not assume a particular meaning. Interpretations can be discussed by reference to scholars. The editor should only seek to summarize and collect sources that accurately reflect the positions and dialogue concerning the article’s subject.  Articles should ''never'' end with an evaluation of the editor’s impression. In fact, the article should not have ending remarks at all, as they give a sense of finality and closure that discourages the reader from further research. The WikiIslam articles should aim only to provide the reader with the information they need to draw their own conclusions.
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Where a source is open to interpretation or is disputed, editors should not assume a particular meaning. Interpretations can be discussed by reference to scholars. The editor should only seek to summarize and collect sources that accurately reflect the positions and dialogue concerning the article’s subject.  Articles should ''never'' end with an evaluation of the editor’s impression, as this constitutes original research. They should, however, summarize the conclusions of the scholarly works and the plain readings of the primary sources cited.
    
==Transliteration==
 
==Transliteration==
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===Title===
 
===Title===
For titles of transliterated words use the standardized transliteration as the title with the English translation in brackets next to it. Example: Jannah (Heaven)
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For titles of transliterated words use the standardized transliteration as the title with the English translation in brackets next to it. Example: Jannah (Heaven) For more info, please see [[WikiIslam:Titles]]
    
===Article===
 
===Article===
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