and mean the same and they have the same types of questions.

I think should be made synonym to .

  • I'd be very glad if any moderator responds to my call. Apr 3, 2017 at 5:33
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    Aqidah and faith are coherent ,aqidah could be a 'faith' but faith does not always mean as aqidah.
    – Syedah
    Apr 4, 2017 at 2:52

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I've looked through a number of the questions, and I'm just not seeing it; "Aqidah" and "Belief" might be synonyms, but in this context it refers to a particular type of belief, not just any old thing that happens to be or could be believed.

For example, questions like Why in Islam there are prescriptions regarding health? but not Penicillin? and Should a Muslim believe in Dinosaurs? are tagged but they don't feel like questions at all.

Rather than synonyming/merging these prematurely, I think the best course of action here is to figure out how they're even being used (and how or even if they should be used; i'm not entirely convinced is focussed enough to be worth keeping): Update the tag wikis accordingly, and clean up the outliers. Once we know how the tags are actually used and intended to be used, then we can revisit whether or not they're overlapping.

I have, however, gone ahead and renamed as per Rebecca's suggestion.

  • This is a good point. If we define the two tags accordingly then we might show some difference. Apr 9, 2017 at 1:51
  1. Can someone who's a native Arabic speaker (or close to it) confirm there's no problematic language nuance here? Wikipedia writes:

    Aqidah... is an Islamic term meaning "creed".

    A creed (also known as a confession, symbol, or statement of faith) is a statement of the shared beliefs of a religious community in the form of a fixed formula summarizing core tenets.

    This seems okay.

  2. This makes sense as per:

    Using the proper vernacular is an important part of setting the right tone for the site. Certainly, questions involving simpler concepts are welcome, but you should not be targeting and reaching out to "curious onlookers" specifically. -- Robert Cartaino ♦

  3. The tag shouldn't be on some questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. This one doesn't need : 1. Removed.

This change passes my sanity checks.


  • If this is implemented, can we also change the spelling to aqidah as per the transliteration protocol? Done now:

  • While we're at it, can we think up a tag excerpt for this tag? "...a short blurb that describes when and why a tag should be used on this site specifically." The Hinduism.SE belief tag excerpt is half-decent. Maybe we can start with the following adaptation and improve it over time:

    For questions about the Islamic belief system, e.g. the afterlife, predestination, angels. Can be used in conjunction with denomination tags to limit the scope.

    Update: Done now. I changed it to the above. Feel free to improve.

    (See also: belief, Christianity.SE; hashkafah-philosophy, Judaism.SE; belief, Buddhism.SE. But these don't seem appropriate tag excerpts.)

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    "what happens after death" is only one part of aqidah; the term generally encompasses things like tawhid and al-ghaib as well.
    – goldPseudo Mod
    Apr 1, 2017 at 22:22
  • @goldPseudo: I wrote "e.g." as in "for example", but perhaps I should list another example to make that more obvious. Apr 7, 2017 at 12:06
  • aqeedah refers to any belief - it could be true or false. so yes perhaps they should be synonymous. Our aqeedah for example entails the six articles listed in Hadith of Jibreel
    – user19903
    Dec 11, 2017 at 18:43

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