MANNER OF PERFORMING PRAYERS (Salat)

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PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S MANNER OF PERFORMING PRAYERS

(May peace and blessings of Allah be on him)

By His Eminence
SHEIKH ABDUL AZIZ IBN ABDULLAH IBN BAZ

All praise be to Allah alone, and may His peace and blessings be upon His messenger and bondsman our Prophet Mohammed, his family and his companions.

The objective of this concise pamphlet is to explain how prophet Mohammed (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to perform his prayers. I would like to present this explanation to every male and female Muslim so that they may strive to take up the Prophet’s manner in performing their prayers as a model for them.

It was narrated by Al Bukhari that Prophet Mohammed (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had said: “Perform your prayers in the same manner you had seen me doing.”

Therefore, here is the explanation for the Prophet’s manner of prayer:

(1) To perform completely the ablution, adopting the method commanded by Allah in the Quran: “O ye who believe, when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces and your hands (and arms) to the elbows, rub your heads(with water) and (wash) your feet to the ankles.”(S:6)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said: “Prayer without ablution is invalid.”

(2) To turn one’s face and whole body towards the Ka’aba, The Holy House at Makkah, intending by heart to perform the prayer which he wants to fulfill, whether it is an obligatory prayer or a supererogatory prayer, the worshipper in all cases, should not pronounce his intention openly, because neither the Prophet nor his companions used to utter the intention for prayer. Thus, pronouncing the intention for prayer in audible voice is a heresy and an illicit action. Whether the individual be an Imam or performs his prayer individually, he should make (A Sutra) i.e. a curtain for his prayer. Directing the face towards the Qibla (The Ka’aba at Makkah) is an imperative condition for every prayer. However, there are few exceptions for this rule explained in authoritative books for whom who wish to refer.

(3) To pronounce “Takbirat Al Ihram” that is to say “Allahu Akbar” celebrating by that the greatness of Allah and looking meanwhile, downwards to the place where he will prostrate.

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The Holy Al Quran Hakim ~ On Parents

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The Holy Al Quran Hakim ~ On Parents

Say: “Come I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you from”: join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents: kill not your children on a plea of want; We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not nigh to shameful deeds whether open or secret; take not life which Allah hath made sacred except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you that ye may learn wisdom.
Sura 17: AL An’nam, 51

Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life say not to them a word of contempt nor repel them but address them in terms of honor.
Sura 17: AL Israa, 23

And out of kindness lower to them the wing of humility and say: “My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.”

Your Lord knoweth best what is in your hearts: if ye do deeds of righteousness verily He is Most Forgiving to those who turn to Him again and again (in true penitence).

We have enjoined on man Kindness to his parents: in pain did his mother bear him and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years he says “O my Lord! grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favor which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon both my parents and that I may work righteousness such as Thou mayest approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly do I bow (to Thee) in Islam.”

Such are they from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and pass by their ill deeds: (they shall be) among the Companions of the Garden: a promise of truth which was made to them (in this life).

But (there is one) who says to his parents “Fie on you! Do ye hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up even though generations have passed before me (without rising again)? ” And they two seek Allah’s aid (and rebuke the son): “Woe to thee! have Faith! For the promise of Allah is true.” But he says “This is nothing but tales of the ancients!”
Sura 46: Al Ahqaf, 15 –17

As for the youth his parents were people of Faith and we feared that he would grieve them by obstinate rebellion and ingratitude (to Allah and man).
Sura 18: Al Khaf, 80

Then when they entered the presence of Joseph he provided a home for his parents with himself and said: “Enter ye Egypt (all) in safety if it please Allah.”

And he raised his parents high on the throne (of dignity) and they fell down in prostration (all) before him. He said: “O my father! this is the fulfillment of my vision of old! Allah hath made it come true! He was indeed good to me when He took me out of prison and brought you (all here) out of the desert (even) after Satan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Verily my Lord understandeth best the mysteries of all that He planneth to do: for verily He is full of knowledge and wisdom.

“O my Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on me some power and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth!

Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter take thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy Will (as a Muslim) and unite me with the righteous.” Sura 12: Yusuf, 99-101

Behold Luqman said to his son by way of instruction: “O my son! Join not in worship (others) with Allah: for false worship is indeed the highest wrong-doing.”

And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command) “Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.

“But if they strive to make the join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge obey them not; Yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love): in the End the return of you all is to Me and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did.”

“O my son!” (said Luqman) “If there be (but) the weight of a mustard-seed and it were (hidden) in a rock or (anywhere) in the heavens or on earth Allah will bring it forth: for Allah understands the finest mysteries (and) is well-acquainted (with them).

“O my son! establish regular prayer enjoin what is just and forbid what is wrong: and bear with patient constancy whatever betide thee; for this is firmness (of purpose) in (the conduct of) affairs.

“And swell not thy cheek (for pride) at men nor walk in insolence through the earth; for Allah loveth not any arrogant boaster.

“And be moderate in thy pace and lower thy voice; for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass.”
Sura 31: Al Luqman, 13-19

“O our Lord! cover (us) with Thy Forgiveness me my parents and (all) Believers on the Day that the Reckoning will be established!”
Sura 31: Ibrahim, 41

“As for the youth his parents were people of Faith and we feared that he would grieve them by obstinate rebellion and ingratitude (to Allah and man).
Sura 31: Al Kahf ,80

The Torture Connection – Abu Ghraib Inspired Porn from Iraq

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MANHIAAT – DISALLOWED MATTERS

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MANHIAAT – DISALLOWED MATTERS

English Translation
Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Table of Contents

Introduction

List of prohibitions mentioned in the Qur’aan and Sunnah

‘Aqeedah (basic tenets of faith)
Tahaarah (cleanliness and purity)
Salaah (prayer)
The mosque
Funerals
Fasting
Hajj and udhiyah (sacrifices)
Trading and earning
Marriage
Matters pertaining to women
Matters of meat and food
Clothing and adornment
Diseases of the tongue
Etiquette of eating and drinking
Etiquette of sleeping
Miscellaneous

Introduction

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

We previously published a brief work entitled “Muharamaat: Prohibitions that are taken too lightly”, which discussed some of the various offences against Sharee’ah which may involve shirk and major and minor sins. Evidence for these things being prohibited was quoted from the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and real-life situations were described in order to explain clearly the different ways in which people may fall into committing sin.

There are many things that have been prohibited in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and it is very important for the Muslim to know about them so that he can keep away from them and thus avoid earning the wrath and anger of Allaah or bringing about his own doom in this world and the next. So I thought of compiling this list of prohibited things, in accordance with the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Religion is sincere advice (al-deen al-naseehah),” and in the hope that it will be of benefit both to myself and to my Muslim brothers. So I have compiled what information I could from the Qur’aan and from the ahaadeeth classed as saheeh by the scholars who specialize in this field (relying mostly on the reports classed as saheeh by al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Naasir al-Deen al-Albaani in his books). Topics are grouped according to the classifications used in fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). I have not quoted every hadeeth in full, only the relevant parts. In most cases the reports include words which clearly indicate prohibition (such as “Do not…”), and I have explained the reason for the prohibition in some cases. I ask Allaah to help us to avoid sin and wrongdoing wherever it exists, visible or hidden, and to accept our repentance.

Praise be to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds.

List of prohibitions mentioned in the Qur’aan and Sunnah

Allaah and His Messenger have prohibited many things, avoiding which brings great benefits and protects us from many kinds of evil and harm. These prohibitions include both things which are haraam (forbidden) and things which are makrooh (disliked, discouraged). The Muslim should avoid these things, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us: “What I have forbidden you to do, avoid.” The committed Muslim is keen to avoid all things that have been prohibited, whether they are classed as haraam or makrooh. He does not act like the weak of faith, who do not care if they do things that are makrooh, even though taking such matters lightly leads to committing haraam deeds, as the makrooh deeds effectively form a barrier around haraam actions. Moreover, the person who avoids makrooh deeds will be rewarded for this, if he avoids them for the sake of Allaah. On this basis, we make no distinction here between makrooh and haraam, because making this distinction requires a great deal of knowledge, but most of what follows describes actions that are haraam rather than makrooh.

There now follows a list of things that are prohibited in Islam. (Rest of the Book in PDF Format)

Famous Business Quotes

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“As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.” (Microsoft)

“What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter.” (Lykes Lines Shipping)

“E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business.” (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)

“This project is so important we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it.” (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)

“Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.” (Plant Manager, Delco Corporation)

“No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them.” (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)

Quote from the Boss: “Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.” (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)

My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, “That would be better for me.” (Shipping
executive, FTD Florists)

“We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.” (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)

Audio Quran Rectitation with English Translation by Marmaduke William Pickthall

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1 Surat Al-Fatiha ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
2 Surat Al-Baqara ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
3 Surat Aal-E-Imran ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
4 Surat An-Nisa ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
5 Surat Al-Maeda ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
6 Surat Al-Anaam ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
7 Surat Al-Araf ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
8 Surat Al-Anfal ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
9 Surat At-Tawba ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
10 Surat Yunus ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
11 Surat Hud ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
12 Surat Yusuf ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
13 Surat Ar-Rad ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
14 Surat Ibrahim ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
15 Surat Al-Hijr ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
16 Surat An-Nahl ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
17 Surat Al-Isra ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
18 Surat Al-Kahf ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
19 Surat Maryam ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
20 Surat Ta-Ha ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
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22 Surat Al-Hajj ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
23 Surat Al-Mumenoon ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
24 Surat An-Noor ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
25 Surat Al-Furqan ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
26 Surat Ash-Shuara ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
27 Surat An-Naml ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
28 Surat Al-Qasas ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
29 Surat Al-Ankaboot ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
30 Surat Ar-Room ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
31 Surat Luqman ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
32 Surat As-Sajda ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
33 Surat Al-Ahzab ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
34 Surat Saba ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
35 Surat Fatir ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
36 Surat Ya-Seen ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
37 Surat As-Saaffat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
38 Surat Sad ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
39 Surat Az-Zumar ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
40 Surat Ghafir ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
41 Surat Fussilat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
42 Surat Ash-Shura ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
43 Surat Az-Zukhruf ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
44 Surat Ad-Dukhan ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
45 Surat Al-Jathiya ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
46 Surat Al-Ahqaf ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
47 Surat Muhammad ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
48 Surat Al-Fath ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
49 Surat Al-Hujraat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
50 Surat Qaf ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
51 Surat Adh-Dhariyat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
52 Surat At-Tur ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
53 Surat An-Najm ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
54 Surat Al-Qamar ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
55 Surat Ar-Rahman ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
56 Surat Al-Waqia ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
57 Surat Al-Hadid ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
58 Surat Al-Mujadila ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
59 Surat Al-Hashr ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
60 Surat Al-Mumtahina ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
61 Surat As-Saff ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
62 Surat Al-Jumua ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
63 Surat Al-Munafiqoon ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
64 Surat At-Taghabun ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
65 Surat At-Talaq ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
66 Surat At-Tahrim ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
67 Surat Al-Mulk ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
68 Surat Al-Qalam ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
69 Surat Al-Haaqqa ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
70 Surat Al-Maarij ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
71 Surat Nooh ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
72 Surat Al-Jinn ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
73 Surat Al-Muzzammil ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
74 Surat Al-Muddaththir ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
75 Surat Al-Qiyama ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
76 Surat Al-Insan ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
77 Surat Al-Mursalat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
78 Surat An-Naba ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
79 Surat An-Naziat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
80 Surat Abasa ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
81 Surat At-Takwir ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
82 Surat Al-Infitar ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
83 Surat Al-Mutaffifin ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
84 Surat Al-Inshiqaq ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
85 Surat Al-Burooj ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
86 Surat At-Tariq ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
87 Surat Al-Ala ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
88 Surat Al-Ghashiya ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
89 Surat Al-Fajr ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
90 Surat Al-Balad ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
91 Surat Ash-Shams ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
92 Surat Al-Lail ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
93 Surat Ad-Dhuha ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
94 Surat Al-Inshirah ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
95 Surat At-Tin ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
96 Surat Al-Alaq ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
97 Surat Al-Qadr ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
98 Surat Al-Bayyina ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
99 Surat Az-Zalzala ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
100 Surat Al-Adiyat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
101 Surat Al-Qaria ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
102 Surat At-Takathur ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
103 Surat Al-Asr ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
104 Surat Al-Humaza ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
105 Surat Al-Fil ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
106 Surat Quraish ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
107 Surat Al-Maun ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
108 Surat Al-Kauther ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
109 Surat Al-Kafiroon ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
110 Surat An-Nasr ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
111 Surat Al-Masadd ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
112 Surat Al-Ikhlas ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
113 Surat Al-Falaq ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
114 Surat An-Nas ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )

Internet Porn dominates Saudi mobile use

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Porn dominates Saudi mobile use

Up to 70% of files exchanged between Saudi teenagers’ mobile phones contain pornography, according to a study in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.

The study quoted in Arab News focussed on the phones of teenagers detained by religious police for harassing girls.

The same researcher also found that 88% of girls say they have been victims of harassment using Bluetooth technology.

Saudi Arabia has toughened penalties for misuse of mobile phones which challenge its strict social traditions.

“The flash memory of mobile phones taken from teenagers showed 69.7% of 1,470 files saved in them were pornographic and 8.6% were related to violence,” said report author Professor Abdullah al-Rasheed.He presented his study at a seminar organised by the King Fahd Security Academy, Arab News reports.Social contact between genders is banned in public in Saudi Arabia, which enforces a strict interpretation of Islamic law and morality.

But the spread of Bluetooth technology, allowing wireless connection between mobile phones, has allowed for increased opportunities of communication as well as abuse by predatory young men.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/04/25 13:09:51 GMT

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THE QUESTION OF HIJAB: SUPPRESSION OR LIBERATION?

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THE QUESTION OF HIJAB: SUPPRESSION OR LIBERATION?

“Why do Muslim women have to cover their heads?” This question is one which is asked by Muslim and non-Muslim alike. For many women it is the truest test of being a Muslim.

The answer to the question is very simple – Muslim women observe HIJAB (covering the head and the body) because Allah has told them to do so.

“O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) and not annoyed…”
(Qur’an 33:59)

Other secondary reasons include the requirement for modesty in both men and women. Both will then be evaluated for intelligence and skills instead of looks and sexuality. An Iranian school girl is quoted as saying, “We want to stop men from treating us like sex objects, as they have always done. We want them to ignore our appearance and to be attentive to our personalities and mind. We want them to take us seriously and treat us as equals and not just chase us around for our bodies and physical looks.” A Muslim woman who covers her head is making a statement about her identity. Anyone who sees her will know that she is a Muslim and has a good moral character.

Many Muslim women who cover are filled with dignity and self esteem; they are pleased to be identified as a Muslim woman. As a chaste, modest, pure woman, she does not want her sexuality to enter into interactions with men in the smallest degree. A woman who covers herself is concealing her sexuality but allowing her femininity to be brought out.

The question of hijab for Muslim women has been a controversy for centuries and will probably continue for many more. Some learned people do not consider the subject open to discussion and consider that covering the face is required, while a majority are of the opinion that it is not required. A middle line position is taken by some who claim that the instructions are vague and open to individual discretion depending on the situation. The wives of the Prophet (S) were required to cover their faces so that men would not think of them in sexual terms since they were the “Mothers of the Believers,” but this requirement was not extended to other women.

The word “hijab” comes from the Arabic word “hajaba” meaning to hide from view or conceal. In the present time, the context of hijab is the modest covering of a Muslim woman. The question now is what is the extent of the covering? The Qur’an says:

“Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; and that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands…”
(Qur’an 24:30-31)

These verses from the Qur’an contain two main injunctions:

  1. A woman should not show her beauty or adornments except what appears by uncontrolled factors such as the wind blowing her clothes, and
  2. The head covers should be drawn so as to cover the hair, the neck and the bosom.

Islam has no fixed standard as to the style of dress or type of clothing that Muslims must wear. However, some requirements must be met. The first of these requirements is the parts of the body which must be covered. Islam has two sources for guidance and rulings: first, the Qur’an, the revealed word of Allah and secondly, the Hadith or the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (S) who was chosen by Allah to be the role model for mankind. The following is a Tradition of the Prophet:

“Ayesha (R) reported that Asmaa the daughter of Abu Bakr (R) came to the Messenger of Allah (S) while wearing thin clothing. He approached her and said: ‘O Asmaa! When a girl reaches the menstrual age, it is not proper that anything should remain exposed except this and this. He pointed to the face and hands.”
Abu Dawood)

The second requirement is looseness. The clothing must be loose enough so as not to describe the shape of the woman’s body. One desirable way to hide the shape of the body is to wear a cloak over other clothes. However, if the clothing is loose enough, an outer garment is not necessary. Thickness is the third requirement. The clothing must be thick enough so as not to show the color of the skin it covers or the shape of the body.

The Prophet Muhammad (S) stated that in later generations of his ummah there would be “women who would be dressed but naked and on top of their heads (what looks like) camel humps. Curse them for they are truly cursed.” (Muslim)

Another requirement is an over-all dignified appearance. The clothing should not attract men’s attention to the woman. It should not be shiny and flashy so that everyone notices the dress and the woman. In addition there are other requirements:

  1. Women must not dress so as to appear as men. “Ibn Abbas narrated: ‘The Prophet (S) cursed the men who appear like women and the women who appear like men.'” (Bukhari)
  2. Women should not dress in a way similar to the unbelievers.
  3. The clothing should be modest, not excessively fancy and also not excessively ragged to gain others admiration or sympathy.

Often forgotten is the fact that modern Western dress is a new invention. Looking at the clothing of women as recently as seventy years ago, we see clothing similar to hijab. These active and hard-working women of the West were not inhibited by their clothing which consisted of long, full dresses and various types of head covering. Muslim women who wear hijab do not find it impractical or interfering with their activities in all levels and walks of life.

Hijab is not merely a covering dress but more importantly, it is behavior, manners, speech and appearance in public. Dress is only one facet of the total being. The basic requirement of the Muslim woman’s dress apply to the Muslim man’s clothing with the difference being mainly in degree.

Modesty requires that the area between the navel and the knee be covered in front of all people except the wife. The clothing of men should not be like the dress of women, nor should it be tight or provocative. A Muslim should dress to show his identity as a Muslim. Men are not allowed to wear gold or silk. However, both are allowed for women.

For both men and women, clothing requirements are not meant to be a restriction but rather a way in which society will function in a proper, Islamic manner.

Written by Mary C. Ali
January 19th, 1991
Rhode Island, USA

Perspective

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Sir Peter Ustinov so succinctly put it, `Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.’

“Old people only talk about the past because they have no future. Young people only talk about the future because they have no past.” – Aristotle.

Koran Recitation – Abdur Rahman as-Sudays – Surah 71 – 80 (Audio)

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Sura Number Sura Name Listen Download
71 Surat Nooh ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
72 Surat Al-Jinn ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
73 Surat Al-Muzzammil ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
74 Surat Al-Muddaththir ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
75 Surat Al-Qiyama ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
76 Surat Al-Insan ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
77 Surat Al-Mursalat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
78 Surat An-Naba ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
79 Surat An-Naziat ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )
80 Surat Abasa ( mp3 ) ( mp3 )

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