Respond To The Suspicion Of Hijab And The Clothes Of The Muslim Woman

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Ali Al-Gudairi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 22 | Size: 3 MB

1-Hijab in Islam

Many Westerners think that hijab (veil) is the symbol of oppression of the Muslim woman. Several western caricaturists depict the Muslim woman typically as one wearing a black «aba›a» : a dress that covers all her body except for her eyes. She is usually fat and sad! The aim behind this is usually to criticize such costume and confirm the image of the oppressed Muslim woman in the western minds! We refuted that image in a previous article «Arabs and Women Slavery» in which we mentioned the reaction of Saudi female students to the comments of Karen Hughes, the Middle East emissary of the American Administration, and how they proved their love of their Islamic costume and hijab. They were proud and had no intention to give this up. However, is hijab an Islamic innovation?

2-Hijab was an Old Jewish Custom

Although Muslim women are the ones that mostly observe the hijab, it is not correct that Islam is the only religion that orders its followers to wear hijab! Laila Lia Bruner, professor of Jewish history at the Jewish University and the visiting professor at Shiva University Institute for Adult Studies indicates that, «the early divine classic literature, Talmud and Midrash, had completely different viewpoints regarding covering woman’s hair. At that time, covering hair was not just a costume or a habit as in the Bible. Rather, it was the rule and regulation for pious women. The later divine literature of the middle ages asserted that issue as a complementary part of Jewish religious rituals.» (1) Hijab, then, was a habit and then a religious obligation on the Jewish woman. The Talmud Encyclopedia asserts this through comparing the opinion of the «mishna», the main source of rabbinic Judaism, and that of the Talmud regarding hijab:

«It seems that the mishna considered covering the hair as a Jewish habit despite that Talmud had already set a Torah rule for that and stated it as an obligation. Moreover, it is interesting that the term ‹dat yahudit› is used only for the behavior of women so that many defined the term as related to women›s modesty in particular.» (2)

Whether covering hair was a Jewish habit or a religious obligation, it is an established fact that was known and widespread in old Jewish societies.

In his book The Jewish Woman in Rabbinic Literature, Rabbi Dr. Menachem M. Brayer, Professor of Biblical Literature at Yeshiva University, indicates that it was the habit of Jewish women to go in public with the head cover which covered at time the whole face except for one eye. (3) He quotes the words of some old famous Rabbis as saying, «it is not the habit of the girls of Israel to go with bare head», «damned be the man who let his wife›s hair to be seen … The woman who keeps her hair bare brings poverty.» The divine law prohibits the recitation of blessings or prayers in the presence of a married woman whose hair is not covered. This is considered as «nakedness»(4). Professor Brier adds that, «during the period of Tanitic the failure of woman to cover her hair was considered as a humiliation of her modesty. She was fined four hundred «zeuzem» for that (zeuzem was about a quarter of a shekel)». He indicates as well that the hijab of the Jewish woman was not always a sign of modesty; at times it was an indication of distinction and luxury for noble women. It also symbolized the non-attainment of the married woman as being a sacred ownership of her husband. (5) Hijab also symbolized self-respect of the woman and he social status. Women of the lower classes used to wear hijab to give the impression that they were of a higher class. Hijab, in fact, was an indication of the noble class and this was the reason prostitutes were prevented from covering their hair in old Jewish society. However, prostitutes often wore a special scarf to look respectable. (6) Continue reading

The Muslim Woman’s Dress According To The Qur’an And Sunnah

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Jamal Badawi
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The Muslim Woman’s Dress according to the Qur’an and Sunnah compiled by Dr. Jamal A. Badawi To some as a subject the Muslim women’s dress may sound trivial. The shari’ah, however, assigns it moral, social, and legal dimensions. One basic requirement to be a true believer according to the Qur’an is to make one’s opinions, feelings, and inclinations subservient to whatever Allah and his Messenger decided. Continue reading

Where Is This Woman?

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Mohammad Elshinawy

Mohammad Elshinawy is a dedicated student of knowledge from Brooklyn, New York, and currently studies at the Islamic University of Madinah. Having gravitated towards the studies of Qur’an, Hadith, Fiqh, and Aqeedah, and being fluent in both Arabic and English, he has used his oratory skills to teach Islam to the community, thereby becoming one of the most prominent callers to Islam in New York City. Continue reading

The Book Of (Nikah) Marriage

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Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Al-Tuwajre
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 48 | Size: 1.5 MB

The nikah, or marriage and pairing are of the laws that Allah has passed for His creatures. Pairing applies in general to animal and vegetation. As for man, Allah has distinguished him over the rest of His creation by assigning to him a suitable system whereby man’s dignity and honor may be maintained, and his esteem may be preserved through legal nikah. Such a procedure secures a relationship between man and woman that is based on mutual respect and consent. Thus man’s natural need are fulfilled in a sound manner to preserve posterity and protect woman from being a common object.

The nikah is one of the Islamic laws to which the Messenger, peace be upon him, encouraged the youth saying:

Young people! Whoever of you can afford marriage, let him get married, for marriage helps restrain the looks, and preserve theist chastity. He who cannot afford it, let him abserve fasting for fasting is deterrent.

The Wisdom of Marriage:

1- Marriage is healthy environment in which the family maintains its cohesiveness and reciprocal love. It also helps maintain chastity and guards one from committing the prohibited.
2- Marriage is the best means of reproduction and multiplication, and preserving the family lineage.
3- Marriage is the best means of fulfilling sexual needs free from related diseases.
4- Marriage fulfills the parental and maternal senses in man through having children.
5- Marriage helps maintain the sense of security, self-contentment, and chastity for both husband and wife. Continue reading

The Muslim Woman And Her Husband

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Al-Haramain Foundation
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 31 | Size: 1 MB

The ideal Muslim woman and her relationship with her husband.

Contents:

– She does not disclose his secrets

– She encourages her husband to spend for the sake of Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa)

– Another way in which the true Muslim woman supports her husband is by encouraging him to spend and give charity for the sake of Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa), and not to waste money in extravagance and ostentatious purchases, as we see so many ignorant

– The alert Muslim woman always wants goodness and success for her husband, so she urges him to do good deeds, and to do more of them, because she believes that by doing this, she will increase her honor in this world and her reward in the next.

– One of the beautiful stories narrated about a woman’s encouraging her husband to spend for the sake of Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) is the story of Umm al-Dahdah. When her husband came to her and told her that he had given in charity the garden in whi

– She helps him to obey Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa)

– One of the qualities of the good Muslim wife is that she helps her husband to obey Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) in different ways, especially to stay up and pray at night (qiyaam al-layl). By doing this, she does him an immense favor, because she remi

– What a beautiful picture the Prophet (PBUH) -drew of the married couple helping one another to obey Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) and do good deeds, and entering into the mercy of Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) together. This comes in the hadeeth narrated

– She fills his heart with joy

– She is cheerful and grateful when she meets him

– She shares his joys and sorrows

– She does not describe other women to him

In Islam, marriage is a blessed contract between a man and a woman, in which each becomes, “permitted” to the other, and they begin the long journey of life in a spirit of love, cooperation, harmony and tolerance, where each feels at ease with the other, and finds tranquility, contentment and comfort in the company of the other. The Qur’an has described the relationship between men and women, which brings love, harmony, trust and compassion, in the most moving and eloquent terms:

وَمِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦۤ أَنۡ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنۡ أَنفُسِكُمۡ أَزۡوَٲجً۬ا لِّتَسۡكُنُوٓاْ إِلَيۡهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيۡنَڪُم مَّوَدَّةً۬ وَرَحۡمَةً‌ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٲلِكَ لَأَيَـٰتٍ۬ لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. (The Noble Qur’an 30:21)

This is the strongest of bonds, in which Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) unites the two Muslim partners, who come together on the basis of love, understanding, co-operation and mutual advice, and establish a Muslim family in which children will live and grow up, and they will develop the good character and behavior taught by Islam. The Muslim family is the strongest component of a Muslim society when its members are productive and constructive, helping and encouraging one another to be good and righteous, and competing with one another in good works. Continue reading

Hijab: A Religious Symbol?

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Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Dr Bilal Philips talks about the value of the obligation of hijab and to beware of display and unveiling, the characteristics of the Hijab are discussed, bringing the glad tidings promised (by Allah) to those women adhering to it. It also points out the danger of dazzling displays of ornaments and beauty as well as the terrible repercussions in this life and in the hereafter. Continue reading

Islam In Focus By Dr. Hammudah ‘Abd Al-’Ati

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Dr. Hammudah Abd al-Ati
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 405 | Size: 10.5 MB

Islam, is a comprehensive way of Life, does not confine itself to the spiritual aspect of man’s life only, rather its primary consern is with the application of its rules to the daily life of man, the author wrote it in an easy and simple method to achieve the very purpose of the book, namely introducing Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims, through the best and simplest way.

This book sheds light on many principles and concepts occupying the minds of both Muslims and non – Muslims alike, faith, freedom and equality. It also discusses the fundamental articles of faith and how to put them into practice. The correct manner of performing prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, etc., are crucial matters about which every Muslim must know. In addition, the author repudiates several points of attack by non – Muslims pertaining to Jihad, divorce, the status of woman in Islam and polygamy.

Dr. Hammdah Abd al-Ati was born in Egypt on April 1 degree (1928). He attended al-Azhar University in Cairo and received B.A degree (1954). Then he got his M.A degree in Islamic Studies from McGill University (1957). He studies at the University of Alberta. Canada from 1961 to 1963. He received his PH.D in sociology from Princeton University on January 16, 1971.

In 1958 after receiving his M.A degree Dr. Abd al Ati returned to Cairo to work at al-Azhar University’s Islamic Culture Administration.

As a qualified Azhari scholar fluent in English, Dr. Abd al-Ati was a pioneer of Islamic propagation (Da’wah) in North America in his time. He was renowned lecturer and scholar who served as resourceful consultant and advisor from many organizations and individuals, both in North America and abroad. Continue reading

Noble Women Around The Messenger (PBUH)

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Ahmad Al-Jada
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 150 | Size: 3.5 MB

Many authors since the beginning the Islamic era have recorded and written about the important role established by the Companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him, during the early period of Islamic history. Also, many great men like the Companions, caliphs, and scholars that lived both during and after the Prophet’s life contributed to the establishment and spread of Islam through the efforts of Da’wah. However the role that women contributed at the beginning of Islamic history has often been overlooked or neglected and as a result recorded data has been disproportionately unavailable, even though Islamic history is full of stories and accounts of women and the significant role that they played in Islam. This book attempts to fill a gap by enlightening the reader a step further on the lives of these women as prodigies at the time of the Prophet. Their legacy is that of courage, integrity, and deep devotion to the message that the Blessed Prophet Muhammad brought to mankind. Their influence was to have a profound impact not only on their generation but subsequent generations.

The noble women around the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, did not confine themselves to the corners of their homes nor occupy themselves with trivial matters. They were like shinning stars in the galaxy of wonders of Islamic history. They possessed zeal and the will to sacrifice their lives and all that they were used to, such as family ties and familiar territories, purely for the sake of obeying Allah’s command. We can hardly find again such pioneering women throughout Islamic history with such exemplary attributes as these first female adherents who followed and associated with Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Shouldn’t Muslim women feel proud of Khadijah, who was the first person to embrace Islam? What about the glory of Sumayah, who was the first martyr in Islam? What about Asma’, young as she was frequently journeyed to the cave of Thawr while the Messenger of Allah sought refuge there during his migration? Shouldn’t Muslim women proudly remember Umm Imarah, who stood steadfast in the Battle of Uhud when men fled in fear? What about the glory of ‘A’ishah, who was among those who narrated the largest number of Prophetic Hadiths? And at the Treaty of Hudaybiyah, it was the advice of a woman which culminated in the peace among Muslim. What about the pride for Muslim women in that? Continue reading

Muhammad (PBUH) As If You Can See Him

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A’id ibn ‘abdullah al-Qarni
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 172 | Size: 10 MB

How many times have you heard the phrase, “Would you do that if the prophet was watching?”

This book challenges readers to think closely about this phrase, and describes the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from the first page of the book’s first chapter. In fact, the book is a message of love from a mere human being.. to the best of human beings.

Written by the best-selling author of Don’t be Sad and You can be the Happiest Woman in the World, Muhammad as if you can see Him is promised to have the same effect on readers as did ‘Aid Al-Qarni’s previous writings. Continue reading