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Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 18:23
Q : Where did Hijab originate? Click to view answer
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Briefly speaking, contrary to public belief the religion of Islam was not the inventor of Hijab, rather this tradition had existed and practised in different forms among the followers of the two Abrahamic religions of Judaism and Christianity. See:"Hijab in the Abrahamic Religions". The parallels that one can find in the characteristics of Hijab and the philosophy behind it in these three religions, reveal the fact that in a way Islam has only modified and continued this tradition. According to Islam, also, the practice of wearing Hijab is essentially aimed to preserve the human value and dignity of women when interacting with men outside the family circle and to provide a secure environment where everyone, man or woman, can perform their tasks effectively and morally. Moreover, the kind of Hijab that Islam defines for women is covering all parts of their body except their faces and hands [from wrists to fingers] through wearing a modest dress, similarly as we have seen in the previous paragraphs, Jewish and Christian women covered their head and were encouraged to wear non-provocative cloths. So, Islam, the last and most perfect religion, revised the rules of the preceding religions and completed the teachings of the previous prophets through providing thorough and applicable instructions.
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 18:20
Q : In Muslim countries, are dogs used in police forces? Click to view answer
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Yes, of course. although there are some restrictions against keeping dogs as Pets, it is permissible and common in many Islamic countries to train dogs and use them in various activities like rescuing, herding, haunting, guarding and POLICE work. For more information about dogs read this article: Are Muslims Allowed to Keep Dogs as a Pet?
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 18:19
Q : Do Muslims dislike dogs? Why? Click to view answer
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NO, they DO NOT. on the contrary, they are advised to be compassionate with dogs as much as they should be with any other living kind. There are only some restrictions about keeping dogs as pets because they are considered as unclean creatures, so Muslims don’t let them inside their homes. To get more information on this read: Are Muslims Allowed to Keep Dogs as a Pet?
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 18:17
Q : What are the beliefs of The Shia? Click to view answer
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Shia Muslims believe that the successors of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are the twelve Imams [See: Leadership (Imamate)], who are appointed by God and the first of whom is Imam Ali (AS) [also see: Imam Ali (AS), the Commander of the Faithful and Ghadir Khum, the Great Eid of Allah]. They also believe in the Divine Justice, that is all actions of Allah are in accordance with perfect justice and reason.
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 18:16
Q : Would I need to wear my headscarf around married men who are family friends? Click to view answer
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Yes. In Islam there two terms concerning this: Mahram and non-Mahram. Mahrams or Maharim (the Arabic plural) are those you can never marry like your parents, sibilings, sibilings of your parents, etc. (find this: Who are Mahrams in Islam?) while non-mahrams are the ones you can marry and so around whom you need to wear Hijab. the married family friend of yours is in this category.

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