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Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 16:34
Q :
How does the hijab safeguard the dignity and preservation of a Muslim woman in public?
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To answer this question we need to know the real meaning of Hijab; See Hijab: the Real Meaning. In short, Hijab is not restricted to covering a woman’s body from head to toe, and it does not concern only women, i.e. men also need to observe this rule. In fact, by introducing Hijab, Islam aims to set out a framework on how we dress, how we look and how we interact in the society. Hijab, with its literal meaning, if accompanied by modesty, controlling the glance (by both men and women), and observing the limitations of talking to the opposite gender, will safeguard the dignity and preservation of a Muslim woman in society. Also see: Muslim Women in Society
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 16:32
Q : Do Muslim women have to cover their arms and legs? Click to view answer
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Yes, they do. The clothing should cover their hair and all parts of their body, except the face and the hands, from the wrist to the fingers. See: Hijab: the Real Meaning
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 16:27
Q : What are the classification of Zakat and how are they classified? Click to view answer
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Alms-tax (Zakat) is an obligatory rule, which is considered as one of the foundations of Islam. In a literal sense, Zakat means growth and purification while technically it is defined as “paying an exact amount of money that has become obligatory through the rules of Sharia in order to be used in favor of the people in need or for certain beneficial deeds in society.

One kind of Zakat is called Zakat al-Fitr, that is a mandatory religious tax paid by those who can afford it as a kind of charity at the sunset of Eid al fitr night (i.e. the night preceding Eid day). Whoever is an adult, sane, neither unconscious, nor poor, nor the slave of another, should give, on his own behalf as well as all those who are his dependents, about three kilos of wheat, barley, dates, raisins, rice or millet, etc per person. It is also permissible if he pays the price of one of these items in cash. Fitrah should be given to deserving believers whose income is not sufficient to spend on their families for one year. See: How to Fast (Sawm) | Salam Islam

The second kind of Zakat is on one’s wealth, which is the amount of money that should be paid on the kind of the material through which Zakat has become obligatory; these are two kinds of metal- gold, and silver-, four grains- barely, wheat, date, and raisin- as well as three kinds of animal - cow, sheep, and camel. Each of the aforementioned products has its particular amount and time of payment which have been specified in details in the sharia of Islam. See: Alms-Tax (Zakat)
Salam Islam | 01/28/2017 - 16:26
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Are there any orders in Islam that urge followers to be compassionate to animals?
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Yes, of course. Islam is kind and affectionate to all creatures including animals. There are narrations from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that encourage mercy for animals and forbid from being cruel to them. See: The Treatment of Animals in Islam
Sally Christo | 01/28/2017 - 16:24
Q : Is it okay to wear something in place of a headscarf? Click to view answer
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Yes, as long as your hair and your neck are fully covered. Islam has not specified a clothing item as Hijab, rather it has introduced the restrictions. See Hijab: the Real Meaning

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