Archive for the ‘Women’ category

Can I pluck my eyebrows for my husband?

Question: Can I pluck my eyebrows for my husband? Answer: Asalamu alaykum, Many scholars allow a woman to trim those hairs which appear abnormal- strange. They differ on the permissibility of a married woman plucking her eyebrows for her husband. Those who allow it use a text that is weak, and when confronted with the […]

A Discussion on Hijab.

By Rabea Chaudhry Hijab: Inside the Head that Wears the Crown Depending on how you want to calculate it – legally, culturally, or religiously – my husband and I have been married for either two, three, or four years. And, in the time that we’ve spent together, I’ve read every relationship and self-help book that […]

He’s Like A Brother

“You’re just like a brother to me!” she’d often tell her Muslim college friend whom she’s grown close to over the years. She feels comfortable with confiding in him, trusting him, opening up to him – but she’s never thought of him as a husband. They hang out together during their breaks, she calls him […]

Men See Bikini-clad Women as Objects, Psychologists Say

By Elizabeth Landau It may seem obvious that men perceive women in sexy bathing suits as objects, but now there’s science to back it up. New research shows that, in men, the brain areas associated with handling tools and the intention to perform actions light up when viewing images of women in bikinis. The research […]

Is Wearing the Niqāb Obligatory for Women?

By Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwī | Translated by U. ʿAbdullah The Question: We have read what you have written in defense of the niqāb, in response to the attacks of those who say that the niqāb is an innovation (bidʿa) that was introduced to Muslim society, and has nothing to do with Islām; and you demonstrated that the view that […]

Covered in glory: A top student and now the top high school scorer in state history, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir knows there is more to life than a game.

Originally published in the Boston Globe SPRINGFIELD – Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir walks quietly through the halls of the New Leadership Charter School. She is soft-spoken and polite. The youngest child of a devout Muslim family, the 5-foot-3-inch senior believes in modesty, and is determined not to call attention to herself. It is an impossible dream. Bilqis […]

Is it Okay for A Woman To Travel On Her Own?

Question: Is it haraam (prohibited) for a woman to travel on her own, or live one her own in a separate city from her family, or is it makrooh (disliked)? Is it something that the shuyukh have consensus on or dispute? I’m currently attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Answer: I have researched this subject […]

The Answer to the Heat Wave of Fitnah. Grab the Umbrella of Taqwa (Advice for Summer)

  Asalamu alaykum, I hope all of you are well and pray that everyone is in a state of being close to Allah. Just 10 short years ago I was struggling as a new convert to Islam and one of the greatest hurdles was the ladies. My college days were rough in many regards. Before […]

Gender Interaction On Campus

Question Gender relation questions are a constant on campus. What are the guidelines and limits for interaction between non-mahrams on campus? Answer In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, The question of gender interaction on campus is one of great importance. Unfortunately, at least in many cases, it has been handled from one […]