Woman

A woman is a female human being. The word woman is usually reserved for an adult, with girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answer updated 2 weeks ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Marriage is a mutual agreement. One of the default conditions in permanent marriage is that the woman must have the permission of her husband to leave the house and another default condition is that the husband is responsible for the woman's food, clothing and shelter. This is unless the woman leaves the house in the following cases:

1) a necessity requires her to

2) staying in the house causes her hardship (haraj)

3) the house is not appropriate for her

If the woman insists on breaking a condition then the man is not bound to fulfill his side of the agreement as she has forgone her right to those things. On the other hand, if a wife's living expenses are to be borne by her husband but he does not pay them, she can take her living expenses from his property without his consent. If this is not possible, in the event that she cannot complain to a qualified jurist about this and has no option other than to work in order to meet her living expenses, then while she is working to meet her living expenses it is not obligatory on her to obey her husband in those matters that are normally obligatory.

May you always be successful.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answer updated 2 weeks ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. There is no problem in a man or woman removing the hair in between the eyebrows.

May you always be successful

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 weeks ago

Authentic Shia Hadeeths refute the claim of creating Ave( Hawwa) from a rib of Adam. This claim has come to some Muslims from non Muslims as you find it in the Jewish books. 

 When you find such claim in some Shia books, it means that such books have taken it from Sunni books, as we have many Shia books mentioning Sunni narrations which are not authentic in our books. Such narrations have no value for us, especially when we have authentic narrations refuting the contents of it.

Refuting the "Rib" claim has come very clearly from many Infallible Imams e.g.

1. Imam Mohammad Al-Baqir (AS) who was asked by Amr Ibn Abi Al- Miqdad: From what Allah has created Ave (Hawwa) ? Imam Al-Baqir asked him: What do people say? He said: They say that she was created from a rib of Adam. Imam Al-Baqir (AS) said: They are lying. Was it difficult for Allah to create her but only from Adam's rib? In fact, Allah created Hawwa frm the same clay from which He created Adam. (Biharul Anwaar from Tafseer Al-Ayaashi).

2.  Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (AS) has refuted this false claim in a Hadeeth which was narrated through authentic chain of narrators and mentioned in books like Manlaa Yahdharul Faqeeh 3/379 and 'Elal Al-Shara'i 1/17.

Wassalam.

Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 4 weeks ago

Yes, this is mentioned and alluded to in some Shi'i hadith books, but there is also a hadith in Man La Yahduruhu al-Faqih, which is considered a strong hadith source, in which Imam al-Sadiq (A) strongly and directly refutes this idea. So, typically, Sh'i scholars hold that (a) women were not created from a rib, or (b) perhaps women were not literally created from a rib but there is some way to integrate this idea into the understanding of how the human being was created. The first view seems to be more dominant today, and it seems reasonable to surmise that hadith about women being created from a rib entered Shi'i books due to the seeping in of material from outside the religious tradition and was not an actual teaching of the Imams (A).

The relevant part of the hadith from Man La Yahduruhu al-Faqih reads:

Zurara said to Imam al-Sadiq (A): "Some of our people are saying that Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, created Eve from Adam's shortest left rib."

Imam al-Sadiq (A) said: "May Allah be glorified and exalted above that enormous claim! Does the one who says this say that Allah, the Blessed and High, did not have the capability to create a wife for Adam in any way other than from his rib? They are making a way for the disgraceful theological debater to argue against us by saying 'Allah married part of himself' - if she were created from his rib."

(The narration is rather long and continues with a lengthy discussion of Adam and Eve ) 

- Man La Yahduruhu al-Faqih, vol. 3, p. 379, no. 4336

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 1 month ago

People in Paradise may have whatever they like.

"They may have whatever they wish there [in Paradise], and with Us is more" (Qur'an 50:35).

My understanding of this (from theory, obviously not from experience!) is that life there is similar to life in our dreams, in that, sometimes, when you are dreaming, if you imagine something strongly, you can make it appear. Similarly, I am given to understand that, in Paradise, the human being will be able to "wish" into existence whatever they want. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 1 month ago

It is not Haraam , but not advisable for Muslim woman to do so especially if she is young.

If she displays her picture in public media with full Hijab, it will be the responsibility of Muslim men who know her, not to look at her picture.

Many Maraaji' of Taqleed say that it is not allowed for men to look at the photo of a woman whom they know even with Hijab. 

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

Muslim woman is not only allowed but also been encouraged to serve the community in every possible field , obviously with observing full Hijab. Pious ladies like Lady Fatimah, Lady Zainab , Lady Khadija hare best examples.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

Islam does not allow criticizing people in public but only under very limited circumstances e.g. a sinner who insists on sinning openly in a way which can misguide others. The Hadeeth says: He who advises you in secret has respected you, and he who advises you in public has disrespected you.

It is not ethical to openly criticize a Muslim woman for he un Islamic dress unless she been advised properly and insisted on doing wrong and her sinful acts can cause harm to others, then warning people from her bad deeds can be preventive.

Wassalam.

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Vinay Khetia, Shaikh Vinay Khetia has studied at various traditional Islamic seminaries in London, Iraq and Syria. He has an undergraduate degree in Religious and Near Eastern Studies from the University of... Answered 1 month ago

Salaamun Alaykum,

Bismihi Ta'ala

Thoughts in and of themselves are not sins. But they however can easily lead to sin. The idea of thought control is very important in Islam and it begins with being attuned to our ideas and the images , sounds, and casual mixed gender interactions that effect our heart-whether it be in real life or online/social media.

For example if someone was to see an image that was sexually exciting that can lead him or her to have certain thoughts or imaginations of for example committing adultery or obsessing over another man or woman which in could  effect harmony of the marriage. We should pay close attention to our daily salaat, give in charity, read Qur'an/Du'a, and try our level best to control our glances. Also and perhaps most importantly, beseech Allah in du'a swt for his divine assistance ins seeking refuge from Shaytan and Satanic whispers while attempting to root out the causes of impure thoughts as mentioned in the question. Thus it requires a deeper investigation into the self to understand what triggers such ideas.

wa Allahu al-'Alim

wa salaam

Sh.Vinay

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

The Iddah ( waiting period) for divorced woman is three menstrual periods or three months. If she is pregnant, her Iddah will last till the delivery of the child.

If the woman was divorced before any sexual intercourse took place between her and her husband, then No Iddah on her because marriage was never consummated.

If the woman is old and she has no menstrual period , then there no Iddah of divorce on her.

Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 1 month ago

as salam alaikum

Islam is a religion with guidelines for all aspects of life. Marriage is also an aspect of life and it is regulated by the Almighty according to His divine standard. The Qur'an states that it is not permissible to marry polytheists: "And marry not an idolatress until she believes: a believing maid is better than an idolatress even though she might highly please you. And do not give believing women in marriage to idolaters until they believe. And a believing slave in better than a free idolater" (2:221). Marriage-life in Islam is not simply a companionship between two people but part of the spiritual journey to Allah where husband and wife help each other for His sake and under His holy guidance: "Help one another in righteousness and taqwa" (5:2). A non-Muslim husband or wife cannot fully understand and observe all faith-related, spiritual and sometimes moral etiquettes that a Muslim person is called to observe. Also, Islamic lifestyle in ordinary circumstances is not a path that can be traveled unilaterally by a husband or a wife alone.  

It is true that in some cases there can be mutual respect and levels of understanding with a non-Muslim spouse but this is not a perpetual common ground to walk in, neither a shared path of faith leading to the same destination.

With prayers for your success.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 month ago

Bismihi ta'aa

I would say we cannot give a yes, or no answer to this question, as there are many issues to take in mind. 

Yes, from a Fiqhi perspective, there is no problem in itself with women watching men "playing sports." There would be a problem if the men were topless, for example. There is also no shar'i requirement that every woman who attends, Muslim or not, must observe Hijab. Unless of course it is an Islamic country where Islamic dresscode is applied to all in public. 

An issue that we need to look into is whether the atmosphere is appropriate for young boys, or girls, or even women. Will there be excessive swearing and offensive language thrown around. Is the mixing between genders so much that it would be an inappropriate environment for a mu'min/mu'minah to be in. 

Is it culturally accepted, for women to go to such a tournament, or will it be taken as something bad, or she will be criticised, or spoken ill about. 

It is clear that we are influenced and dragged into today's sports culture, and we might have an interest in following some sports group, or be serious fans. At the same time, we have religious and moral principles that we must never abandon.

This applies to both genders as well. Our level of modesty, evaluating where we should go and where we should not go, looking into the shar'i, social and cultural aspects of what we participate in, and other important factors. 

More can be said about this, but in general the mukallaf must try to look at this from different angles, and like everything else be as cautious as possible, choosing what would bring him/her closer to Allah ta'ala.

With prayers for your success.