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 In the Name of Allah,
Most Gracious
Most Merciful

Why do Muslim women wear hijabs, Veils?
Women throughout the world spend millions of Dollars on facial beauty.
Companies manufacturing 'beauty' products make a colossal figure in sales.
It would be nothing short saying that the products used on the face far
exceed other products. This in itself proves that humans are particularly
possessive of their looks - facial expression. People especially women take
great pride and time in making up their faces.
Allah Ta'ala has placed the beauty of man and woman in the face. Perhaps the
busiest part of the body is the face - used extensively in communication.
The face communicates the person's mood and facial expressions and expresses
the character and mannerism.

Because so much of identification is assembled by the face, least to mention
the beauty of women, Muslim women are required to hide away their beauty.
The veil forms part of their concealment.
The Noble Qur'an declares:
"Oh Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the
believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen
themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will
be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women so as not to
be annoyed." (Ahzaab 59)
Furthermore, the Noble Qur'an declares in Sura Nur verse 31, that the
believing women 'should not display their beauty and ornamentation' except
to their husbands and immediate family (Mahrams).
Allah Ta'ala says clearly that a woman's body should be covered by
loose-fitting, non-transparent clothing so that the shape of her body is not
revealed. The Hijaab hides the beauty of the woman's form.
No one can dispute that a woman's primary focus of beauty is her face.
Therefore, if Allah Ta'ala places so much of emphasis on hiding the beauty
of a woman's body, it's only logical that the centre of greater attraction -
the face - should without a doubt also be covered.
Referring to the wives (Radhiallaahu Anhunna) of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) warns the men:
"And when you ask (His ladies) for anything you want, ask them from behind a
curtain: that makes for greater purity for your hearts and theirs." (Ahzaab
If Allah Ta'ala expects the prophet's wives to be so guarded then surely none of the believing women can claim greater purity of heart and consequently exemption from the directive to hide their beauty.
Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiyallaahu Anha) says, '(during Hajj in the state of
Ihraam) when the male should walk in front of us while in the company of
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), then we would drop our veils from
the head over the face.'
This Hadith emphatically shows the manner adopted by the honoured wives of
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). They have exemplified an extremely
dignified way of life for the women of the Ummah.

Is a job in a bank haram because of interest actitivities in bank?
A person who is an employee in a commercial bank but his job has nothing to do with any interest transactions, then it will be permissible for him to work in a bank and his salary will be Halaal too e.g. as a security guard, secretary, etc. However, that person who deals with interest transactions, his salary will not be Halaal and it will not be permissible for such a person to work in the bank e.g. teller, manager, etc. Mufti Taqi saheb mentions that the salary will be Halaal for those people because the deposits are greater than the interest accrued on those deposits.


How many Rings can men wear?

A man may only wear one ring of silver weighing less than 4,5 grams. Two rings may not be worn. (Fatawa Mahmoodiyyah Vol.17 Pg.300)
Two rings cannot be worn regardless of whether both rings are worn on the same finger or on different fingers.(Jamiul Fatwa Vol.1 Pg.433) The ring could be worn on any hand.

How can i control my gaze eg. looking at femailes?
'O young people. Those of you who have the ability to get married should do so for verily in it (marriage) is the lowering of your gaze and the chastity of your private parts. And he who does not have the ability (of marriage) should hold on to fasting for verily in fasting there is the constrainment of one's desires.' (Mishkaat). In the event if one falls into a predicament then he should lower his gaze with this in mind that the one on whom lustful gazes is intended to be passed on will turn into dust and will be food for the worms in the grave. In addition to this, one should not forget about the Omnipresence of Allah

Are Muslim males allowed to wear ear rings?
Muslim males should not wear ear rings at all. Wearing era rings is forbidden for Muslim males for two reasons:

Firstly, wearing ear rings has been generally a female custom and Muslim males should not imitate the females in their dress, walk and talk, just as Muslim females should not imitate the males. The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) cursed those men who imitate women and those women who imitate men. (Bukhari; Muslim)

Secondly, the men who wear ear rings are generally people with queer character. They are mostly homosexuals and morally perverse people. Muslims should try to resemble good, pious and righteous people. We must inform our youth who may become attracted to wear earrings that this is against the teachings of Islam. We should pay more attention to our youth so that they do not get involved in un-Islamic groups and immoral lifestyles. The youth may receive such evil influences if they are neglected at home and their parents do not provide them proper Islamic alternatives.

Is listening to music haram?
Music is expressly prohibited in many Ahaadith. Among the dominant purposes of our beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was to destroy musical instruments.

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