The Teachings of the Religion of Islam Can be Divided into two categories - the first which covers knowing this world, it's Creator, and other matters pertaining to one's personal beliefs. These include discussions such as Tawhid (Oneness of Allah), Prophethood, Imamate, matters relating to the Day of Resurrection, etc. these and other topics are covered under the study of Aqa'id or 'Ilm al-Kalam. The second category relates to the daily and practical laws of Islam including those acts that must be performed, and those that a Muslim must stay away from. In reality, these laws and regulations form a Muslim's framework on how he or she should act in daily life around others. It is these laws that lead and guide mankind to perfection in this life. This discussion is referred to as Fiqh.
Thus, for a Muslim to strive towards perfection, in addition to being acquainted with the principles of the Religion, he or she must also have a very good understanding of the ''wajibat and muhrammat'' of the religion.
The various areas of Fiqh, which thanks to the concept of Ijtihad and which have been under constant development and progressing over the past 1000 years by great scholars such as Shaikh al-Taifah Muhammad ibn 'Ali 'Ameli, and others, have provided the Muslims with a body of law to guide his or her life.
Recently, new books have been written which are compiled according to specific topics. Books such as those detailing the laws of Salat, Fasting, Hajj, Khums, Zakat, etc. have been written, and more recently, book that cover the laws relating to those living in the Western world, rules relating to the deceased.
Muslim, and even the rule and etiquette between husband and wife have been written and translated into various languages.
This book is one of the newer works of Islamic Laws compiled specifically with the Muslim Man and Woman in mind.
The necessity to speak about this topic and to acquaint the Muslims with how they should interact with members of the opposite sex - whether they be Muslim or non-Muslim especially in today's day and age where men and women are interacting more and more with each other - both in schools, the workplace, and at social functions and gatherings was greatly felt. Thus, we found it necessary to translate this book into English, so as to help our fellow Brothers and Sisters who are striving to please Allah (SWT) through their deeds and actions.
This work covers topics such as looking at other people, clothing and covering of the body, socializing and marriage. Although brief, however the information is concise and to the point and we hope that those who are trying to lead a life of spiritual and inner happiness find this book of use.
We pray that this small effort to acquaint the readers with how Muslim Men and Women must interact with one another, as well as others is accepted by Allah (SWT), and that the Prophet and his successors are pleased with our work.
|Brief Biographies of the Maraja' Presented in this Book||1|
|Section I: The Rules of Looking - Related to Men||25|
|Part I: Men Looking at Other Men||25|
|Part II: Men Looking at Mahram Women||27|
|Part III: Men Looking at Non-Mahram Women||28|
|Part IV: General Rules||32|
|Part V: Men Looking at Children||39|
|Section II: The Rules of Looking Related to Women||42|
|Part I: Women Looking at Other Women||42|
|Part II: Women Looking at Men who are Mahram||44|
|Part III: Women Looking at Non-Mahram Men||45|
|Part IV: Women Looking at Children||47|
|Part V: Rules of Looking When in a State of Doubt||48|
|Section III: The Rules of Looking at Photographs||50|
|Part I: Men Looking at the Photographs of Non-Mahram Women||50|
|Part II: Women Looking at the Photographs of Non-Mahram Women||55|
|Section IV: The Rules of Watching Films||55|
|Section I: The Rules of Cavering||59|
|Part I: Covering for Men: Clothing Forbidden for Men||61|
|Part II: Covering for Men in Front of Maharim, Men, and Other||65|
|Part III: Covering of Men in the Presence of Non-Mahram Women||66|
|Part IV: Covering for Men in the presence of Children||69|
|Part V: Covering of Women: Covering for Women in the Presence of Non-Mahram Men||70|
|Part VI: Rules Related to Wearing Socks||75|
|Part VII: Rules Related to the Chador||76|
|Part VIII: rules Related to Beautification (Zinat)||79|
|Part IX: Covering of a Woman in the Presence of Other Women||86|
|Part X: Covering of a Woman in the Presence of Children (Those who have reached the age of Mumayyiz or not)||87|
|Part XI: Clothing that is Haram for Men and Women||88|
|1. Notorious Clothing||88|
|2. Clothing which is Specific to One Gender||91|
|3. Arousing or Stimulating clothing||95|
|4. Usurped Clothing||97|
|5. Clothing Specific to the Non-Muslims||97|
|Section I: Rules Related to Speaking||99|
|Part I: Men Speaking to Non-Mahram Women||101|
|Part II: Women Talking to Non-Mahram Men||104|
|Part III: The Rules of Touching||107|
|Part IV: The Rules of Kissing||111|
|Part V: General Rule||112|
|Part VI: Masturbation||113|
|Part VII: Rules Relating to Gatherings, Guests and Visiting||115|
|Part VIII: Rules Relating to Showing off||118|
|Section I: Rules Related to Marriage and It's Ceremonies||121|
|Specific rules of Marriage and Ceremonies||123|
|Research and Investigation about the spouse||124|
|Part I: rules of Indirect Investigation||125|
|Part II: Rules of Direct Investigation||125|
|Part III: Rules on Istikhara||128|
|Part IV: Rules of the Engagement Period||130|
|Part V: Temporary Marriage (Mut'a) before the Permanent Marriage||131|
|Part VI: Rules of Buying Things (Preparations for the Wedding)||132|
|Part VII: Rules of Invitations (Inviting People)||136|
|Part VIII: Rules Relating to the Preparation of Things for the Wedding Ceremony||140|
|Part IX: Overall Rules||141|
|Part X: Rules Relating to the Wedding Party||141|
|Rules Regarding the Gatherings of Men in Wedding Ceremonies||158|
|Part XII: Rules Relating to Women's Wedding Ceremonies||165|
|Part XIII: Miscellaneous Rules||171|
|Glossary of Terms||177|
|Sources Used for the Compilation of this Book||181|