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A Code of Ethics for Muslim Men and Women

A Code of Ethics for Muslim Men and Women



  • Dimensions:8.2' X 5.6'
  • Edition:2001
  • Author:Sayyid Masud Masumi Translated by Arifa Hudda & Saleem Bhimji
  • Publisher:Islamic Humanitarian Service, Canada
  • ISBN:9644383230
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:196(B & W Illus: 8)
  • Foreword

    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
    Dancing 141
    Music 146
    General Rules 149
    Reciting 153
    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
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