A Code of Ethics for Muslim Men and Women

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Item Code: IDH106
Author: Sayyid Masud Masumi Translated by Arifa Hudda & Saleem Bhimji
Publisher: Islamic Humanitarian Service, Canada
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 9644383230
Pages: 196(B & W Illus: 8)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.2" X 5.6"
Book Description

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 Book1
Section I: The Rules of Looking - Related to Men25
Part I: Men Looking at Other Men25
Part II: Men Looking at Mahram Women27
Part III: Men Looking at Non-Mahram Women28
Part IV: General Rules32
Part V: Men Looking at Children39
Section II: The Rules of Looking Related to Women42
Part I: Women Looking at Other Women42
Part II: Women Looking at Men who are Mahram44
Part III: Women Looking at Non-Mahram Men45
Part IV: Women Looking at Children47
Part V: Rules of Looking When in a State of Doubt48
Section III: The Rules of Looking at Photographs50
Part I: Men Looking at the Photographs of Non-Mahram Women50
Part II: Women Looking at the Photographs of Non-Mahram Women55
Section IV: The Rules of Watching Films55
Section I: The Rules of Cavering 59
Part I: Covering for Men: Clothing Forbidden for Men61
Part II: Covering for Men in Front of Maharim, Men, and Other65
Part III: Covering of Men in the Presence of Non-Mahram Women66
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 Men70
Part VI: Rules Related to Wearing Socks75
Part VII: Rules Related to the Chador76
Part VIII: rules Related to Beautification (Zinat)79
Part IX: Covering of a Woman in the Presence of Other Women86
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 Clothing88
2. Clothing which is Specific to One Gender91
3. Arousing or Stimulating clothing95
4. Usurped Clothing97
5. Clothing Specific to the Non-Muslims97
Section I: Rules Related to Speaking99
Part I: Men Speaking to Non-Mahram Women101
Part II: Women Talking to Non-Mahram Men104
Part III: The Rules of Touching107
Part IV: The Rules of Kissing111
Part V: General Rule112
Part VI: Masturbation113
Part VII: Rules Relating to Gatherings, Guests and Visiting115
Part VIII: Rules Relating to Showing off118
Section I: Rules Related to Marriage and It's Ceremonies121
Specific rules of Marriage and Ceremonies123
Research and Investigation about the spouse124
Part I: rules of Indirect Investigation 125
Part II: Rules of Direct Investigation125
Part III: Rules on Istikhara128
Part IV: Rules of the Engagement Period130
Part V: Temporary Marriage (Mut'a) before the Permanent Marriage131
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 Ceremony140
Part IX: Overall Rules141
Part X: Rules Relating to the Wedding Party141
General Rules149
Rules Regarding the Gatherings of Men in Wedding Ceremonies158
Part XII: Rules Relating to Women's Wedding Ceremonies165
Part XIII: Miscellaneous Rules171
Glossary of Terms177
Sources Used for the Compilation of this Book181
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