Monday, 25 April 2011

MUSLIM WOMEN DEFEND THEIR CHOICE TO COVER UP


MUSLIM WOMEN DEFEND THEIR CHOICE TO COVER UP

NaqabMuslim women have hit back at claims by a State Government minister that members of their faith are forced to wear full-face veils such as the burqa and niqab. Minister for Women's Interests Robyn McSweeney last week urged women to refuse to wear the garments because they were a symbol of oppression and alien to Australian culture. The women who choose to cover up because of their religiousbeliefs said that both ministers, like many non-Muslims, assumed they were being forced to do so by men, when the choice was theirs.

Illinois Muslims Dispel Stereotypes


illinoisFeeling the pinch of growing hostility in American society, Muslim students at Illinois State University are trying to reach out to their colleagues and the local community to clear misconceptions. “When you interact with someone, it’s hard to stereotype them,” Sarmad Gilani, 2010 graduate of Illinois State University, told The Pantagraph website on Saturday, April 23. Growing up in Bloomington, Gilani did not experience any problems growing up as a Muslim in the Twin Cities.
Instead of living in a closed community, he chose to interact with the wider community to give a clear message about Islam and dispel stereotypes.

Preaching the same message, the Muslim Student Association at Illinois State University (ISU) held a panel to discuss the issue.

Held under the title “You Have Questions, We Have Answers!”, the panel, organized in ISU’s Old Main Room, is part of a two-day event organized by Muslim students.

The event also included a free showing of the movie “Abraham’s Children.”

Since 9/11, US Muslims, estimated between six to seven million, have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights, with a prevailing belief that America was stigmatizing their faith.

Anti-Muslim frenzy has grown sharply in the US in recent months over plans to build a mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York, resulting in attacks on Muslims and their property.

In Hollywood, the world's cinema industry hub, Muslims and Arabs usually play the stereotypical blood-thirst terrorists or the uncivilized and greedy.

The head of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), America's largest Jewish movement, has accused US media of demonizing Islam and portraying Muslims as "satanic figures."

A 2007 survey by Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum found that the majority of Americans know very little about the practices of Islam.

It indicated that attitudes toward Muslims and Islam have grown more negative in recent years.

Misconceptions

The Muslim students’ panel aims at dispelling stereotypes that usually revolve around Islam, mainly terrorism and women’s rights.

Donning hijab, Anam Kazim is often asked about the outfit since she moved to the US from Pakistan in 2006.

“I wear it because of my religion, but I wear it because I want to,” said Kazim, a panel member and current vice president of the Muslim Student Association.

Kazim defended her right to wear hjiab as a personal choice.

“No one, not even when I was in Pakistan, made me wear it,” she said.

Gilani confirmed that Islam has long championed women’s rights.

“When it comes to the truth of Islam, women can own property, they can marry whomever they want and they do have the right to divorce,” added Gilani.

He added that politicians have resorted to attacking Islam to gain votes in elections.

Such a change was posing a new challenge for Muslims to prove themselves in their local societies.

“People with political agendas can use fear to advance themselves,” he said.

“With that, Muslims seem to have to prove themselves.”

US Muslims have been sensing a growing hostility following a hearing presented by representative Peter King on what he described as “radicalization” of US Muslims.

Lawmakers in at least 13 states have introduced proposals forbidding local judges from considering Shari`ah when rendering verdicts on issues of divorces and marital disputes.

Recently, a Republican Missouri lawmaker described Islam as a disease like polio while another Alaska Rep. branded Muslims as ‘occupiers’ of American neighborhoods.

Condemning repeated attacks, the grassroots Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called last March on the Republicans to end fear mongering campaigns targeting Islam, urging all moderate lawmakers to stand up to the US anti-discrimination principles.

Attending the event, Richard G. Watts, who described himself as a “retired Christian minister”, said he hopes to overcome Muslims’ stereotyping in America.

He said he hoped it was “only a matter of time” until Muslim stereotypes cease and hopes more people would get involved in the dialogue.

“I would like to see a day where a program like this is announced and the room is full,” said Watts.

What Do Muslims Mean to America?


USALately, Congress appears to be obsessed with Muslims. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) held hearings Tuesday (March 29) on "Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims," and Chairman Peter King has announced a second set of hearings on "Radicalization in the American Muslim Community" in the House Homeland Security Committee, this set focusing on radicalization in prisons.


Although the word "Muslim" is the one getting the most media play, I believe these hearings are really about America, and whether we value the contributions of, and cooperation between, our many different communities.

Our founding fathers were emphatic on where they stood. When George Washington was asked about his preferred workers at Mount Vernon, he replied: "If they are good workmen, they may be from Asia, Africa or Europe; they may be Mahometans (Muslims), Jews, Christians of any sect, or they may be atheists." For Washington, it wasn't just about the principle of freedom, but the practicality that in a diverse nation, bigotry toward any community not only hurts that group, but weakens the nation.

As the leader of the Continental Army, the first truly national American institution, Washington took a strong stand against anti-Catholicism. He banned insults to Catholics (including burning the pope in effigy) and told his officers to make sure Catholic soldiers were welcomed. He scolded those who disobeyed: "At such a juncture, and in such circumstances, to be insulting their religion, is so monstrous as not to be suffered or excused."

Later, as president, Washington took a stand against another prevalent form of religious bigotry: anti-Semitism. In 1790, he received a letter from Moses Sessius, the leader of the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, RI, who was worried about the fate of Jews in the new nation.

Would they be harassed, hounded and hated as they had been for so many centuries in Europe?

"The government of the United States ... gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens," Washington replied. "May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants -- while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid."

Do these words still ring true today?

The King hearings in the House presented Muslims as a problem and, even worse, a danger. Yet that flies in the face of the best evidence. A recent study by Charles Kurzman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill shows American Muslims were the key group in disrupting attempted domestic terror plots, and that domestic terrorism actually has multiple sources. Targeting the Muslim community -- especially while ignoring the multiple sources of risk -- hampers us from finding productive solutions to homegrown threats.

Furthermore, focusing on Muslims as a problem both ignores and frustrates the very real contributions Muslims make to America. An American Muslim, Muhammad Ali, is one of America's most celebrated sports icons. Another, Fazlur Rahman Khan, helped design the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Building in Chicago. A third, Salman Hamdani, rushed to aid his fellow Americans during the 9/11 attacks, and died when the towers fell. Don't we want young American Muslim kids seeing Congress focus on the heroes of their community rather than the villains?

George Washington welcomed the contributions of many communities because that's what America is built on, and not simply in a theoretical way. Think about Catholic schools and hospitals, or Jewish philanthropic groups -- it wasn't that long ago such efforts were viewed as seditious threats. Today, America would be unimaginable without such institutions.

President Obama, for one, realizes this. "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers," he declared in his inaugural address. "We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth."

The Durbin hearings -- focusing on Muslim Americans as citizens, not some outside threat -- should be applauded. It's not just about protecting a minority religious community, but strengthening American society and reminding us of the tradition of pluralism set forth by those who built this great country.

Qantas, Toll slam sky-high airport prices and urge Canberra to act


qantasTWO of the nation's most powerful transport companies have launched a scathing attack on Australia'sairports, calling on the federal government to crack down on their "demonstrably excessive" pricing practices. Qantas Airways and transport giant Toll Holdings say the light-handed approach to airport regulation currently adopted by the government has failed to curb monopoly pricing and protect airport users from abuses of market power. The cost of parking a car at airports is cited as just one hot-button consumer issue.
They claim the light-handed approach has not led to acceptable improvements in service levels to airport users.

Just last week Qantas's budget airline Jetstar said it would seek damages from Sydney Airport (SACL) for a security lapse that stranded thousands of travellers following a power failure.

Jetstar recently clashed with the airport over plans to install self-service equipment in domestic terminals to help passengers use SMS technology for check-in.
It claimed the airport identified a number of trivial issues not raised by any other airport in negotiations, including the potential fading of carpet at a different rate due to the equipment blocking sunlight.

The calls by Qantas and Toll have been backed by the powerful Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA), which represents most of the international airline carriers using Australian airports.

The International Air Transport Association, representing international airlines, has also criticised airports for increasing charges for airlines while running services down.

But BARA goes further, demanding a detailed investigation by the competition regulator into the practices of Sydney airport, which is majority-owned by the listed company MAp Airports.

"BARA believes that SACL has probably progressed to a point where only the imposition of stricter economic regulation is likely to be able to correct its long-term commercial conduct," the group says in a new submission to the Productivity Commission.

An inquiry by the commission is investigating how airports are run and regulated, including looking at the effectiveness of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission's price and service quality monitoring regime.

The review comes at a critical time, with airports expected to invest almost $6 billion on airport infrastructure over the next 10 years.

The ACCC has already called for airlines to be allowed to take disputes over the fees for aeronautical services to the regulator for compulsory arbitration by having the airports "declared".

Qantas has backed the push, and also called for an additional set of binding codes of conduct to facilitate commercial negotiations between the airports and airlines.

It says commercially negotiated outcomes with airports are "the exception rather than the rule".

"Where such agreements have been reached they are inevitably the result of protracted negotiations often taking years," the carrier says in its submission to the commission.

Qantas is especially worried about charges for facilities that are not covered by the current price monitoring regime.

"In particular, excessive lease costs for critical infrastructure such as airline offices, lounges, hangars, maintenance facilities, check-in counters, service desks and staff car parking all sit outside any protection provided by the current regime," the airline says.

"Airlines, and indeed airports, cannot function without these facilities and yet no protection is afforded to airlines in relation to the provision of these services by airports. Collectively these costs add significantly to the total cost of operations at airports and to the costs airlines and consumers must incur as a result."

It also wants regional airports to be bound by new codes of conduct, albeit less onerous than those applying to the major metropolitan airports.

Toll says it has become increasingly concerned by the actions of some airport operators who "show little regard for the needs of businesses, such as Toll Dnata and Toll Air Express, and give priority to non-aeronautical businesses such as retail outlets, motels and other industrial uses".

"Toll Group firmly believes the primary function of airport managers should be to manage their facility as an airport and promote aeronautical operations for the benefit of Australia's economy and population. Unfortunately, we see substantial evidence to the contrary," it says.

The ACCC's price monitoring system for airports was introduced in 2002 following the lifting of price caps that were in place after the wholesale privatisation of the airports that started in 1997.

The privatisation process means the airports are now owned or operated by some highly profitable companies.

A report by the ACCC last year found the major airports -- Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth -- each used some form of monopoly pricing for car parking.

It prompted the government to order a review of the current monitoring regime.

A draft report of the findings is due in August.

But the airports argue airport competition has substantially increased over the past nine years and say shareholders have a right to "a fair return" on investments made by airports.

In its submission to the ACCC, Sydney Airport says the inquiry should support the broad benefits of improved and updated light-handed regulation of the aviation industry.

"This would continue to foster commercial relationships designed to service consumer needs and, through the resulting partnerships, the aviation services and connectivity required by a growing modern economy," it says. It also wants a framework for governments to address road, rail and bus transport needs and planning links with the airport to "improve competition and consumer welfare".

The ACCC has suggested that airports could be required to build new multi-level carparks and make it easier for buses, taxis and hire cars to drop off and pick up passengers to curb high parking costs at the capital city terminals.

Christian leader sorry for Anzac tweets


art_wallace-420x0The head of the Australian Christian Lobby and former special forces soldier Jim Wallace has "unreservedly" apologised for commenting against gay marriage and Muslims on Anzac Day. Jim Wallace, the managing director of ACL, wrote on Twitter this morning: "Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for  wasn't gay marriage and Islamic!"
Mr Wallace was heavily criticised on Twitter for his comments.
"What they fought for was freedom from prejudice and persecution. For all Australians!" one user said in reply, while another wrote: "Perhaps you need to remember that many gay servicemen and women also fought and died for Australia."

Mr Wallace later apologised for his tweet, writing that "this was the wrong context to raise these issues".

"ANZACs mean to much to me to demean this day, not intended."

Mr Wallace, a former Special Air Service (SAS) commander from January 1988 and December 1990, told smh.com.au he had never intended to politicise Anzac Day and the responses were a "misrepresentation" of his comments.

"I apologise - I would never want to politicise Anzac day - never my intention," Mr Wallace said.

"The interpretation that is being made of this - that I am saying that Australians didn't fight for everybody - is totally wrong.

"I was a soldier. I know full well how soldiers feel and think. Anyone defending Australia or serving in the defence force is doing it for every Australian. ... Even in the time of Anzacs, there were not only gays but Afghans in Australia.

"But I think the Judeo-Christian heritage that framed the nature of Australia that these fellows fought for is very important. We should be trying to preserve it."

Mr Wallace said he was spending time with his father when he wrote the first tweet.

"The context of it was that I was sitting there beside my father, who was a 96-year-old veteran of Tobruk and Milne Bay and he was lamenting how he couldn't recognise the Australia he fought for.

"And my ill-timed Twitter was just reflecting the nature of Australia that people fought for is different and I think it's being redefined all the time. "

DAVID CAMERON: MUSLIM CLERICS IN LORDS


davidDAVID Cameron wants Muslim clerics to sit beside bishops in the House of Lords. Proposals for a spiritual shake-up of the chamber have come from the Conservative Christian Fellowship who say Britain would benefit from a “multi-faith” set-up on the benches.David Cameron is said to have thrown his weight behind the plan, which also involves slashing the number of peers from 792 to 500.
A Tory insider said: “Imams in the Lords may provoke outrage in some. But Britain is not just a Christian nation, so it is only logical.
“There are already Catholic, Muslim and Jewish peers in the Lords. This is just an extension of that.”
The plans have created another rift in the Coalition government.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is drawing up a bill expected to contain proposals to boot out hundreds of House of Lords peers – including Anglican bishops.
The last reforms to the Lords were in 1999.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

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Earth Day organizers call for ‘a billion acts of green’


Earth-dayIf the environmental movement has a high holiday, Earth Day is it.The annual effort to raise public awareness about the environment and inspire actions to clean it up marks its 41st anniversary on Friday, coinciding with the Christian Good Friday and Judaism’s celebration of Passover. In an effort dubbed “A Billion Acts of Green,” organizers are encouraging people to observe Earth Day 2011 by pledging online at http://act.earthday.org/ to do something small but sustainable in their own lives to improve the planet’s health  from switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs to reducing the use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals.
“Millions of people doing small, individual acts can add up to real change,” said Chad Chitwood, a spokesman for the umbrella group coordinating efforts.

There will be hundreds of rallies, workshops and other events around the United States, where Earth Day was born, and hundreds more overseas, where it is now celebrated in 192 countries.

In the United States the activities range from the premiere of the new film from the director of “Who Killed the Electric Car?” (it’s called “Revenge of the Electric Car”) at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York to a discussion about creating a green economy in 12 cities along the Gulf Coast, where this time last year residents were reeling from the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 the environmentalist movement made great strides with passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and other groundbreaking laws.

But the bipartisanship that marked the birth of Earth Day — it was sponsored in Congress by a Wisconsin Democrat named Gaylord Nelson and a California Republican named Pete McCloskey — is often missing in discussions about environmental policy today.

Efforts to fight climate change by regulating greenhouse gases, for instance, face fierce resistance from many Republicans and members of the business community, who dispute the science supporting global warming and warn new rules to regulate emissions will kill jobs and raise energy costs.

Muslim leader wins Bulgaria court battle


bulgaria-muftiMuslim community leader won a tough Bulgarian court battle that recognized him as legitimate Chief Mufti after years of struggle. Muslims make up about 12 percent of the Balkan country's 7.6 million people and they are native in European Union member-Bulgaria. Most are the descendants of ethnic Turks who arrived during five centuries of Ottoman rule that ended in 1878. The dispute emerged after Bulgaria fired the chief mufti Mustafa Alis Hadzhi, who was elected by Muslims, and appointed comunist era imam Nedim Gendzhev who was criticised by Muslims during "oppression period" in a move criticised as a state intervention in religious rights.
The Sofia Appellate Court ruled Thursday that Hadzhi as the legitimate Chief Mufti of the Bulgarian Muslim community, Bulgarian media reported.

The court revoked the decision of the lower instance – the Sofia City Court, declaring Genzhev "as the leader of the Supreme Muslim Religious Council."

The rule is final and cannot be appealed.

Bulgarian Turks were forced to leave the country during the so-called "revival process" at the end of the 80s. A "revival process" launched by the late communist dictator Todor Zhivkov to forcibly assimilate Muslims culminated with a campaign to force them to change their names, and the exodus of over 300,000 ethnic Turks to neighbouring Turkey in 1989.

According to Amnesty International, at least 100 Muslims died in his four-month campaign to force them to change their names to Bulgarian, which banned the Turkish language in public. It also banned the wearing of headscarves and other Islamic customs such as circumcision and funeral rights.

Muslim-hating, Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones accidentally shoots his gun in Michigan parking lot


alg_terry_jonesThe Muslim-hating pastor whose Koran burning triggered deadly protests in Afghanistan last month nearly claimed more lives Thursday when his gun went off in a parking lot. Terry Jones was entering the passenger side of his car when he accidentally shot his 40-caliber handgun and sent a bullet through the floorboard of the vehicle, the Detroit Free Press reported. The hate-spewing preacher had just done an interview with Fox 2 TV of Michigan to promote an anti-Islam protest planned for this weekend in the city of Dearborn.
"Officers heard a gunshot, approached the vehicle, asked Mr. Jones if he was OK," Southfield Police Lt. Nick Loussia told the Free Press.

"He was, and they also observed he had a gun in his hand."

Both Jones and his driver, who was also packing heat, were carrying valid Florida concealed weapons licenses and weren't charged by police.

"Based on the facts of the investigation it did not appear a crime had been committed," Loussia said, adding that both men were allowed to leave the scene with their guns.

Outside the court in Dearborn Friday morning, Jones tried to explain his careless mistake.

"I always, always have the  safety on, and I guess if I can find an excuse, I'd been up since 4:30 a.m. and I forgot to put \[the safety\] back on," he said.

Jones was in court to get permission from local authorities to protest in front of Dearborn's Islamic Center of America.

While he didn't say whether he'd burn the Muslim holy book again, he had a message for critics who claim his actions incite violence.

"If you burn the Bible, I'm not going to kill you.

Monday, 18 April 2011

hajj mekkah kabah muslim islam


hajj mekkah kabah muslim islam

yeah Iam a muslim

Asalam Alicom,,

-Are you A Muslim?
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-YEAH I am a Muslim, and I am proud to be!

I pray for my Lord Allah 5 times a day.My Teacher is the prophet of Allah Mohammad (Blessings and Peace upon him) and Quran is my Constitution.

Islam is all about peace,Love,Charity and praying for one god.Islam is not about killing people and bombing planes!
The Perfect Religion and Best Way of Life for All.

Didn't know that?

Sorry :( you are not good reader about Islam!
SO, you can read about Islam (from nice and FAIR source)
and you will know why I am proud to be one of the Muslims around the planet, and why I LOVE the prophet of Allah Mohammad (Blessings and Peace upon him). :)

yeah I am a Muslim and yeah I am proud to be!

Thank you,

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Proud To Be Muslim


Muslim Scholars

As a European Muslim, I was overwhelmed with hearing of the huge
unpublicised role of an advanced Islamic civilisation in Europe over 1000
years. Why is this history missing and where can I learn more?

"It is highly probable that but for the Arabs modern European civilisation would never have arisen at all; it is absolutely certain that but for them, it would not have assumed that character which has enabled it to transcend all previous phases of evolution."

R. Briffault: The Making of Humanity.
"The Miracle of Arabic science, using the word miracle as a symbol of our inability to explain achievements which were almost incredible... unparalleled in the history of the world."
George Sarton It was during the period of high Muslim apogee: 8th-13th centuries that most decisive scientific inventions were made, and the foundations of modern civilisation were laid, scientists and scientific discoveries in their thousands, artistic creativity, great architecture, huge libraries, hospitals, universities, mapping of the world, the discovery of the sky and its secrets, and much more. 
It was the time when the names of Al-Biruni, Al-Khwarizmi, Al-Idrissi, Al-Kindi, Ibn Sina, Al-Razi, Ibn Khaldun, Al-Khazin, Ibn al-Haytham, Al-Farabi, Al-Ghazali, Al-Jazari and hundreds more scientists came into being.

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Friday, 8 April 2011

On Hijab (Covering Head and Face)


On Hijab (Covering Head and Face)
This issue has been sensationalized in the media, especially in some secular countries like France and Turkey which seek to make illegal the wearing of the Muslim headscarf or face veil in public places. We will not delve into all the details of the issue but, given the information above and some additional information below, we will let the readers judge for themselves whether or not the modest clothing and covering of the beauty and adornments of women, mandated in Islamic scriptures, is only for her own honor and protection, or not.

Allah (The Almighty) says:

(O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (and/or veils) over their bodies. That is better that they should be known so as not to be annoyed and molested. Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.)

[33:59]

This verse clearly states that the reason the woman is obligated to cover herself is to distinguish her to be identified as a respectable Muslim lady, to avoid the annoying glances and glares of the men. As we all know, provocative clothing urges some men to make advances, and expose women to molestation. This may be encouraged and marketed in some societies, but not among the respectable faithful Muslims.

All protective measures should be taken to guard women from excess temptation, which are explained in Islamic jurisprudence. Some of them are related to the women's attire like loose fitting body wrapping, head covering, and according to the authentic interpretations of the scriptures of the Qur'an and Sunnah, the face veil.

Allah (The Almighty) also said:

(And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts and not display their adornment (and beauty), except that which appears thereof (ordinarily) and to draw their coverings over their chests and not display their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers, their brothers sons, their sisters sons, their women, that which their right hands possess (their slaves) or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stomp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornments. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers that you might succeed.)

[24:31]

This verse indicates those males who are categorized as "mahram," as mentioned above, and designates that men and women should lower their gazes in modesty, which is the best self-protection from natural temptations and mutual attractions that occur between the opposite sexes.

And Allah (The Almighty) says, indicating the provocative manners with which the women of pre-Islamic era used to walk about, and calling the believers to appropriate behavior and repentance:

(And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance, and establish regular prayers and give obligatory charity and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah wishes only to remove impurity from you, O members of the family (of the Prophet), and to purify you with a thorough purification. And remember(O you the members of the Prophet's family, the Graces of your Lord), that which is recited in your houses of the Verses of Allah and Wisdom (i.e. Prophet's Sunnah ). Verily, Allah is Ever Most Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all things. Verily, the Muslims men and women, the believing men and women, the obedient men and women, the truthful men and women, the patient men and women, the humble men and women, the charitable men and women, the fasting men and the women, the chaste men and women, and the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues; Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). It is not for a believing man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter, that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a clear error.)

[33:33-6]

We can see that Islamic regulations, although similar to many other cultures where modest dress and behavior is concerned, are yet unique to the highest standards of the Muslim identity of chastity, righteousness, and moral uprightness. Islam protects and safeguards the individuals and the society from awkward situations of unnecessary intermingling between marriageable males and females leading to natural temptations. The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon Him) said in an authentic tradition:

"Verily for every religion there is a characteristic, and the characteristic of Islam is Haya`a (modesty, shyness, bashfulness)."

[Ibn Majah #4172 and verified]
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