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Is a woman required to have sex with her husband whenever he requests it?

Is it a religious duty for a woman to have sex with her husband whenever he requests it? What if she is not in the mood? Should a man be understanding or is it expected from his wife to always obey ...
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Why should a man marry more than one wife, when he clearly cannot treat them equally?

I have a problem with men marrying more than one wife. I know this is written in the Holy QURAN, but it clearly states you should be able to love them equally which is definitely not possible. The ...
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Are women allowed to work in Islam?

I was wondering if Muslim women are allowed to work outside of their home? Are there conditions where it is allowed? What if the husband's income isn't enough for the family?
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Is there any Islamic reason to prevent women from voting?

While women are welcomed to vote in many Islamic countries, it seems some Islamic countries still do not let women to vote. I believe allowing women to participate in making decision about their ...
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Should a woman's arm rest in sujood (prostration)?

When I first learned to pray, I was instructed to rest my arms on the floor, and was told that only men are required to lift them. But recently, after I moved to Palestine, it seems that everyone ...
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What's the stand of Islam on a Muslim woman marrying a non-believer?

I've heard different opinions about this issue, what’s the stand of Islam on a Muslim woman marrying a non-believer? What if the man claims he'd convert to Islam to be able to marry the Muslim woman? ...
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Is it haram not to have children?

Hi my name is Keyshawna and I have been Muslim for about a little over two years but I'm still learning and still struggling with self-educating myself. But my question is: Is it haram to not have ...
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Why scholars disagree on whether it's obligatory for women to veil their faces or not in Islam?

While reading Surat Al-Noor, I came across the following verse: “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty ...
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Can a woman recite the Qur'an during her menses?

During a recent Jumuah prayer I heard a hadeeth about Abu Hurairah (RAA) Abu Huraira reported: He met the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, in the road of Medina while he was in ...
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What does Islam say about women's clothing? [closed]

Is niqab/burqa/abaya a must for women? How much of that clothing comes from tradition, and how much of it comes from the religion? What does islam say about women's clothing?
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Do women have soul according to Islam or its various sects?

I was reading Alan Turing's 1950 paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence and suddenly stumbled upon the following statement: How do Christians regard the Moslem view that women have no souls? I ...
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Teaching daughters to be self reliant?

Very often I see daughters who are not taught to look after themselves and/or how to provide for themselves, i.e. to be self reliant. I'm not sure if this is a cultural thing or an Islamic thing, but ...
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Can Muslim men and women shave their body?

In summer when going to Swimming, it can be quite embarrassment to go with hairy body. Also I do not personally like hairs on my body. I am not sure if Islam allows shaving the body? If yes, can one ...
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Is there advice on what a woman should do during pregnancy?

Women are a bit more concerned about their daily tasks during pregnancy since their actions would affect their child in many ways. Is there anything on this matter in Quran and Ahadith?
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In a forced marriage, is sex obligatory for the woman?

If you are in a forced marriage in Islam, is it still necessary to perform sexual intercourse with your husband/wife? If you are not happy or give consent to having any sexual activities performed on ...
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Why does a man's witness count as two women's witness in Islam?

Why is it that whenever witnesses are required in Islam, two women are required to take the place of only one man? The Quran in Sura 2:282 says: And let two men from among you bear witness to all ...
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When and why did the tradition of woman not entering the mosque come into being?

Though according to the shariyah, women have equal rights of entering the mosque as the men. Even at the time of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) women used to enter the mosque with hijab and used to pray ...
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What is the Iddah period for an old lady?

According to Wikipedia: Iddah is, the period, three months after a divorce and four months and ten days after the death of a spouse, is calculated on the number of menses that a woman has. Iddah ...
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Does woman need four witnesses to prove rape in Sharia law

This has provoked me as it is being used in different ways as a jock material from non-Muslims. What I understand is Sharia law, made it almost impossible to prove adultery by either requesting four ...
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Can a woman/female lead prayer?

Is it permissible for women to lead the congregational prayers? Will the prayers of those praying under her leadership be void, if they did unknowingly or were misled? Background: Women promote ...
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Why do ladies pray differently as per Hanafi fiqh?

In Sahih Bukhari, Our Prophet Sallallaho Alaihewasallam (peace be upon him) said "Pray as you have seen me to pray". He didn't shown any different way to pray for ladies. Why ladies are praying ...
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Is it haram for girls to post their pics on the internet without hijab?

Occasionally, it is seen that some Muslim girls/women post their images on different internet websites without veil (hijab). Based on Islam, it is Haram (forbidden) for women to expose their bodies ...
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Can women wear golden chains?

I know that men should not wear golden materials. Few days before, I had heard that ladies also should not wear golden chains. Please clarify my doubts with proof.
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How many times should a woman suckle her adopted child to become mahram?

After knowing that, if a couple adopts a child, the child will still be non-mahram for the woman if it was a boy or vice-versa for her husband. Alhamdulillah these restrictions will not be applied, ...
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Is it haram for a man to watch an unveiled women on TV?

When we watch television we constantly keep our eyes on a person in the TV show. “O Ali! Do not turn round to look! The first look is all right but you have no right for the second look.” Based ...
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Is it permissible for to have hajib which makes her look attractive to the opposite sex and that is fashionable?

I have heard that women's hijab are not meant to turn into contemporary hijab fashion, because the hijab is meant to cover oneself so to avoid attention from the opposite sex. Now a day the hijabs ...
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Are there any books written by female scholars?

Note: Maybe my question is too broad, but I hope for constructive comments to focus it more, but as I'm not aware of any "known" books of female scholars I'll keep it somehow open for the first draft! ...
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Does the wife have the right to reject sex?

The wife has to obey her husband and he has to provide for her and treat her with kindness. However is the wife allowed to reject sex if she was not in the mood or for any other reason? It is her ...
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Did women in Arabian peninsula have “Hijab” before Islam?

I searched about but didn't find my answer and even asked some clergymen but no result! I know in the other religions women wore hijab like Jews but as we know in Arabian peninsula most people were ...
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A Muslim woman should not dye her hair “in the manner of kaafir women”; what does that preclude?

Islam Q&A writes concerning a woman dying her hair: With regard to changing it with different colours of dye, the basic principle is that it is permissible, unless it is done in the manner of ...
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Does Quran/Islam forbid women from going to school?

Are women allowed to go to school? If yes, are their any restrictions they have to observe? I understand they may have to go to school alone at times (if not all the time), they might have to travel ...
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Is it improper for a woman to insist on being the only wife?

Qur'an 4:3 makes Islamically permissible men having more than one wife. However, after some (comically unsuccessful) attempts at finding a husband, I can say the idea of my (inshallah) future husband ...
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Do women with hijab have the same sense of freedom like others in this modern age? [closed]

Allah,the exalted,says in the noble Quran as such: "Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted ...
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What does the Quran or hadith say about a woman shouting at her husband?

Is there a Hadith or verse in the Holy Qur'an that says that a woman mustn't shout at her husband? I know this is not polite, but I would like to know if there's anything about this in the Holy Quran ...
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Does the coming of menses break the fast?

Of course, menses go for few days and woman cannot fast anymore with such condition. So what does the Quran and the hadith has to say about it? What should woman do then?
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Is it necessary for ladies to cover their head while performing ablution?

l have heard that during ablution it is necessary for ladies to cover their head otherwise their ablution will not be performed. but i have searched and didn't get any exact hadees related to it.
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What should an unmarried woman who has frequent, unexplained sexual urges do? (E.g. hypersexuality, nymphomania)

What should an unmarried woman who has frequent, unexplained sexual urges do? The Prophetic advice of fasting does not seem to be working in this case.
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Are Muslim woman and man considered equal?

I know this is an obvious question, but I usually find some stories bias. Please include resources to back-up your opinion. Ok taking a very basic example...women can't look at the moon. And we ...
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Can women pray in public, like men?

Asalamu-alaikum, When we are travelling, men often find mosques or pray in the public. (This is when shortening the prayer is not an option). But for women, how can they manage? Many scholars ...
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What is the opinion of Islam regarding the attendance of women in mosques? (is it Mustahab or Makruh)?

What does Islam mentions regarding the presence of women in going to the mosques and also is it a Mustahab (recommended) or Makruh (better not to do, but not haram)? Actually does Islam persuade ...
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Is it permissible for a woman to befriend or talk to man?

If a woman talks to a man is it considered as zina? Nowadays, almost every college going girl has male friends. So if one's intentions are not wrong is it still haram for a women to make friendship ...
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Can a Muslim woman study abroad without a mahram?

Can a Muslim woman travel and study overseas without a mahram? Like to pursue her masters or on university exchange. Can her husband prevent her from going if he isn't comfortable with her going?
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Does Islam teach subjugation and inequality of women, or is that due to a wrong interpretation of the religion?

Not a Muslim here - in the West we often hear talk of (what we see as) horrible non-equal treatment of women by Muslim culture in the East. Is it common for women to be in any way subjugated (given ...
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Why are women not told to hit their husband?

In Islam the men (husbands) are allowed to hit their wife's if they do something which is against Islam. I understand that this does not mean that they can hit hard and it is just a light hit with the ...
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Is vaginoplasty after childbirth to improve my husband's sexual pleasure permissible?

After having a child (where the delivery was normal) my husband is having a hard time fulfilling his sexual desire with me; not because of outward appearance, but during sex when he is inside me. ...
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Should a woman keep her head cover while performing Wudu?

My mother has a question. She was asking that can a woman perform Wudu without the Hijab (or without covering her head) and when she is done with Wudu she can cover her head. She do Wudu alone by ...
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If my husband does not divorce me, is it possible for me to divorce him? Can I say 'I divorce myself'?

I want to go through with a divorce as things are not working out. My husband lives abroad and the last time I was with him was 9 months ago. He is refusing to give me a divorce, but he says I can ...
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Is travelling to persue a career haram for a female Muslim? [closed]

I am a Muslim female and I live my life (well, I try to) according to the Quran and sunnah of the prophet (may pbuh). I want to teach abroad in other countries as my career. Is this haraam? I know ...
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How does Iran justify women in the police force? (Shia View)

This wikipedia article mentions that some 400 women joined the Iranian police force between 1979 and 2003. This answer gives a pretty good explanation of women working outside the home. It seems to ...
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Is it right to question a girl about her virginity before marriage?

Is it right to question a girl about her virginity if someone is determined to get married to her. Or is it haram from an Islamic point of view?