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Does Islam have an explanation for the pain of childbirth?

The pain of childbirth is attributed to The Fall of Man in the Bible: To the woman he said, I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. ...
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How can a woman get a haircut in a non-Islamic country?

In an Islamic country, such as Iran or Saudi Arabia, I presume a woman getting a haircut would be a matter of going to a women-only hairdresser. If I went to get a haircut in China (where I am now), ...
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Did Abu Thawr state that there is nothing wrong with female-lead mixed-gender prayers?

Commenting on Amina Wadud who controversially led mixed-gender prayer: ...there are many scholars (ex. Abu Thawr) who have gone against the majority opinion and stated that there is nothing wrong ...
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What are the benefits of accepting polygamy for women? [closed]

I am a Muslimah and. I understand that men are different from women and that we have different needs along with that Polygamy is legal. I accept what Allah decrees is best for us, male or female, but ...
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How does a Muslim woman balance friendliness with shyness?

One thing I struggle with as a convert is haya (shyness, modesty, shame). A recent instance was where I bought a non-mahram (probably non-Muslim) man a coffee in Azerbaijan. People stared. I ...
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Can a woman shave her legs and arms?

I am a 13 year old Muslim girl. I want to know if I am able to remove my body hair. My mum allows me to remove pubic hair yet forbids to do it anywhere else. I hate my body hair but I want to know if ...
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Are women in hijab assumed not to be “asking for it” in sexual assault cases?

In cases of sexual assault against women, the victim might be asked questions like what was she wearing? leading to the implication that she was somehow "asking for it" (i.e. provoking her attacker) ...
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How is wearing a wig imitating the kafir?

Islam Q&A write: If a woman wears a wig and adorns herself with it, even if she does this for her husband, she is imitating the kaafir women, which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be ...
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Is there a hadith instructing Fatima to look after household affairs?

If I'm not mistaken, Nabi SAW did say to Ali RA to look after the external affairs and Fatima RA to look after the household affairs. Am I right? If this was not said to them, to whom was this said? ...
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What should a Muslim woman look for in a burkini?

A burkini... is a type of modesty swimsuit for women... the suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, while being light enough for swimming. -- Wikipedia Looking online, ...
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What is Shia Islam's take on the deficiency in women's intelligence?

Ayatollah Khamenei's website has a video Women are stronger than men dated 2013. It's quite touching, and you can see the women in the audience are visibly moved. In this video, what he says is ...
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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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How to distinguish between a husband exercising his role as the decision maker and a husband oppressing his wife?

This question is motivated by the paper Choosing Islam: a Study of Swedish Converts by Madeleine Sultan, 1999 (link), which contains a story of a convert woman who experienced a conflict with her ...
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Who becomes protector and maintainer of a woman after divorce?

According to 4:34, men are in charge of women. Some of the rights of the husband are put together in the second graph of my answer here. Until recently I thought these falls under walayah (...
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How does a convert woman go about finding a guardian?

A woman who converts to Islam will often have no male Muslim relatives to act as a guardian (wali). I see online questions along the lines of "I'm a convert woman, have no guardian, and want to get ...
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Is there any text to support the view that a woman's place is in the home?

I know traditionally in most Muslim societies, the majority of women have been confined to the job of housewife and domestic duties. And some conservative Muslims to this day believe that because of ...
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Was the Qur'an intended to be read by men?

There are some verses of the Qur'an which are written as if the reader is male, which makes me wonder: Question: Was the Qur'an intended to be read by men? Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but ...
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Who says women dying their hands with henna is (im)permissible?

From Wikipedia: The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant and the temporary body art (staining) based on those dyes (see also mehndi). -- Henna, Wikipedia Mehndi... is a ...
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Is there any truth to the claim that a man may not shake hands with a woman because she menstruates and is therefore unclean?

Australian former politician Bronwyn Bishop was recently quoted as saying: When I hear the Department of Education saying it’s OK for a boy to put his hand on his heart instead of taking a woman’s ...
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Women participation in Sports?

This matters mummers around quite usually around muslim Women. Does Islam allows women to participate in Sports, like Olympic or Fifa games, given that the dress code is followed properly? This ...
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How can a wife express gratitude to her husband?

I'm thinking about the flip side of this question: In what ways do Muslim women show ingratitude to their spouses?. According to Sahih Muslim, the Prophet said that women generally show ingratitude ...
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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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Is it permissible for a girl to reject a proposal?

If a girl doesn't like a proposal, can she reject it? I have always wanted to get marry to a person who has more knowledge and practices Islam more than I do. If I found the proposal from a person ...
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Can a woman marry two men if she is sexually unfulfilled by one?

What if a married woman has got strong sexual desire that one husband can not fulfil? Is she allowed to marry two men to avoid haram relationships.
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Should a woman rush towards Allah and become a good housewife or follow passion in her career?

How women should be in Islam. Can they try hard to make a successful career?
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How can a Muslim woman achieve a balance between hijab and expressing her femininity?

Women in Islam are encouraged to embrace their femininity, e.g.: Islam treats women well, determines how their relationship with men should be and establishes its systems, directives and rulings. ...
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Is “concession” a better translation than “deficiency” when referring to women's deficiencies?

There's a hadith which describes women as "deficient": Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri: ... "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?" He said, "Is not the evidence ...
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Clothing and praying ettiquette for disabled woman

As-salāmu ʿalaikum My younger sister (17) has found islam al-Hamdu li-Llāh and now she tries as strict as possible to be a correct muslima in everything. She asked me to write some questions here. As ...
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Does a Muslim woman with urinary incontinence need to change her pad before each prayer?

There's various online fatawa around which describe the effect of urinary incontinence on salah prayer (e.g. IslamWeb 1, 2; SeekersHub; Zamzam Academy; MuftiOnline 1, 2, 3; Islam Q&A 1, 2, 3). ...
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Why do Muslim women need to cover more than men?

I was talking to a non Muslim and she thought it was objectifying women that they have to cover up and how come the coverage is not equal between the genders? How do we answer this?
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Is it true that “pregnancy is seen in sharia as like an illness”?

In a YouTube video by Islam On Demand, Are Women Deficient? - Hamza Yusuf, we have the following quote: There's some aspect of the group, or of the, uh, individual, or in this case of the gender, ...
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What is the difference between “muhajaba” and “hijabi”?

It seems both muhajaba (or muhajiba) and hijabi refer to women who observe hijab. Personally, I like hijabi because it sounds cute, and not for any serious reason. Question: What is the difference ...
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Is using synthetic musk after menses okay?

Is there a Sahih Hadeeth relating to use of perfumed cloth of musk after menses. If there is one can we use synthetic musk because nowadays the original musk is hard to find. Will using of synthetic ...
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Do I need to say “I give you divorce” to divorce my wife?

If the wife says give me divorce in anger and the husband says, go you are divorced instead of saying that i give you divorce, is that then a valid divorce? What are the accurate words to pronounce ...
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Can a Muslim woman go on Arba'een Pilgrimage without a mahram?

Arba'een marks a "pivotal event in history" in which the pilgrims make their journey to Karbala on foot, where Husayn ibn Ali, the third Imam of Shia, and his army were killed and beheaded by the army ...
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What role does the wali (guardian) play after a woman is married?

There's a strong emphasis on a woman's wali (guardian) during marriage, and when selecting a husband. However, it seems the role of the wali disappears after she is married. In a sense, the husband ...
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Can a woman's hair be partially visible from Shia and Sunni viewpoints?

I see that Iran's women's hair is visible from under their headscarves. Is it allowed by Shia fiqh? Is it denied by Sunni mazhabs?
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Are women converts an exception to the rule of travelling alone?

From sunnah.org: Other than what is stated from the Hanafi madhhab in the Reliance, the only dispensations I have seen for a woman to travel alone are: ... - If she is a non-Muslim who became ...
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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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How do reverts who were models cope with online photos?

How would a (famous) model or porn star etc cope if they reverted to Islam and wore the hijaab / modest Islamic dress but had a presence on the Internet or in magazines of their previous life in ...
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Was whether or not women have souls in debate prior to Islam?

I've seen this claim repeatedly: The lives of the people who responded to the Quran have changed drastically. It had a tremendous impact on so many people, especially women, since this was the ...
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Did women create a space between their teeth to look beautiful in the Prophet's time?

Regarding the hadith: Allah has cursed those women who practise tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed, and those who remove their face hairs, and those who create a space between their ...
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In what ways do Muslim women show ingratitude to their spouses?

My question is in regards to this hadith: Jabir b. 'Abdullah reported: ... He then walked on till he came to the women and preached to them and admonished them, and asked them to give alms, for ...
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Do I have to wear Hijab? [closed]

I'm a Muslim, and I practice the basics of Islam moderately and every day. I want to know what exactly was hijab created for, why I have to wear it and why it is compulsory. I grew up wearing it, but ...
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Under what conditions can a Muslim woman wear a bikini?

I'm dying to wear my bikini! It's perfectly fine in Western culture, but ordinarily it's not suitable to wear for a Muslim woman. From what I understand, it's forbidden not just in front of men (...
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Why do only women need a wali for nikah?

If the Quran states that believers are equal, whether men or women, why does only a woman need a wali to get married?
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What will beautiful girls be accountable for during hasab on account of their beauty?

I ask out of curiosity; every human must account for every neamat Allah (sut) has given e.g. For each hand, what good have you done by this hand? For the tongue, what good has it uttered? What will ...
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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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Is there an Islamic reason non-mahram Muslim men refuse to let me buy them e.g. coffee or a meal?

New Muslim question... I hang around with Muslims more nowadays; sometimes we go out for meals or get coffee or something, and I offer to pay. There's a range of reasons for doing so, partly just to ...
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Does a barren woman need to complete iddah (period of waiting) after divorce?

If a woman can't have children as she had her womb removed or her tubes severed which means that she will not "conceal what Allah has created in their wombs if they believe in Allah and the Last Day. ....