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I want to know how important is parda in Islam? when i was in pakistan i used to pray 3 4 times a day.

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Firstly thank u very much for replying to my question. i had always been after some one who could answer all the questions i hold in my mind and heart. Different people have different things to say. There are two more things i wanted to ask.

1.     I want to know how important is parda in Islam? i am a muslim girl and i know i should be covering my self and i always have been. when i was in pakistan i started taking scarf but then different people passed so bad comments that i stoped and now i wanted to know how important is it in Islam? is there any restriction in Islam of wearing jeans? i dnt wear very fitted clothes and whatever i wear covers my body completely. i am in uk at the moment and here if i start taking scarf people look you more then they usually do which i dont like. what should i do?

2.      when i was in pakistan i used to pray 3 4 times a day but since i have came to uk i dont get time to pray as i am a full time student and i am working full time as well. i know it is bad to say i dont have time for namaz but i feel helpless, sometimes i feel very bad. i dont feel away from Allah as still when ever i am happy or sad i remember Allah first. my shedule is busy and i am just scared of the punishement i will get of not praying. is there anything i could do abt it?

 

Thank you very much for your time. i am really pleased to see your reply and it did help me to take any step.

 

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Hijab and prayer

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Q-1: I want to know how important is parda in Islam?

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 59:

O Prophet, enjoin your wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons. It is expected that they will thus be recognized, and not molested. Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Nur verse 31:

(O Prophet) enjoin the believing woman to restrain their gaze and guard their modesty, and not to display their adornment except that which is displayed of itself, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to display their adornments except before their husbands, their fathers, .and also forbid them to stamp their feet on the ground lest their hidden ornaments should be displayed.

 

Dear and beloved Sister in Islam, Allah Subhanah, the Lord and Creator of the Universe, has Commanded and Declared it obligatory upon the believing woman, who sincerely believe in Him and the Last Day to adorn themselves with the hijaab whenever they are in the presence of non-mehram males. Regardless of the reactions of the ignorant and the un-Godly upon her dress of righteousness, a believing woman should feel honored and proud to adorn herself in the uniform which none other than her Lord and Creator, Allah Subhanah Himself, has prescribed for her.

 

If a believing woman violates the Commands of hijaab when in the presence of non-mehram males, she would indeed be guilty of transgressing and disobeying an obligatory Command of her Lord Most High.

 

Your Statement: ..i started taking scarf but then different people passed so bad comments that i stoped.

Dear and beloved Sister in Islam, if the only reason the arrogant and ignorant disbelievers laugh, mock, revile, or abuse you is because you have chosen to obey the Commandment of your Lord and adorn yourself in the dress of righteousness as Commanded by Himfear not, nor grieve, nor despair.and rest absolutely assured that your Lord Most High is recording every word and every act of yours and theirs, and both you and them, will be recompensed in full by The Lord Most Majestic and Most Supreme on a Day which no one will be able to escape!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verses 47-48:

47 Even if the wrongdoers had all that there is on earth and as much more (in vain) would they offer it for ransom from the pain of the Penalty on the Day of Judgement! But something will confront them from Allah which they could never have counted upon!

48 For the evils of their deeds will confront them, and they will be (completely) encircled by that which they used to mock at!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 45 Surah Jathiyaa verses 33-35:

33 Then (on that Day of Judgment) will appear to them the evil (fruits) of what they did, and they will be completely encircled by that which they used to mock at!

34 It will also be said: "This Day We (Allah) will forget you as ye forgot the meeting of this Day of yours! And your abode is the Fire and no helpers have ye!

35 This because ye used to take the Signs of Allah in jest and the life of the world deceived you." (From) the Day therefore they shall not be taken out thence, nor shall they be received into Grace.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 45 Surah Jathiyaa verses 9-11:

9 And when he (the disbelievers) learns something of Our Signs he takes them in jest: for such there will be a Humiliating Penalty.

10 In front of them is Hell: and of no profit to them is anything they may have earned, nor any protectors they may have taken to themselves besides Allah: for them is a Tremendous Penalty.

11 This (Islam) is (True) Guidance: and for those who reject the Signs of their Lord is a Grievous Penalty of Abomination.

 

Dear and beloved Sister in Islam, for every single mockery, for every single jest, for every single abuse, for every single taunt and for every single evil that these arrogant and ignorant disbelievers shoot at you only because you have chosen to obey the Command of your Lord Creator, rest absolutely assured that not even an iota of their evil done towards you will remain or go un-recompensed when in the Presence of your Lord Most Majestic on that Tumultuous and Inevitable Day of Resurrection!


 

Respected sister, bear their abuse with patience and perseveranceand let the arrogant and the ignorant laugh a littlefor Allah is our witness sister, much will they weep! Allah is our witness sister, when these arrogant and evil are paid their full recompense for their jest and their mockery of the Commands and Signs of Allah Subhanah in the Hereafter, it is the believers who will have all of Eternity to laugh at them and their state, Insha Allah.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 82:

82 Let them (the disbelievers) laugh a little: much will they weep! A recompense for the (evil) that they do!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 63 Surah Mutaffefeen verses 29-36:

29 Those in sin used to laugh at those who believed!

30 And whenever they (the believers) passed by them (the disbelievers), they used to wink at each other (in mockery);

31 And when they (the disbelievers) returned to their own people they would return jesting;

32 And whenever they (the disbelievers) saw them (the believers), they would say "Behold! These are the people truly astray!"

33 But they had not been sent as keepers over them!

34 But on this Day (of Judgment) the believers will laugh at the unbelievers!

35 On Thrones (of Dignity); They will command (a sight) (of all things).

36 Will not the unbelievers have been paid back for what they did?

 

Your Question: what should i do?

Dear and beloved Sister in Islam, whatever you choose to do.never ever go against or disobey a clear Command of your Lord Creator; for that then would be a manifest loss! Bear the few laughs and taunts of the arrogant and the ignorant for a while, and bear them with a deserving patience and perseverance only for the Sake of Allah Subhanah. Allah is our witness sister and without an iota of a doubt, you will have your Day of retribution in the Presence of your Lord Most Majestic, Most Supreme.

 

Your Question: is there any restriction in Islam of wearing jeans?

Allah and His Messenger (saws) have neither specified nor limited the believers to a particular Islamic dress, but rather gave some conditions which the dress one adorns himself/herself with must be fulfilled:

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 26:

26 O ye children of Adam! We have bestowed clothing upon you to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you; but the clothing of taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.) that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah that they may receive admonition!

 

Provided that the below five conditions of apparel are not violated, there is absolutely no restriction on the type or color of clothing the believers are allowed to wear in Islam:

  1. Clothes worn should not announce arrogance.
  2. The satr of the person (man or woman) must be covered in the presence of their non-mehrams.
  3. The clothes worn must not be tight so as to display ones figure and curves, and should not be transparent.
  4. The clothes worn must not be an imitation of the pagans or disbelievers.
  5. Men should not imitate women in their clothing; nor should women imitate men in their clothing.

 

Thus regardless of what type of outfit one chooses to wear, whether it be jeans or anything else, if it violates any of the above restrictions, then it would not be deemed appropriate clothing in Islam.

 

In our humble opinion, the wearing of jeans for a believing woman might be in violation of two of the above five restrictions.

 

a. Jeans are generally tight-fitted and do display ones figures and curves.

But if the believing woman wears a loose-fitting outer garment or jilbaab over whatever she chooses to wear underneath the jilbaab when in the presence of non-mehrams, then she would not be in violation of this restriction.

 

b. If one lives in a culture where jeans are considered clothing specific for men, then it would indeed not be appropriate for a believing woman to imitate the apparel of men.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.49 Narrated by An Numan bin Bashir

I heard Allah's Messenger (saws) saying, 'Both the halaal (permissible) and the haraam (forbidden) things are evident; but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (boundaries) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it.

 

Thus my beloved sister in Islam, although one cannot say that the wearing of jeans is specifically declared haraam or forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (saws) for the believing woman; in our humble opinion, because of its vicinity to the violation of some of the commands of apparel, it would definitely be amongst the suspicious or doubtful things. Thus if the believing woman so fears Allah and the Last Day and abstains from it for Allahs sake, she will have a huge reward with Allah Subhanah for her obedience and piety.

 

Your Question: when i was in pakistan i used to pray 3 4 times a day but since i have came to uk i dont get time to pray as i am a full time student and i am working full time as well. is there anything i could do abt it?

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 103:

Indeed the Salaat is a prescribed duty that should be performed by the believers at (their) appointed times.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 45-46:

45 Nay seek (Allah's) help with patient perseverance and salaah: it is indeed hard except to those who bring a lowly spirit.

46 Who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their Lord and that they are to return to Him.

 

The Prophet (saws) said, "The head of the matter is Islam, its pillar is the prayer, and the top of its hump is Jihad in the Way of Allah."

 

Jabir reports that the Prophet (saws) said, "Between a person and disbelief is discarding prayer."

Related by Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.

 

Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'Aas reported that the Prophet (saws) one day mentioned the prayer and said, "Whoever guards and observes his prayer, they (his prayers) will be a light and a proof and a savior for him on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever does not guard and obvserve them, they will not be a light or a proof or a savior for him. On the Day of Resurrection, he will be with Qarun, Fir'aun, Haman and Ubayy ibn Khalf."

Related by Ahmad, at-Tabarani and Ibn Hibban.

 

A man came to the Prophet (saws) and said O Prophet of Allah (saws), what is the act or deed most loved by Allah?

The Prophet (saws) replied: To pray ones prayers on time.

The man asked further: What (deed or act most loved by Allah) next?

The Prophet (saws) replied: Obedience to ones parents.

The man asked further: What (deed or act most loved by Allah) next?

The Prophet (saws) replied: Jihaad in the Way of Allah.

Related by Bukhari.

 

Intentionally missing an obligatory prayer beyond its appointed time is not even given as an option in the deen of Islam! If one accidentally or unintentionally misses ones prayer through sleep or forgetfulness, one should pray it as soon as one wakes up or remembers it.

 

One should strive as hard as one can to make intention to offer ones obligatory prayers on their appointed times, and if Allah forbid, one misses a prayer, then the absolute least one can do is expiate and atone for that lapse by praying it qada in the sincere fear and hope that the Lord Most High will accept it.

 

Whoever sleeps through or has forgotten to pray a certain prayer should pray it when he wakes up or remembers the prayer. Abu Qatadah related that sleeping through the prayer time was mentioned to the Prophet (saws) and he said, "There is no negligence in sleep, but negligence occurs while one is awake. If one of you forgets a prayer, or sleeps through its time, then he should pray it when he remembers it."

Related by an-Nasa'i and at-Tirmidhi.

 

Anas related that the Prophet (saws) said, "Whoever forgets a prayer should pray it when he remembers it, and there is no expiation for it save that."

Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

 

The offering of the five obligatory prayers at its appointed times is such a duty unto the Lord Creator that a believer is not permitted to miss them even in a life and death situation like war, or severe illness, etc.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 238:

238 Guard strictly your prayers, especially the middle (Asr) prayer and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind).

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 107 Surah Al-Maun verses 4-5:

4 So woe to the worshippers

5 Who are neglectful of their prayers

 

To intentionally miss an obligatory prayer or delay it beyond its appointed time would indeed constitute severe negligence and a grave sin in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.

 

Your Question: . is there anything i could do abt it?

Dear and beloved sister in Islam, Shariah Law dictates that unless and until one is unconscious, or insane, or unintentionally slept through a prayer time, or completely forgot and the prayer time elapsed.it is an absolutely obligatory duty unto the believer that he/she offer his/her prayer at its due and appointed time.

 

Dear and beloved Sister, the first thing you can and should do is immediately turn back to your Lord in taubah and seek sincere forgiveness for the prayers that you might have missed in your past, making a solemn covenant with Him that you will strive your utmost to fulfill every prayer at its appointed time in the future. If you are indeed sincere in your repentance, you will find your Lord Forgiving and Merciful.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verses 53-54:

(O Prophet) say: O My servants who have wronged their own souls.Do not despair of Allahs Mercy! Surely, Allah forgives all sins. He indeed is the All Forgiving, All Merciful. Return to your Lord and submit to Him before the scourge overtakes you; for then you may get no help from anywhere.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 135-136:

Allah likes such good people very much, who, if ever they commit a base deed or wrong their own soul by the commission of a sin, remember Allah instantly, and ask for forgiveness from Him for their shortcomings. For who, but Allah, can forgive sins? (And Allah loves those) who do not knowingly persist in the wrongs they did. These will be rewarded with forgiveness from Allah, and with Gardens beneath which canals flow, and they will reside therein forever! How excellent is the reward of those who do good deeds!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54:

When those come to you who believe in Our Signs, say: "Peace be on you! Your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy. Verily if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct), Lo! He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

 

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan


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