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We are going to address four frequently asked questions about Islam because people should know the actual reasons behind these practices. Why does Islam... Facts about Islam

We are going to address four frequently asked questions about Islam because people should know the actual reasons behind these practices.

Why does Islam require women to cover themselves in Hijab and Niqabs?

The Koran, Islam’s holy book and treated as the literal word of God, tells Muslims – men and women – to dress modestly. 

Verse (24:31) is widely used to justify a headscarf, stating, “… and tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their chastity, and do not reveal their adornment except what is already shown; and draw their khemar over their neck. . .”

What is interesting to note is that “Hijab” literally means “curtain” in Arabic. It also means “hiding,” ”obstructing” and “isolating” someone or something. It is never used in the Koran to mean headscarf. Some scholars are even trying to establish that Muslim women are not required to cover their hair, such as the late Moroccan scholar Fatima Mernissi to UCLA’s Khaled Abou El Fadl, and Harvard’s Leila Ahmed, Egypt’s Zaki Badawi, Iraq’s Abdullah al Judai and Pakistan’s Javaid Ghamidi.

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Why is mecca a religious centre?

The most virtuous place in Islam is the Ka’ba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is the destination for the religiously mandatory hajj pilgrimage. Ibrahim and his son Ishmael who first built the Kaaba, the religious monument and which is covered in a gold-embroidered black fabric. Pilgrims circle the Kaaba seven times and may also try to touch or kiss its cornerstone, the Black Stone.

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Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was born in the city in 570 CE, when it was the site of a pilgrimage for pagan Arab tribes. Muhammad and his followers gained control of Mecca in 630 CE, and it has been the spiritual center of the Muslim world ever since. Muslim rulers contributed to its upkeep throughout history, and it became part of Saudi Arabia in 1924. Mecca has grown significantly under the Saudis, and millions of Muslims from across the world make the hajj to Mecca each year.

A pilgrimage to Mecca is required of every Muslim who can afford it as one of the Five Pillars of the faith. Every year about three million gather for the major pilgrimage, or Hajj, during the Muslim month of Dhu’l-Hijja, and many more perform the minor pilgrimage, or Umrah, at various times throughout the year.

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The Masjid al Haram (Sacred Mosque) is for Muslims the holiest mosque on Earth. Both the mosque and the city itself are strictly off limits to non-Muslims. The most famous incident of a non-Muslim visiting Mecca was the visit by the British explorer Sir Richard Burton in 1853. Burton disguised himself as an Afghani Muslim to visit and write Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Mecca.

Why Eating Pork is forbidden in the Quran?

The Quran prohibits the consumption of pork in many verses including: 2:173, 5:3, 6:145 and 16:115.

“He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah”. (Al Baqara 2:173)

In the case of pork, no specific reason for the prohibition is given except in Quran 6: 145 when God says, in reference to the flesh of swine (pig), “for that surely is impure”. A Muslim submits to God’s commands willingly, without needing to know the reason behind the divine rule.  Moreover, God has expressly stated that a believer hears the words of his Lord and obeys them.

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Why do they Circumcise?

In Islam there is no fixed age for circumcision. The age at which it is performed varies depending on family, region and country.

Circumcision is not mentioned in the Qur’an but it is highlighted in the Sunnah (the Prophet Muhammad’s recorded words and actions). In the Sunnah, Muhammad stated that circumcision was a “law for men.”

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The main reason given for the ritual is cleanliness. It is essential that every Muslim washes before praying. It is important that no urine is left on the body.

Muslims believe the removal of the foreskin makes it easier to keep the penis clean because urine can’t get trapped there.