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22 Apr '16

Can Muslim women wear tight-fitting hijab?

A tight-fitting hijab would defeat the purpose. As you’ve probably observed from looking at the kinds of hijab Muslim women wear, looseness is a requirement for this garment. The hijab should be sufficiently loose enough not to define the shape of the body. Another important consideration is thickness because Muslim women are not allowed to show the color of their skin.
22 Apr '16

Is the practice of wearing hijab required by the Quran?

Yes the practice of wearing Hijab is required by the Quran. We find the injunction in the following verses from the Quran:

 “Say to the believing men that they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts…say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof” (Qur’an 24:30-31)

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when out doors). That is most convenient that they should be known and not molested.”(Quran 33:59)

As the Quranic verses were revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (SAWS), he would recite them to the Muslims and the believers would immediately accept them and follow them. Thus it became a customary practice among Muslim women to use the hijab and cover themselves modestly.

22 Apr '16

Why do some Muslim women refuse to wear hijab?

Most Muslim women who refuse to wear hijab argue that modesty is a state of mind and an inner quality. It has little to do with clothes. This reasoning has become particularly widespread among Muslim women living in Western societies. They say that the hijab draws attention to them instead of deflecting it. However, it should be noted that almost all of them still use some form of covering to shield their hair and body.
22 Apr '16

Islamic Online Education and Online Degree Programs (Graduate, Doctorate)

Posted by Nosheen Z in Islamic Online Education

The demand for formal Islamic education programs has been steadily increasing over the past few years. This includes demand for Graduate, Masters. Doctorate, PhD programs. More and more students have been vying to enroll in online bachelors and graduate educational programs that cover a wide array of Islamic subjects and formal degree programs. More than just providing simple courses, these educational institutions and colleges have rather been offering online education and online degrees to its students. In fact more Muslims have been striving to get formal full time diplomas and degrees in Islamic sciences and arts than ever before. 

These Islamic institutions fall into two categories - some offer online education programs allowing students to pursue formal online diplomas. Similar to secular online educational programs, professors and instructors provide notes and lectures and allow students to collaborate through the Internet / telephone. Other institutions are more traditional in that they offer full time programs on physical campuses.

For Muslims living in the west where full time Islamic education on traditional campuses is still not easy to get, online education and Islamic online degrees is a viable and attractive option. The good news is that many Islamic institutions have been offering these courses for a number of years and have seen hundreds and thousands of graduates over the past few years.

These institutions offer formal diplomas in areas such as Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh, Shari'ah, Usul al-Din, Arabic Language, Hadith, Da'wa Training Courses, and other facets of Islam.

The following provides a listing of some of the popular Islamic institutions in the western world and Islamic countries. Prospective students are encouraged to review the curriculum before enrolling in those programs. HilalPlaza has not checked the curriculum content of any of these institutions. 

Islamic Institutions in Saudi-Arabia

The following are some of the prominent institutions in Saudi-Arabia that offer Islamic diploma programs. Although there are more such institutions in Saudi-Arabia, the following may provide full scholarships to foreign / non-Saudi students. You should contact these institutions directly to get more details.

Islamic University Al-Madinah

The Islamic University in Madinah is similar to the Al-Azhar University of Cairo. It is essentially a school of Islamic theology. However, recently Al-Azhar of Cairo has expanded its domain to include secular education, while the Islamic University in Madinah continues its focus on religious affairs.

Link ==> http://www.iu.edu.sa/start.aspx?LinkID=11

Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah -

Link ==>  http://www.uqu.edu.sa/english/

King Saud University, Riyadh

Link ==> http://www.ksu.edu.sa/english/index2.php

Islamic Institutions in USA

The American Open University (AOU), USA

The American Open University (AOU) is an independent non-profit educational organization, based in the United States of America, founded and supervised by scholars specialized in Islamic and Educational Sciences

Link ==> http://www.open-university.edu/

Islamic American University, USA 

An offshoot of the Muslim American Society (MAS)

Link ==> http://www.islamicau.org