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May 2010

1. DEAR ABE: I want to know if I can perform Namaz Salat, or Obligatory Prayers in clothes having a picture on it.  I have some tops with character pictures like Tinker Bell, Miney Mouse, and even a sheep.  I do cover with a shawl when I pray anyways.  But can I pray like this or not?  – REEM, BRITAIN

DEAR REEM: There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing your Salat Prayers with pictures on your clothes.  The Quran does not forbid pictures, or dictate clothing without pictures.  We cannot make up new rules and prohibit things that God does not prohibit [1]. Make sure, however, that your Salat Prayers are dedicated to God alone [2].

Relevant Quran Verses: [1 ] November 2008, Q&A#3, pictures, July 2006, Q&A#1, statues, September 2006, Q&A#3, drawings, 5:87, 7:3;  [2] Contact prayers .


2. DEAR ABE: We all know that Muslim women should wear a head cover.  Why do you say they do not need to wear a head cover? – AZIM, INDIA

DEAR AZIM: There is no Quranic support for your statement.  In verse 24:31, the Arabic word Khomooreehin is derived from the word Khamara which means cover. The Arabic word for chest, Gayb is in verse 24:31, but the Arabic word for head, Raas is not in the verse.  The commandment is clear - cover your chest. The fabrication is clear - cover your head. Most of the translators, obviously influenced by Hadith (fabrications) translate the word as veil and thus mislead people to believe that this verse is advocating the covering of the head.  The last part of the verse (24:31) translates as, "They shall not strike their feet when they walk in order to shake and reveal certain details of their bodies."  The details of the body can be revealed or not revealed by the dress worn; not a head covering [1].

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 24:31, About Islam; Head Covers.


3. DEAR ABE:   In the U.K. some ketchups and mayonnaise state that the ingredients have “spirit vinegar.”  The Arabic and Asian products list only the ingredient “vinegar.” Are the products containing spirit vinegar haram, or not allowed for my consumption?  – A.H. from the U.K.

DEAR A.H.: The Quran prohibits intoxicants or that which “covers the mind” [1].  There is nothing wrong with spirit vinegar as it is not intoxicating even though it may contain very small traces of alcohol.

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 2:219, 5:90, 5:91.

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