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November 2011

1. DEAR ABE: Are Muslims allowed to wear shorts?  – MAANAL, INDIA

DEAR MAANAL: Muslims can wear any appropriate and decent clothing including shorts.  In the Quran, God specifies that we should dress nicely when attending the masjid [1], women should cover their chests [2], and that we should lengthen our garments in order to dress modestly [3].  It is up to each of us to decide what clothing is appropriate.  But we should remember that the “best garment” is that of righteousness [4].

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 7:31; [2] 33:59;  [3] 24:31; [4] 7:26.


2. DEAR ABE: Do couples remain together in the life hereafter, or what happens? Do we forget each other? – REZA, CANADA

DEAR REZA: God tells us in the Quran that we are allowed to enter paradise with the righteous among our families, including our spouses [1].  Those who are fortunate enough to make it to heaven will be given new spouses in hereafter [2].  God also tells us in the Quran that we will be able to remember people and events from our previous lives [3].  The dwellers of heaven will even be able to speak to the dwellers of hell if they choose [4].

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 13:23, 43:70; [2] 55:56, 55:72; [3] 13:23, 36:26-27; [4] 7:44-50, 74:40-47.


3. DEAR ABE: Is it okay to be gay? – SIMON, AUSTRALIA

DEAR SIMON: The Quran forbids homosexual behavior and describes it as an abomination [1].  Other behaviors described as an abomination are consumption of intoxicants, gambling, and failing to pronounce God’s name upon our food before we eat [2].  We all have predispositions toward certain behaviors and it is up to each of us to seek God’s guidance to help us maintain righteousness [3].  We should always remember that God never burdens a soul with more than it can bear [4].

Relevant Quran Verses: [1] 7:80-81, 27:54, 29:28; [2] 5:90, 6:121; [3] 2:120, 3:73, 6:71, 6:81; [4] 23:62.

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