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 , women should cover their chests , and that we should lengthen our garments in order to dress modestly . 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 .
Relevant Quran Verses:  7:31;  33:59;  24:31;  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 . Those who are fortunate enough to make it to heaven will be given new spouses in hereafter . God also tells us in the Quran that we will be able to remember people and events from our previous lives . The dwellers of heaven will even be able to speak to the dwellers of hell if they choose .
Relevant Quran Verses:  13:23, 43:70;  55:56, 55:72;  13:23, 36:26-27;  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 . Other behaviors described as an abomination are consumption of intoxicants, gambling, and failing to pronounce God’s name upon our food before we eat . 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 . We should always remember that God never burdens a soul with more than it can bear .
Relevant Quran Verses:  7:80-81, 27:54, 29:28;  5:90, 6:121;  2:120, 3:73, 6:71, 6:81;  23:62.
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