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Shortening of the hair

Question: I want to know about hair cutting. Is it permissible for me, as a woman, to cut the hair short as I am unable to handle my long hair?

Ruling on colouring the hair

Question: What is the ruling on hair coloring? Is it permitted to colour the hair or thin parts of hair fuschia (a shade of pink) or red as is the

Are fertility treatments allowed?

Question: Are fertility treatments and investigations a valid reason for a woman to expose her awrah to female physicians? Zaynab El-Kateb: The Scholars say that infertility is an illness which

A woman uncovering in front of a 7 years old boy

Question: I came across the question and answer of a Scholar where the questioner asked about the age at which a woman should wear hijab in front of boys and

Taking of the jilbab amongst other women

Question: Is it permissible to take my jilbaab off when i’m at a wedding with only women. And to wear a dress without head covering instead. I heard that you

Carrying a shoulder bag

Question: Is it allowed to carry a handbag/shoulder-bag? Zaynab El-Kateb: We cannot say that it is haram. But we say if we carry a bag in a way which will

Ruling on braiding in yarn of synthetic hair

Question: May Allah allow your efforts to be a means of ease for you in this life and the next! A female is a Cosmetologist wanted to ask. She recently

Praying Qiyyamul-Layl with ishaa wudhu if one has istihadhah or incontinence

Question: In the summer the time of isha is 11:30 and fajr is like 3:30 in our country. In this period I stay awake till fajr because it is too

Women going to female swimming pools

Question: May Allah reward you for your effort. There are (inside) swimming pools where normally mixing between men and women finds place. Is it permissible for a woman to swim

A woman being sterilized

Question: A 40 years old lady who has 8 children wants to know if it is allowed in Islaam to go for sterilization? Zaynab El-Kateb: Sterilization is allowed only in