By Huda, About.com Guide
Muslim parents and medical practitioners should understand Islamic customs surrounding the birth of a child. Here you can find information about birth rites, circumcision, breastfeeding, etc.
The choice of a marriage partner is one of the most important decisions a person will make in his or her lifetime. Muslims approach this decision with prayer, careful investigation, and family involvement.
Muslims view marriage as the foundation of society and family life. In a practical aspect, Islamic marriage is thus structured through legally-enforceable rights and duties of both parties. In an atmosphere of love and respect, these rights and duties provide a framework for the balance of family life and the fulfillment of both partners.
Islam is recognized as the fastest-growing world religion, particularly among western women. Those who embrace Islam are known as either "converts" or "reverts" to the faith, recognizing that each person is born with a natural faith in Allah and merely returns to it as an adult.
- How to convert to Islam
- Reader Stories: How I Became a Muslim
- Do you need to change your name?
- Books about Muslim converts
The Prophet Muhammad once said that Muslims should "seek knowledge, from the cradle to the grave." Education is a life-long endeavor, and Muslim parents have many choices with regards to their children's education. In addition, most Muslims try to learn at least the basics of the Arabic language, although only 15% of Muslims speak Arabic as a native tongue.
Eating and Drinking
Muslims follow a set of dietary laws which are outlined in the Qur'an. Everything is permitted (halal), except what God specifically prohibited (haram). Muslims do not consume pork or alcohol, and follow a humane process for the slaughter of animals for meat. Within these rules, there is wide variation among the eating habits of Muslims around the world.
- Introduction - Food and Drink
- Islamic Dietary Law
- Checking Food Labels
- Keeping Halal on the Road
- Halal Certification
Islam gives guidance about all aspects of life, including matters of public decency. Islam has set minimum standards for personal modesty, which are reflected in the various styles of clothing worn among Muslims. While such standards may seem out-dated or conservative to some people, Muslims view these values of public decency as timeless.
- Islamic Clothing Requirements
- Illustrated Glossary of Islamic Clothing
- Where to Buy Islamic Clothing Online
- Islamic Sewing Patterns
- Girls and Hijab
Islam has given detailed regulations for our economic life, which is balanced and fair. Muslims are to recognize that wealth, earnings, and material goods are the property of God, and we are merely His trustees.
How do Muslims feel about such issues as euthenasia, organ donation, life support, cloning, infertility treatments, and abortion? What does Islam teach about these issues? How do Muslims face health issues in their daily lives?