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A Woman Becomes a Muslim before Her Husband

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Scholars have different views in case a woman embraces Islam before her husband. Some see that she stays lawful to him till she completes her waiting period. Others see that marriage dissolution should take place. 

The Dowry Paid by the Wife

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In countries like India, women pay the dowry to their husbands. Such a marriage is contrary to Islamic marriage in this respect, it remains a valid marriage according to the unanimity of Islamic scholars. 

Food Containing Small Quantities of Forbidden Products

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Some scholars see that the addition of a small quantity of forbidden foodstuff that went through chemical changes so as not to exist on their own acquiring new description, will not affect food permissibility.

Eating Food Mixed with Traces of Pork

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It is forbidden to Muslims to eat any food certainly mixed with what is forbidden like pork. In case of doubt about it then the food is permissible to eat, because the normal ruling is that things are permissible.

Sitting at Table Where Wine is Served

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Muslims living in a non-Muslim country are often invited to events where people are drinking. This is not permissible but some scholars permit it if a Muslim fears some adverse effect or hope to tell about Islam.

Eating in Restaurants Serving Forbidden Foodstuff

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In general it is not permissible to a Muslim to eat in restaurants serving wine or pork. In case there is no other place to eat, it is accepted provided that he does not eat or drink anything that is forbidden. 

Use of Yeast and Gelatine Taken from Swine

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The Qur’an and the Sunnah, as well as the unanimity of Muslim scholars, make clear that the flesh of swine is forbidden to eat. And it is also not permissible to use extracts from what is forbidden like gelatin or yeast.  

Medicines Containing Alcohol

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Muslims are allowed to take medicine containing alcohol if its amount doesn’t affect the mind and there is no other alternative. It should be prescribed by a qualified doctor and taken within essential limits.

Non-Muslims Whose Food is Permissible to Eat

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Muslims can eat from the food of people from earlier revelation unless their belief has been distorted to total atheism. If so, they are considered unbelievers and any meat they have prepared is unlawful to eat. 

Enquiring about the Method of Slaughter and Other Doubtful Foods

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Some scholars see that Muslims living in non-Muslim countries should refrain from eating doubtful meat or food. Others permit it unless they are sure it was slaughtered unlawfully or involve what is forbidden. 

Animals Slaughtered by Unbelievers

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Muslims who are resident in non-Muslim countries are not allowed to eat meat from animals slaughtered by unbelievers. It is also prohibited to eat any food that is mixed with such meat including the sauce. 

Bowing to Greet an Unbeliever

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In some greeting situations people bow to each other by lowering their heads or chests. But Muslims are not permitted to bow to each other or to non-Muslims. As it is a greeting of worship that is only offered to God. 

Shaking Hands with Women

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The majority of scholars view that it is not permissible for Muslim men and women to shake hands if they are not related to each other. The other view permits shaking hands with elderly women if there is no temptation. 

Animals Slaughtered by People of Earlier Revelations

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Some scholars permit that Muslims eat permissible animals slaughtered by people of earlier revelations if they live in non-Muslim countries. But electrically shocked animals are prohibited unanimously. 

Congratulating non-Muslims on Their Religious Feasts

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Muslim scholars have 2 opposite views on congratulating and joining non-Muslims on their religious feasts. The first view considers it forbidden. The other sees it permissible if they are at peace with Muslims

Burying a Muslim in a Coffin

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Muslim scholars have 2 different views on burying a Muslim in a coffin in societies where Muslims are minorities. The first discourages it and the second permits it in certain conditions as in case of soft land.  

Burial of Muslims in Non-Muslim Graveyards

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There are 3 views on the burial of Muslims in non-Muslim graveyards in non- Muslim countries. The first permits it as a matter of necessity, the 2nd is against, and the 3rd permits it in a special section for Muslims.  

Smelling Wines

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The mere smell of wine does not lead to intoxication and it is not considered as drinking as it does not cloud one’s mind. But it is preferable for a Muslim to avoid situations where he is surrounded by drunk people.

Offering Condolences to Non-Muslims

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Scholars express different views on offering condolences to non- Muslim. Those who support it say that it is appropriate for a Muslim to condole a non-Muslim, as if they do not it may be interpreted as hostility.

Enforcing Mandatory Punishments in non-Muslim Countries

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If a Muslim commits a sin that carries a mandatory punishment it is preferable to keep it private, repent and ask for God’s forgiveness. If he insists to be punished, then this should be referred to a Muslim ruler. 

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