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What’s behind the rise of Islamic fashion

By: Alberto Mucci Source: Al-Jazeera Anas Silwood moved to Jordan from Britain to study Arabic back in 2000. The 20-something was supposed to stay for only a few months, but he soon decided Amman was the place he wanted to be. He learned Arabic, converted to Islam and settled. “Every time I went back to the UK I had the same problem,” he says. “People looked at me in a funny way because of what I was wearing. It happened over and over again, and that’s how I realized there must be a lot of Muslims in need of better-designed and better-made clothing.”  Silwood’s intuition quickly developed into a business. In 2002 he launched Shukr, one of the first...

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Malaysia: freezing ovum before marriage not allowed, fatwa

By: Source: Malaymail Online KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 — Muslim women in Malaysia are forbidden by a fatwa to freeze their eggs before marriage. Shariah law only allows a woman’s eggs to be fertilised by her husband’s sperm. Thus, freezing her eggs for social purposes is not allowed, said fertility expert Dr Natasha Ain Mohd Nor. “A fatwa has been established for Muslim women, where freezing their eggs before marriage is not permissible,” she told Bernama.  “However, after marriage, they can freeze their eggs provided they be fertilised by the sperm of the husband.” Dr Natasha said egg freezing in Islam was only encouraged if the woman is unable to conceive naturally due...

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Malaysia: Mufti advises gov’t to allow hijab for Malaysia Airlines flight attendants

By: Today Online Source: Today Online The government should push for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to allow its Muslim stewardesses the option of wearing the hijab and not serve alcohol on flights, Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has said. In a Facebook posting last night, he said that this has been an issue constantly raised to him by many Muslim stewardesses, and that the issue had to be addressed especially since Malaysia was a country where majority of its citizens are Muslims. “I call upon all Malaysians to plead toward the government so that Muslim women that are MAS stewardess are allowed to wear clothing that fulfils the criteria of a Muslim women,” Dr Mohd Asri said in a posting...

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