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Question & Answer » Interaction in Social Life

1 Question: Is it haram for me to go to to a gym ( a training center for body builders) where women and men both can sign up for training there? It is nearly impoossible to find a gym that is only restricted for men, here in Scandinavia (Denmark). How should I act?
Answer: It is not allowed.
2 Question: Is it permissible to attend a social gathering (non-Religious or non-educative gathering) in which women are in complete, proper Hijab?
Answer: It is permissible per se.
3 Question: Can a Muslim individual take part in lectures, seminars, etc. in which women are in complete, proper Hijab?
Answer: There is no problem in it.
4 Question: Can I eat at the house of Ahle Kitab even though their books aren't the true Bible and Torah?
Answer: If their food is made from the meat of an animal which has not been slaughtered according to Islamic rules, it is not permissible; otherwise, there is no problem.
5 Question: What is the limit and scope of interaction for a convert to Islam whose family are not Muslims – they may either be People of the Book or non-believers? What guidance would you offer them?
Answer: He must keep good relation with his parents, brothers and sisters and behave in such a manner that they are attracted towards the religion of Islam.
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