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Hijab

Veil or Cover. This is the Islamic dress for Muslim women which cover the whole body except the foot and the hands.

Hijrah

means migration. The Hijrah refers to the Prophet's migration from Mecca to Madinah. This journey took place in the twelfth year of his mission (622 CE). This is the beginning of the Muslim calendar. The word hijrah means to leave a place to seek sancturary or freedom from persecution or freedom of religion or any other purpose. Hijrah can also mean to leave a bad way of life for a good or more righteous way.

Hudud

the limits ordained by Allah. This includes the punishment for crimes.

Imam

leader of the congregational prayer, salat, that the Muslims offer five times a day. It is sometimes used to refer to the head of an Islamic State.

Iman

faith and trust in Allah.

Injil

the revelations that were sent down during the time of Prophet Isa (Jesus). It is reffered to as the New Testament.

Iqamah

means establishing. It is similar to the adhan with the addition of a pharse that signifies that a compulsory prayer, fard, is about to begin.

Isha

the obligatory salat, prayer, after sunset later in the evening.

Istighfar

to seek Allah's forgiveness. It is something that must be done continuously in a Muslims life.

Jahannam

means Hell.

Jahiliyyah

means ignorant. Jahiliyyah refers to the pre-Islamic era that existed in Arabia. It is a combination of views, ideas, and practices that totally defy and reject the guidance sent down by God through His Prophets.

Jalbab

this is a long loose fitting garment worn by the Arabs.

Jannah

means Paradise.

Jihad

means to strive. This can be any kind of striving in the way of God which involves either spiritual or personal effort, material resources, or arms.

Jizyah

a tax paid by non-Muslims living in a Muslim State. Since the non-Muslims are exempt from military service and taxes imposed on Muslims, they must pay this tax to compensate. It guarentees them security and protection. If the State cannot protect those who paid jizyah, then the amount they paid is returned to them.

Ka'bah

the first house of worship built for mankind. It was originally built by Adam and later on reconstructed by Abraham and Isma'il. It is a cubed shaped structure based in the city of Mecca to which all Muslims turn to in their five daily paryers.

Kafir

a person who refuses to submit himself to Allah (God), a disbeliever in God.

Khalifah

in the begining it was a reference to the successor of the Prophet. Later on it began to take on the meaning of head of state for a Muslim nation.

Khandaq

means ditch.

Khatib

orator, speaker.

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