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Islamic Family Life
by Heena Ahmed, UK
‘Those who show the most perfect faith are
those who possess the best disposition and are kindest to their
The above Hadith (tradition) emphasizes the importance, significance and
the idea of commitment in family life in Islam. It tells us that those
people, who are most obedient in faith, are those, who are most kind,
loving and caring towards their family.
Family life is the basis of the Islamic society. Family life is very
important for Muslims. Its origin goes back to the beginning of the
creation of man and woman (Adam and Eve).
Marriage is the basis of an Islamic family. It develops love, care and
co-operation between the husband and wife. It also gives a peace of mind
and provides a secure atmosphere for the growth and progress of the
whole human race.
Without marriage the human race would probably come to a standstill.
Muslims believe that, a good and sound society can only grow, if a man
and a woman are bound in a solid relationship through the sacred
contract of marriage.
Family life is often kept private from outsiders. Usually in some Muslim
families, if there are any visitors to a home, they would be shown to a
guest room and they would meet the men and boys of the family. The women
and girls would probably stay in another room for most of the time. This
is not done in all Muslim families, but it is done in some.
‘Men are protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has
given them more strength.’ (Surah 4:34)
The above verse of Quran tells us that Allah has given men more
strength than women, so men should protect and maintain women.
A Muslim father is expected to provide food, clothing and other things
which might be needed for his family. He is also expected to protect the
home and generally make the mother’s role possible.
Each member of the family has a distinctive role to fulfill. The
husband/father is the supplier of enough finance to feed and cloth his
family and he has to ensure that his children are brought up following
the faith of Islam. The wife/mother is responsible for taking care of
the children and the home, and the children must respect their parents
and care for them in old age, as their parent’s cared for them when
they were young.
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