The family holds a special place in the life of Muslims. Caring for relatives, spouse, children are considered as part of worship. The creation of the family is the basis for the preservation of kinship and procreation. Allah obliged Muslims to marry and give birth to children.
- Relationships in a Polygamous Family
Many people are concerned about the issue of polygamy in Islam. As is known, according to Shariah, a man has the right to simultaneously get married to four women who are not sisters to each other. However, along with such a right, great responsibilities are imposed on the spouse.
There are criteria by which a man can take another wife. Allah allows but warns that a Muslim man will not be absolutely fair to all his wives. This is a very important circumstance because on Judgment Day he would pay for the way he treated his spouses whether oppressed any of them or infringed upon their rights.
- Divorce in Islam
The family is the fortress of man’s faith, and Muslims are responsible for its creation.
However, unfortunately, Muslims are often divorced, using a very simple procedure. They just three times pronounce the word “Talaq!” This is permitted by Allah, but it is the most unloved deed for Him.
The Holy Book indicates the holiness and continuity of the bonds of marriage. Also, one of the verses explains the relationship of the spouses, “Being apparel for each other means that just as clothes on the body protect us from external environmental influences and hide flaws, so spouses should protect each other always and everywhere. The husband acts as a protector in the family, and the wife must be his support.”
- Women’s Role in a Muslim Family
The rights of a woman and her position are spelled out in Islam. Contrary to common stereotypes, a Muslim woman is not humiliated or infringed. If you study Islamic law more deeply, it will become clear that the wife, mother, daughter occupy a high status and have more rights than it seems at first glance. All canons are aimed at ensuring that a spouse or father could protect and financially provide for his family. The head of the family solves many questions, but he also bears full responsibility for every family member.
To illustrate the fact that a woman occupies a high position in the Islamic world, the Hadiths serve and say, “Paradise is under the feet of mothers,” “Looking at a daughter with a smile, her father receives twice the reward than while looking at a son,” “A righteous wife is half an Iman for a husband.” And in the Qur’an, a whole sura is devoted to a woman.
In other words, the family for Muslims is not only a sacred duty but also a way to achieve contentment of Allah. It helps a person refrain from the forbidden things and deeds, find the meaning of life and support, strengthen their relationship with their parents. After all, only those who have children can understand what feelings their father and mother have for them and how they worry about their failures and are happy about their successes.