An Introduction to the Family Structure in Islam

An Introduction to the Family Structure in Islam

The family is the pillar of society.

We live in a world of constant change stemming from the technological revolution which recently took hold of the world. It is the “modern” or “western” societies that are taking the front line in these global changes which are deeply affecting the common values once held by the majority of the civilized world.

[Islam] agrees with many of the changes in the world like growing technology, the idea of social equality and human rights, building justly ruled governments where everyone has a say and no one fears the government for speaking their mind, as well as many other good developments.

One of the negative elements in this ever-changing world is the decline of the importance given to the role of the family in society.

Islam is very clear about the role of the family in society. The family is the pillar of society. The Qur’an lays out the guidelines for family life. The example of the Prophet Muhammad (May the Peace and Blessings of God be upon Him) gives a comprehensive outline of how to maintain a well-structured family thriving on love and respect.

Islam describes family as an institution based on marital ties between a man and a woman. Through these ties of brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles; marriage serves as the base for a healthy community.

Marriage in Islam is a sacred bond. Marriage should be built on love, mercy and compassion.

We read in the Quran what means:

“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (Ar-Rum 30:21)

Islam is not just a belief; it is a comprehensive system of life bestowed on us by the abundant mercy of God. Therefore, we have the guidelines and parameters of how to build a good family in our original texts.

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