Building Muslim Families, Challenges And Expectations By Muhammad Abdul Bari
BUILDING MUSLIM FAMILIES
In Islam marriage is the cornerstone of family life. Accordingly, Islam treats marriage as a sacred tie and an important step contributing to a better, purer and happier life. Marriage is recognized as the main means, sanctioned by Allah, for having children as part of perpetuating the human race.
Needless to emphasize that the institution of the family is the cradle of civilization.
The love, care, and sacrifice that prompt parents, especially mothers, to look after and bring up their children are innate in human nature and represent Allah’s blessing upon mankind.
The same holds true for parental affection and concern for children. A family setting, therefore, works wonders for children.
They grow up as valued individuals from their childhood. Since family serves as the best training ground, children imbibe many values, particularly respecting others and growing up with self-esteem. Regrettably, these invaluable institutions of marriage and family have been under tremendous pressure in modern society. Its consequences have already been appalling.
The rampant social degeneration may be traced back to the undermining of these life-enriching institutions.