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Explain the roles of husband, wife, parents, and children in Islam

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Explain the roles of husband, wife, parents, and children In a marriage, both the husband and wife are to be mindful of their duty to God and their responsibilities to one another in all aspects of their interaction. ' O mankind, be careful of your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate, and from the two of them spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Be careful of your duty to God in Whom you claim ( your rights ) of one another, and towards the wombs. Verily, God is Watcher over you' ( 4 : 1 ) Islam goes much further than setting the course of behaviour for husbands and wives. There are many statements in the Qur'an and the Sunnah that prescribe kindness and equity, compassion and love, sympathy and consideration, patience and good will. The Prophet goes as far as to declare that the best Muslim is the one who is best to his family, and the greatest, most blessed joy in life is a good, righteous wife. Husband : Islam does appoint the leadership of the family to men because in general they do possess a somewhat greater physical and emotional strength and endurance than women. For this reason, they have to be responsible for maintaining and supporting women. This does not only mean their wives and daughters, but also any other female relatives who may need help and support. ...read more.

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Islam regards men and women in complete equal terms as the following Qur'anic verses show : ''And their Lord answered them : ' Verily, I will not allow the work of any worker, male or female, to be lost. You proceed from one another.' '' ( 3:195 ) ''And whoever does good, whether male or female, and he (or she ) is a Believer, these will enter Paradise and they will not be wronged by so much as the groove of a date-stone.'' ( 4:124 ) ''And the Believers, men and women, are protecting friends to one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, they observe regular salat and pay zakat, and they obey God and his Messenger. As for these, God will have mercy on them. Verily, God is Mighty, Wise. God promises the Believers, men and women, Gardens underneath which rivers flow, to abide therein - blessed dwellings in Gardens of Eden. And greater ( than that ), God's good pleasure : that is the supreme success.'' ( 9:71-72 ) Because the nature of men and women are different, they are each appointed with different role and function : these roles are meant to complement each other. Marriage in Islam is one of mutual respect, love and compassion. The husband is there as a friend and partner to share the wife's concerns, he is to cherish and protect her while a man has in his wife a companion and helper who can give him peace and comfort. ...read more.

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Education is not only a right but also a responsibility of all males and females. It is very important to bring them up in the Islamic faith, parents have to ensure that their faith is not lost through their education. They have to make sure their children attend the madrasah where children are taught Islamic beliefs, how to pray, and how to read the Qur'an. This is especially important if the family lives in the West where their faith might not be practised in the Western schools. Prophet Muhammad said: "Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every Muslim" (Muslim" is used here in the generic meaning which includes both males and females). The parents should always deal with them justly and with love, they should always try to be fair. They should also help them, when they reach the age, to find them a compatible partner so that their children may have a good and happy marriage. One of the most important thing is to train them in Muslim worship. They should begin learning prayer and fasting by the age of seven. ' He who has no compassion for our little ones, and does not acknowledge the honour due to our elders, is not one of us.' ( Hadith ) The Muslims' purpose in life is to serve and worship Allah in their day to day life by following the Qur'an. Both parents and children should be looking to these two sources to make sure they are carrying out their duties in the correct way. ...read more.

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