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Explain the Muslim attitudes to marriage and family life, outlining the roles of both husband and wife in the marriage.

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ISLAM COURSEWORK Explain the Muslim attitudes to marriage and family life, outlining the roles of both husband and wife in the marriage In Islam, marriage is a partnership. Muslim women accept only Allah as their master, and do not therefore consider themselves to be secondary to a husband. It is basic in muslim society that the man is responsible for the family's welfare and business outside the home, but the women has nearly absolute rights within it so long as her behaviour does not shame her provider. No marriage works well without a clear leader, and therefore there should be one in every family. Most Muslim women are quite happy for this leader to be the man they love. If the man is not worth respecting, divorce is a straightforward matter, which will mean that the women may look for a better man. ...read more.

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A man duties towards his wife: * The groom has to give a Mahr (to the bride's family). In Sunni tradition it can be made at the time of the Nikah all over a period of time. For the Shi'ah Muslims it must be given straight away. The Mahr is a form of security stored in case of a future emergency. It is the wife's property and the husband to be can never claim it back. * "A man must provide for the financial needs of his new family. Men are seen as the 'protectors and maintainers' of women." (Surah 4:34) * A man may marry up to four wives, provided he can treat them equally. * A man must treat his wife and children fairly. * He must not be involved in adultery outside marriage. ...read more.

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(Surah 4:34) "Women have the same rights in (relation to their husbands) as are expected in all decency from them; while men stand a step above them." (Surah 2:228) As the husband has the final say in all major decisions, even though the wife will have a lot of influence in the home. This may lead to arguing, then to a divorce. Divorce is disliked, but is allowed and it's easy for men under the Shir'ah Law (Islamic Law). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said that divorce was the most hateful of permitted things and Muslim couples should try to be calm before making any final decision about splitting up. Their families usually do their best to keep the marriage going since they are the ones who arranged it. Therefore, overall I think that the roles of both husband and wife are very important roles in the Islam. ...read more.

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