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Why is the family important for the ‘social and religious life’ of the community?

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Introduction

Why is the family important for the 'social and religious life' of the community? In Islam, the family is vitally important for the 'social and religious life' of the community because the Muslim family is the miniature of the whole of Muslim society and its firm basis. Let's first talk about the relationship between the parents and their children. Parents and their children are generally very close emotionally and physically. Mothers ( and fathers as well ) often sleep with their children when they are young in order to give them better care and more security. Most Muslims had never been accustomed to leaving young children with babysitters or in nursery schools until quite recently. Children are often with their parents, sharing their experiences and happiness. If they must be left, as a rule, they must stay with either relatives, friends or reliable and trusted servants. Training and guidance is an essential thing when Muslim parents bring up their children and it starts very early. Their aim is to try their best in 'moulding' their children so that they have a sound Islamic personality, with a good character and morals. The parents' training and guidance should enable the children to have strong Islamic principles, sound Islamic knowledge, proper Islamic behaviour, and the strength and tools to handle whatever the demands of life in a mature and responsible fashion.

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Muslims don't consider the elderly as a burden on them but they consider them in a complete opposite way. The elderly people are very much respected in the family. When Muslim parents reach old age, they are treated mercifully, with kindness and selflessness. In Islam, serving one's parents is a duty second to prayer. Sex before marriage Once boys and girls reach puberty, they are not allowed to mix freely together outside their homes. Muslims girls have their social life within their homes as the Western style parties and clubs are frowned upon. This is done to prevent promiscuity, to protect the young. Pre-marital sex is forbidden in Islam, it prevents the provocation of sexual desire and doing something that is not right in order to fulfil that desire. Parents try not to expose things like sex, drugs or alcohol to their children. Islam teaches that the right and only place for sex is within marriage. This does not mean that Islam is against sex, on the contrary, it regards sex as a natural part of human being and is therefore a gift from Allah. But sex must be used in the way that Allah intended and not abused if people are to benefit from it. The concept of no premarital sex can be very hard for Muslim teenagers living in Britain as many of their Western friends may have boyfriends or girlfriends and take part in some kind of sexual act.

Conclusion

Muslims are not allowed to eat any products coming from pigs as they consider pigs as a very dirty animal. Any other meat they eat must have been killed according to Islamic regulations - the animal's throat must be cut swiftly with a sharp knife, and the Bismillah blessing should be said over it. They believe that they should kill animals in an humane way with as less pain as possible. They are also taught not to waste their food as it comes from Allah. They should think how many people in the world are starving and therefore should take only as much food as they can eat. If there are leftovers, they are usually thrown out to feed the birds so that they are not wasted. The Shari'ah The Shari'ah is the Islamic law; A Muslim's whole life is governed by it as Islam is a way of life. It means the 'straight path'. The Shari'ah is the code of behaviour for a Muslim, the law that determines what is right and permitted ( halal ) and what is wrong and prohibited ( harem ). To follow Shari'ah means living a morally responsible life. The basic rules of Shari'ah are actually said very clearly in the Qur'an, some examples are : * Show kindness to your parents. * Do not take human life, except through process of law. * Give full measure and weigh fairly. * Do not touch an orphan's wealth, except to improve it. etc...

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