Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Role of the Family in Islamic Society.

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Islamic society is composed of individuals and families who are governed by normal laws given by the Qur’an and Sunnah. Islam, which stands for peace and harmony, demands from its followers, mutual love and affection, co-ordination and co-operation, and peaceful co-existence in the society.

Therefore, its teaching revolve round the ethical and moral behavior of individuals and families. In fact, God’s purpose of sending the Prophets was to train the humanity in adopting good morals. Our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said in one of his famous saying :

إ ِنَّمَا بُعِثْتُ لِأ ُتَمِمَّ مَكَارِمَ الْأ َخْلَاقِ.

“Verily, I have been sent to improve and perfect the
ethical and moral behavior”

The law and moral precepts of the Islamic society, all emanate from the single source, Allah’s Revelation, preserved in the Qura’n and the Sunnah. The moral values of Islamic society are completely different from the traditions of the modern profane society. As against shaky man-made laws, the Islamic society provided solid moral bases for social and cultural life of man. On these bases, the Right distinguished from wrong, Virtue from Vice.

In order to bring peace and harmony in the society, Islam exhorts the individuals and families to regulate their lives according to principles of justice, fellow-feeling, co-operation in doing good and non-cooperation in evils, honesty, sincerity, mercy on orphans, helping the needy and poor, showing utmost respect to parents, keeping good relation with neighbors.

According to Islam, the forbidden act will result in the disruption of peace in society defeat the purpose of Islam. Allah says :

إ ِنَّمَا الـْمُؤْمِنُوْنَ اِخْوَة ٌ فـَأ َصْلِحُوْا بَيْنَ أ َخَوَيْكمْ.

“A Muslim are surely brothers, so restore friendship
Among your brothers”:

And the Prophetic saying :

ا َلـْمُسْلِمُ مَنْ سَلِمَ الـْمُسْلِمُوْنَ مِنْ لِسَا نِهِ وَيَدِهِ.

“A Muslim is one from whose hand and tongue
the other Muslims are safe”

Islam, through its moral teachings, tries to create a virtuous society in which the standard of right and wrong is the pleasure of God Allah alone. In such a society, the feelings of sympathy, sacrifice, mutual love and affection, co-operation and the tight of parents, children, near relatives, neighbors, poor and needy are safeguarded.

Those are all my notes, let’s reflect on this, problem, that is how to create virtuous society through harmonious and peaceful family.

Finally I say….
Wassala mu alaikum warahmatullah hi wabarakatuh .......!


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