Islam holds family life as the epicentre for the growth of spiritual, moral and social development. The Holy Quran has constantly referred to family life and its importance; from how children should treat their parents kindly to instructions for parents regarding their children. The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, practically showed and taught how family life should be constructed for peace, harmony and development. If “peace” within a family can be achieved, then the whole society at large will enjoy peace; every person should play their role in establishing this peace, from parents to children. The Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, revived these teachings and elaborated further on how to imporove family life.
The aim of any Muslim household is to uphold the Holy Quran and practise it through the example of the Holy Prophet(sa). As a result, a beautiful and harmonious family life will evolve in which the rights of every member are taken care of. The Holy Quran lays out examples of true believing men and women in the following manner:
“Surely, men who submit themselves to God and women who submit themselves to Him, and believing men and believing women, and obedient men and obedient women and truthful men and truthful women, and men steadfast in their faith and steadfast women, and men who are humble and women who are humble, and men who give alms and women who give alms, and men who fast and women who fast, and men who guard their chastity and women who guard their chastity, and men who remember Allah much and women who remember Him — Allah has prepared for all of them forgiveness and a great reward.” (Holy Quran, Ch. 33: V. 36)
If Muslim families follow these guiding principles, then a true Islamic family life can be created in which everyone enjoy peace and spirituality.