A seminar titled 'The Importance of Family Structure in Islam' was organised Saturday by the Ministry of Culture, in co-operation with the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs, as part of the Ramadan Book Fair, which is currently being held at Darb Al Saai in Umm Salal.
Preacher Sheikh Muwafi Azab said that ever since the creation of Adam (peace be upon him) human progress has been concerned with family structure.
God created Adam and his spouse to dwell with her and be a helper to overcome the challenges of life on earth.
"Islam has paid attention to married life, which is considered a social institution and the first building block of society,” the preacher said.
Azab added the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a role model in his family life.
"The Holy Qur’an established the basic component of the family, male and female, and their roles were defined,” Dr Sakhr al-Ghazali said. “The criteria for choosing a husband or a wife were set as stated in the authentic hadiths.”
The Prophet (pbuh) was a practical example in dealing with the members of his household.
Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah narrated on the authority of Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her): "The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: 'The best of you is the best to his family, and I am the best of you to my family'.”
Dr al-Ghazali stressed that if the family is based on these standards, then it provides the children with an educational incubator, contributing greatly to their not deviating from the right path.
He noted that Islam laid the foundations for building the family to protect society.
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