Most religions consider family life to be a blessing and value the stability of marriage. For Muslims, marriage was created by Allah to provide a foundation for family life and the whole of society.
Whose example of family life do Muslims try to follow?
What is fitra?
A state of purity and awareness of God
A state of fasting
A state of meditation
How has the number of divorces changed in the UK in the past 50 years?
The number of divorces has not changed greatly
There are now a lot more divorces
There are now a lot fewer divorces
Why do Muslims not accept cohabitation?
Because cohabitation is the process of buying a house together
Because cohabitation is where a couple live together as a married couple but are not married
Because cohabitation means adultery
Are Muslims expected to marry and have children?
No - chastity is the preferred option
No - it is fine for them to cohabit
Yes - family life was created by Allah and they should follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad
What do many Muslims regard as the best foundation for a family?
Attending the mosque regularly
Reading and reciting the Qur'an together
What role does the madrasah play in the raising of children?
The madrasah is the place where Muslim children are taught the national curriculum
The madrasah is the place where Muslim children are taught about their faith and to read and recite the Qur'an
The madrasah is a place where there are special services, attended by the whole family
What is a traditional Muslim family?
When parents live together without being married
A nuclear family of parents and children
An extended family including grandparents and elderly relatives
How are Muslims expected to care for the elderly?
Caring for the elderly is considered an honour and a blessing and an opportunity for greater spiritual growth
The elderly are put into a retirement home
The elderly are expected to look after themselves
Do men and women have equal roles in the Islamic family?
Yes - men and women have equal but complementary roles in the family
No - women must do what men tell them to do in the family
No - men must do what women tell them to do in the family