Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What Islam Has To Say About Family Values 

By Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
September 4, 2013
To know about any value system it is necessary to go to the original sources to understand the concept in the proper light. By looking at people and passing judgment based on their actions, then we will be doing a great injustice to that value system. Similarly in order to understand the concept of family values in Islam, we should not look at families; rather we go to the original sources to understand the concept better. Family values should not be judged by what the Muslims do or what the Muslim society does. It should be judged according to the authentic sources, that is the Quran and the Sahih Hadiths.
Let me begin from the beginning. What does Islam has to say about the family values related to the children. The Quran says:
“...kill not your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities...” (6:151)
“And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.” (17:31)
Killing of children, whether of a boy or a girl is a great sin in Islam. And a special mention is made especially to the killing of female child:
“And when the girl (who was) buried alive is asked
For what sin was she killed” (81:8-9)

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