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Muslim Attitudes to Marriage Essay

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Muslim Attitudes to Marriage

In Islam, marriage is a partnership. Muslim women accept only Allah as their master, and do not therefore consider themselves to be inferior to a husband. It is basic in Muslim society that the man is responsible for the family's welfare and business outside the home, but the woman has virtually absolute rights within it so long as her behaviour does not shame her provider or husband.

No institution works well without a clear leader, and therefore there should be one in every family. Most Muslim women are quite happy for this leader to be the man. If the man is not worth respecting, divorce is a straightforward matter, and the woman may look for a better one.
Sometimes the woman in a household
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The father is responsible for bringing in money, and therefore it is his duty, as far as possible, to be strong, respected and honourable. Just as the mother's role involves far more than cooking and cleaning, the father's involves leadership, responsibility, and duty, and an involvement in the world of economics, business, trade and commerce.

In a marriage, both the husband and wife are to be mindful of their duty to God and their responsibilities to one another in all aspects of their interaction.

' O mankind, be careful of your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate, and from the two of them spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Be careful of your duty to God in Whom you claim (your rights) of one another, and towards the wombs. Verily, God is Watcher over you' (4:1)

Islam goes much further than setting the course of behaviour for husbands and wives. There are many statements in the Qur'an and the
Sunnah that prescribes kindness and equity, compassion and love, sympathy and consideration, patience and good will. The Prophet goes as far as to declare that the best Muslim is the one who is best to
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