Islam considers the family as the living cell of a society, a community held together by love, duty and consciousness of rights and responsibilities. Marriage is an honoured contract unting a male and female in a bond of respect, affection and mutual care for each other. In this , as in everything else, Islamic principles aim to guide human conduct to the way of peace and happiness without, at the same time, falling into conflict with the laws of nature or God-given human instincts.
Moreover, the family, in the Islamic conception, is not confined to what is know as the nuclear family. It embraces all blood relations. and as a social institution sanctioned and dignified by religion, the family has proved across ages to be more powerful than the advocates of its abolition. It remains the cradle of healthy childhood and the building block of society. It has survived the collectiveness and military discipline of Platonism and the godless experimentations of communism.
The Messenger of Allah said, ”Nearest to perfection in faith are those whio most upright and the best among you are those who most upright towards their wives
A Muslim must perform the obligatory acts of worship such as prayer, alms-giving, and fasting. But this is not enough. Sincere worship would also reflect itself in good conduct and upright behaviour, in kind words and good deeds. It is easy to wear a social mask and show off urbanity outside the home, but the real test is at home, where upright conduct and kind treatment are most deserved and most needed, beginning with one’s family and womenfolk’