Why is the Family So Important to Muslims?

A healthy family structure is the foundation of any truly healthy society, and such is the Islamic ideal. The peace and security offered by a stable family unit is greatly valued by Muslims and is seen as essential for the spiritual growth of its members. It is quite common in the Muslim community to find large, extended families living together, thereby providing comfort, security and support to one another.

Parents are greatly respected in the Islamic tradition. Mothers, in particular are especially honored.

God says in the Quran:

And we have enjoined upon man to be good to his parents. With difficulty upon difficultly did his mother bear him, and his weaning was for two years. Show gratitude to Me and to your parents; to Me is your final goal! (Quran 31:14)

Marrying and establishing a family is very strongly encouraged in Islam:

And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves; that you may find peace with them. And He put between you love and compassion. Surely in this are signs for a people who reflect. (Quran 30:21)

A Muslim marriage is both a sacred act and a legal agreement, in which either the groom or the bride is free to include legitimate conditions. Marriage customs vary widely from country to country but the sacred law in Islam has clearly laid down the central requirements and procedures.

Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace) is reported to have said:

“When a servant of God marries, he completes half his faith.”