Book Review: Family in Islam

Author: Mansoureh Zarean, Monireh Zarean
Reviewed by: Dr. Muzaffari

Book Name: Family in Islam

Authors: Mansoureh Zarean, Monireh Zarean

Publications: SAMT

The family is considered a universal social institution and the foundation of every society. Despite being small, the family has a strong position in some of the important aspects of individual and social life with far-reaching effects ranging from biological, psychological, religious, educational, economic to political and cultural effects. The family has been the most important social institution since the beginning of the creation. All religions and human schools have made this important institution the focus of their efforts.

Islam, as one of the largest living religions in the world, has paid special, deep and serious attention to issues related to the family, marriage, conjugal life and child rearing so that family issues have been in the spotlight. Islam has program for the peace, dignity and honor of each member of the family at different stages, and in this regard, it has assigned rights, duties and responsibilities to the members. Islam depicts the comprehensive system of the family in a wide range of descriptive and descriptive propositions. The Islamic family will be the foundation of the individual excellence and the guarantee of the safety of society.

The book “Family in Islam” has been compiled with the aim of expressing the Islamic view on various aspects of family life and with a look at contemporary issues in the field of religious studies. The comprehensive and profound knowledge of this social institution will contribute to the healthy family life for both the individual and the society. Philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, and many thinkers in various fields have tried to address this issue in variety of methodologies. According to the religious approach, since the Creator has perfect and comprehensive knowledge of creation and its secrets, His guidance will have the greatest and best results for them. Therefore, the authors try to offer some solutions for establishing a healthy family by referring to religious sources such as the Qur’an and hadiths.

In addition to general moral standards, Islam has certain rules and principles in the family that are effective in maintaining the harmony of the family. In short, Islamic culture provides a clear and secure path for human beings, with the aim of ensuring that members of human society move forward comfortably and confidently.

The present book consists of six chapters, which include: the family and the foundations of ontology and anthropology of Islam, the family and its evolution, the pillars and status of the family, the functions of the family in Islam, and the final section of the book deals with the stresses of the family.