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MUTUAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF FAMILY MEMBERS

Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) said: “It is enough evil for a person that he neglects those whom he is responsible (such as their spouse and children) to look after.” (Sunan Abī Dāwūd)

The duties of a husband are to get along well with his wife, protect her, provide for her needs and to be faithful to her. Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) was reported to have said: “The best of you are those who are best to their wives.” It is stated in another hadīth sharīf: “Only those with a good character show kindness to women, as for those with a wicked character, they deceive them.”



The primary duties of a wife to her husband are to abide by the legitimate orders of her husband, protect her chastity and honour, be loyal to her husband, contend with her situation, and abstain from extravagance.


The primary duties of children towards their parents are to treat their parents respectfully and obey their legitimate orders and wishes. It is not permissible for children to utter even “uff” (a word of anger or contempt) to their parents who have raised them for years with love and compassion. A child who does not take care and look after their parents, who does not fulfil their lawful wishes, who do not attend to them when they are in need will be deprived of the honour of being a good child and eventually will be subject to the wrath of Allah Ta‘ālā.


The rights of mothers are double compared to that of fathers. Fathers come first in respect and mothers in help. The Prophet of Allah (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Jannah lies under the feet of mothers.”


A good child does not only show kindness to their parents when they are alive but also to their parents’ friends after they pass away, for such respect is like one shown to their parents.


The primary duties of siblings to one another are to love, help, support and treat one another with respect and compassion. There should be a solid bond between siblings to the extent that material interests should never cause hatred or enmity towards each other.


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