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Social Life in Islam

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- Allah created mankind as social beings that cannot live without social interaction or without forming relationships with other people. In fact, to isolate and disconnect a person from contact with other people is a form of torture that leads to depression and even insanity. Allah wants us to socialise and interact with eachother according to the Islamic rules laid out in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Allah says,

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (not that you may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).”

Islam lays down clear and unambiguous rules governing our relationships with ourselves, parents, wives, children, relatives, neighbours, animals, strangers, men, women and society in general. Knowledge about these rules and responsibilities is fundamental to the daily life of every Muslim.

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2. Rights of parents

You must know the parent's rights.

3. Rights of children

You must know the child's rights.

4. Rights of the husband

You must know the husband's rights.

5. Rights of the wife

You must know the wife's rights.

6. Maintaining ties of kinship

You must maintain links and good relations with your relatives.

7. Spending on wives

You must financially maintain your wife.

8. Spending on children

You must financially maintain your children.

9. Spending on parents

You must financially maintain your parents.

10. Claiming a different father

You must know it is forbidden to attribute yourself to someone other than your father.

11. Denouncing your child

You must know it is forbidden to denounce your child.

12. Jealousy over honour

You must protect and preserve your honour.

13. Women leaving home without permission

You must know that it is forbidden for a woman to leave her house without permission.

14. Women leaving home wearing perfume

You must know that it is forbidden for a woman to go outside with perfume on.

15. Places of sin

You must know not to enter any prohibited places.