ISBN 0 86037 016X Published by: THE ISLAMIC FOUNDATION 223 London Road, Leicester. As the talk was given before a predominantly Christian audience I had to begin with the Islamic approach to life and gradually explain the institution of the family and the principles on which family relations are built in a Muslim society. I hope it will, in its present form, reach a much wider audience and that it will be helpful in developing a better understanding of the Islamic family. Islamic Approach to Life: The Foundations ]| We are living in a period of cultural crisis.
The talk produced immense interest and sparked off very useful discussions in the following days. The Islamic Foundation, Leicester, 1st June, 1977 ~ 14, Jumada ai-Akhir, 1397, Khurshid Ahmad - - - - - |[1.
(b) The role and status of vicegerency is conferred upon the human being as such, and it is shared by man and woman alike.
This lays the foundations of their essential equality as human beings, as vicegerents of God on the earth, whatever their different roles in society. He is responsible for his actions, but is not to be deprived of this freedom, even if he makes mistakes and abuses it.
I was invited to present the Islamic viewpoint on the subject. Allen and Unwin Limited for permitting the reproduction of two quotations from Ideals and Realities of Islam.
The Standing Conference on Christian-Muslim Dialogue organised a three-day conference at Wood Hall, Wetherby, Yorks, on "The Family in Christianity and Islam”. Acknowledgements are also due to Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Messrs. The institutions of marriage and the family occupy a very important position in this scheme of life. It aims at producing a unique personality in the individual and a distinct culture for the community based on Islamic ideas and values.We shall be in a better position to understand the institution of the family in Islam if we start by a brief statement about the Islamic approach to life, religion and culture.Islam affirms the Unity of God and His indivisible sovereignty over the Universe.But immediately after sinning they repented their mistake, sought God's forgiveness and were forgiven.It was after they were forgiven and redeemed that they were sent down to the earth to play their role as vicegerents of God.The theory of vicegerency affirms that God's creation is deliberate amid not fortuitous. Everything else in the creation has been harnessed to his service.His career on the earth begins with the consciousness of a mission, not through gropings in darkness.This will include the contemporary man to identify the nature of the crisis that confronts him today and will also point to some of the possibilities that are still open to him.I would like to discuss in the following pages the concept of family life in Islam, its foundations, structure and principles.