Role of Men & Women

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The role of men and women birth, the parents hold naming ceremony (the
The Qur'an teaches that men and women are Aqiqah). At the Aqiqah ceremony, the father
equal however; there are clearly defined announces the name of the baby and the
traditional roles. baby's head is wiped with olive oil and then
Muslim men: expected to work, support the washer or shaved to symbolise the washing
family financially and take overall responsibility away of misfortune. Muslim boys are
for decisions. circumcised either at the ceremony or later.
Muslim women: expected to look after the As children get older, parents teach their
home and the children. children how to pray, read the Qur'an, keep
Responsibilities: parents are expected to love halal and live a good Muslim life. Often ensure
and care for their children and teach them the their children attend a madrassah. On Fridays,
beliefs and practises of Islam. They are expected when men attend the Jummah prayers women
to ensure that the birth rites are carried out: will lead worship with their children in the
when a child is born, the father will whisper the home. To provide guidance about the
Bismillah into the baby's ear. Something sweet is marriage partner.
rubbed into the baby's gums. A few days after
Role of children: children are seen as blessing in
Islam. Parents have a responsibility to love them
and raise them to be good Muslims. However,
the Qur'an teaches that children also have
responsibility to respect and obey their parents,
accept discipline and care for their parents in old
age. `Be kind to your parents...address them in
terms of honour'.
The elderly: Many retired Muslims have an
opportunity to focus on their faith in a way that
was not possible when they were working and
raising a family. The mosque is an important place
for the elderly providing worship, study and
social activities. The elderly are respected in
Islam for their wisdom and the contribution that
they have made is the community. As such,
Muslims have a responsibility to care for their
parents when they become old and ill. It is
unthinkable to put Muslim parents in an old
people's home and many Muslims choose to
have their parents living with them.


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