WJEC unit 1: Relationships

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  • Sexual intercourse is wrong unless it happens within a marriage.
  • God intended men and women to live together as married couples but not to live together outside of marriage.


  • Sexual intercourse is a gift from Allah (God) and therefore can only take place within a married relationship.
  • Marriage places a responsibility on both the husband and the wife to meet eachothers sexual needs.
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  • Roman catholic church says 'That the use of contraception is against natural law".
  • Protestant churches see the use of contraception within marriage as a responsible way of planning a family.


  • Conraception is seen as going against the teachings of the Qur'an/
  • Contraception can be used if:

-The mothers health is threatened

-There is a chance of the child being born disabled 

-The family are too poor to bring up a child.

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  • Marriage is a gift from God; its part of Gods plan of creation.. That men and women should live together.
  • It provides support for husband and wife with a relationship built on love and faithfulness.
  • seucure environment to bring up a child.


  • Encourages people to marry and not lead celibate lives.

Celibateabstaining from marriage and sexual relations, typically for religious reasons.

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  • Gay and lesibian relationships are forbindden by Muslims as of the strict rule of sexual intercourse happening between Husband and Wife.
  • Some Muslim lawyers argue that it is a crime which should be punished by death.


  • Forbidden.
  • the Torah states "Do not lie with a male as one lies with a women; it is abhorrence". Leviticus 18:22.
  • However.. many progressive Jews think now that this teaching needs to be looked at again, and are willing to accept homosexual couples into the Jewish community.
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  • Divoce is allowed but is seen as the last resort.
  • Muslims understand that marriages can sometimes break down. As a legal contract between two people can end.
  • if marriage is brining unhappiness to peoples lives then divorce is allowed.
  • if reconciliation doesn't work then divorce can take place.

Reconciliation: the restoration of friendly relations.


  • Jewish marriages are intended to be for life, but its accepted that somethings dont work out.
  • Couples are told to try and reconcil their differences.. if this fails divorce mayb be turned to as a last resort.
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  • Takes place in a church.
  • Delclarations: the couple make their promises in front of God that they will love, comfort, honour and protect their partner as long as they both shall live.
  • Vows: They write they vows to one another.
  • The couple exchange rings.
  • Prayers are said for the couple. They may include the prayer for the gift of children, but this is optional.
  • Readings are sermon: Readings froms the Bible and the minister gives a sermon.


  • Takes place at home or in a mosque, The Muslims place of worship, and the couple give their consent before a minimum of two witnesses.
  • Their marriage contract (Aqd Nikah) is read and the bride and groom sign three copies of it to show they have agreed to marriage.
  • During the ceremony there are readings from the Qur'an and the people present pray for the couple wishing them wealth, long life and children.
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