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Fatima is Fatima

by : Dr. Ali Shari'ati

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The Family Life Of Islam - SUMMARY

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We may summarize this part in the following sentences:-

1. Islam has made it compulsory to do good to relatives; and `severing of relationship' is (like disobedience of parents) a capital sin whose culprit is not likely to be forgiven.

2. silat ar-rahim means that a person should not give any trouble to his relatives; should deal with them with love and Islamic ethics; should participate in their sorrow and joy; and if possible, should help them financially. 3. silat ar-rahim covers all relatives whose relationship is known; it makes no difference whether they are within or outside the prohibited degrees or within or outside the table of inheritance.

A Reminder It was shown in Part One that Islam supports the Separate Family System with the provision of silat ar-rahim. Now it should be mentioned that the concept of relationship in Islam is so wide that even the Joint Family System cannot compete with it.

It proves that `love' and `sympathy' have found their true meaning only in the Islamic shari`ah. Without Islam, these words were bodies without soul. No other system can show such open -heartedness, nor can any `ism' bring forward such all-encompassing well-defined family-code.

The Holy Prophet said: "I was sent to complete (fulfil) the noble ethics." He fulfilled his task; his holy hands completed the boundaries of Islamic ethics. It is one more proof that he was the Last Prophet and his religion is the Last Religion.