Childcare Maintenance in Islamic Law
In Islam, of pivotal importance is the establishment of a solid family unit to ensure the existence of a strong cohesive Islamic society. In this first ever publication of its kind in South Africa, the author, a leading Johannesburg-born Muslim scholar, expounds upon the social and moral issues that affect the daily lives of Muslims, bearing in mind the sacredness of keeping family ties intact.
The moral, social, financial and emotional rights of women in Islam, the rights of men, the rules and regulations that govern child-care in a Muslim home, caring for and obedience to parents, the reciprocal rights of the child and parent, abortion, masturbation, adultery, fornication, homosexuality and the decree of the illegitimate child are among the issues openly explored in this 250-page book, from the viewpoint of the four major schools of thought in Islam (Madha-hib). Interesting facets pertaining to the rights of animals, fauna and flora are also addressed from the Islamic perspective.
Since the issues raised here are universal, this easy read will be of interest to any reader, irrespective of denomination.
”The beauty of the Shariah (Islamic law) is that it is eternally valid and applicable at anytime and anywhere. It is comprehensive and binding on all believers. I sincerely hope that this book will at least cause a spark in the hearts of so many fathers who are guilty of gross neglect of their wives and children. The head of a household has a moral obligation towards his family by providing them with support. Every wife by virtue of marriage is entitled to maintenance.”
CAPE TIMES REVIEW – BY AZIZ HARTLEY
The rights and the interests of children are the focus of this 250-page gem. Abdurraghiem Hasan Sallie is one of a few resolute South African authors of Islamic literature.
Sallie who has written 21 other treasured pieces on a variety of topics succeeds in this latest publication conveying guidance for child-rearing in terms of (shariah) Islamic law.
The effectiveness of this presentation becomes priceless, especially viewed against the background of the chronically flawed manner in which so many parents raise their children today.
The book covers and provides guidance on a wide range of issues such as weaning, general rules for childcare, the husband who cannot support his wife, promiscuity and believe it or not, sensitive and sometimes ignored matters such as masturbation and sodomy.
By means of quotations from the Holy Qur’an the author efficiently assists his readers in understanding the rights of children and the adult’s responsibility towards them.
To strengthen the cause in favour of our younger generation, Sallie also provides views of the different (Madh-hab) schools of thought plus (Hadith) narrations and reports of the deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
This powerful combination ignites a deep sense of understanding why the adult’s behaviour today has a direct impact on the type of person the toddler becomes when he or she faces the world one day.
Hence, it is not difficult why respect for tomorrow’s leaders turns out to be non-negotiable.
The book is not reserved for Muslim readers as the rich glossary Abdurraghiem Hasan Sallie provides makes it an easy read irrespective of one’s denomination.