The Father is the Leader and Provider for the Family
There was an article on another Muslim website about a Muslim stay-at-home dad. Reading this man’s story, it seems that he may have been forced to accept his situation due to his economic situation.
But in general, Muslim men are the leaders and providers for the family. It is his responsibility to go out and find a way to make money for his family. With this duty comes great benefits and responsibilities. As Allah says in His book:
Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allah and to their husbands), and guard in the husband’s absence what Allah orders them to guard
Chapter 4, Verse 34.
3. The Mother is the Nurturer and Caregiver
As it is the primarily the father’s role to provide for his wife and children, it is primarily the mother’s role to care for her family and establish the home.
This does not mean that Muslim women cannot work. What it does mean is that her primary duty is to care for her children and maintain the home. Just like the father can lend a hand in helping with the children and housework, the mother can go out to work if her husband agrees.
The ideal situation is for the Muslim mother to stay at home and care for her children while her husband works. But sometimes that is just not possible. Nonetheless, the mother still has certain responsibilities that promote good Islamic family values.
Mothers may breastfeed their children two complete years for whoever wishes to complete the nursing.
Chapter 2, Verse 233
4. Children are Raised According to Islamic Principles
This should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.
It is impossible to establish a stable Islamic family unless the children are raised properly. And while these guidelines are established by the Quran and Sunnah, a modern family has to look a little further than the literal text.
The main problem in today’s family is the television. There are too many corrupt things on TV that are just a click away.
In addition to television, Muslim families must also contend with music, video games, and the internet.
In order to properly raise children, it is important that these new entertainment mediums be strictly monitored or perhaps even banned from your household.