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Islam's Influence on Health in the Family

  • By: Anahid Kulwicki
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

The family in Islam is considered the central unit of human organization. The family unit is comprised of parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and other blood relatives. Islam means submission or peace. Muslim is the name for an adherent of Islam. Muslims believe that the religion was revealed in its complete form to the Prophet Muhammad in verses later written down and constituting the Qu'ran. The Qu'ran and the Sunnah, the words and practices of the prophet as recorded by his close companions, are the primary sources for Islamic religious practice and belief. These beliefs were codified in Islamic religious law, or sharia, which endeavors to govern every aspect of human life including, but not limited to, government, business practices, family law, and dietary practices. Muslims believe ...

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