Muslim families are at the crossroads today. The Western model is not a suitable pattern for the family life. Its style of family life has resulted in conjugal infidelity, large scale marriage breakdown, high rates of divorces, separations, broken homes, alcoholism, drug addiction, libertinism and the like.
Those who blindly mimic Western model, exploit their women to such an extent that the latter are made mere sex objectives. The only solution to the Muslim family's predicament is maintenance of Islamic family values. Islam builds the family on solid grounds, which are capable of providing continuity, security, mutual love and intimacy.
With a view to making the foundations of the family strong and natural, Islam not only recognizes but also lays emphasis on marriage, which is a wholesome pattern of lawful intimacy harmoniously blended with decency, morality and gratification.
Marriage and the family are the focal point in the Islamic system. There are many verses in the Qur'an and many statements of the Prophet (Pbuh), which declare marriage to be a moral safeguard and a religio-social commitment.
The aim of the Muslim family must be worship of Allah, as marriage is considered to be yet another form of Ibadah (Worship). If the aim of the family is carnal satisfaction or worldly gains, then the family institution fails miserably.
The responsibility of the family does not revolve solely on the husband or the wife or on children or grandchildren. It is a collective responsibility on all of them together and even beyond that to the previous generation of grandparents.
A family can be a Muslim family, only if parents behave correctly and follow the Sunnah.