Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:4AM
An Omani family gathers to break its fast in the capital, Muscat. (Photo by AFP)
An Omani family gathers to break its fast in the capital, Muscat. (Photo by AFP)

Family is an important part of the lives of a lot of people around the world. But on occasion, the same concept of family, the bedrock of stability for some, can be a living hell for others.

What does Islam have to say about this? Allah (SWT) has stated in the Holy Quran, in Surat Ar-Rad, verse 25: “And those who break the Covenant of Allah, after its ratification, and sever that which Allah has commanded to be joined, and work mischief in the land, on them is the curse and they shall have the evil of the abode.”

Severing what Allah has joined is interpreted as severing the bonds of kinship or not keeping good relations with blood relatives.

Unfortunately, cutting relations with family and relatives is not seen as a major problem in the Western societies; and this influences Muslim families living in the West as well. There is an encouragement from the secularist culture to cut out negative energy in our lives and thus avoid people who cause us grief, even if they are our own kindred.

Islam on the other hand highly encourages us to extend our hand for peace and to maintain relations with our kindred.