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Sustaining the Islamic marriage institution in Malaysia: lessons from qur’anic stories

Mohmad, Nor Zatu Amni and Abdul Malek, Normi and Samsudin, Sofiah and Jani, Nazrul Affandi (2019) Sustaining the Islamic marriage institution in Malaysia: lessons from qur’anic stories. Al-Shajarah, 24 (1). pp. 97-130. ISSN 1394-6870

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Abstract

Divorce rates are rising in Malaysia and as a consequence, the sacred Islamic marriage institution is directly affected by this phenomenon. It was reported that the number of divorces in 2010 was 28,035 and it increased rapidly to 48,077 as of July 2016. JAKIM has identified ten major causes of divorce in Malaysia which are: irresponsibility, weak Islamic foundation, third party interference, cultural differences, sexual issues, financial crisis, career dilemma, health problems, moral decay and communication obstacles. Al-Qur'an contains several narratives on marital relationship, which can serve as examples for married couples. This study critically investigates to what extent these Qur’ānic references may guide a married couple’s better understanding of their roles and duties as husband and wife, thus significantly enhancing their quality of marriage. The research proves that marital life is an arena for jihad, which means married couples must strive and make their utmost effort to strengthen their marriage. Virtues such as humility, patience and honesty are prime qualities in a marriage, whereas vices such as irresponsibility, arrogance and infidelity are detriments. The research highlights solutions for almost every cause of divorce as identified by JAKIM, which expects to reduce the divorce rate and sustain the Islamic marriage institution in Malaysia. Finally, it is recommended that JAKIM should consider including the research findings in its post-marital course as it is one of the best platforms to propagate the Qur’ānic stories of husbands and wives to Muslim married couples in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1547/73083
Uncontrolled Keywords: divorce, marriage, Qur’ānic stories, JAKIM, Islamic marriage
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP100 Sacred books > BP130 Works about the Qurʼān
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP100 Sacred books > BP140 Islamic law (Fiqh)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP173.44 Human Rights In Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP174 The Practice of Islam > BP188 Islamic religious life
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP174 The Practice of Islam > BP188 Islamic religious life

B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP188.16 Wasatiyyah. Moderation In Islam
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Qur’an and Sunnah
Depositing User: Dr Normi Abdul Malek
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 09:20
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 15:59
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/73083

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