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  • Writer's pictureRaghad Bushnaq

Kafala in a Form of Fostering

Muslim foster parents play a crucial role in providing a safe, stable, and nurturing home for children in need. As Muslims, we have a responsibility to care for those in our community and to uphold the values of our faith. Fostering is one of the most meaningful ways we can put these values into practice.

There are many reasons why Muslim foster parents are necessary. First and foremost, there is a great need for foster parents in our communities. There are many children who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect, and who are in need of a loving and supportive home. By becoming foster parents, Muslims can help fill this need and provide a safe and stable environment for these children.

Furthermore, Muslim foster parents can provide children with a sense of cultural and religious identity. For children who have been removed from their homes, it can be especially important to have a foster family who shares their cultural and religious background. Muslim foster parents can help children maintain a connection to their faith and cultural heritage, which can be crucial to their development and well-being.

In addition, Muslim foster parents can also be a positive influence in the lives of the children they care for. By providing a safe and loving home, they can help children overcome trauma, build resilience, and develop positive relationships. Muslim foster parents can model the values of our faith, such as compassion, kindness, and generosity, and help children develop a strong sense of moral and ethical values. Overall, Muslim foster parents are necessary because they play a critical role in meeting the needs of children in our communities. By providing a safe, stable, and nurturing home, they can make a profound difference in the lives of these children, and contribute to the betterment of society as a whole.

When we talk about foster parenting, it's important to also understand the concept of kafala in Islam. Kafala is a form of Islamic adoption where a child is taken into the care of a family, but without severing the legal ties to their biological parents. In essence, kafala is a form of foster care with a focus on maintaining a child's identity and connection to their biological family. As Muslims, we recognize the importance of maintaining family ties and honoring our obligations to those in our care. Kafala allows us to provide a loving and stable home to a child in need while also respecting their biological family and their rights. It is a beautiful way to express our compassion and care for those in need, while also upholding the values of our faith. In many countries, kafala is recognized as a legal form of fostering, and it provides a pathway for Muslim families to care for children in a way that aligns with our religious beliefs. By choosing kafala, we can provide a child with a safe and stable home, while also respecting their identity and cultural heritage.

Therefor, I encourage you, as Muslim families, to consider fostering as a form of kafala. It is a beautiful and meaningful way to make a difference in the life of a child, while also upholding the values of our faith. May Allah guide and bless you in your decision to become a foster parent or a kafil.

A hadith is narrated by Abu Hurairah, in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever takes care of an orphan, whether he is related to him or not, will be in the company of me in Paradise like this," and he held his two fingers together to illustrate. (Sahih al-Bukhari) Another hadith that refers to the concept of kafala is narrated by Anas bin Malik, in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "I and the caretaker of the orphan will be in Paradise like this," and he raised his forefinger and middle finger together. (Sahih al-Bukhari) These hadiths demonstrate the importance of kafala in Islam, and the rewards that come with caring for orphans. They also emphasize the close connection between caring for orphans and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and the high value that Islam places on acts of compassion and kindness.

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