18.5 Freedoms and Obligations
In every walk of life Islam gives a man or woman freedom of choice. He is responsible, however, for the consequences of his beliefs and actions. A man or woman is given the status of a free, adult, thinking being. They are liberated but their liberties go hand in hand with obligations. A Muslim is committed to follow the Koran and is responsible before Allah for every thought, word, or act. He is not only responsible for himself but also for those placed under his care. The Messenger used to say,
"Each of you is a shepherd, and each shepherd is responsible for his sheep."
A man is responsible for his family and dependents; a woman is responsible for her home and children. This system which allows freedom of thought, freedom of belief and action, makes each individual reach the highest potential he is capable of and live up to the trust placed in him.