Palestine Muslim Culture Summary of Family Life, Marriage, Care of Elderly
Palestine is predominantly Muslim culture. In Palestine, you see few women in public, and the women that you do see are dressed very modestly. Family and hospitality are very important in Palestine. Muslim have strict codes that must be followed regarding family life.
Women must adhere to strict codes regarding dress and marriage. The elderly are taken care of by their children. For a woman to get marriage, she must contract with a wali who arranges a suitable match. A wali is a woman's protector, guardian, supporter, helper, friend, etc. A woman who has had previously had marital relations with a man, can represent themselves for seeking a man for marriage. However, she will need a wali for the actual marriage contract. A virgin, on the other hand, needs a wali from the beginning. A virgin need not speak up to declare they want a marriage, simply not speaking against the marriage (her silence) is significant consent for a virgin. No marriage is valid without a wali.
Nursing homes or assisted living homes in the Muslim world are non existent. "Serving ones parents is a duty second only to worshipping and it is the parents' right to expect it. It is considered despicable to express any irritation when, through no fault of their own, the old become difficult to handle."