Why did God favor humans with such high honor?
To begin with, we may narrow down the species with souls and without. Muslims believe that humans and those of animal Kingdom have souls in whose nature God has imprinted desire to mate and multiply. The creation without soul also multiply, but not in the same manner.
What sets humans apart from animals is that they are given intellect, wisdom and ability to choose and discern right from wrong.
The mating among the animals is in most cases, according to the time the animal goes into heat and thus calls for a mating with the opposite kind. For example a female cat can mate with several male cats while in heat. Some animal pairs stay with each other for life, but not the case with majority.
In the modern age one wonders if some humans have used the animals as their role models for mating. When the desire arises, one looks for someone to mate with. In a more advance level, there are some love and affection. Children are even born as a result of this kind of mating with or without love involved with the parents.
Traditional Family vs. Single ParentsYet, in Islam, the highest honor is given to those who honor their Creator; who plan their lives and direct their desires toward the permissible channels in order to gain both worldly pleasure as well as fulfilling their roles as obedient servants of God.
With no guilt on the conscience, a couple is able to fully give love and devotion to each other, raise healthy children who are fully secure in having both loving father and mother on their sides while they are growing up. What a blessing!