Marriage: A Religious Requirement

By: john johny








 


Marriage in Islam is recommended as a religious requirement.


 


"Marry those among you who are single and (marry) your slaves, male and female, that are righteous" (Quran 24:32)


Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) declared:


"When the servant of Allah marries, he has fulfilled half the (responsibilities laid on him by the) faith; so let him be God conscious with respect to the other half". (Mishkat)


Marriage has also been commended as the way of the prophets.


"We indeed sent messengers before you (O Muhammad), and We assigned them wives and children". (Quran 13:38)


Marriage, in fact, is specifically considered the tradition (sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he declared:


"Marriage is my Sunnah, whoever disregards my (sunnah) path is not from among us". (ibn Majah)


Islam discourages celibacy and encourages marriage, as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) recommended:


"Whoever is able to marry, should marry". (Bukhari)


 


 


What Are The Benefits Of Marriage?



 


1. Fulfillment of deen (the full practice of religion) is accomplished through marriage. In Islam, we recognize that marriage is the state to which we aspire - a situation that supports, in every aspect, our attainment of the state that will please our Creator. To fulfill the role Allah (SWT) designed specifically for us, marriage is important. It is through marriage that these roles are fulfilled. Anas bin Malik reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said,


 


"When a man marries, he indeed perfects half of his religion. Then he should fear Allah for the remaining half." (Bukhari)


 


2. For women, marriage provides support and protection,


"Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given one more (strength) than the other and because they support them from their means. Therefore, the righteous women are devoutly obedient and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard" (Ali Imran:34-36).


 


3. Satisfying sexual desires/needs may only be accomplished through marriage. As Muslims, we understand that sex outside of marriage is forbidden and considered a major sin. Therefore, sexual desires may only be satisfied within a marriage. Marriage provides protection from sin,


"They (wives) are like garments for you, and you are like garments for them" (Al Baqarah:187).


 


4. Marriage provides companionship,


"...the companion by your side (the wife)." (Al Nisaa:36)


For Muslims, it is clear that the trend to delay or skip marriage is prohibited, and with good reason. Marriage still remains the trend in Muslim communities. This provides for the safety and security of women and children. It provides a safeguard against sexual sin for the man as well as for the woman. It provides two-parent homes for children and strong ethics that will support a lifestyle that is consistent with the practice of Islam. It provides loving and kind companionship. This is the way of Muslims.


Islam provides clear and ideal direction for all aspects of life. This is a perfect example of those directions. The religion tells Muslims to marry early. It provides clear guidelines for husbands and wives and, as they become parents, for parenting and for the behavior of children. There is no guesswork in the process.


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