As per Islam, Nikah is a commitment and agreement between man and woman to live together as husband and wife. In Islam, marriage is mandatory to complete one-half of the Muslim faith. However, it is upon his/her to select their life partner to complete his/her faith.
Prophet Mohammed emphasizes the importance of Nikah by saying:
“A person who can support a wife and children and does not marry, then he is not from us.”
Islam clearly states not to delay getting married. Holy Prophet Mohammed (Allah’s Messenger) said,
“Do not delay in three things
The offering of the obligatory prayer
The offering of the funeral prayer when the dead body is present
The marriage of a woman when her match is found.”
As Allah says in the Quran,
“And marry off those of your men and women who are leading an unmarried life i.e. single, and
also marry those of your male and female slaves who are righteous and fit for marriage.
If they are poor, Almighty Allah will make them rich out of
His grace and Allah, the Most Infinite, knows all things.”
[Surach an-Nur 24:32]
If someone wants to get married but his situations do not permit him to do so, the responsibility is then shifted to his/her parents. But if parents are not alive, then his/her relatives can take up the responsibility and if he/she has no one, then the state will do so.
Importance of Nikah
The following points show how much Islam gives importance to Nikah.
Prophet Mohammed said,
“No house has been built in Islam more beloved in the sight of Allah than through marriage.”
The only way one completes his faith is through Nikah (Marriage).
Prophet Mohammed said,
“One who marries has already guarded half of his religion. Therefore, he should fear Allah for the other half.”
Other points include:
The official way to produce children is through Marriage as it saves you from committing sins and Zina.
Marriage is the Sunnah. Our Prophet Mohammed promotes others to get married.
The primary aim of getting married is to have respect for your spouse. Marriage offers peace, safety, and spirituality. It also creates friendship, collaboration, and proper relations among his/her families.
Marry for happiness
The ones who get married save themselves from sinning and Allah helps such people. Marriage is a connection between not just two people but a union of two families. As per Islam, the husband and wife not only share their happiness and pleasure in marriage but Allah also gives them the strength to face problems together. Both the partners must take care of each other and respect the feelings of the spouse.
“Among His signs is the fact that he has created spouses from among yourselves
so that you may find tranquility with them and
he has put love and mercy between you. In that are signs for people who reflect.”
Islam does not allow open relationships unlike the West but rather encourages love and respect through Nikah for a happy and successful life. In Islam, spouses must always be ready for the sacrifice.
As the wise say, a successful marriage requires falling in love again and again with the same person.
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