Marriage in Islam
Marriage in Islam is very important. It is not the bounding of two persons but it is the bounding of two families. Marriage is an act of Islam, Marriage is a social practice as ancient as the human race itself. It can be characterized as a relation between a man and a woman that is accepted by tradition or law. And contains certain rights and duties both in the case of the parties joining the Union and in the case of the children born of it.
Marriage in Islam has thus two key roles to perform. It is the means embraced by human society for controlling relations between the sexes; and it furnishes the process by means of which the relations of a child to the community is decided.
The Holy Book Quran says:
“And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and your female slaves; if they are needy, Allah will make them free from want out of His grace; and Allah is Ample giving, Knowing.” (Surah an-Nur, 24:32)
The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) says. “No house has been built in Islam more beloved in the sight of Allah than through marriage.”
The process of Marriage in Islam is called a Nikah. So, after Nikah, the two people become husband and wife which is the most beautiful relation in the world. So, both the groom and the bride are to consent to the marriage of their own free wills.
Benefits of Marriage
Various findings indicate that married people, emotionally and psychologically, stay healthier. Islam has always maintained in many respects that marriage is beneficial for us.
Marriage is often used by Islam as a means to obtain religious purity. The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said, “One who marries, has already guarded half of his religion, therefore he should fear Allah for the other half.” 9
The importance of prayers strengthens marriage
The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said, “Two rak‘ats (cycles) prayed by a married person are better than the night-vigil and the fast of a single person.” 10
The Holy Prophet (S) remarked, “Give spouses to your single ones, because Allah makes their morality better (improves it) (under the shadow of marriage) and expands their sustenance and increases their generosity (human values).” 12
The Holy Qur’an also makes it clear that this marriage is not a short-lived partnership between two persons of the different sexes. It is a lifelong and long-lasting relationship. In the sense that both parties shall make earnest attempts to lead their lives in complete peace and acquit themselves credibly of the obligations saddled upon them by entering into this sacred contract.