Monday, March 03, 2008

The Institution of marriage in Islam

Since the beginning of history and the development of laws and regulations, marriage has always been the union of one man and one woman. The union has always been based on love and affection, and it was set up so that man and woman can be joined in marriage to have children and raise healthy families.

The objectives:
1. According to the divine laws and standards, nothing can ever accomplish this task alone. Allah intends every reason to be in need of another of its kind, so that one would complement the other. In the field of electricity, positive and negative poles must be in contact to generate an electric current, which in turn, yields light, heat, movement, etc. Similarly, electrons and protons are be in contact with the interior of an atom. In plants, the pollen grain carrying male gametes fertilize one flower to the stigma to produce more plants, fruits and seeds. Male and female animals must be in contact in order to reproduce. The Glorious Quran stresses this universal law in the two verses: (And all the things we have created in pairs, which may reflect haply ye.) (Adh-Dhariyat 51: 49) (Glory to Him who created all sexual peers of that which groweth the earth, and of themselves, and of that which they know not.) (Ya-Sin 36: 36) In response to this law, Allah, Exalted be He, has legislated a sublime tradition for a man And a woman to be united in such a way that befits the lofty status of the human being, especially through marriage.

Allah, Exalted be He, has instilled a man longing heart of a woman, and a woman in the heart nostalgia for a man. Each is motivated by a need much more demanding than hunger or thirst. Each has a specific meaning in the emptiness of his life that can not be closed with their union, according to the divine laws, namely through the marriage. Only then stability replace confusion and reinsurance can replace anxiety. Each of them located in other serenity, love and mercy that the light of their lives and enrich their souls.

2. Reproduction is a natural result of the marriage. It serves to prolong human life, thanks to the devout offspring who succeeds him. This is one of the riches of Allah he gives man saying: (And Allah has given wives of your own kind, and has given you, from your wives, sons and grandsons, and has made it to the provision of good things for you. Is it then in vanity and they believe in Allah they believe?) (An-Nahl 16: 72)

3. Marriage consummates one's faith, spares one looking at other women, enables one to preserve his chastity and offers one a lawful means to satisfy his sexual desire. Adultery is, therefore, no longer an option. That is why the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) spoke of marriage saying, "It spares one looking at what one should not, or lapsing in adultery." He (peace and blessings be upon him) also said, "If Allah grants a Muslim a righteous wife, this helps him preserve half of his religion (faith). He should, therefore, fear Allah as regards the other half." (Reported by At-Tabarani and Al-Hakim, and Al-Mundhri states in At-Targhib that it is an authentic hadith with a good chain of narrators)

4. NNon Only marriage between a Muslim help preserve her faith, but is also an indispensable pillar of worldly happiness which Islam encourages its followers to enjoy so that nothing could detract from the ultimate objective of uplifting their souls and achieve high levels of spirituality. Imam Muslim reported that the Prophet (hi and blessing be upon him) said: "The whole world is happy, fun and the best in the world is just the woman." The Prophet (hi and blessing be upon him) is also reported Ought said, "Four things make a joy: just a woman, a spacious house, a neighbor and a devout comfortable riding animal." (Reported by Al-Hakim, Abu Nu `aym and Al-Bayhaqi)

5. Marriage is the only way to establish a family, the nucleus of society. No respectable human society could never exist if it is not based on the family. Shaded by the close of motherhood, fatherhood, as well as parent-child and sibling relationships, warm feelings of love, altruism, mercy, care and cooperation are instilled with a Muslim.

6. Social relations are strengthened with the help of marriage, which extends the scope of the family, including her husband's family and her children uncles and aunts. In this way, the feelings of friendship, love and social closeness extended to include more and more people. Allah refers to relations by marriage to be just as strong as the relationship of kinship.

7. The marriage of a man matures his character through the responsibilities he has to shoulder, as a husband and a father, and with the same maturity of women through the character she has responsibilities, as a wife and a mother. As we have explained, many people abstain from marriage, simply because they want to live like adult children unconnected with the tie, no house to unite or responsibilities that they must assume. These people are not fit to live, they are good for nothing. Marriage is therefore a strong commitment and a shared responsibility between a man and a woman from their first day together.

8. Before we got married, a man can concentrate on the development of his work, he is reassured that someone at home who has his business, preserves his money and takes care of her children. It can do its job properly. This stands in sharp contrast with another whose mind is occupied and who is torn between his work and home, his job and the burden of securing food and clothing at home.

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