Islamic Marriage

In Islam, marriage is a legal contract (Nikāḥ) between two people. Both the groom and the bride are to consent to the marriage of their own free wills. A formal, binding contract is considered integral to a religiously valid Islamic marriage, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the bride and groom. There must be two Muslim witnesses of the marriage contract.

What is a Nikah in Islam?

Marriage (nikah) is a solemn and sacred social contract between bride and groom. This contract is a strong covenant (mithaqun ghalithun) as expressed in Quran 4:21. The marriage contract in Islam is not a sacrament. It is revocable.

What is a Sharia marriage?

Islamic marital jurisprudence. In Islamic law (sharia), marriage (zawaj) is a legal bond and social contract between a man and a woman. In Islam, marriage is not compulsory and a Muslim has the right to live a single life if he or she wishes to.

Through Marriage, the conjugal relationship between a man and a woman becomes lawful. It provides a legitimate outlet for recreation as well as procreation. Islam regards sex as natural and good, but restricts it to the partners of marriage so as to ensure the responsibility for its consequences.

"Your women are a tilth for you so go to your tilth as you will, and send (good deeds) before you for your souls, and fear Allah, and know that you will (one day) meet him. Give glad tidings to believers, (O Muhammad)." (Quran 2:223)

Marriage provides spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological companionship. This companionship generates and sustains love, kindness, compassion, mutual confidence, solace and succor (sakinah). It lays a spiritual and legal foundation for raising a family. The children born of the matrimonial union become legitimate and mutual rights of inheritance are established.

Freedom to Choose a Marriage Partner

Islam has given freedom of choice to those who wish to get married. The mutual choice of the would-be-spouses is given the highest consideration:

"Do not prevent them from marrying their husbands when they agree between themselves in a lawful manner." (Quran 2:232)

The process of mate selection should be a function of a healthy balance between the freedom of choice of the would-be-spouses and consideration of the influence and consent of the parents/guardians. So Muslim Dating is another choice that can be exercised providing you follow the Islamic etiquette of acting in a halal manner. The freedom of choice of those who wish to get married should not preclude the influence and consent of the parents/guardians nor should the parents/guardians ignore the wishes and consent of the would be spouses. Falling in love is not a pre-condition for marriage in Islam. However, for the purpose of selecting an appropriate mate, the would-be- spouses are allowed to see and/or talk to each other, so in a way Muslim Dating can work.

Prophet Muhammad (S) recommended:

"When one of you seeks a woman in marriage, and then if he is able to have a look at whom he wishes to marry, let him do so".(Abu Dawood)

Our advice for getting to know someone from our site is to treat each other with honesty, sincerity and with sound intentions of Islamic marriage. Take time to get to know one another! It doesn’t always have to be that immediate spark or love at first sight. Think about the virtues of a Muslim partner and forget about great romances and Bollywood thoughts, reality is, for the most part, very different and don’t be distracted by engineered illusions that dominate the media about superficial reasons for casual relations. By using good Islamic etiquette you should be able to determine the chemistry between the two of you and may Allah SWT guide you in finding the right partner inshallah!


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