The importance of marriage(nikah) in Islam

•All praises and thanks are belong to ALLAH (سبحانه وتعالى). The Lord of the Aa’lameen.
As’Salaamu Alaikum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
My Dear Respected Muslim Ummah!
Muslim women and men need to understand the high status which marriage (nikah) has in Islam, so that they will be more

keen to marry. There follows a useful summary on this topic by Imaam Ibn Qudaamah al Maqdisi Rahnatullah from his book al-Mughni:
The basis of the legitimacy of marraige is the Qur’an, Sunnah and ijmaa (consensus of the scholars).
In the Qur’an, ALLAH (سبحانه وتعالى) says:‘….marry women of your choice, two or three, or four…’ [Surah Al-Nisaa’ 4:3]
and ‘And marry those among you who are single and (also marry) the saalihoon (pious, fit and capable ones) of your (male) slaves and maid-servants (female slaves)…’ [Surah Al-Noor 24:32]

The Prophet  صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said: “O young men! Whoever among you can afford it, let him get married, for this will lower his gaze and protect his chastity. Whoever cannot (get married), then let him fast, for fasting will be a protection for him.” [Agreed upon]
There are many other ayaat and reports like these. The Muslims agree that marriage (nikah) is legitimate.
Ibn Mas’ood  رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰعنه said:
“If I only had ten days left to live, and I knew that I would die at the end of them, and I was able to get married, I would do so, for fear of fitnah (temptation).”
Ibn Abbaas  رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰعنه said to Sa’eed ibn Jubayr  رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰعنه: “Get married, for the best of this ummah are those who have more wives.”
Ibraaheem ibn Maysarah said: “Taawoos said to me: ‘Either you get married, or I will say to you what Umar said to Abu’l-Zawaa’id: There is nothing stopping you from getting married but either impotence or immorality!’
According to al-Mirwadhi, Ahmad said: ‘Celibacy has nothing to do with Islam. Whoever calls you not to get married is calling you to something other than Islam.’”
Then al Mirwadhi, Ahmed Rahmatullah said: The benefits of marriage are many. They include: protecting one’s religion and helping one to adhere to it; protecting and taking care of women; and producing offspring and increasing the ranks of the ummah, thus achieving the pride of the Prophet  صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ, etc. [Translator’s note: there is a hadeeth which indicates that the Prophet  صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ will feel proud of the large numbers of his ummah in the Hereaster, so Muslims are encouraged to marry and have many children.]
It should now be clear that the benefits of marriage are many. No wise Muslim woman & man would hesitate to get married, especially if an offer of marriage comes from a person who is strongly committed to Islam and is possessed of a good character and morals.
And ALLAH (سبحانه وتعالى) knows best.
May Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) grant us all a righteous spouse, someone who will love us and fulfil their rights and one who remind us of ALLAH (سبحانه وتعالى) all the time. Aameen.

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