MARRIAGE - MORE THAN UNION OF TWO PEOPLE
(BY FAROOQ AHMED, AINA (MIRROR) FORTNIGHTLY, MANCHESTER, ISSUE NO. 84, UP TO 13 NOV 1998)
The institution of marriage in Islam serves a good many purpose.
A report appearing in an international magazine said that married people have lower chances of having stroke. The author based his report on some clinical findings. Using those findings, he went on to say that one has a good reason to get married but the tone of the report suggested as if marriage is something non-essential.
Given the moral perversion and adulteration that has crept into their lives, it is small wonder that today they are questioning the desirability of marriage. Marriage for them has become only a means for legalizing the already existing relationship. Thus they have despoiled the most respectable institution of marriage.
We the Muslims have clear instructions in Qur’an and Hadith regarding marriage and so we do not have to look for reasons to get married. Nikah (wedlock) is a tradition of all Prophets of Allah. All of whom we have detailed knowledge, except one, were married and had children. Allah Almighty says in Qur’an in this context:
"We did send Messengers Before thee, and appointed For them wives and children"(Al-Ra’d-38)
Similarly, in Hadith we find the mention of the fact that the Prophet Muhammad never allowed any to keep away from marrying. Bukhari narrates on the authority of Anis bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) that three men having learned about the worship of the Prophet of Allah found their worship insufficient. So one of them decided that he would offer the salat (Prayer) throughout the night and forever. The other decided to observe the Saum (fast) throughout the year. The third said that he wouldn’t marry forever. The Prophet of Allah came to know of it. He asked then about their decisions. Then he (pbuh) said, "I, Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) am more submissive to Him and I fear Him more than you. But I observe Saum (fast), I say Salat (prayer) and I also sleep and marry women. So he who does not follow my Sunnah, is not from me."