sexes: It is a permanent and enduring relationship in thesense that both the parties should put in their earnestendeavours to lead their lives in perfect harmony andacquitting themselves creditably of the responsibilities saddledupon them by entering into this sacred contract.The Holy Qur'an farther points out that sexual gratification inthe married life is not meant only for the satisfaction of thephysical lust, but it mustbe directed to some higher ends."Yourwomen are tilth for you, so go into your tilth as ye like, andprovide beforehand for your souls, and fear Allah and knowthat you are going to meet Him" (iii. 223).Here the wives arelikened to the cultivable land which are ploughed for sowingand reaping the produce (in the form of offspring) and notmerely for carnal indulgence.The concluding part of the verserefers to still higher and sublimer ends which tell that even inthe height of carnal pleasures the moral and spiritualresponsibilities should not in any way be lost sight of ; ratherone should be more conscious to them when one is enjoyingphysical pleasures as these are the moments when the fear ofthe Lord and the accountability in the Hereafter is likely to beblurred or effaced from one's mind.
Chapter 1 : ONE WHO CAN SUPPORT A WIFE SHOULD MARRY
Book 8, Number 3231:
'Alqama reported: While I was walking with 'Abdullah at Mina, 'Uthmanhappened to meet him.He stopped there and began to talk with him.Uthman said to him: Abu 'Abd al-Rahman, should we not marry you to ayoung girl who may recall to you some of the past of your bygone days;thereupon he said: If you say so, Allah's Messenger (may peace beupon him) said: 0 young men, those among you who can support a wifeshould marry, for it restrains eyes from casting (evil glances). andpreserves one from immorality; but those who cannot should devotethemselves to fasting for it is a means of controlling sexual desire.
Book 8, Number 3232:
'Alqama reported: While I was going along with 'Abdullah b. Ma'sud(Allah he pleased with him) in Mina, 'Uthman b. 'Affan (Allah be pleasedwith him) happened to meet him and said: Come here, Abu 'Abd al-Rahman (kunya of Abdullah b. Mas'ud), and he isolated him (from me),and when 'Abdullah (b.Mas'ud) saw that there was no need (for this