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Late Marriages and Islam

Late Marriages and Islam

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A detailed essay about the causes, impacts and repercussions of late marriages and the Islamic rulings...
A detailed essay about the causes, impacts and repercussions of late marriages and the Islamic rulings...

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Published by: Yaqeen Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander on Jul 08, 2012
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Islam is the absolute and the ultimate way of life and it’s one of theunique features of Islam. Unlike other religions, Islam doesn’t confineitself to mere rituals and lip service, but every act that is done inobedience to Allah is an act of worship in Islam be that earning, socialwork, studying, striving for excellence, etc. Islam is the only religion thatguides man in every sphere of life – social, political, economic, judicialand moral. Consequently no segment of life has been left untouched byIslam. Islam, due to its flexibility, is not silent upon any issue and
provides us guidelines & solutions for every problem facing themankind.Society according to Islam is formed according to the divine principleswhich are infallible as they have been chosen by Allah Himself for theman to live peacefully in the society. The basic unit of society is family. The family is a human social group whose members are bound togetherby the bond of blood ties and/or marital relationship. Family in Islam isbuilt on the solid grounds that provide continuity, intimacy and maturereciprocity and moral gratification. Family ties are considered veryimportant and sacred in Islam. About one-third of the Islamic social lawsare pertaining to family. That’s why Muhammad (SAW) has said that onewho cuts the family ties is not a Muslim. And the families are formedafter marriage. Marriage is considered as a sacred covenant in Islam.Marriage has got its highly religious, social and moral advantages &Islam recognizes them all. In the Islamic system, marriage and family
are central and play a pivotal role. Islam lays emphasis on marriage tosuch an extent that Muhammad (SAW) said that one who doesn’t marryis not amongst us. In another authentic tradition he further said that onewho marries has completed half of his religion. This is because a personafter marrying is likely not to fall in sins like fornication, eve teasing,lusting after women, etc which form half of the social ills.Marriage is a religious obligation in Islam. It’s the
(practice) of allthe prophets. The Qur’an mentions,
“We sent Messengers before you, and appointed for them wives andchildren” 
(Surah Ra’d, Chapter 13 v38)
And Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said,
There are four characteristics (which may be called) the Sunnahs (the practices) of the messengers of Allah: Modesty, but some say,circumcision, the use of perfume, miswak and marriage” 
.Islamic doesn’t allow monasticism. The Qur’an mentions,
“But the monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not  prescribe for them” 
(Surah Hadeed, Chapter 57 v27)
 Further Muhammad (SAW) said, there is no monasticism in Islam.Marriage is a high moral safeguard and a social commitment. It must befulfilled by every individual capable of doing so. Muhammad (SAW) isreported to have said,
'O young people! Whoever among you is able to marry, should marry,and whoever is not able to marry, is recommended to fast, as fastingdiminishes his sexual power’ ( 
Sahih Bukhari).
Again Allah's Apostle said,
"O young people! Whoever among you can marry, should marry,because it helps him lower his gaze and guard his modesty (i.e. his private parts from committing illegal sexual intercourse etc.), andwhoever is not able to marry, should fast, as fasting diminishes hissexual power."
(Sahih Bukhari)
(Companion of Muhamammad) Said Bin Jubair narrates that,
Ibn 'Abbas asked me (Said Bin Jubair), "Are you married?" I replied, "No."He said, "Marry, for the best person of this (Muslim) nation (i.e.,Muhammad) of all other Muslims, had the largest number of wives"
(Sahih Bukhari).
Further the implication of marriage can be inferred bythe following
Allah's Apostle said,
"From among all theconditions which you have to fulfill, the conditions which make it legalfor you to have sexual relations (i.e. the marriage contract) have thegreatest right to be fulfilled."
(Sahih Bukhari).
Marriage in Islam is considered to be an act of extreme virtue and piety.It is a kind of commitment in which both the partners find mutualfulfillment, self gratification, love, peace, tranquility, compassion,comfort and joy. The Qur’an mentions,
“It is He who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love)” 
(Surah A’raf, Chapter 7 v189)
Further the Qur’an says,
“And among His Signs is this, that He createdfor you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility 

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