An-Nikah (marriage) : A blessed bond (1)

by Abdul Jeleel Salaudeen

“O mankind! Revere your Lord, who has created you from a single soul, created from it his mate, and dispersed from both of them many men and women…” An Nisai: 1

All praise is due unto Allah who created all things in pairs that perhaps man may ponder over His creations. May the peace and blessing of Almighty Allah be upon our leader and best examplar for human race Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and all his true followers till the last hour (Amin).

One of the greatest and manifest signs of Allah on earth is that He (SWT) created for the manhood their partners from among his race that they may find tranquility in each other and  also procreate. The continuous existence of human race on the earth to serve as Allah’s vicegerents would have ceased if not for the establishment of the institution of marriage.

An-Nikah is an Arabic word which literally means, “Intercourse” or insertion of an object into another. Islamically, it applies to an agreement between an adult male and a female to marry each other with the intent to derive mutual benefits. The statement  “ He performed Nikah on the daughter of so and so” means that he executed an agreement for marriage. It can also be said that “He performed Nikah on his wife” which means he had intercourse with her.

The concept of marriage in Islam is an important one that’s so important that it relates to every aspect of our religion. Its relationship with five pillars of Islam is a covalent bond, such that none of these pillars can be successfully established without with having recourse to the marriage concept.

Besides, Allah’s created our world and made laws that govern it. Among Allah’s laws is that we cannot survive without food, air to breathe and revive our blood, water to rehydrate our body, rain to grow plants and many more. One of such injunctions of Allah is that He created us in pairs to establish peace and justice on the surface of the earth.   

Thus, marriage is a command from Allah and the practice of the Prophets; Allah (SWT) says: “Marry the single among you and the righteous of your male and female slaves. If they should be poor, Allah will enrich them from His favours. Allah is Bountiful and Knowing”. An-Nur, 24:32,

Also, Allah’s messenger commanded the young people to marry and enjoined those who could not afford it to engage in voluntary fasting as a means of controlling their sexual desire. Ibn Mas’ud reported; We were with the Prophet (SAW) while we were young and had no wealth whatsoever; so Allah’s messenger (SAW) said: O young men, let him who can afford marriage (among you) get married, for it helps lower the gaze and guard the private parts (i.e chastity); and let him who cannot afford it (marriage) keep fasting, for fasting is a repression (of desire) for him (Bukhari and Muslim).

Stressing the essence of marriage the Prophet (SAW) further said that Allah promises His divine help for any young lad aspires to marry in order to avoid sinning. When He said, “There are three individuals that it is a duty bound on Allah (SWT) to help them: a fighter for Allah’s cause, a Mukaatib (a slave) who makes a contract with his master to purchase his freedom) who wants to pay himself off, and one who seeks marriage for the purpose of preserving his chastity (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Nisai).

Thus, it can be summarised that marriage as an institution in Islam has many advantages both moral, spiritual and political as illustrated here;

Marriage preserves faith and religion because the Prophet (SAW) said, “When a person marries, He has (by that) completed half of his faith. Let him fear Allah regarding the remaining half.” (At-Tabarani).

Also, marriage is a source of love, mercy and security. Love and mercy are important sentiments that brighten one’s life and give him a feeling of reassurance security and happiness. Nature demands that one loves and be loved, cares and be cared for.

 continued :  Marriage in Islam: The social-cultural benefits



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