Qualities to Look for in a Spouse
Importance of the Topic
Making sure that Muslims are well-matched to their spouses is one of the most important and potentially difficult functions in Muslim society. The individual seeking marriage must have his/her priorities straight and be clear on what characteristics are most important to be sought in a spouse in order to have a successful marriage. There are many characteristics that are important in a husband or a wife but some are much more important than others. Continue reading Fiqh of Marriage – Character Traits
Who is One Allowed to Marry?
Allah mentioned most of the categories of women involved in this question in the following verses:
“And do not marry women whom your fathers married except what has already passed. It was indeed obscene, hateful and an evil way. (22) Forbidden to you in marriage are: your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your father’s sisters, your mother’s sisters, your brother’s sisters, your sister’s daughters, your wet nurse, your ‘sisters’ by nursing, your wives mothers, your step daughters under your guardianship born of your wives with whom you have consummated – if you did not consummate then there is no sin upon you, the wives of your blood sons, two sisters at the same time, except for that which has already passed. Verily, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (23) And those already married except those whom your right hand possesses (through capture). Allah’s ordinance upon you. And allowed for you are all besides these if you seek them with your property seeking chastity not fornication…” [Noble Quran 4:22-24] Continue reading Fiqh of Marriage – Eligibility
Marriage: Goals, Purpose and Definition
The Definition of Marriage (Nikah)
The original meaning of the word nikah is the physical relationship between man and woman. It is also used secondarily to refer to the contract of marriage which makes that relationship lawful. Which of the two meanings is intended can be determined by the context in which it is used.
Continue reading Fiqh of Marriage – Purpose
Marriage in the Quran
There are a number of verses in the Quran which relate to marriage directly or indirectly. These verse can give us a basic understanding of what Allah intended for us in the area of marriage. Continue reading Fiqh of Marriage – Overview
Women are vital to the very existence of all humans. After all, men are born from women, not the other way around. Allah the Majestic tells us in the Quran that He has created both men and women, all from a single person, Adam, peace and blessings be upon him. From Adam, Allah created his mate (Eve) and from these two Allah brought forth many men and many women. Continue reading Fiqh of Marriage – Wives are “Mates”
May a father force his virgin daughter who attained puberty to marry? Two well-known opinions in this regard are reported from Ahmad:
That he may compel her. This is also the opinion of Malik, ash-Shafi`i, and others. Continue reading Fiqh of Marriage – Forced Marriages