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Formation of a Family

Like other inherent instincts, the sexual strength of a man is something natural which has been deposited in him by Almighty Allah since the very first day. It is evident that if this instinct is not satisfied by marriage, which is the only legal method, men will be compelled to satisfy it by unlawful means or this strength with which Allah has blessed man will be completely wasted. In either case, there follows a chain of religious, moral, social and hygienic evils.

For this reason, Islam has attached great importance to this vital matter. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said:

“The worst among your dead are those who are unmarried”.

“Whoever marries ensures half of his faith”.

“Allah has not sent me with a law of prescribing monastic or secluded life. On the other hand, He has appointed me as a prophet with a moderate and easy religion. I fast and offer prayers.

“ Whoever loves me should follow my tradition. Matrimony is my tradition”.

Also Imam as-Sadiq (A.S) said:

“Two rakaats of prayers offered by a married person are better than seventy-two rakats offered by one without a spouse”.

The thing, which deserves attention, is the in-tense friendship and kindness which is generated by matrimonial alliance and makes life sweet. The Holy Qur’an says:

“By another sign, We created for you mates from among yourselves, that you might live in joy with them, and planted love and kindness in your hearts”.  (Holy Qur’an 30:21)

It should, however, be remembered that matrimony should not be established for satisfaction of sexual appetite only. Its primary objective should be to give birth to useful and pious progeny so that the number of the followers of truth and reality can in-crease.

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said:

“Marry and produce offspring so that you may multiply, because on the Day of Judgment I shall pride myself on the abundance of my miscarried children”.

There are many who refuse to perform this vital act on account of some superstition and do not marry especially on account of fear that it may later involve them in financial difficulties. Such persons should be told that adverse financial conditions should not prevent matrimonial alliance.

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) has said:

“One who does not marry on account of poverty and indigence has entertained a bad idea about the Almighty, because He says:

“If those who marry have been needy and poor Allah will make them independent by His blessing:

He (Allah) also said:

“Marry to acquire your sustenance; because blessing has been placed among women.

Islam also considers it a great service to make efforts for the matrimony of two persons and to arrange for the preliminaries thereof.

Adapted from: "Family Life" by: "Aisha Mutuku"

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