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Fruit of Marriage

Adopted from the book : "Principles of Marriage" by : "Sheikh Ibrahim Amini"

Although a man and a woman get married for a few reasons such as sexual motive, love, etc, having a child is not one of the main reasons for marriage.

But it is not long before the true motive of natural creation becomes apparent itself and the love for having a child grows in their hearts. The existence of a child is the fruit of the marital tree and a natural desire of men and women. A marriage without a child is like a fruitless tree. A child would strengthen the bonds of love between a couple. It serves as a drive to the man's working life and encourages the parents to care for their family.

Marriage is sometimes initially founded on the basis of lust, love making and instantaneous sexual interests. Such a foundation is false and not lasting and is always prone to destruction. The factor with which this foundation becomes strong, is haying a child. Lust and sexual drive soon subside. The only memory from days and nights of sexual desire would be the children, whose existence would be heart warming to the parents.

"Imam Sajjad (AS) stated: 'One's happiness is in haying pious children from whom one can seek help'." 139 "The Prophet (SA) of Allah stated: 'A pious child is a sweet-smelling plant from among the plants of Paradise'." 140 "The Prophet (SA) of Allah also stated: ' Add to the numbers of your children, because I, on the Day of Judgment, will feel honored about the greatness of your numbers over the other Ummahs'." 141 How ignorant are those who, with various excuses, refuse to have children, and thus fight the principle of creation!

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