The institution of marriage promulgated and enacted by Islamic teachings has tremendous benefits for the individual and the society as a whole. The genealogy of the respective generations remains intact. Children are correctly attributed to their biological fathers and mothers. Additionally, the children are then regarded as arising from a particular genealogical origin and are connected to this source and family for generations to come. The dignity and honour is always restored in knowing one’s family lineage. In the absence of such a marriage structure (al-nikah), there would be unimaginable chaos, confusion and catastrophe in the world.
What damning degradation and disgrace!
The institution of marriage (al-nikah) guarantees a “legitimate and pure” society. This in turn ensures an invaluable system of order, ethics and moral principles. Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) vigorously encouraged the institution of (al-nikah). The main targets were the young men who reached manhood, and who were blessed with the ability to enter into marriage (nikah). Some of the main motivation for these young men to enter into nikah was to protect them from evil glances, safeguard their chastity and ensure a “legitimate and pure” society of Muslims. He (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) further advised those who were unable to marry --- due to legitimate reasons --- to fast in order to control their desires.
The institution of al-nikah ensures great comfort, contentment, peace and tranquility between the married couples. In a most natural and unforced manner the one becomes a support to the other and a firm bond is established. In Surah Rum, Allah Ta’ala explains that from among His signs is the union of couples which leads to a strong and loving relationship. The degree of understanding, caring, abiding love, tenderness, and companionship is unparalleled in the history of humanity.
The Shariah has crystal clear rules and regulation for married couples. If these guidelines are adhered to, married-life can become a haven of harmony and a garden of the most fulfilling bliss. An extremely vital cog in the institution of al-nikah is the honest and sincere fulfillment of the rights of the husband to his wife and vice-versa.
Unfortunately, the conflict and quarrels that are plaguing the life of married couples currently, is a direct offshoot of the negligence and non-fulfillment of the rights of their dear spouses.
Darul Ihsan Centre