Marriage Rulings in Islam
The system of marriage in Islam is closely aligned to the human fitrah, or innate natural inclinations of man. For Allah (SWT) has made every aspect of His religion compatible with that fitrah while at the same time regulating mans tendency toward excessive and immoderate behaviour in particular circumstances.
The Qur’an does not present its rulings in the dry and monotonous manner that one finds in many fiqh books. Rather, it adorns them with linguistic beauty, producing an atmosphere which fills the heart with certainty that it is receiving a fundamental precept from the Creator and Sustainer.
In His mercy Allah ta‘ala has provided man with simple instructions to follow throughout life which help him avoid many of the pitfalls of this world, not to speak of the next. But due to the widespread complacency and negligence among Muslims today and a general decline in religious knowledge, we often find people, when faced with major decisions in life, looking for opinions and information from almost any available source, forgetting the sources of their religion or even considering that perhaps its legislation is not really relevant to the modem condition. Yet, it is ironic that when the inevitable problems arise, those same ones, in desperation and with a sense of outrage at injustice they have suffered, hasten to contact a Muslim scholar, seeking an immediate solution or reparation within the authority of Islam.2
Obviously, the best cure is prevention. Following the correct method from the very beginning averts many an unnecessary complication and hardship. Three verses in Surah an-Nisa serve to reassure the soul and facilitate its acceptance of guidance: 4:26-28).
1 Narrated by Muslim. A hadith qudsi contains what was revealed by Allah to His Messenger (PBUH) but is reported in the Prophets own wording, unlike the Quran, which is the exact words of Allah (SWT).
2How true us Allah(SWT)’s description:
“And when they are invited to Allah and His Messenger to judge between them, at once a party of them turns away. But if the right is theirs, they come to it in prompt obedience.” (Surah an-Nur, 24:48-49)