Marriage is a Religious Affair:
A Muslim Marriage is a civil contract...but it is a religious affair too. It creates immediate rights and duties. The Muslim Jurists have worked out details of these rights, duties and obligations. But there is too much difference and too many opinions. Then different branches of Muslims have different sources to develop their jurisprudences.
Marriage and Islam Islam teaches that marriage is 'half of religion'. Because it fulfils so many basic needs of individuals and of society, it is the cornerstone upon which the whole Muslim life is built. Modern life brings strains and pressures which can upset even the most compatible relationship.
Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Said, "A thankful tongue, a soft-hearted wife is a friend of yours in religion.'' These are the qualities that Islam desires in a woman who shall nurture the future generations of mankind towards an Islamic society.
IMPORTANCE OF MARRIAGE IN ISLAM
Holy Quran Says: "And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and your female slaves; if they are needy, Allah will make them free from want out of His grace; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing". (Surah Nur 24:32)
The above ayat begins with the words Wa Ankehoo (And marry ...) The imperative form of the word 'nikah' implies that either it is obligatory or highly recommended. According to scholars, though marriage is a highly recommended act, it becomes obligatory when there is a chance of falling into sin.
Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Said, "No house has been built in Islam more beloved in the sight of Allah than through marriage."
On another occasion Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Said: "The best people of my nation (Ummat) are those who get married and have chosen their wives, and the worst people of my nation are those who have kept away from marriage and are passing their lives as bachelors."