Marriage is a sacred union between man and woman into a relationship as husband and wife in the household. There are many blessing the importance of marriage in Islam.
For Islam is not only one or two verses that mentioned of marriage. Muslims are encourage to perform marriage as soon as possible since it is indisputable commandments of Islam. The following verse explain about marriage :
“And marry the unmarried among you and the righteous among your male slaves and female slaves. If they should be poor, Allah will enrich them from His bounty, and Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.
But let them who find not (the means for) marriage abstain (from sexual relations) until Allah enriches them from His bounty.
And those who seek a contract (for eventual emancipation) from among whom your right hands possess – then make a contract with them if you know there is within them goodness and give them from the wealth of Allah which He has given you.
And do not compel your slave girls to prostitution, if they desire chastity, to seek (thereby) the temporary interests of worldly life. And if someone should compel them, then indeed, Allah is (to them), after their compulsion, Forgiving and Merciful.” (QS. An-Nur : 33-34)
And how about someone who are affraid of getting married? or suspend it without a clear reason eventhough they are able to do so.
Allah has ensured for those who want to get marriage especially if the intention is for seeking Allah protection, blessing, and reward. For those who are poor Allah will give them wealth. Therefore muslim should not be affraid of step into the marriage.
Effects of Late Marriage in Islam
Late marriage in Islam is not forbidden in Islam but it is not suggested. Why do we have to defer marriage if we are able to perform it?
And why we defer it if Allah promise to give us rewards and His bless if we perform it? Marriage is a worship, a way for muslim to get close to Allah and a chance to continue our offspring. Late marriage will give muslim many effects. We will discussed it in this article :
1. Bring adultery
We all know that Islam hate and forbid adultery. Adultery is one of the greatest sins, therefore we should prevent ourselves on conducting adultery.
“And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as away.” (QS. Al-Isra : 32)
Marriage will prevent us from conducting adultery. From the above verse zina or adultery is very indecent thing and an evil way.
2. Lead us into other sins
The after effect of late marriage is bring out another sins. And Allah will give a severe punishment for those who commit fornication or harassment. As mentioned in the following verse :
“And those who do not invoke with Allah another deity or kill the soul which Allah has forbidden (to be killed), except by right, and do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse. And whoever should do that will meet a penalty.
Multiplied for him is the punishment of the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein humiliated.” (QS. Al-Furqan : 69 – 70)
3. It cause gossip
Both man or woman who are delaying on marriage will face the society judgement. Human being is part of social community or in other word we are bound by social norms. And one of the norm in social community is being single or dating in such a long time without maritial status will lead into gossip. Read more about benefits of early marriage in Islam.
4. Dismiss peace and harmony
There is a verse that mentioned if marriage is a way to gain peace and harmony between man and woman. The peace and harmony offered by marriage is that you will share your burden with others. There is no need to bear it yourselves if you have husband or wife.
“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them, and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (QS. Ar-Rum : 21)
5. Keep away of getting reward from Allah SWT
Islam see marriage as a religious obligation and include it as sunnah of all the Prophets. As stated in the following verse :
“And We have already sent messenger before you and assigned to them wives and descendants. And it was not for a messenger to come with a sign except by permission of Allah. For every term is a decree.” (QS. Ar-Ra’d : 38)
Marriage is worship to Allah, and He will give His people a bountiful reward. Late marriage will only keep us away from getting this reward from Allah SWT. Read more about things to know about marriage in Islam.
5. We will be dissociated from salvation
Muslims should perform prayer, offering dua, alms, and carry out the teaching of Prophet in order to gain salvation. Islam teach us to perform what is good and avoid what is bad in order to do so. And if we did not perform the commandment than we will be dissociated from the path of salvation and not including as the righteous people.
The Prophet said in the hadith below,
“The Messenger of Allah has said, ‘Of my tradition is to marry, So then whoever turns away from my tradition (sunnah) is not from me (my nation).”
6. We will lose one of the main foundation in Islam
The Prophet said in the following hadith,
“There is no foundation that has been built in Islam more loved by Allah (The Greatest and Noblest) than marriage.”
Marriage have take an important place in Islam as one of the main foundation. Since from the marriage itself man and woman can built their life by love, sincerity, faith of Allah, and honesty. Read more about the purpose of marriage in Islam.
7. Could lose an opportunity to get an offspring
No one can guess when Allah leave a chance for us to get an offspring. But as human beings we can work it out. Instead of late marriage especially in an old age we must getting married at a fertile age. It will help us to increasing a chance to get an offspring and avoid us on commiting sins.
Another effects of late marriage in islam are :
- We won’t get a moral safeguard.
- If we intentionally delaying marriage while our partner wants it, we might lose her.
- Husband and wife is clothes or cover from each other. If we don’t get married even thought we are capable than it will be same as indulging awrah.
- lost an opportunities to increase each other loves and attention
- late marriage is one of the greatest evils in society nowadays.
- late marriage also become on of the reasons from social ills or affairs and so forth.
As muslims we should aware of this matter, that marriage is sunnah from the Prophet and a commandment from Allah SWT. So many verse and hadith stated that marriage is a great way to perform worship for Allah. In order to do that we should prevent ourselves or our family from late marriage and encourage them to learn about how to prepare yourself for marriage in Islam.