Islam encourages marriage as early as possible for reasons that only bring more ease and blessings into the lives of the two. However, with toxic culture and increasing demands, it has become difficult for youngsters to settle down early.
In Pakistan, men are expected to have a certain pay scale and with the advancing times, there are a certain amount of demands associated with the women as well. Simply being a good-natured woman with a decent amount of education doesn’t work in these times.
More often then not, it is the expenses of the wedding that holds back a couple from tying the knot. But, Islam has always promoted simplicity and advised to keep the beautiful ceremony of two people coming together in marriage as simple as possible. Islam also testifies to certain benefits that stem from marrying early.
These benefits are a reminder of why Allah SWT has asked the believers to marry at a young age!
Obviously, Islam has made life easy and although early marriages are favored, but only if the circumstances are favorable. Allah SWT asks the followers to stay practical whilst incorporating Islamic principles.
1. Early blessing from Allah Almighty.
When you marry early, you reap the rewards, blessings, mercy, and love of Allah. It seeps into the love you have for your partner, beautifying your relationship and furthering it into a positive direction.
“And one of His signs is that He has created for you, spouses from amongst yourselves so that you might take comfort in them and He has placed between you, love and mercy. In this there is surely evidence (of the truth) for the people who carefully think.” (Qur’an 30:21)
2. Protection from major sins like adultery.
Allah SWT has embedded sexual desires in both women and men. These desires if acted on before marriage leads to a grave sin like adultery which has grave consequences in the court of Allah on the judgment day while in dunya, spoils the soul and eman of a believer. So marrying early helps believers achieve chastity on a physical and spiritual level.
“who strictly guard their chastity (private parts).” (Qur’an 23:5)
3. Having time to get to know each other.
Even if you marry someone you have dated for years, it still won’t compare to the person you will get to know after you start living with them as their spouse. Hence, it’s better to start early and have ample time to get to know each other and have those shocks out of your way.
4. Raising children on a good pace.
Having children when you are young helps in the nourishment of your child as young parents have more energy to invest in their offspring. This creates strong bonds with children and in turn, eases the process of teaching them Islamic principles.
“O’ mankind! Have consciousness of your Lord who has created you from a single soul. From it He created your spouse and through them He populated the land with many men and women. Have spiritual awareness of the One by whose Name you swear to settle your differences and have respect for the wombs that bore you. Without doubt, Allah (SWT) keeps watch over you all.” (Qur’an, 4:1)
5. Inducing maturity and responsibility earlier.
You know what they say that experiences make one mature, not the age. So if a parent is banking on their son or daughter’s age, delaying marriage then that is a fallacy. Once the man marries at a younger age and responsibilities hit, they develop a sense of maturity eventually. Same goes for women.
6. More rewards are bestowed to a family.
“No man earns anything better than that which he earns with his own hands, and what a man spends on himself, his wife, his child and his servant then it is charity.” (Ibn Majah)
This explains the rewards one reaps when they start a family; which are better than what one spends on themselves or individually. Truly, Allah SWT favors togetherness in marriage more than staying single for a long period of time.
We are living in times where shamelessness, adultery and all kinds of vices imaginable have become a normal part of the society at large. Youngsters are constantly bombarded with nudity, sexualized content online and otherwise; this satanic system lures believers into committing grave sins. The marriage, when carried out with the knowledge of its importance in Islam including with the spouse’s rights in mind, can protect one from grave sins and bring unimaginable happiness from companionship.
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