Nikah is Sunnat

Akhlaq & Spirituality, The way to a Happy Married Life, Women & Family / Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Rasulullah (salellaho alaihe wasallam) has said. “Nikah is my Sunnah.”

One who abstains from, who shuns my Sunnah is not of me. What is the commentary of this Hadith? If a person has some valid excuse, some plausible reason as for example, one is so overtaken with the love of Allah Ta’ala that he is unable to fulfill the rights of marriage, he is unable to fulfill the due rights of wife and children it will not be termed abstention or shunning. On the other hand, only if one has no such excuse, if one does not have a valid reason and shuns the Sunnah then he will be subject to the warning mentioned in this Hadith. Therefore, do not harbor evil thoughts regarding anyone. There were many great Ulema and Auliya who did not marry. Hazrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alaihe) is one such person as is the writer of the commentary of Muslim Shareef. Allamah Muhyuddeen Abu Zakariyya Nawawi (rahmatullah alaihe), Allamah Taftazani (rahmatullah alaihe) among others.

These people did not resort to marriage for they experienced certain difficulties. What these difficulties were, are explained below in the following couplet:

“To whom do we explain our difficulties

Casting our glance towards the heavens have we been left”

Wives also read such couplets when husbands ill-treat them. If he is constantly troubling and insulting her, she raises her gaze towards the heavens and says:

“To whom do we explain our difficulties,

Casting our glance towards the heavens have we been left”

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