Q. “Some people insist that a Muslim, while selecting a woman for marriage should not pay any attention to her physical or facial appearance. He should only see whether she is a religious woman or not.In this respect a Hadith is often referred to, wherein the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam) is reported to have said, “A woman is married either for her beauty or for her wealth or for her religious behavior. So you must try to choose the woman committed to her religion.” They argue that the considerations of beauty and wealth have been condemned in this Hadith, while the consideration of religion has been confirmed and stressed upon. Please explain whether this Hadith is authentic and whether the above mentioned point of view is correct according to this Hadith.
Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A. reports: ‘On the day of Arafaat a young man; Fadhl; was Rasulullah’s sal’am companion, sharing his camel; when the young man cast his eyes, staring at the women. Whereupon Rasulullah sal’am said: ‘O so of my brother, this is such a day when whoever controls his hearing, his sight and the tongue; he shall certainly be forgiven by Allah’. The young man here referred to was Fadl Ibn Abbaas.