Aims of Nikah: In Light of Ahadith


It has already been mentioned that if Nikah is performed in order to act upon a Sunnah of RasoolAllah À then it is worship and if it is performed to fulfil sexual desires then the Nikah will still be valid but you will be deprived of receiving reward for it. Let us look at some of those Ahadith in which Allah Ta’ala’s Beloved Prophet À has mentioned the aims of
Nikah in clear words.
(1) Performing Nikah to act upon a Sunnah:
Hazrat Abu Hurairah narrates that RasoolAllah À said, “He who does not follow my traditions (Sunnahs) is not from me Islamic Concept of Nikah (not one of my followers).” (Bukhari Shareef Hadith 5063, Muslim Shareef Hadith 3469)
In another Hadith it states, “Whoever loves me should act upon my Sunnahs and undoubtedly performing Nikah is my Sunnah.” (Kanzul A’amaal Hadith 44413) In this Hadith RasoolAllah À has stated that Nikah is his Sunnah and has urged people to perform Nikah and cautioned against avoiding it.
(2) Performing Nikah to increase the human race:
Hazrat Abu Dawood narrates on the authority of Hazrat Mu’aqal bin Yasaar Ä that RasoolAllah À said, “Marry women who love you and who will produce offspring because (on the Day of Judgment) I will have pride on your increased numbers in front of the other nations (Ummahs).” (Abu Dawood Shareef Hadith 2052)
(3) Performing Nikah in order to avoid sins:
Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood Ä narrates that RasoolAllah À said, “O Young men! Those of you who have the strength to manage a home should get married as this lowers the gaze and guards the private parts. The person who does not have the means to manage a home should Fast as this decreases sexual desire.” (Muslim Shareef Hadith 3464)
Each person is entrusted with sexual desire and it is necessary to have a lawful wife in order to fulfil this desire otherwise he will be embroiled in various sins and be deserving of the wrath of Allah Ta’ala. Therefore, if a person has the means he should get married in order to be safeguarded from shamefulness and punishment in both worlds.

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