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Nikah is a term used in Islam to refer to the marriage contract between a man and a woman. Here are some details about Nikah in Islam:
- Definition: Nikah is the Arabic word for marriage and is considered to be a sacred contract between a man and a woman, entered into with the intention of forming a lifelong partnership based on love, respect, and mutual support.
- Importance: Nikah is an important institution in Islam and is highly encouraged as a means of fulfilling one’s religious and social responsibilities. It is also considered to be a source of happiness, tranquility, and spiritual fulfillment for both partners.
- Quranic References: The Quran mentions the importance of Nikah in the following verse:
“And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your hearts. Surely, in that are signs for a people who reflect.” (Quran 30:21)
- Ahadees References:
a) Narrated by Anas bin Malik: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “When a man marries, he has fulfilled half of his religion, so let him fear Allah regarding the remaining half.” (Bukhari 5065)
b) Narrated by Ibn Abbas: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “The best among you is the one who is best to his wife, and I am the best among you to my wives.” (Tirmidhi 3895)
c) Narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “A woman is married for four things: her wealth, her family status, her beauty, and her religion. So, choose the religious one, may your hands be rubbed with dust.” (Bukhari 5090)
These references highlight the importance of Nikah in Islam and emphasize the role of marriage in fulfilling one’s religious and social responsibilities. The Quranic verse mentioned above emphasizes the significance of love, mercy, and companionship between spouses, while the Ahadees provide guidance on choosing a righteous partner, treating one’s spouse with kindness and respect, and fulfilling the obligations of marriage.