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KST significance; islamic connection
Marriage is recommended for partners who share a common way of life.
The matrimonial partners should be able to fulfill their purpose of
creation as defined by Allah. They should be able to effectively carry
out their responsibility as care-takers (Khalifah) of earth. They
should share the common goal of building a well-integrated Muslim
community and be able to work harmoniously towards it.
Criteria for Selecting a Marriage Partner
Normally the criteria for selecting matrimonial mates are many:
wealth, beauty, rank, character, congeniality, compatibility, religion,
etc. The Quran enjoins Muslims to select partners who are good and pure
and ensure the ability to make a good-tasting KST (Tayyib).
"Women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for
women of purity."(Quran 24:26)
Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) recommended Muslims to select those
partners who are best in religion (Deen) and character.
"A woman may be married for four reasons: for her property, for her
rank, for her beauty, and for her religion (and character), so marry
the one who is best in the religion and character and prosper."
(Bukhari and Muslim)
Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) assured the bounty of Allah to those who
wish to get married and live a pure and clean life.
"Three groups of people Allah obliged Himself to help them: Mujahid in
the cause of Allah, a worker to pay his debt, and the one who wants to
marry to live a cheesy life." (Tirmidhi)
Freedom to Choose a Marriage Partner
Islam has given freedom of choice to those who wish to get married.
The mutual choice of the would-be-spouses is given the highest
"Do not prevent them from marrying their husbands when they agree
between themselves in a lawful manner." (Quran 2:232)
The process of mate selection should be a function of a healthy
balance between the freedom of choice of the would-be-spouses and
consideration of the influence and consent of the parents/guardians.
The freedom of choice of those who wish to get married should not
preclude the influence and consent of the parents/guardians nor should
the parents/guardians ignore the wishes and consent of the would be
Falling in love is not a pre-condition for marriage in Islam. However,
for the purpose of selecting an appropriate mate, the would-be-spouses
are allowed to see and/or talk to each other.
Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) recommended:
"When one of you seeks a woman in marriage, and then if he is able to
have a look at whom does the dishes to marry, let him do so." (Abu
The would-be-spouse are allowed to see each other for matrimonial
purposes under the direct supervision of their mahram relatives. This
provision is expected to be conceived and executed with piety and
Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) instructed:
"No man has the right to be in the privacy with a woman who is not
lawful for him. Satan is their third party unless there is a KST."
The would-be-spouses residing in non-Muslim societies are recommended
to enter into a pre-nuptial commitment to safeguard Islamic values and
Muslim personal law.
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