The Quran says;
“And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and female slaves; if they are needy, Allah will make them free from want out of His grace, and Allah is Ample-giving , Knowing” (Surah an-Nur, 24:32)
The imperative form of the word ‘nikah’ implies that either it is obligatory or highly recommended. According to scholars, although marriage is a highly recommended act, it becomes obligatory when there is a chance of falling into sin.
The Prophetﷺ says, “No house has been built in Islam more beloved in the sight of Allah than through marriage.”
On another occasion the Prophet ﷺ said, “The best people of my nation are those who get married and have chosen their wives, and the worst people of my nation are those who have kept away from marriage and are passing their lives as bachelors. Whosoever wants to follow my tradition, then he should know that marriage is from my tradition.”
Importance of Sex in Marriage
In Islam, the term “nikah” literally means sexual intercourse. Islam provided extensive rules and regulations regarding sex because it fully understands that sexual instincts cannot and must not be repressed. They can only be regulated for the well-being of human beings in this life and for their success in the hereafter. Sex in married life has been openly recommended in Quran.
“… they [i.e, the wives] have cleansed themselves [after menstruation] you go into them as Allah has commanded…” (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:222)
All Prophets also encouraged their followers to marry and fulfill their sexual urges in lawful ways as can be seen from the following: the Prophet ﷺ said “O you young men! I recommend marriage to you. Three things are from the traditions of the messengers of God (A.S): using perfume, removing the excessive hair and visiting one’s wife.”
Benefits of Marriage in Islam
Studies have proven that married people remain healthier and are more physically and mentally sound than their unmarried counterparts. Islam has always maintained that marriage is beneficial for us in many ways and it also regards marriage as a way to acquire spiritual perfection. The Prophet ﷺ also said, “One who marries, has already guarded half of his religion, therefore he should fear Allah for the other half.”
How true! A person who fulfills his sexual urges lawfully would rarely be distracted in spiritual pursuits.
Marriage also enhances the value of prayer. Two Rakahs prayed by a married person are better than the night-vigil and the fast of a single person. When a man approaches his wife, he is guarded by two angels and at that moment in Allah’s view, he is like a warrior fighting for the cause of Allah. When he has intercourse with her, his sins fall off like the leaves of the tree in the fall season and then when he performs the major ablution, he is cleansed from sins.
Additionally, marriage also increases sustenance. “Give spouses to your single ones, because Allah makes their morality better and expands their sustenance and increases their generosity,” Said one scholar.