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The purpose and object of Nikaah


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Q: Is there any sort of marriage (nikaah) that can take place purely and only for satisfying one's natural urges and desires? In other words, the man and woman only meet for this purpose and other than this, they both do not wish to shoulder any of the responsibilities of nikaah.

A: The institution of nikaah has been objectively effected in Shari'ah in order to produce its desired results. Apart from nikaah serving as a halaal avenue for one to fulfil his desires, the main purpose and object of nikaah is for each spouse to assist the other in leading a life of chastity and piety. Each spouse needs to act responsiblily and fulfil those duties that has been assigned to him/her from the side of Allah Ta'ala.

Each spouse's main concern at the time of entering into the nikaah should be to earn the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala through upholding the laws of Shari'ah and leading a life in total conformity to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Such a nikaah will become the means of pious progeny coming into the world and Islam spreading to the four corners of the globe. Entering into nikaah solely to satisfy one's desires and not wishing to shoulder any other responsibility and duty of the nikaah is not the way of Islam. 

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.



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