Marriage between the Two `Eids

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Question and Answer Details

Name of Questioner

Noor

Title

Marriage between the Two `Eids

Question

As-Salamu `Alaykum. Is there any Islamic reservation regarding marriage between the two `Eids. Some people told me that a wedding couldn’t be done unless you make the engagement before the fasting month. Is this Islamically right?

Date

26/Nov/2003

Name of Counsellor

Ahmad Kutty, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

Topic

Customs & Traditions, Marriage

Answer

Wa`alaykum As-Salaamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dear questioner, thank you very much for having confidence in us, and we hope our efforts, which are purely for Allah’s Sake, meet your expectations.

The Islamic approach is to regulate the satisfaction of the sexual urge in a way that allows it to operate within certain limits, neither suppressing nor giving it free rein. This is the stand of the revealed religions, which have instituted marriage and have prohibited fornication and adultery.

In particular, Islam duly recognizes the role of the sexual drive, facilitates its satisfaction through lawful marriage, and just as it strictly prohibits sex outside of marriage and even what is conducive to it, it also prohibits celibacy and the shunning of women.

In an attempt to answer your question, the prominent Muslim scholar, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, states the following:

“The claim that marriage between the two `Eids is prohibited has no religious backing. What is known in Islam is that there is no religious reservation against marriage in all months and in all days as marriage is best welcomed in all times because it is a religious manifestation and a Prophetic Sunnah. He who gets married has really completed half of his religion and warded himself against temptation.”

For more elaboration on the issue, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

“There is nothing in Islam that prohibits performing marriages at any time of the year. The only restrictions pertain to consummating marriages during certain times. For instance, it is not allowed to consummate a marriage while fasting, or while one is in a state of consecration or Ihram for performing Hajj or `Umrah. But as far as solemnizing marriages is concerned, there is no restriction to conclude it at any time of the year.

Despite the clear teachings of Islam on this issue, we find a lot of misconceptions prevailing among the Muslims today. The source of such misconceptions can be traced to the pagan superstitions about bad omens that were prevalent before Islam. Unfortunately, such superstitions are still strongly prevalent among many pagan societies today.

However, in Islamic terms, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, vehemently opposed such superstitions and categorically declared “There is no bad omen.” He taught us that only Allah has the power to bring benefit or inflict harm. He further encouraged us to think positive thoughts and use all our resources and then put our trust on Allah.

In order to seek Allah’s Help in choosing the proper course of action, one should perform Salatul Istikharah, and press forward.”

Excerpted, with slight modifications from, www.muslims.ca

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