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The nature and intimacy of the husband-wife relationship And among His signs is this 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 Verily in that are signs for those who reflect Quran 3021 In the Quran the marriage relationship is described as one with tranquility love and mercy Elsewhere in the Quran husband and wife are described as garments for each other 2187 Garments offer protection comfort modesty and warmth Above all the Quran describes that the best garment is the garment of God-consciousness 726 Muslims view marriage as the foundation of society and family life In a practical aspect Islamic marriage is thus structured through legally-enforceable rights and duties of both parties In an atmosphere of love and respect these rights and duties provide a framework for the balance of family life and the fulfillment of both partners And Allah has made for you your mates of your own nature and made for you out of them sons and daughters and grandchildren and provided for you sustenance of the best These verses of the Noble Quran clearly show that in contrast to other religions like Christianity Buddhism Judaism etc which consider celibacy or monasticism as a great virtue and a means of salvation Islam considers marriage as one of the most virtuous and approved institutions The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him declared There is no monasticism in Islam He further ordained O you young men Whoever is able to marry should marry for that will help him to lower his gaze and guard his modesty Al-Bukhari Modesty was regarded as a great virtue by the Prophet He said Modesty is part of faith Al-Bukhari The importance of the institution or marriage receives its greatest emphasis from the following hadith of the Prophet Marriage is my sunna Whosoever keeps away from it is
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