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22 November 2017 CE | 03 Rabbi al-Awwal 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Marry If You Can, Otherwise Fast


The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever among you can afford it, let him get married, for it is more effective in lowering the gaze and guarding chastity. And whoever cannot afford it, then let him fast, for it will be restraint for him.” [Sunan an-Nasai]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) recommended that Muslims get married. It is against the teachings of Islam to have the financial ability to get married but choose to stay single.

There is a specific code of conduct while in this world that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has outlined for those who want to spend eternity as they please in Jannah. One of its requirements is to be careful with where one looks and guard oneself from looking at the opposite gender (except one’s spouse). What the eye sees, the limbs follow to. To look at forbidden things is the first step in the wrong direction.

Being married helps to guard one’s gaze and remain within the boundaries of Islam. If a person is not able to get married for some reason, then they should fast. Fasting helps to guard one’s chastity.

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