The Proper Conduct of Marriage in Islam
Book Twelve of Ihya Ulum Ad-Din
By Imam Al-Ghazali
Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland
Paperback 174 Pages
Publisher : Dar Al Wahi, Malaysia
About The Book
Book XII of Ihya 'Ulum ad-Din: In the words of Imam Ghazālī, “Marriage comes to religion’s aid, striking devils with dismay”. How appropriate that one should study its occasions, preserve its sacred traditions and its etiquette, explain its aims and purposes, and detail the paragraphs and chapters of the subject. This is Book XII of ‘Ihyā Ulum al-Dīn (Revival of the Religious Sciences), translated by the eloquent Muhtar Holland.
Topics in this book include: benefits of marriage, challenges of marriage, selecting a spouse, rules of married life, relations between husband and wife, having children, preferred actions at childbirth, obligations of spouses to each other, and avoiding divorce. The subject of Marriage, discussed is surely of particular interest and importance to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. How appropriate that one should study its occasions, preserve its sacred traditions and its etiquette, explain its aims and purposes, and detail the paragraphs and chapters of the subject.
Table of Contents
On the merits and disadvantages of marriage.
The favorable view of marriage, supported by:
- a) Qur'anic Verses [ayat] :
- b) Prophetic Traditions [akhbar] :
- c) Later Traditions [athar] :
Traditions unfavorable to marriage.
The benefits of marriage:
- a) The begetting of children.
- b) Immunity from Satan; relief from craving; protection against the perils of lust.
- c) Relaxation and recreation for the soul.
- d) Freedom from concern with running the household.
- e) Self-discipline and training through custodianship and guardianship.
The disadvantages of marriage.
- a) The difficulty of obtaining a lawful income.
- b) The difficulty of treating a wife properly.
- c) Worldly distractions.
About Imam Ghazali
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazali was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D) in Persia. He graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction.a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. Later he was appointed as a teacher at the Nizamia College in Baghdad, where he proved very successful in imparting knowledge to the scholars under his care.
This valuable gift of sustaining interest of his pupils and passing on his knowledge to them made him so famous that students from all parts of the country flocked to study under him. Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam, He is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world.
Al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam, in his autobiography The Deliverance from Error, the Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralysed by doubt that he he gave up his academic pursuits.
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