Marriage in Islam
In the second chapter of the holy Qur'an, Surah Al Baqarah, Ayah 187, Allah s.w.t. states:
…your wives are a garment to you, and you are a garment to them. (2:187)
It is the beauty of the Holy Qur'an with which Allah s.w.t. explains to us with little words the significance and importance of marriage and the relationship that is sacred between husband and wife. Like the clothes that we wear next to our skin, we choose the person which will be the most intimate person in our life with purpose in mind; to shield and protect us, to conceal our flaws, as well as to beautify us. The Prophet s.a.w. said:
Whoever Allah provides with a righteous wife, Allah has assisted him in half of his religion. Let him fear Allah regarding the second half. (al-Mu'jam al-Awsat992)
Marriage protects the Muslim man and woman from some of the most hateful acts in the eyes of Allah s.w.t., while it also provides an opportunity for the believing man and woman to do good to one another and earn the pleasure of our Creator through simple acts which we will discuss in a later article. Husband and wife are there for one another to conceal each other's short comings and enhance their righteous and good characteristics, a constant reminder of the duties we have to fulfill to one another for the sake of Allah. And this reminder and effort to do better to each other as spouses, is what beautifies us as believing men and women in the sight of our Creator and through the mercy of Allah, grant us Jannah.