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Delaying marriage for financial reasons


Nasihah (Advice): Do not use the belongings of others without consent:

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “No wealth of a person is permissible for another except that which he gives with a happy heart” (Musnad Ahmed, Hadith #: 20695)


Question and Answer:

Q. Is fear of not being financially able to support a wife a valid reason to delay Nikah?

A. If by “financially able” you mean a luxurious life, then this is not a sound reason to delay Nikah. If a person has the bare means to sustain a simple marriage, then he should not delay the Nikah. In the Qur’an and Hadith, we are taught that Nikah creates Barakah (blessings) in one’s earnings.

If the couple are understanding, they will be able to survive happily on a basic income. If the husband is so poor that he cannot afford even a simple lifestyle, then we advise that he adopts patience and waits until he can afford to bear the responsibilities of marriage. This is because today people are weak and probably, this will lead to a strained relationship between spouses.

And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians

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