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Is this hadith authentic? Is celibacy allowed in Islam?

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I have an important question. That is,

I heard a hadith in which a lady was forced to marry and she came to the messenger of Allah peace be upon him and said:

O messenger I was forced to marry and the messenger of Allah peace be upon him decided to annul the marriage, The lady then finally said

“O messenger I will never marry a man again”

I want to know whether this hadith is authentic and in which book of hadith is it narrated? and if this hadith is true doesn’t that mean that being celibate is allowed in Islam?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

As-salaamu `alaykum wa-ramatullahi wa-barakatuh.

There is no basis for the narration in reference.

Celibacy is not permissible. Islaam encourages one to get married.[1]

And Allah Ta`ala Knows Best.

Hussein Muhammad.

Student Darul Iftaa

Arusha, Tanzania

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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[1]

{فَانْكِحُوا مَا طَابَ لَكُمْ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ مَثْنَى وَثُلَاثَ وَرُبَاعَ فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا فَوَاحِدَةً أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ } [النساء: 3]

 

صحيح ابن حبان – محققا (9/ 338)

أَخْبَرَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ إِسْحَاقَ الثَّقَفِيُّ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا خَلَفُ بْنُ خَلِيفَةَ، عَنْ حَفْصٍ ابْنِ أَخِي أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ قَالَ: كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَأْمُر بِالباءَةِ، وَيَنْهَى عَنِ التَّبَتُّلِ نَهْياً شَدِيداً، وَيَقُولُ: “تَزَوَّجُوا الوَدُودَ الوَلُودَ، فَإِنِّي مكاثر الأنبياء يوم القيامة”

 

صحيح البخاري (7/ 4)

حدثنا أحمد بن يونس، حدثنا إبراهيم بن سعد، أخبرنا ابن شهاب، سمع سعيد بن المسيب، يقول: سمعت سعد بن أبي وقاص، يقول: «رد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم على عثمان بن مظعون التبتل، ولو أذن له لاختصينا»

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