Arranged marriages

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: If a non Muslim asks us how can we just marry someone we don’t know, like without speaking to the person or only seeing them once and then deciding that’s the person you want to spend your life with, whats a good answer to give?

Bismillaah

A: The simple answer is that experience shows that most of the Muslim marriages had worked though there is a slight increase in marriages not working presently, but in the past we were getting 90 to 100 percent enjoyable happy muslim marriages. For the kuffaar, marriage is not a serious thing. It is just like trading in an old car for a new car; the wife can be replaced every 5 to 10 years. Their understanding of marriage is totally different to our understanding.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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