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Married person getting more reward for all Islamic activities

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Q: A local Aalim in our area said – ” Married person will get more reward for all the Islamic activities like – Salaah, Dhikir, Going out in the path of Allah etc. than the unmarried person …. “

Is that true? Is there any references for that kind of Reward for Married person in Qur’an and Authentic or any Weak Hadiths? That Aalim gave a reference like – “whoever gets married, he/she completes the Half of Deen” … Can this be a reference for the mentioned issue? What does it mean actually? Should a male/female get married soon to receive more rewards for his/her prayers? Or, it has no validity in Islam in the light of Qur’an and Hadiths?

Bismillaah

A: The following appears in the hadeeth: “Two rakaats of Salaah performed by a married person are 82 times better than two rakaats performed by an unmarried person.” In another hadeeth, the amount of 70 times more reward is recorded. (Bahishti Zewar, 4th part – Virtues of Nikaah). The explanation that is given is as follows: The additional reward is on account of the individual fulfilling the duties and obligations of marriage. The more he does this with kindness and compassion the more his rewards increase.

عن أنس بن مالك قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ركعتان من المتأهل خير من اثنتين وثمانين ركعة مع العزب (فيض القدير 4/ 49)

(ركعتان من المتزوج أفضل من سبعين ركعة من الأعزب) لعل وجهه أن المتزوج مجتمع الحواس والأعزب مشغول بمدافعة الغلمة وقمع الشهوة فلا يتوفر له الخشوع الذي هو روح الصلاة (فيض القدير 4/ 49)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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