QUEST FOR LOVE AND MERCY
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 Quest For Love And Mercy
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Muhammad al-Jibaly
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CONTENTS OF QUEST FOR LOVE AND MERCY BOOK

  • PRELUDE
  • Opening Sermon
  • Our Mission: Purification and Cultivation
    • Purification
      • Purifying Our Sources of Knowledge
      • Purifying Our Beliefs
      • Purifying Our Actions
    • Cultivation
      • Becoming True Followers of the Salaf
      • Inviting to the Pure Religion
      • Presenting the Islamic Solution

CHAPTER A BLESSED BOND

  • Marriage Is One of Allāh’s Laws
  • Islām Urges the Muslims to Marry
  • Definition
  • A Command from Allāh and His Messenger
  •  Allāh’s Promised Help
  • Danger of Bachelorship Marriage Is a Practice of the Prophets
  • Previous Prophets
  • Our Prophet
  • No Monasticism in Islām
  • Disliking the Sunnah?
  • Advantages of Marriage for Individuals
    • Preservation of Faith and Religion
    • Preservation of Chastity
    • Enjoying Love, Mercy and Security
    • Lawful Fulfillment of Desire
    • Pleasurable Way of Increasing Good Deeds
    • Living a Harmonious Life
    • Following the Way of the Prophets
    • Deserving Allāh’s Help
    •  A Lasting Relationship
  • Social Advantages of Marriage
    • Preserving Humankind
    •  Preserving Kinship Ties
    • Safeguarding the Society from Moral Degeneracy
    • Safeguarding the Society from Physical Diseases
    • Establishing the Family Environment
    • Increasing the Number of Muslims
    • Strengthening the Muslim Community

CHAPTER SPOUSE SELECTION

  • Selecting a Wife
    • A Conditional Choice
    • Righteousness a
    • The Wife Brings Happiness or Misery
    • Good Character
    • Virginity
    • Ability to Bear Children
    • Loving Attitude
    • Contentment
    • Naivety
    • Beauty
    • Compatibility
  • Qualities Sought in a Good Husband
    • Din and Good Character
    • Is Wealth Important?
    • No Comparison

CHAPTER COURTING

  •  Definitions and Examples
    • Definitions
    • Examples from the Sunnah
    • The Bid’ah of Reciting al-Fātiah
  • Looking at the Courted Woman
    • Permission
    • Conditions
    • Exchanging Photographs
    • Is a Woman Allowed to Look?
    • Talking and Correspondence
    • Woes of Internet Courting
  •  Prohibited Courting
    • Courting a Married Woman
    • Courting a Woman Who is Being Courted
    • Other Prohibited Forms
  • Offering a Woman for Marriage
  • Performing Istikhārah and Seeking Advice
    •  Description of Istikhārah
    •  Misconceptions about Istikhārah
    • Seeking Advice
    • Telling the Truth
  • Violations in Khitbah
    • Privacy & Intimacy between the Engaged Couple
    • Engagement Party
    • Engagement Rings and Jewelry
  •  

CHAPTER THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT

  • Introduction
    • Importance of the Marriage Contract
    • No Joking in Marriage
    • Basic Elements
  • Bridegroom’s Eligibility
    • Bride’s Eligibility
    • The Bride’s Permission
    • Ruling
    • A Virgin Bride
    • A Non-virgin Bride
    • An Orphan Bride
    • A Freed Slave Woman
  • The Woman’s Walī
    • Ruling
    • Who Is a Woman’s Walī?
    • A Woman May Not Appoint Her Walī
    • Marriage Without a Wali
    • A Difficult Wali
    • The Walī’s Responsibility
  •  The Witnesses
    •  The Mahr (Dowry)
    • Definition and Ruling
    • Who Takes the Mahr
    • Kinds
    • Moderateness in Dowries
    • Unspecified Mahrs
    • Dowries of the Mothers of the Believers
    • Weak Story: “a Woman Is Right and ‘Umar Is Wrong”
    • A Possible Reason for Destruction
    • Postponed Mahr
    • Great Punishment for Taking Away a Woman’s Mahr
  • Conditions
    • Permissibility of Setting Conditions
    • Power of the Conditions
    • Suspending a Condition
    • Void Conditions
  • The Contract
    • The Khutbah
    • Ijāb and Qabūl
    • Writing the Contract
    • Outcome of the Marriage Contract
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CHAPTER CELEBRATING THE MARRIAGE

  • Publicizing the Marriage
  • Quest for Love & Mercy
  • Supplication
  • Singing and Beating the Duff
    •  Prohibition of Music
    • Exclusion of the Duff
    • Beating the Duff and Singing in Weddings
    • What to Sing
    • Dancing
  • Giving Gifts
  •  Avoiding Sinning During the Wedding Celebration
    • Important Warning
    • Avoiding Un-Islāmic Appearance
    • Avoiding Un-Islāmic Practices
    • Avoiding Taking Pictures

CHAPTER THE WALĪMAH

  • Definition and Ruling
  • Regulations and Recommendations
    • The Walīmal’s Time
    • Types of Food
    • Helping with the Cost
    • Whom to Invite
    • Sincerity
    • Avoiding Impermissible Utensils
    • Inviting Many People
    • Honoring The Guests
    • Prophetic Manners in Honoring the Guests
  • Manners for the Guests
    • Answering the Invitation Is a Religious Obligation
    • Legitimate Excuses
    • Avoiding Invitations that Involve Disobedience
    • What Fasting People Should Do
    • Seeking Permission to Enter
    • When Going Without Invitation
    • Greeting with Salām, and Shaking Hands
    • Pronouncing Allāh’s Name over the Food
    • Avoiding Criticizing the Food
    • Moderateness in Eating
    • The Blessing of Eating with Others
    • Sitting Humbly and Eating from Around the Sides
    • Avoiding Wasting Food
    • Praising Allāh and Supplicating to Him after Eating
    • Supplicating for the Hosts
    • Departure

CHAPTER CONSUMMATING THE MARRIAGE

  • Advising the Married Couple
  • Kindness to the Bride
  •  Praying Two Rak’ahs Together
  •  Invoking Allāh’s Blessing
  •  Islāmic Etiquettes of Marital Intimacy
    •  Supplication Before Intercourse
    • Miscellaneous Adab for Intercourse
  • The Morning Following the Wedding
  • Honeymoon

CHAPTER FORBIDDEN MARRIAGES

  •  Permanently Prohibited Women
    •  Introduction
    • Prohibition Based on Blood Relationships
    • Prohibition Based on Marital Relationships
    • Prohibition Based on Milk Relationships
  • Temporarily Prohibited Women or Marriages
    • Marrying More than Four Women
    • Simultaneously Marrying Two Sisters
    • Simultaneously Marrying Aunts and Their Nieces
    • Women Married to Other Men
    • Adulteresses
    • Mushrik Women
    • Marriage During Ihrām Marrying a Pregnant Captive-Woman
  • Prohibited Marriages of Jāhiliyyah
    •  Aishah’s Hadīth
    • Partially Open Marriage
    • Marriage of a Group
    • Public Prostitution
  • Other Prohibited Marriages
    •  Marriage of Mut’ah
    • Marriage of Tahlil
    • Marriage of Shighār
    • Marriage with the Intention of Divorce
  • Marrying Non-Muslims
    •  General Rule
    • Exception to the Rule
    • Who “the People of the Book” Are
    • A Difficult Condition
    • Conclusion

Marriage Is One of Allah’s Laws – Quest For Love And Mercy

Allah created our world and the laws that govern it. Among Allah’s laws is that we need food to survive, air to breathe, rain for vegetation, and so on. One of Allah’s important laws is that things are created in pairs; from these pairs, reproduction occurs. Allah says:

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«We. have created all things in pairs, that perhaps you may remember.» Quran [01]51:49

This applies to human beings who are made of male-female pairs as well. Humru1kind started with our father, Adam, and our mother, Hawwa’ (Eve). From that pair, Allah (􀀌) created all of the other people, as He (􀁋) says:

«0 people! Revere your Lord who has created you from a single soul, created from it its mate, and dispersed from both of them many men and women.»al-Nisā [02]4:1

Social Advantages of Marriage

From the above discussion, we can conclude that marriage has many advantages to the society as a whole. In what follows we list a number of them.

  1. RESERVING HUMANKIND

Marriage fulfills Allah’s law for the reproduction, as we have discussed earlier. Thus H constitutes a correct means of preserving humankind until Allah inherits the Earth and all what is on it.

  • PRESERVING KINSHIP TIES

Contrary to zina, marriage preserves and reveres the kinship ties. It establishes the paternal relationships between the children and their parents, giving them all a feeling of dignity and self-esteem. That strengthens the feelings of love and care within the society.

  • SAFEGUARDING THE SOCIETY FROM MORAL DEGENERACY

Marriage is the proper way to establishing correct and permissible relationships between men and women. This helps maintain chastity, and protects the Muslim individuals from slipping into the filth of zina and other sins related to it (which will be fully discussed in a subsequent chapter). Thus, marriage closes the door in the face of many acts of moral degeneracy and decadence, which are among the major causes for the destruction of societies.

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