Marriage is a sacred bond between a husband and a wife. which makes each other permissible for them to enjoy and live happily. Allah says, in the most moving and eloquent terms, this relationship between man and woman, which is filled with security, love, understanding and compassion. Allah says,    forced marriages

“And among His signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves. that you may dwell in tranquility with them. and He has put love and mercy between your hearts: Verily in that are signs for those who reflect.” (Quran 30:21)

Islam commands justice for others, and does not allow forcing people to do things against their own will. Forced marriages are opposed in the Quran, and by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Islam condemns forced marriages, approval of both the parties especially approval of women and man is very important in marriage. Islam regards marriage right of every individual. If a women or men are forced to marry each other then it is not valid. The following incident tells the position of forced marriages in Islam.

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Women Consent:

Khansa Bint Khidam said “My father married me to his nephew, and I did not like this match, so I complained to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH). He said to me “accept what your father has arranged.” I said “I do not wish to accept what my father has arranged.”

He said “then this marriage is invalid, go and marry whomever you wish.” I said “I have accepted what my father has arranged, but I wanted women to know that fathers have no right in their daughter’s matters (i.e. they have no right to force a marriage on them). (Fathul Bari Sharah Al Bukhari 9/194, Ibn Majah Kitabun Nikah 1/602)

At first, the Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) told Al Khansa to obey her father, and this is as it should be. because the concerns of fathers for the well being of their daughters is well known. But when he realized that her father wanted to force her in to marriage she did not want, he gave her the freedom to choose. and saved her from the oppression of a father who wanted to force her into an unwanted marriage.

Thus, Islam teaches that consent from both man and woman is a must before a marriage. The act of forcing someone to marry is against the practices and teachings of Islam.

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