Islam is a moderate religion. There is no space for extremism in it. Marriage occupies a prominent spot in Islamic Shariah because it forms the basis of family and hence Islamic society. The importance of marriage in Islam can assume from the following hadith.
According To Hadeeth:
Prophet (PBUH) said,
“Marriage is my Sunnah and whoever turns away from my Sunnah does not belongs to me.”
In another place prophet (PBUH) said,
“Young men, those of you who can support a wife should marry, for it keeps you from looking at non permissible females and protects you from immorality. However, those who cannot should devote themselves to fasting, for it is a means of suppressing sexual desire.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
So marriage is crucial for a society to keep it pure. It is a sacred contract between male and female that allows them to enjoy the intimate relationship and to make a real family. However, we also find that in today’s day and age that many marriages are wrong or unfair and can make a person’s life miserable. These marriages are either forced or arranged against an individual’s will and are not Love Marriage. Islam does not support in any way a marriage where either the man or woman is unhappy with the setup.
Islam is not against arranging marriages unless they are against the consent of bride and groom. One of the conditions for the nikah to be valid is that bride and groom should be asked independently of each other as whether they agree with the nikah or not. If either of them says no nikah cannot continue.
Marriages in Islam:
Islam regards marriage as a right of the individual, and therefore, others cannot make the decision for them. If a woman/man forced into the wedding, then the marriage would not be valid and would, therefore, need to be cancelled. However, daughters and sons should also recognize the rights of their parents and come to an agreed solution before the marriage takes place.
If two persons fall in love with each other, they should immediately get married and save themselves from sins. Parents should also realize that if there is compatibility between the couple, then Love Marriage should take place as soon as possible. More excuses such as cast should not give importance. However valid reason such as religion is important. Love Marriage
Abu Hurairah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said
“when one with whose religion and character you are satisfied asks your daughter in marriage then accede to his request. If you do not do so then there will be temptation in the earth and extensive corruption”. (Tirmidhi) .