Marriage is strong bond between a man and a woman, which makes each other permissible for them to enjoy and live happily. Marriage is a natural relationship between a man and a woman which is filled with security love, honesty, trust and understanding.
“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”.
Love Marriage and Islam:
A love marriage is a marriage of two individuals based upon mutual love, affection and attraction. Islam also allows love marriage but it does not promote it. Love marriage is permissible; love is not an essential element to the marriage. Islam lays down some criteria for liking. Some basic aspects are religiousness, good nature, compatibility, decent family, financially stable, physical and mental health. And these qualities are from any of your family member not compulsory by yourself. Marriages that those are due to a couple falling in love with one another are acceptable in Islam. But usually an unlawful way of approaching.
Abu Hurairah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:
“When one with whose religion and character you are satisfied asks your daughter in marriage then accedes to his request. If you do not do so then there will be temptation in the earth and extensive corruption”
Within Limits of Islam:
Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) said:
“We do not think that there is anything better for those who love one another than marriage.”
(by Ibn Maajah, 1847; classed as saheeh by al-Busayri and by Shaykh al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 624)
Islam is a complete code of life and being on the right path we cannot come across with any social problem. So there is nothing wrong about love marriage in Islam. If you like someone you are free to propose him or her but in an Islamic way. We have been taught the best method of selecting a suitable spouse. And the most important criteria is piety or religiousness.
So, Islam is a great religion in the world. It give many benefits, and above that Islam give us independence and the right to choose to whom we are going to marry.