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Volume :9 Issue : 24 1994      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Marriage is the Origin of the Human Family

Auther : Dr. Rajab Said Shahwan

Marriage is the Origin of the Human Family

Dr. Rajab Said Shahwan

This paper looks into the origin of marriage in human life. Did it start with the Chaste noble marriage, or with communistic permissive state that developed later, through stages of change, into modern form of family based upon chaste and individualistic marriage?

Islam states that mankind had started their sexual relations through guided legal marriage which was the beginning of the virtuous human family and the start of the sexual contact between man and woman. Permissive and immoral sexual relations, that occurred along human history were deviations resulting from heedlessness and negligence. In short, legal marriage was the rule, while permissiveness was the exemption.

Secularists, on the other hand, who adhere to the principle of sexual communism, argue that human sexual relations began with haphazard permissiveness before developing the individualistic marriage we have today.

The Islamic view in this matter is well supported by many evidences. It is strongly stated in the Qur’an that marriage is not only the origin of the human family, but also it is the law of life int he whole universe. For example, Allah says: “And of everything we have created pairs: that you may receive instruction.” (Al Qur’an, Al Dhariyat:49) Also, He says: Glory to Allah, who created in pairs all things that the earth produces, as well as their own (human) kind and (other) things of which they have no knowledge.” (Al Qur’an), Ya Sin: 36). These verses, and may others, clarify that Allah had founded the universe upon the alw of pairs that govern all creatures: human and non human, living and non living. This pair system means that in everything there are two complementary parts: One is actor or affecting and the other is acted upon or affected, thus all things are structured.

The human pair system, in particular, means that the legal marriage was the origin of the human family since the human society had started in Paradise and on earth by the command of Alah. After the creation of earth and everything in it, Allah created Adam, and then his mate (wife) and had them to know that relation between them, a system which, since then, became the law of human intercourse and reproduction. Allah says: “O mankind! Reverence your guardian Lord Who created you from a single person, and created, from like nature, his mate…” (Al Qur’an, Al Nisa’:1) “It is He who created you from a single person and made his mate like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love): (Q., Al’A’raf:189). Out of that first pair, in marriage relation, the whole mankind branched out: “…from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women: (Q…..Al Nisa’1) the Qur’an often mentions this human productions- in successive generations – as a grace from Allah. Also, many verses informed us about Prophets, their wives and descendents: “Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of’ Imran above all people. Offspring, one of the other, and Allah hears and knows all things.” (Q..’ali ’ imran:33-34)

In this way, life was founded upon the legal marriage system. All other concepts are acceptable.

 

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