Q 1: My father wanted me to marry, but I refused saying that I cannot marry now as I am preoccupied with acquiring knowledge and Da‘wah (calling to Islam) among people who worship other than Allah. The truth is that I do not want to marry for two reasons.
Firstly: There are no true believing girls who fulfill the obligations of Allah. Most of them perform acts that indicate that they are Mushriks (those who associate others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) and believe in the occupants of the graves, this is in my village.
There are believing girls in other villages, but I cannot marry someone from outside our village.
Secondly: I want to focus on acquiring knowledge and calling people to Allah, but marriage will delay me or keep me from performing this obligation of seeking knowledge.
What is your Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) and the Islamic ruling in this regard? Many Muslim scholars, such as Imam Ibn Taymiyyah, did not marry.
Finally, it is not confirmed that Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah be merciful to him) did not marry. If it was confirmed, he probably had a lawful excuse, as we do not think someone like him would shun the Sunnah, when he was one of the greatest Du‘ah (callers) to the Sunnah and one of the most knowledgeable people of it.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!
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Between The Past And The Future
Imâm Ibnul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
Taken from al-Fawâ’id, pp 151-152; Al-Istiqâmah, No. 2
Your life in the present moment is in between the past and the future. So what has preceded can be rectified by tawbah (repentance) , nadam (regret) and istighfâr (seeking Allâh’s forgiveness) . And this is something that will neither tire you, nor cause you to toil as you would with strenuous labor. Rather it is an action of the heart. Then as regards the future (then it can be corrected) by withholding yourself from sins. And this abandonment is merely the leaving of something and to be at ease from it. This also is not action of the limbs, which requires you to strive and toil. Rather this is a firm resolve and intention of the heart – which will give rest to your body, heart and thoughts. So as for what has preceded, then you rectify it with repentance. And as for the future – then you rectify it with firm resolve and intention. Neither of these involves any hardship or exertion of the limbs. But then your attention must be directed to your life in the present – the time between two times. If you waste it, then you have wasted the opportunity to be of the fortunate and saved ones. If you look after it, having rectified the two times – what is before and after it, as we have said – then you will be successful and achieve rest, delight and ever-lasting bliss. However, looking after it is harder than that which comes before and after it, since guarding it involves keeping to that which is most befitting and beneficial for your soul, and that which will bring it success and well-being.
The Best of Both Worlds
Shaykh Abdur Rahmaan Naasir Al-Sa`di rahimahullaah | Excerpt from the introduction to ‘al-Khushoo fis-Salat’ of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali