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Ruling on Abstaining from marriage for knowledge and da’wah

The first question of Fatwa no. 5441

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.

A: Marriage is the practice of all the Messengers and there is a great deal of evidence that encourages it. Some of the wisdoms related to marriage are that it helps to lower the gaze, preserves chastity, produce offspring, and enable a man and a woman to stand by each other in matters of everyday life.
Getting married does not keep you from Da‘wah; rather it helps to realize this goal for the peace and tranquility it brings to the soul. We advise you to marry and try to choose a good wife, even if she is from outside your village, knowing that no one is perfect, be it a man or a woman, especially at this time, except whom Allah wills.

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!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Deputy Chairman The Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz
  1. March 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm


    Aakhee if im not wrong, I believe Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal R.H didnt married until he reached the age of 40 Yrs, Coz he busied himself with the knowledge of Hadeeth and i heard that Imaam Bukhaari R.H forgot to marry as he also busied himself with the knowledge of hadeeth and later he wanted to marry, but was over 40 Yrs. of age. Could you possibly have this checked, I know it for the fact that we cant compare ourselves with such great Imaams, there is Absoultely no comparison.

    Jazakallaah Khair.

  2. Omer
    April 1, 2009 at 1:31 am


    Any update ya habibi ???

  3. April 25, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Here is the answer by Shaykh Rabee to a similar question on the topic “Marriage or Knowledge?”


    WAllahu aalam.

  4. Omer
    May 4, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Jazakallaahu khairun

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