Gender Equality in Marriage in Islam

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What does “Marriage” mean?
According to the Collins dictionary: “Marriage is a contract made by two people to live together”
According to the Oxford dictionary: “The formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife”
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary: “The state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law”
In general, it can be described as a relationship between a man and a woman who have made a legal agreement to live together. They expect each other to help with problems and share responsibilities for example: earn a living, budgeting money, preparing meals and taking care of the house and usually couples plan to have children and raise them together.
On the other hand, many people chose to never get married. Some of them may not find a suitable person, some may not want the pile of responsibilities that comes as a requirement of a successful marriage, and some prefer to stay unmarried simply because they tend to enjoy their independence.
Today, the world is seeing a new era where marriage is no longer considered necessary or even significant as a relationship. This modern society gets bored too easily and men and women get tired of the responsibilities of marriage. These reasons subsequently have increased the rate of divorce.
When we talk about marriage in Islam we should keep in mind that it is a vital part of a Muslim’s life. As a matter of fact marriage is so important in the religion of Islam that the Prophet (May peace be upon him) interpreted the importance of marriage by saying: “When a servant of Allah marries, he has completed half of his religious obligations and he m...

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...s for those who reflect.
-(Qur'an: Surah Al Room 30:21)
(He is) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs among cattle: by this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees (all things).
-(Qur'an: Surah Ash Shuraa 42:11)
"Ibn Abbas reported that a girl came to the Messenger of God, Muhammad, and she reported that her father had forced her to marry without her consent. The Messenger of God gave her the between accepting the marriage or invalidating it. "(Ahmad, Hadeeth no. 2469).
”Marry of the women, who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice (to so many) then one (only) or (the captives) that your right hands possess. Thus it is more likely that ye will not do injustice.”
(Quran: Surah An-Nisa 4:3)
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