Remaining Unmarried For The Sake Of Worship (In Order To Devote Herself To Her Religion)
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marriage obligatory for a woman who is able to refrain
from immoral actions all her life, in order to devote
herself to her religion and to avoid the distractions
and obligations of marriage?
Praise be to Allaah.
enjoined marriage, as He says (interpretation of the
"And marry those among you who are single (i.e. a man
who has no wife and the woman who has no husband) and
(also marry) the Saalihoon (pious, fit and capable
ones) of your (male) slaves and maid-servants (female
slaves). If they be poor, Allaah will enrich them out
of His Bounty"
And it was enjoined by the Prophet (Peace And
Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him). It was narrated that
'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood (may Allaah be pleased with
him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (Peace And
Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said, "O young men,
whoever among you can afford it, let him get married,
for it is more effective in lowering the gaze and
guarding one's chastity. And whoever cannot afford it,
let him fast, for it will be a shield for him."
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5065; Muslim, 1400.
And there is the story of the three men who came to
ask about the worship of the Prophet (Peace And
Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him). When they were told
about it, it was as if they thought it was not much.
One of them said, "I keep away from women and I will
never get married." The Prophet (Peace And Blessings
Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said to this man and to his
companions that he (Peace And Blessings Of Allaah Be
Upon Him) fasted and broke his fast, he stayed up
praying and slept, and he married women. Then he said:
"Whoever turns away from my Sunnah is not of me."
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5063; Muslim, 1401.
This story indicates that the Prophet (Peace And
Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) warned against the
monasticism practiced by the Jews and Christians, both
men and woman.
So this woman should not stay unmarried.
And Allaah is the Source of strength.
Al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah li'l-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah