He said "when a man marries, he has fulfilled half of his religion , so let him fear Allah regarding the remaining half." This hadith is narrated by Anas.Islam greatly encourages marriage because it shields one from and upholds the family unit which Islam places great importance.We only have to look at the alarming divorce rate in the west to understand this point. the couple know each other for years, are intimate, live together and so on yet somehow this does not guarantee the success of the future marriage.Romance and love simply do not equal a everlasting bond between two people.Selection of a partner: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The choice of a partner should be the one with the most "taqwa" (piety).
Islam takes a middle of the road position to sexual relations , it neither condemns it like certain religions, nor does it allow it freely.Islam does not equal celibacy with high "taqwa" / "Iman".The prophet has also said, "Marriage is my tradition who so ever keeps away there from is not from amongst me".Islam urges us to control and regulate our desires, whatever they may be so that we remain dignified and not become like animals. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The word "zawj" is used in the Qur'an to mean a pair or a mate. The general purpose of marriage is that the sexes can provide company to one another, love to one another, procreate children and live in peace and tranquility to the commandments of Allah.* Marriage serves as a means to emotional and sexual gratification and as a means of tension reduction.