is it true that by marrying , you are fulfiling half your faith?
Yes. Anas ibn Malik narrated that the Prophet said – Allah bless and greet him
1. In al-Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-Iman:
Idha tazawwaja al-`abdu faqad istakmala nisfa al-din. fal yattaqi Allaha fi al-nisfi al-baqi.
“When Allah’s servant marries he has completed one half of the Religion. Thereafter let him fear Allah regarding the remaining half.”
2. In Ibn al-Jawzi in al-`Ilal al-Mutanahya:
Man tazawwaja faqad ahraza shatra dinihi fal yattaqi Allaha fi al-shatr al-akhar.
“Whoever marries has achieved one half of the Religion. Thereafter let him fear Allah regarding the other half.”
3. In al-Tabarani in the three Mu`jams:
Man tazawwaja faqad istakmala nisfa al-iman fal yattaqi Allaha fi al-nisfi al-baqi.
“Whoever marries has achieved one half of belief. Thereafter let him fear Allah regarding the other half.”
4. In al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak and al-Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-Iman:
Man razaqahu Allahu imra’atan salihatan faqad a`anahu `ala shatri dinihi fal yattaqi Allaha fi al-shatri al-akhar.
“Whomever Allah has granted a righteous wife He has supported in upholding one half of his Religion. Thereafter let him fear Allah regarding the other half.”
This hadith was declared weak (da`if) by Ibn Hajar, his shaykh, al-`Iraqi, and Ibn al-Jawzi according to al-Munawi in Fayd al-Qadir. Its chain was declared weak by al-Haythami in Majma` al-Zawa’id but he indicates that it is fair in al-Ifsah. It was declared sahih al-isnad (of sound chain) by al-Hakim, and both al-Dhahabi and al-Suyuti concurred.
Abdur Rahman Doi writes:
The Prophet (s) considered marriage for a Muslim as “half of his religion” because it may shield him from promiscuity, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and the life which ultimately lead to many other crimes including slander, quarrel, homicide, loss of property and finally the disintegration of the ideal family system on which so much stress has been placed by the Holy Prophet (s). (Shariah: The Islamic Law by Abdur Rahman Doi; P. 119)
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