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Alternative to getting married

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well the first one is is there any alternative in the name of islam instead of getting married?


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Alternative to getting married

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In the days of Jaahiliya (before Islam), there were basically three relationships that were prevailent between a non-mehram man and woman.

Nikah: A marriage contract between man and woman, with the intention of spending the rest of their lives together in wedlock.

Muta: A marriage contract between a man and a woman, for a limited time period only.

Zina: Prostitution, adultery or fornication as we know it today.


Islam prohibited muta (temporary marriage) and zina (fornication and adultery); and allowed and encouraged only the system of nikaah or marriage.


Thus, in Islam, Nikaah or marriage is the only way a non-mehram man and woman may form a physical relationship. All the other paths which lead to a physical relationship between a non-mehram man and woman are forbidden in Islam.


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