Islamic zawaj (marriage) is surrounded by a few interesting facts that make it quite different and unique from other types of marriage. What do you know about Islamic marriage? Well, you can save that for another day. Today I am going to walk you through 7 interesting Islamic matrimony facts that you probably did not know. Without further ado, let us get down to the facts:
Cross-Cousin Marriages Are Normal
Cross-cousin marriage refers to zawaj between the children of two opposite‐sex siblings, such as the child of one's father's sister or mother's brother. Nevertheless, cross-cousin marriages can be split into two;
In a patrilateral nikah, a man marries a daughter of his father's sister or vice versa. In a matrilateral marriage, on the other hand, a woman ties the knot with a son of her mother's brother's or the other way round.
In many cultures, this is a strange kind of marriage, but in the Islamic culture, it is widely popular. This is because Islamic people argue that marrying a close kin results in stronger family ties and protection of family wealth.
Did you know that Muslim men are not forbidden to marry Non-Muslim women? Yes, you heard me right; it is okay to walk down the aisle with a Christian or Jewish woman if you are practicing the Islamic faith. So, if there is a Non-Muslim girl somewhere that you like, do not be afraid to ask her out simply because you are a Muslim. If she likes you and does not mind Islamic dating, the two of you could end up together.
While men are allowed to date and marry outside Islam, women are not. Strangely enough, they are expected to marry only other Muslims, according to the culture of Islam. The logic behind the freedom for men and restriction for women is that Muslims believe that the man is the head of the family and has the power to influence a Non-Muslim wife to convert to the religion. On the other hand, a woman, theoretically do not have much power to make a man who does not practice Islam do so.
Although the legal age of consent in many countries, which many other types of marriages confirm with, is between 16 and 18 years, the Islamic culture allows men and women to marry as young as 9 to 12 years old. However, mostly women are the ones that get married at these younger ages by men who are 18 years and above. It is important to note that government law supersedes any contrary religious law. So, if your country is not governed by Islamic sharia law, avoid getting on the wrong side of the law by not marrying a girl who has not hit your country's age of consent.
5. Polygamy Is Permitted but Polyandry Is Not
Once more, the Arab zawaj culture favors men over women by allowing them to marry more than one wife. Women are strictly forbidden to be in matrimony with more than one man simultaneously. Polyandry (the act of a woman having more than one husband at the same time) is highly forbidden in the Islamic culture and there is a very harsh penalty for that.
6. A Legitimate Islamic Marriage Fulfills Certain Conditions
A legitimate Islamic zawaj must fulfill certain conditions. These conditions are as follows:
A marriage that does not fulfill the above conditions is unrecognized according to Islam culture and traditions. This matrimony is referred to as "urfi'' and the parties who are in it are considered sinners.
7. Marriages Are Continued Between Families
In other cultures, this is not typical, but in the Islam culture, a successful marriage will be followed by many more between the two families. Thus, the links formed persist and reinforce through the generations. Nevertheless, families related by marriage exchange gifts on important occasions in each other’s lives, strengthening the ties and relationships.
8. Couples May Not Consummate their Marriages Physically Straight Away
According to the Islamic culture, not every couple is expected to consummate their marriage physically straight away due to one reason or another. For example, sometimes the bride may be too young to assume the responsibilities of a wife or be legally married such that it is better to wait until she is older. Other times, the couple may not be able to live together because of one reason or the other. In that case, a wedding contract may be arranged and signed in the presence of witnesses without the bride intending to live with the groom straight away or actually being present.
As you can see, several interesting facts surround an Islamic zawaj. So, how does this type of wedding compare to other types of cultural weddings that you know? Please, feel free to comment below and let us know your thoughts. By the way, if you would like to get involved with a Muslim with the hope of ending up together, joining a trustworthy Islamic zawaj dating site can be a good first move. Plus, you do not have to part with money, thanks to several free zawaj sites out there.