~ Question ~
I am 25 years old and have fallen in love with a 22 year old. We have the intention to marry but my parents are against marrying a man who is younger. I love my parents and want to please them by marrying whoever they want me to marry. At the same time I also want to follow my heart and marry the man I love. He has been disloyal in the past which sometime makes me believe my parents know what is best for me. They believe I deserve better and due to culture they think it is very inappropriate to marry a man who is younger than the female. I am torn between what decision to make as marriage is a life commitment. Please kindly advise?
~ Answer ~
As we know that marriage is a life time bond between husband and wife and has a lot of blessings in it. There is a Hadith of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) which states that marriage completes the faith of the couple which is incomplete before. You need to choose what is best for your future life and who can care and support throughout your life. Life decisions shouldn’t be made with emotions but with concrete decisions. I advise you to analyse your issue based on solid reasoning and consult your parents. You have the right to choose your future partner which is given to you by Islam.
Allah knows best
Imam Amjad Aziz Al-Azhari