Some of you will have seen a newly registered website doing rounds on social media, Nostringsnikah.com.
It’s shocking to see the commentary when something like this pops its ugly head, especially from Muslim men. Suddenly, relationship gurus spring up everywhere, waffling on about the complexities of shifting sexual ethics, and the diverse formulations of the Nikah contract in our 1,400-year legal tradition.
It’s claptrap! The lengths our men go to justify putting themselves on a waiting list! I’ve been in this matchmaking world for over two decades, and I believe it’s the ‘strings’ in a Nikah that make it beautiful. Advocating for relationships without responsibility is, at best reckless, at worst disaster.
Islam came to lift souls, perfect character and love humanity. We sincerely submitted to these principles and bowed willingly to the Wise, Kind, Divine Will. The strings in the Nikah contract are not just binding you to one another, they’re binding you to the loving Lord.
The Messenger said, “Marriage is half of your religion, now complete it by becoming even more mindful”. That’s no small thing. Cut those strings and literally “the throne of God shakes with anger.”
A solemn contract: Meesakan Ghaleeza
From one perspective, the Islamic marriage is a solemn contract (Meesakan Ghaleeza) thus an amazing feat of social engineering. It states the rights and the responsibilities of the couple.
It forces cupid-drunk hearts to take off the blindfold and recognise it as a social contract. The uncontrolled human ego means selfish desires are like a wild beast. To let it loose, untethered, it will devour you. Tie it and tame it, it will serve you well.
A word of warning to the founders of No String Nikah and those considering signing up. Very soon, you’ll have a long list of misguided/ unscrupulous men on your waiting list. There’s an army of them, ready for a no-strings relationship.
They’ll be women who sign up too, but for the most part, it will be out of resignation. Women want long-term committed relationships, but some, either through despair or low self-esteem, will settle for less.
They will be in the minority, and they will have their choice from a vast array of broken and bestial men, who will offer them everything under the sun except what a real man can offer; commitment. Think about it; it’s men who are the gatekeepers of committed relationships.
Sadly, some naive sisters will fall into this trap of no string’s Nikah, and they should expect an empty and hollow experience where they will find non-committed relationships. Be warned, stay well, well away.
Once a young man asked the Messenger;
Our young people are struggling, suffering loneliness, and hiding in silos. Let’s help them gain strong moral values.
Let’s aid them to sort out their lives in the way that Allah taught us, the way the beloved Messenger showed us and the way our wonderful ancestors have been living. Let’s heal, spread the good news and bind ourselves with each other. May Allah help us all. Ameen.
Popular culture is saying “if it feels good do it.” Telling us to be selfish and urging us to do anything that makes us happy. This is wrong. Islam sets boundaries and limits that safeguard our purity, health, and moral well-being.
Breach these boundaries and you will tarnish your conscience, and feel guilty and wretched. Adeem pointed out that Islamic marriage and its simple conditions and strong strings are guarantors of our happiness and success.
To read more about the Islamic law and social values around Nikah, you can read Dr Musharraf’s book, ‘Time to marry.’ Purchase the ebook here.