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Temporary Marriage: Does Quran Allow It?

>>Question: Is Temporary (Muta) Marriage Allowed in Islam? Sura 4 Ayat 24 <<

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Temporary marriage is not permitted in Islam. The verse quoted is given below and there is no reference to a temporary marriage here.

(sub-title) Mutual Attraction And Dowry Required

[4:24] Also prohibited are the women who are already married, unless they flee their disbelieving husbands who are at war with you.* These are GOD's commandments to you. All other categories are permitted for you in marriage, so long as you pay them their due dowries. You shall maintain your morality, by not committing adultery. Thus, whoever you like among them, you shall pay them the dowry decreed for them. You commit no error by mutually agreeing to any adjustments to the dowry. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.

Footnote: *4:24 If believing women flee their disbelieving husbands who are at war with the believers, they do not have to obtain a divorce before remarriage. See 60:10.


Following is the next verse 4:25, which could be the verse you are referring to:

[4:25] Those among you who cannot afford to marry free believing women, may marry believing slave women. GOD knows best about your belief, and you are equal to one another, as far as belief is concerned. You shall obtain permission from their guardians before you marry them, and pay them their due dowry equitably. They shall maintain moral behavior, by not committing adultery, or having secret lovers. Once they are freed through marriage, if they commit adultery, their punishment shall be half of that for the free women.* Marrying a slave shall be a last resort for those unable to wait. To be patient is better for you. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

In this verse too, God does not advocate temporary marriage. Temporary marriage that is permitted in some so-called "Muslim" countries is no more than prostitution which is strongly condemned by God in the Quran. Marriage is a sacred relationship. Marriage as per Quran is given at the following page:

There are no other marriages in Quran. As we see here marriage involves solemn pledge. It is a serious matter not to be taken lightly. Marriage relationship that is temporary does not have God's approval. God does not advocate divorce, but God has in His infinite grace and mercy specified laws for divorce. For ending a marriage one has to go through these procedures, there are no 2 ways about this. gives the details of divorce per Quran.

May God protect us from attributing lies to God (like advocating temporary marriage).


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