Thursday, June 17, 2010

imam zaid shakir on marriage

A number of other bloggers have linked to this piece under the name "The Ethics of Chivalry" but it appears on Zaid Shakir's own website with the title: Higher Ground for Our Marriages. Here is an excerpt:

Marriage is not a playground where the ego thoughtlessly pursues it vanities. This is something the chivalrous young man mentioned at the outset of this essay understood. It is an institution that helps a man and a woman pursue the purpose of their creation: to glorify and worship God and to work, within the extent of our capabilities and resources, to make the world a better place for those we share it with and for those we will leave it to. This role is beautifully captured in the Qur’an, The believing men and women are each others supporting friends. They enjoin right, forbid wrong, establish regular prayer, pay the poor due, and they obey God and His Messenger. They expect God’s Mercy. Surely, God is Mighty, Wise. (9:71)

No comments: