Question # 030
Aslamualakum wrt... My question is that do you have to get married if your job is always changing to different countries.
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.
May Allah (swt) reward you for your concern.
Nikah is an important aspect of deen:
أَخْبَرَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ زُرَارَةَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا يُونُسُ، عَنْ أَبِي مَعْشَرٍ، عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، عَنْ عَلْقَمَةَ، قَالَ كُنْتُ مَعَ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ وَهُوَ عِنْدَ عُثْمَانَ رضى الله عنه فَقَالَ عُثْمَانُ خَرَجَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم عَلَى فِتْيَةٍ - قَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ فَلَمْ أَفْهَمْ فِتْيَةً كَمَا أَرَدْتُ - فَقَالَ " مَنْ كَانَ مِنْكُمْ ذَا طَوْلٍ فَلْيَتَزَوَّجْ فَإِنَّهُ أَغَضُّ لِلْبَصَرِ وَأَحْصَنُ لِلْفَرْجِ وَمَنْ لاَ فَالصَّوْمُ لَهُ وِجَاءٌ " .
It was narrated that 'Alqamah said: "I was with Ibn Mas'ud while he was with 'Uthman, may Allah be pleased with him, and 'Uthman said: 'The Messenger of Allah came out to some fityah (young men)--Abu 'AbdurRahman said, 'I did not understand (the word) fityah as I would want'-- and said: 'Whoever among you can afford it, let him get married, for it is more effective in lowering the gaze and guarding chastity, and whoever cannot, then fasting will be a restraint (wija') for him.'"(Sahih Al Bukhari)
Depending on one`s situation, the ruling (hukum) of nikah will change:
In a neutral situation, nikah will be considered sunnah. However, if one has a fear or certainty of falling into sin, the ruling will change to waajib and fardh, respectively. Therefore due to the nature of your job, if there is no worry of falling into sin, then one may choose to not get married. However, one may also choose other options, such as bringing one`s spouse on travels, or if financially capable, adopting a second wife (in different countries).
If one has fear of falling into sin or certainty, then nikah is necessary. Informing one future spouse of these requirements, or shortening one`s travels, adopting more than one wife, etc would assist in this situation.
Fasting is also recommended, to control one's desires.
If you have any more questions regarding your specific situation, please call the masjid to arrange to speak to Imam Kasim Ingar, 417-750-2253.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Student - Jamiah Islamiyah Abu Bakr
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Kasim Ingar
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