In this life, does a Muslim woman HAVE to get married or can she stay single her whole life especially since she hasn't found someone compatible to marry? What does Islam say about women and marriage?
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Islam is a strong advocate of marriage.Unlike the Roman Catholic priests and nuns, Celibacy is not allowed in Islam. The prophet (pbuh) has said:
"There is no celibacy in Islam."
In Mawaahib al-Jaleel it was said:
“Marriage is obligatory for a woman who is unable to feed or clothe herself unless she gets married.”
In al-Sharh al-Kabeer, concerning obligatory marriage it says:
“If a person fears that he may commit fornication, it (marriage) is obligatory on him.”
In Fath al-Wahhaab, it says:
“For the woman who has (physical) desires, marriage is sunnah, just as it is for the one who needs maintenance and the one who fears being taken advantage of by immoral persons.”
Thus, any Muslim should not avoid marriage until and unless they have no other choice other than to wait.