It has been a custom in the media frenzy to link forced marriages that are committed in some Asian-Muslim communities, to Islam.
Let us look from scripture and see if this is true.
The Prophet said in a hadith:
“A matron should not be given in marriage until she is consulted, and a virgin should not be given in marriage until her permission is sought…” (Jami at-Tirmidhi volume 2, Book 6, Hadith 1107)
In another report, narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas, a companion of Prophet Muhammed (p), he states,
“A virgin came to the Prophet (p) and mentioned that her father had married her against her will, so the Prophet allowed her to exercise her choice.” (Sunan Abi Dawud Book 11, Hadith 2091)
In these two narrations we see Islam, as a religion is against forced marriage. The injunctions laid out, clearly gives the man and the woman a choice on whom they want to marry.
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