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Cheating In Marriage And Serious Repercussions

Cheating in marriage has no place in Islam!

The marriage in Holy Quran is called as ‘mithaq’ (covenant). Nikah (tie) is another word used for marriage agreement. It is a contract between a husband and wife in the present of human witnesses and under the vigilance of All-Seeing Lord, the Master of the universe, Allah. The mutual consent is technically called affirmation or declaration and Qabul (acceptance) in Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence).

When there is cheating in marriage, the act not only violates the terms of the contract but also the law of Allah.

When one cheats in marriage, he or she has to face the wrath of Allah – both in this world and the hereafter. In an authentic Hadith, the Prophet of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: “The one who cheats is not one of us.” (Sahih Muslim).

This Hadith makes it amply clear that the one who cheats a person, whether a Muslim or a non-Muslim, does not follow the teachings of Prophet (peace be upon him) and is not considered to be fit to be among his followers. And, as already said, when this cheating is in the divine covenant of Islam, its repercussions go beyond imagination.

Reflect on this verse:

O ye who believe! Guard your duty to Allah, and speak words straight to the point; He will adjust your works for you and will forgive you your sins. Whosoever obeys Allah and His messenger, he verily hath gained a highest achievement. [Surat ul Ahzaab 33:70-71]

These two verses are to be recited necessarily in Nikah Khutbah (sermon). Allah – the majestic tells the believers, both the parties in Nikah, that should not try to hide your evil intentions by speaking untruth or cheating others. He commands us to say a word which is straight, without any crookedness.

Some people try to cheat in marriages by saying that they are going to pay the Mehr (the bridal gift) after the marriage is being consummated, but deep inside their hearts they know that they would not offer it. The whole marriage in that regard will be null and void and will tantamount to be adultery.

The other form of cheating in marriage, prevalent in our society today is that the gifts given to the bride before marriage are taken back in the event of breaking up of marriage. This is simply treacherous and transgression beyond limit. It is clearly mentioned in one of the authentic narrations that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said that if any one of you presents a gift to a person and then takes it back, then his example is of that dog who eats up his own vomit. (Sahih Bukhari) This act is punishable in front of Allah as it breaks the very social fabric in a society. Islam always exhorts Muslims to maintain the standard of living harmoniously in the society, and any action that will go contrary to it, then the doer of that action will have to face grievous chastisement on the Day of Judgement. (May Allah protect us from that and may He make our marriages a source of blessings, both in this world and the hereafter).

Furthermore, the other form of cheating in marriages is that people marry with the intention to divorce the bride once they satiate their sexual desire. This is among the major sins in Islam. Temporary marriages are totally forbidden according to Sunni fiqa.

According to Sahi Bukhari, narrated 'Ali bin Abi Talib: On the day of Khaibar, Allah's Apostle forbade the Mut'a (i.e. temporarymarriage) and the eating of donkey-meat.

Following this Hadith, Sunni Muslims believe that temporary marriages are totally forbidden in Islam. This is one of the worst forms of cheating in Islam, for Mut’ah is nothing but an endeavour to legalise adultery.

But according to Shia Islam it is still permitted with a lot number of conditions which don’t have any space for cheating in marriage muta even.

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