A Hadith quotes the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that marriage is part of his way of life. He himself married for a number of times and regarded celibacy as unnatural and against the will of God.
Attributed sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are scattered in the collection books of Ahadiths. There is no guarantee that these attributions are words of the Prophet. Even authenticity of them may be questioned. As a principle we are trying to quote only those attributions which, prima facie don’t contradict main philosophy of Quran. Yet we are open for correction.
You shall also read some of the opinions expressed by different scholars, jurists and renowned Muslims.
1- Anas ibn Malik (RA) recorded the case of a man who decided that all troubles were caused by marriage, and so instead of marrying he would pass his life in prayer. When this came to the attention of the Prophet (s), he said:
“By God, I keep nafl (optional) fasts, but I also discontinue them; I pray at night, but I also sleep; I also marry women – and this is my sunna. Whoever shuns my sunna is not of me.”
( Marriage Quotations from Bukhari)
2- Abu Sa’d (RA) reported that:
“The Prophet (s) once rebuked the wife of Safwan ibn alMu’ attal for being over pious to the detriment of her marriage. She used to read two long suras during her night prayer, keeping her husband waiting; and she fasted frequently without his permission, which made her tired and
prevented any opportunity for sex during the day (sexual activity being forbidden while fasting). The Blessed Prophet ruled in favour of the husband, recommending that she limit her recitation to one sura, and only fast with her husband’s permission. Similarly, when the Prophet heard that an ascetic Companion, Abdallah ibn `Amr, was in the habit of praying all night and fasting all day, he told him to moderate his devotions, pointing out that your eyes have a right over you, your guests have a right over you, and your wife has a right over you.”
( Quotes on Marriage from Bukhari)
3- “Love for women is one of the things through which God favoured His Messenger (s); for He made him love them in spite of the fact that he had few children. Hence the desired goal was nothing but the marriage act itself, like the marriage act of the people of the Garden, which is strictly for pleasure and not for producing offspring.”
( Marriage Quotes from Ibn-i-Arabi, Futuhat, 11, 193)
“Never trust a husband too far, nor a bachelor too near.” (Marriage Quotation from Helen Rowland) “There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” ( Marriage Quote from Homer)
“All weddings are similar, but every marriage is different.” ( Marriage Quotation from John Berger)
“Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.” ( Wedding Quotes from Joseph Barth)
“If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.” ( Wedding Quotes from Katherine Hepburn)
“Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.” ( Marriage Quotation from Louis K. Anspacher)
“Only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, the other, to let her have it.” ( Marriage Quotation from Lyndon B. Johnson)
“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.” ( Marriage Quotation from Mark Twain)
“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” ( Marriage Quote from Mark Twain)
“I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.” ( Marriage Quote from Mohandas K. Gandhi)