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Publication: The Concise Manual of Marriage

The Concise Manual of Marriage
By Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn
Translated by Dāwūd Adīb

Size: 6' x 9' Paperback
Page Count: 121
Price: $12 USD

Release Date: Now Available!!


A short yet concise manual on the legal rulings of marriage authored by one of the beacons of light in his time, Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (raḥimahullāh), with comments from some of the scholars, past and present.

The Shaykh explains the linguistic, technical and religious meaning of marriage and clarifies its purpose:

"The conclusion of a contract betwen a man and a woman, with each of the two desiring to enjoy and take pleasure in one another, to establish a righteous family and a safe and sound society."

The Wisdom of Marriage includes:

  • Preservation and protection of both mates
  • Protection of the society from evil and the degredation of [good] character
  • The fulfilment of pleasure of one mate with the other concerning what is mandated of rights and sexual intercourse
  • Perfection of relaitons between familes and tribes

The new edition includes a second appendix containing advice for the newlyweds.



Translator’s Foreword    I
Introduction from Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn  Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn’s Lecture    III
The Linguistic and Technical Meaning of Nikaah (Marriage)    1
The Hukm (Legal Ruling) of Nikaah    5
Conditions of Marriage    9
1.    Satisfaction or pleasure of the two mates    9
2.    The Walī (Guardian)    13
The Description of the Woman Who Is Sought for Marriage    19
Actual Beauty    20
Abstract Beauty    20
Women Who You Are Forbidden to Marry    25
Women Who You Are Permanently Forbidden to Marry    25
A)    Forbidden Due to Lineage    25
B)    Forbidden Due to Suckling (and they are similar to those forbidden due to lineage)    28
C)     Forbidden Due to Marriage    30
Women Who Are Temporarily Forbidden for You to Marry    33
The Permissibility of Plural Marriage    37
The Benefits of Multiple Marriages and the Wisdom in Limiting Them (to four)    38
The Wisdom of Marriage    43
Obligations Resulting from Marriage    51
1) The Obligation of the Mahr (Dower)    51
2) Maintenance    54
3) Connecting Relations between the Husband, Wife and their Relatives    55
4) Al-Mahramiyyah    56
5) Inheritance    56
The Legal Ruling of Tʿaláq (Divorce) and What Must Be Adhered to Concerning It    59
1) He Cannot Divorce Her while She Is Menstruating    60
2) That He Does Not Divorce Her in the Month that He Was Sexually Active with Her Except that Pregnancy Has Been Absolutely Verified    60
3) That He Does Not Divorce Her More than Once in the Same Sitting    61
Obligations Resulting from Divorce    65
1) Requirement of the ‘Iddah (Waiting Period) if the Husband Has Consummated the Marriage with His Wife or Been Alone with Her    65
2) The Wife Is Prohibited for the Husband if He Has Pronounced Divorce twice Prior to that Divorce    66
Questions and Answers from the Scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah, Both Past and Present on the Topic of Marriage    71
A Gentle Reminder for the Newly Weds    85
A Gentle Reminder for the Groom    86
A Gentle Reminder for the Bride    89
Obligations Shared by Both the Husband and Wife    93
Quiz Answer Key    99
Index    102

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