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.
Those who write in fiqh and the ahaadeth of the legal rulings began their books with at-tahaarah because it is the key to the prayer which is the most significant of the pillars of Islaam after ash-shahaadatain, bearing witness that there is no deity that has the right to be worshipped except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. So there is no prayer without purification.