Criteria of selecting a wife
Fatwa No: 85573

Question

We all know that the messenger of Allah (pbuh) has encouraged us to seek a righteous woman (Thaatu Din) for marriage. To ensure that the woman they're trying to marry is indeed righteous, some youth require that their wives have certain requirements such as memorizing Qur'an (or most of it) and wearing Niqab (i.e. coving their faces). Are these valid requirements in Islam?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

No doubt that looking for the woman who memorizes Qur'an and the one who wears Niqab is included in the Hadith: "choose the pious woman" .
In fact, looking for such characteristics is not only lawful but also highly recommended. But this does not mean that the woman who does not memorize Qur'an, or most of it is not religious. She might even be more pious than the one who memorizes the Qur'an and puts on Niqab.
However, the young man who wants to marry should spare no effort to get the woman who has the most Islamic characteristics and who adheres to Islam perfectly. But he should not be too idealistic. He should not try to find the impossible.
Allah knows best.

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