You are here:

Islam/Husband has to be older?

Advertisement


Question
Hi,

I wanted to ask a question which is really annoying me. I keep getting told that the husband should be older than the wife but in my opinion, age doesn't matter as long as all the criteria of getting married are fulfilled i.e. must be a believer, must have reached puberty etc.

Can you tell me if this 'the husband must be older than the wife' is an Islamic or just cultural  thing?

If it is Islamic can you give me reference?

Thanks

Hamza

Answer
Assalamualaikum,

When prophet(pbuh) married khadija(r.a) she was older to him by few years. So Islam does permit this.

In some cultures they believe if the man is older he will more matured and can handle his married life properly. It is true in some cases and not so in others.

It is better if you do isthikharah for any proposal you get , and try to explain to  your parents what exactly you are looking in for a spouse and that age might not matter if you find him mature enough.

In sha Allah, Allah will help you through it,

Jazakallah khair  

Islam

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Muslimah

Expertise

I can answer questions on Islam, Relationships and Women related issues.I have done extensive research in various Islamic categories and can offer the closest answers to fatwa questions and Da'wah related queries. I can provide help to those in need and facing difficult times, by providing an Islamic perspective. In Sha Allah. Note: Some answers might be different from others found on the net. The answers are provided with links stating relevant Hadith related to that question. Please do not rely only on my answers and feel free to confirm it with know scholars and knowledgable people.

Experience

Extensive research on different topics Based on my experiences and knowledge

Organizations
Kalemah Institute Islamic Online University Al Maghrib Institute Prophetic Guidance

Publications
Article Base Gulf News Times Of India, NRI

Education/Credentials
Diploma In Islamic Studies @ Islamic Online University (Ongoing) Logical progression @ Prophetic Guidance Seerah of prophet Muhammed (pbuh) @ Al Maghhrib Institute Major & Minor sins @ Learn Islam Jawaher Fiqh Course for Women @ Kalemah BE Comp Sc

Awards and Honors
Founder of Noble Sisters Blog

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.