If we take the best example given to us in this regard, it would definitely be from the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Throughout his life, He has always lead by example, and similarly in the case of age and marriage, the Prophet laid down a clear cut example when he married Hazrat Khadijah (RA) when the Prophet was 25 years old and She was 40, having being married previously. If older women were so undesirable according to the modern standards, why did the Prophet (PBUH) marry an older woman? However it seems as if not all men think in accordance to the modern marriage conditions of “younger is better”. In accordance to a survey 77.3 percent of the young men in the Kingdom are willing to marry women who are divorcees. Additionally 67.2 percent are ready to marry widows; where as 74.6 percent of the young men have no problem in marrying an older spinster.
This survey had been conducted at the Charitable Society for Marriage and Family Counseling based out of Jeddah. Commenting upon the results of the survey, a senior official of the society, Mohammed Matbouli, stated that there is a perspective held about those women who are either spinsters, widows or divorced. He laid great stress upon the fact that this modern view is completely contrary to the religion of Islam and is not in line with any of the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He also emphasized that the women who are divorced enjoy all of the legal, social and humanitarian rights.
He also pointed out to the fact that several of the young men have marital convictions which are objective. This he attributed to an increased awareness and an impact of education. He added that there are however still a few young men still have these instilled negative tendencies which have arisen from certain of the communal environmental effects.
The entire community has a responsibility upon them, to protect all women whenever they can and to give them a chance to start a new life. Personally I think that education is the best tool to get rid of such a mindset, which is prevalent across the Muslim world.
Source: Arab News
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