THE Islamic approach is to regulate the satisfaction of the sexual urge in a way that allows it to operate within certain limits, neither suppressing nor giving it free rein. This is the stand of the revealed religions, which have instituted marriage and have prohibited fornication and adultery.

In particular, Islam duly recognizes the role of the sexual drive, facilitates its satisfaction through lawful marriage, and just as it strictly prohibits sex outside of marriage and even what is conducive to it, it also prohibits celibacy and the hatred of women. The claim that marriage between the two Eids, a period of time that extends for about 70 days, is prohibited has no religious backing. What is known in Islam is that there is no religious reservation against marriage in all months and on all days as marriage is best welcomed at all times because it is a religious observance and a Prophetic Sunnah. He who gets married has really completed half of his religion and guarded himself against temptation.

There is nothing in Islam that prohibits performing marriages at any time of the year. The only restrictions pertaining to consummating marriages are during certain times. For instance, it is not allowed to consummate a marriage while fasting, or while one is in a state of consecration or Ihram for performing Haj or Umrah. But as far as solemnizing marriages is concerned, there is no restriction to solemnizing them at any time of the year.

Despite the clear teachings of Islam on this issue, we find a lot of misconceptions prevailing among Muslims today. The source of such misconceptions can be traced to the pagan superstitions about bad omens that were prevalent before Islam. Unfortunately, such superstitions are still widely prevalent today.

However, in Islamic terms, the Prophet (peace be upon him) strongly opposed such superstitions and categorically declared: “There is no bad omen.” He taught us that only Allah has the power to bring benefit or inflict harm. He further encouraged us to have positive thoughts and use all our resources and then put our trust in Allah.