Temporary Marriage in Iran

Anonymous in the West, temporary marriage is, basically, a contractual deal between a man and a woman who decide to be married for an agreed period of time varying from one hour to 99 years. This custom is practiced among the Shiites of Iran and Iraq, although not a part of Quranic teachings. In Iran, a man – bachelor or married, and a woman – virgin, divorced, or widowed, can, at any time enter into a temporary marriage contract, commonly known as sigheh or nekah-e-monghate’e. rnrnIn a temporary marriage contract, no registration or witness is required. As per the proponents of this arrangement, it is considered as a means of curbing free sex and control prostitution. Also, the arrangement allows a man to have ‘sigheh’ wives to an extent that is affordable by him. But a woman, on the other hand, is allowed to enter only one such relationship at a point of time. Moreover, the woman is also paid the compensation amount before entering the contract.rnrnHowever, no couple can enter another contract before completing a waiting period of three months or an elapse of two menstrual cycles. This waiting period is referred as ‘edda’. The trend of temporary marriage is, conversely, not liked by the educated middle class families. Also, some women are predisposed to think it as legal prostitution and, therefore, oppose the trend. This trend is, therefore, practiced more commonly by women who are either divorced or widowed. Additionally, the trend is also popular among theological seminaries and the clergy.rn

38 Comments on “Temporary Marriage in Iran”

  1. This is banned by the Sunni (the other, most Muslim). The prophet had clearly show the need to have witness and akad nikah for wedding. Beside, the prophet had also said “The legal but most hated thing by God is devorce”. And also wedding with condition (contract wedding) IS illegal and banned.

  2. Itz just to keep a check on the society, It is NOT obligatory, and this practice was common in the period of the holy prophet (SAW). As per some traditions it was banned by the second caliph. Even the Holy Quran has a description in verse 4:24.
    Shia Islam has this provision to deal with the basic instinct of each and every individual unlike the western or others that are concerned only for the educated middle class or the virgin.

  3. As far as the legal prostitution is concerned then you shoul again read the above article. There you would find a word “edda”. That is what makes a distinction between prostitution and Mutah

  4. That does not explain the “no registration or witness is required”. Without that, the wedding is improper. And sexual relationship without proper wedding is illegal.

  5. Well the only thing that explains it, is that it is a completely different religion and has nothing to do with Islam, which is a complete life transaction whose limits and measures have been clearly defined in the Book. Anything outside that is no more than a wank and a gasp. To justify yourself after is just stupid.

  6. Hazrat Umar :
    “There were two things that were permissible in the days of the Prophet which I do hereby prohibit today, and I shall punish anyone who practices them: the mutah of women and mutah of Hajj.”

    WHO WAS HE TO PROHIBITED THE PROPHET LAWS???????????

    1. Since HE never was a true believer in other words he was a hypocrit, opportunist and true moslem. Today’s Moslems are well devided due to the self- centered figures of earl moslem days who tried their best to undermine Islam during it’s early stage but failed then they started a new vicious round to eliminate the true spirit of Islam by imposing their own twisted theology which is in full contrast with preaching of Quran and seerat AHUL ALBAIT .

  7. First of all
    Muta is mentioned in the quran…
    second of all from my understanding, muta was allowed by the prophet
    during extreme circumstances, as recorded in buKhari, muslim and many other authentic sources from both sunni and shia HADITHS.
    I have come across learned sunnis who admit it is allowed since the prophet never forbade it, but later umar the second caliph did. basically he had no right to forbid what the prophet allowed.

    I do not however encourage muta IN TODAYS TIME and I thinK in todays age it may harm the society. ALSO THE SUNNIS HAVE SOMETHING CALLED MISYAR MARRIAGE WHICH IS EVEN WORSER THAN MUTA,(IN A UNBIAS STANDPONT). REMEMBER MUTA WAS ALLOWED OUT OF NECESSITY!! SO ABUSING THAT I BELIEVE IS WRONG. BASICALLY INDULGING IN IT WITHOUT THE NECESSITY IS WRONG. NECESSITY DICTATES EXCEPTION! AS THE PROPHET SAID!

    ALL IN ALL MUTA WAS ALLOWED BY THE QURAN WHERE ALLAH SAYS “CONTRACT A TEMPORARY MARRIAGE” AND IT WAS ALLOWED BY THE PROPHET OUT OF NECESSITY FOR THOSE MEN (SAHABA COMPANION) WHO WOULD TRAVEL LONG DISTANCE WITHOUT THEIR WIVES. MOST OF THESE SAHABA WERE GOING TO CASTRATE THEMSELVES TO ABSTAIN FROM ADULTRY OR FORNICATION. SO TO RELIEVE THEM AND HELP THEM IN TOUGHT CIRCUMSTANCES IT WAS ALLOWED BY THE PROPHET. THIS IS NARRATED IN BOTH SUNNI AND SHIA BOOKS. THE SUNNIS WHO DONT KNOW THIS AND THERE IS LOADZ OF THEM, THEN THEY ARE COMPLETLEY STUPID.
    SOME OF THEM SAY”THE PROPHET NEVER ALLOWED IT” BECUASE THEY ARE IGNORANT. NO LEARNED SCHOLAR OF SUNNI ISLAM WILL EVER SAY THAT. HOWEVER THE DISAGREEMENT COMES WHEN SUNNIS SAY LATER AFTER STARTING MUTA, THE PROPHET FORBADE IT.

    AS STATED EARLIER, THE PROPHET NEVER FORBADE BUT THE 2ND CALIPH DID!
    THATS THE DIFFERENCE, AND THATS THE ISSUE!
    NOW MUTA HAS A BASIS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IN THE QURAN AND SUNNI SHIA TRADITIONS OF HADITH.

    GOING BACK TO MISYAR ( THE SUNNI MUTA) IT HAS NO BASIS WHATSOEVER!
    MOST SUNNIS DONT EVEN KNOW OF THIS!
    SO THE SUNNIS FORSAKE WHAT THE PROPHET ALLOWED AND THE START THEY’RE OWN SUNNA AND MAKE UP THEIR OWN TRADITIONS.

    SO WHO IS RIGHT ?
    SHIA OFFCOURSE!

    SALAM…

    AGIAN I BELIEVE IT SHOUD NOT BE ABUSED AND IT WAS ALLOWED BY THE PROPHET!

    PS I WAS A FORMER SUNNI AND NOW A SHIA. 🙂

  8. Several friends who are Iranian go back to Iran and when they want to have an affair they use this contract. Young people who travel together in Iran go to Hotels and have this contract so they can sleep together. They have no intention of marriage so it is a double standrad paper! A ticket for sex with your lover! Yes, it is common among young people!

    Alcohol is also common in Iran. If you want information just ask young Iranian do not ask the ” Prophet Seekers” they do not know what is going on with young people.

    You can order by phone a young girl like ordering a pizza….for sex. There is so much hush-hush the Iranian try to keep out of the news to the western world.but Iranian in the know…knows what is going on in their country. There is also lots of drugs!

  9. by the way~ an Iranian woman can take off 10 years of her age….there is a law that allows it. Again an Iraian friend who is divorced and also who likes younger Iraian men took off 10 years from her age. Her American boyfriend thinks she is younger than her real age. I think it was so that a widow can re-marry. ( I am not sure )

    I guess there are cougars everywhere.

  10. bella???

    Alcohol is common in every muslim country!!
    Even in pakistan.. nearly everyone drinks there.
    and do you know where the alcohol comes from?
    the police. YOU CAN LITERALLY BRIBE THE POLICE, EVEN AT THE AIRPORTS..

    saudi arabia is the same. Look at misyar SEX FOR MONEY
    . ALSO IN MUTA YOU HAVE TO TELL YOUR PEERS. YOU CANNOT CONDUCT IT SECRETLY. WHERE MISYAR YOU CAN!
    there are so many homosexuals in saudia arabia TOO.
    even in pakistan.
    DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ABOUT THE SEX IN PAKISTAN OR SAUDIARABIA…
    JUST HAVE A LOOK AT HEERA MANDI IN PAKISTAN..
    ITS A FAMOUS BROTHEL.. IN PAKISTAN

    HowEver, bringing in INDIVIDUAL cases like yourS onto the table is pathetic!!

    I have seen many corrupt *Muslims* from all over the world. I live in London. 🙂

    Going back to MUTA!
    SOME (SUNNI)FOOLS SAY MUTA IS BAD AND DISGUSTING!

    THEN WE COME TO SQUARE ONE…

    IF IT IS BAD AND DISGUSTING, THEN WHY DID THE PROPHET START IT AND ALLOW IT IN THE FIRST PLACE? THAT MEANS THE PROPHET IS DISGUSTING AND SO IS ALLAH(ONE GOD) GOD FORBID!
    .

    NO!! LIKE I SAID, IN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES IT WAS ALLOWED.
    AND IT HELPED THE SOCIETY AT THAT TIME.
    AGIAN, THESE WERE GREAT SAHABA’S (COMPANIONS) WHO WERE WILLING TO CASTRATE THEMSELVES, AND AT THAT TIME..
    THE WAY THEY WOULD CASTRATE THEMSELVES WAS BY SQUEEZING THEIR TESTICLES OR CUTTING IT OFF. OUCH!!!
    IMAGINE HOW PAINFUL THAT MUST HAVE BEEN. THEY WANTED TO DO THIS TO SACRAFICE THEIR DESIRES FOR THEIR FAITH.!

    WHO CAN MAKE THOSE SACRIFICES TODAY????
    NO-ONE…

    HENCE IT WAS ALLOWED FOR THOSE EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN THEY WOULD GO FAR FAR AWAY ON EXPEDITIONS…

    I LOVE IRAN FOR STICKING UP FOR THEMSELVES AND NOT TAKING THEIR PEOPLES WEALTH FOR THEMSELVES.

    WHEREAS EVERY OTHER ISLAMAIC COUNTRIES.. DICTATORS ARE ROBBING AND KILLING THEIR OWN PEOPLE. HENCE THE RECENT SURGE OF UPRISINGS IN THE MUSLIM COUNTRIES…

    LOOK AT THE RELIGION, THE PROPHET AND THE AHLUL BAI TAUGHT..
    NOT THE FOLLOWERS..
    FOLLOW THE PERFECT EXAMPLES… NOT THE IMPERFECT EXAMPLES
    (KING ZAM) 🙂

    THANKS!

  11. Need Just one clear answer my dear friends….
    Please dont go away from this topic like Alcohol etc.

    If Prophet Mohammad s.a.w.s Allowed Mutta in his time…why its was given instuction by Caliph Umar R.A to stopped that…

    Hazrat Umar :
    “There were two things that were permissible in the days of the Prophet which I do hereby prohibit today, and I shall punish anyone who practices them: the mutah of women and mutah of Hajj.”

    WHO WAS HE TO PROHIBITED THE PROPHET LAWS???????????

  12. Zam the King, very well said!

    Sunni’s are very quick to judge and yell out “kafir kafir!” but they don’t seem to look at their very own roots, my god are we in such an age of ignorance!

    May Allah (swt) remove the ignorance from my fellow brothers and sisters of islam, ya allah protect us from such ignorance, ya allah i only seek refuge with thee.

  13. @ Zam The kIng & Kawthar,,, if contractual marriage is not prohibited, i am sure you would be more than happy to offer your own sister, mother, wife etc to any person who is enduring EXTREME CONDITIONS….

    1. Not necessary , I will answer on behalf of zam the king my self , to your pathetic out of date, old boring, wasted statement thats been repeated again all over: Do u except muta for your sister..???!!! Well guess what , not everything that is hallal and legal means that it should be excepted by every individual . For rxample if a guy like u wanted to permantily marry my sister I will not except , althu its hallal. Thats just one answer buddy , and I think its enough for u.

  14. I am a shia myself and i dont understand all this hate that sunnis give to shias. I grew up in a shia village, moved to a city sourrounded by sunnis, lived in dubai, toronto, calgary and still living in calgary. As i grew up, i was never taught one thing that would be against sunnis, i was taught to love all types of muslims, That they are all our brothers and sister but some are misguided, i am not that old even now, just 18 but that hate sunnis give to shias is redicoulous, why do you guys do this? why are you jealous of us? or hate us?????? we havent done anything to you? we tell you what we know and we back it up with prooff from quran and other islamic books and you guys ALWAYS deny it?

    its so pathatic. We muslims need to learn to accept each other and love and live in harmony with each other? I am so young and my eyes are more open than you fools. How can you guys even dream about reaching jannat with such hidous attitude and i am sorry if i offend anyone here, not everyone is the same i am just talking to the ones who are always ready to fight.

    if you think something is one way, and someone else says its the other, talk it out, discuss it and research it and than come to a conclusion together? calling each other names or saying this like sunnis ( the better muslims )… honestly…

    sorry again if i offended anyone

    i am shia and i love sunnis and everyone, everyone who is kind at heart and a good human being is my brother or sister.

    Salam

    1. Point is simple brother and easy way to understand is that if temporary marriage is done with your sister or daughter, will you like this to happen and can you accept. At least I cannot. NO WAY. A person without proper marriage obligations mentioned by Rasool Allah (PBUH) can in no way be Halaal. Marriage is not a joke, and temporary marriage means marriage with the intention of sex, you are using the other sister/daughter as an object. Islam gives respect to Women and not to use as an object.

  15. Al Salam Alaykom

    Islam teaches us that our actions are judged by our intentions. Only Allah knows what is in our hearts.Subhan Allah, when you approach someone with honor and nobility, it will be apparent in the rules you follow. To set a time period on a marriage BEFORE it has even begun speaks for itself.

    As for Misyar, I believe their is some miscommunication on the matter. It is seen as an ‘engagement’ before each party is financially able, allow me to explain further:

    A man and woman are married, with witnesses and most importantly, the knowledge of her parents. They live in seperate houses (as any engaged couple do) but meet together and do what they please, they are not dating- THEY ARE MARRIED under the eyes of God. When the time comes, it is common that they develop into a formally wed couple, they have a public wedding and live together. The woman has the right to ask for this AT ANY TIME, she can say ‘i want to live with you’. If they dis-sagree that the time is right, then they divorce. But never at any point was there a fixed-time limit.
    And the word Sunni refers to the life of the Prophet Mohammed, Al-Sallat wa Al-Salam- it should not be offensive.
    Allah, Subhaneh wa Taala, has given us so many options not to commit Zina. He knows what is in our hearts, and what we truly fight for, I am speaking for all Muslim woman when I say :
    I do not want my husband to have a time-period in mind when approaching me.

    Please consider this next time you perform “Nikah Mutaa” and Istaghfir Allah.

    Al Salam Alaykom
    Allah Yehdina

  16. Need Just one clear answer my dear friends….
    Please dont go away from this topic like Alcohol etc.

    If Prophet Mohammad s.a.w.s Allowed Mutta in his time…why its was given instuction by Caliph Umar R.A to stopped that…

    Hazrat Umar :
    “There were two things that were permissible in the days of the Prophet which I do hereby prohibit today, and I shall punish anyone who practices them: the mutah of women and mutah of Hajj.”

    WHO WAS HE TO PROHIBITED THE PROPHET LAWS???????????

  17. This institution was established by God through the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the Qur’an. Its single mention in the Qur’an is verse 4:24. Tafsir:

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    “Then give those of these women you have enjoyed the agreed dower” was revealed on the subject of the mutah marriage.”

    Shia Muslims have “consensus” (ijma) on interpretation of the following verse in the Quran.

    And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you. Lawful unto you are all beyond those mentioned, so that ye seek them with your wealth in honest wedlock, not debauchery. And those of whom ye seek content (by marrying them), give unto them their portions as a duty. And there is no sin for you in what ye do by mutual agreement after the duty (hath been done). Lo! Allah is ever Knower, Wise.[Qur’an 4:24]

    al-Tabari, in his Tafsir, writes under this verse a hadith from Mujahid: “The phrase “Then give those of these women you have enjoyed the agreed dower” means the temporary marriage.”

  18. this is what prophet(sal)had prohibited in beginning period of islam.as this is disgusting among each and every person who have a clear mind and wisdom.therefore this kind of act is to be banned and the person who is indulging in it should be dealt severely with horrible punishments.

  19. Dear Muhammad…
    Cant you read the last message…
    cant you understand..please don’t play with Islam..
    Its was not prohibited in beginning period of Islam…it was banned by Umar ….
    Please get your knowledge vast and be on reality.

  20. If you read here, there is no real opinions but all quotes as if brain washed by religion.
    Religion was written thousand of years ago, time and change has moved on but religion can hold a person back in the dark ages.
    Religion is good to teach family values and morals. I cannot understand religion teaching hate with twisted words.
    I do not dishonor religion as long as you keep your faith to yourself and not force opinions in people faces. Peace to all.

  21. The wife is the one with whom one stays on a long-term basis, as Allaah says :

    and live with them honourably [al-Nisaa 4:19], but in the case of mutah a man does not live with the woman for long.

    The wife is the one who is called a wife in shareeah, with whom the relationship is long-lasting. She is mentioned in the aayah:

    Except from their wives or (the slaves) that their right hands possess, for then, they are free from blame [al-Muminoon 23:6] the latter (a slave whom ones right hand possesses) is not a wife according to shareeah, because her stay is limited to a short time.

    The wife is the one who inherits from the husband, or from whom the husband inherits, because Allaah says :

    In that which your wives leave, your share is a half if they have no child [al-Nisaa 4:12]. But the woman in a mutah marriage does not inherit, because she is not a wife, since she spends such a short time with the man.

    On these grounds, Mutah marriage is considered to be zinaa (adultery or fornication), even if both parties consent to it, and even if it lasts for a long time, and even if the man pays the woman a mahr. There is nothing that has been reported in shareeah that shows that it may be permitted, apart from the brief period when it was allowed during the year of the conquest of Makkah. That was because at that time there were so many people who has newly embraced Islam and there was the fear that they might become apostates, because they had been used to committing zinaa during the Jaahiliyyah. So this kind of marriage was permitted for them for three days, then it was made haraam until the Day of Resurrection, as was narrated by Muslim, 1406.

  22. Mutah marriage means that a man marries a woman either Muslim or from the people of the Book and specifies how long the marriage will last, for example five days, or two months, or half a year, or many years. The beginning and end of the marriage are specified, and he pays her a small mahr (dowry), and after the specified time is over, the woman exits the marriage. This kind of marriage was permitted during the year of the Conquest of Makkah for three days, then it was disallowed and prohibited until the Day of Resurrection. This was reported by Muslim (1406).

  23. It was narrated from al-Rabee ibn Sabrah al-Juhani that his father told him that he was with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) who said, O people, I used to allow you to engage in mutah marriages, but now Allaah has forbidden that until the Day of Resurrection, so whoever has any wives in a mutah marriage, he should let her go and do not take anything of the (money) you have given them.

    Narrated by Muslim, 1406.

    Allaah has made marriage one of His signs which calls us to think and ponder. He has created love and compassion between the spouses, and has made the wife a source of tranquility for the husband. He encouraged us to have children and decreed that a woman should wait out the iddah period and may inherit. None of that exists in this haraam form of marriage.

    A woman who is married in a mutah marriage, according to the Raafidis i.e. the Shiah, who are the ones who say that this is permissible is neither a wife nor a concubine. But Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts)

    Except from their wives or (the slaves) that their right hands possess, for then, they are free from blame;

    But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors

    [al-Muminoon 23:5-7]

    The Raafidis quote invalid evidence to support their argument that mutah is permissible. For example:

    (a) They quote the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    so with those of whom you have enjoyed sexual relations, give them their Mahr as prescribed

    [al-Nisa 4:24]

    They say: this verse indicates that mutah is permissible, and the word their mahr (ujoorahunna lit. their dues or their wages) is evidence that what is meant by the phrase you have enjoyed sexual relations is mutah.

    The refutation of this is the fact that prior to this Allaah mentions the women whom a man is forbidden to marry, then he mentions what is permissible for him, and He commands the man to give to the woman he marries her mahr.

    The joy of marriage is expressed here by the word enjoyment (of whom you have enjoyed sexual relations). A similar instance occurs in the Sunnah, in the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah according to which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Woman is like a bent rib, if you try to straighten her you will break her. If you want to enjoy her, then enjoy her while she still has some crookedness in her.

    Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4889; Muslim, 1468.

    The mahr is referred to here as ajr (lit. dues or wages), but this does not refer to the money which is paid to the woman with whom he engages in mutah in the contract of mutah. The mahr is referred to as ajr elsewhere in the Book of Allaah, where Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    O Prophet (Muhammad)! Verily, We have made lawful to you your wives, to whom you have paid their Mahr (bridal?money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage)

    [al-Ahzaab 33:50]

    Thus it becomes clear that there is no evidence in this verse to suggest that mutah is permissible.

    Even if we were to say for arguments sake that this verse indicates that mutah is permitted, we would still say that it is abrogated by the reports in the saheeh Sunnah which prove that mutah is forbidden until the Day of Resurrection.

    (b) The reports that some of the Sahaabah regarded it as being permissible, especially Ibn Abbaas.

    The refutation here is the fact that the Raafidis are following their own whims and desires, because they regard the companions of the Prophet (may Allaah be pleased with them) as kaafirs, then you see them quoting their actions as permissible in this instance and in others.

    With regard to those who said that it is permissible, they are among those who did not hear that it had been forbidden. The Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) including Ali ibn Abi Taalib and Abd-Allaah ibn al-Zubayr refuted Ibn Abbaass view that mutah was permitted.

    It was narrated from Ali that he heard Ibn Abbaas permitting mutah marriage, and he said, Wait a minute, O Ibn Abbaas, for the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade it on the day of Khaybar and (he also forbade) the meat of tame donkeys.

    Narrated by Muslim, 1407.

  24. both of you guys need to seat down and just be honest with each other. for eplmxae you could say **** i love you so much, i really want us to work out. I want to do everything in my power to keep are love alive. That is why we need to start talking about are emotions, how we feeling,are problems so we can fix them baby. You know why I want ti fix it babe, its because I love you from the bottom of my heart. I know when I tell you I love you, you think its a normal thing. But i want you to believe it baby every time, I cant see my self with nobody else, but only you. So what do you say you want to fix this . Let me know what happned

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    i want to marriage any shia Muslim girl i am shia Muslim who is shia girl can you marry with me any time i am unmarried i am 28 year old good looking smart boy 5 time pray namaz attended everyday any one gilr and boy can you help me plzzzzzzzzz

  26. Yes, it does make it considerably more dfuficilt to travel to surrounding (Arab) nations if you have gone to Israel.Most times, they require either two sets of passports, one Israeli, one everyone else, to be presented for stamping. Either that, or you have sheets stapled inside your passport upon which the Israeli stamps are pressed. Upon leaving that nation, you remove the sheets so that they can be stamped in a neighboring county. Many Arab nations will NOT stamp inside a passport that has Israeli markings in it.

  27. If Shia Muslims wants to ruin the lives of the sisters and daughters for the sake of their own pleasure than let than happy with this nasty culture.

  28. In Saudi , it is banned , but saud use both his words as he wished, the steel to Murder and the flesh to penetrate and impregnate all the women of his enemies and that is how we have so many al-sauds today , meanwhile the rich and the royals a have no limits ,not contract, they can screw as much as they want

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