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This sermon is read not just ahead of a marriage but before presenting any need
The sermon preceding the marriage is sunnah. The message to all newly weds is 'Fear Allah! Fear Allah! Fear Allah!' This is the common ground which all relationships should be built. This is the solution to happiness even if we do not realise.
The prophet of Allah (صلي الله عليه و سلم) taught the following marriage sermon to his companions1. He says,
ان الحمد لله نحمده ونستعينه ونستغفره ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا من يهدي الله فلا مضل له ومن يضلل فلا هادي له أشهد ان لا إله الا الله وأشهد ان محمدا عبده ورسوله. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلاَ تَمُوتُنَّ إِلاَّ وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ. يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالاً كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلاً سَدِيدًا يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا
All praise is to Allah. It is to him we pay tribute, seek help, and ask forgiveness. It is he who we believe in and depend upon. We seek the refuge of Allah from the waywardness of our souls and the disobedience of our actions. Those who Allah almighty wishes to guide none can lead them astray and those who Allah deems unworthy none can save them. I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and I testify that Muhammad – peace be upon him – is his slave and messenger.
O believers! Fear Allah as he should be feared and do not die except that you are Muslims.2
O people! Fear your lord who has created you from a single soul, created from it a partner and spread from these men and women in abundance. Fear Allah who will ask you regarding your [conduct to] family. Indeed Allah is watching over you.3
O believers! Fear Allah and only speak uprightly. [Allah] will improve your actions, and forgive you of your misdeeds. Whoever, abides by Allah and his messenger indeed they have gained the greatest success.4
Originally published in ijtima.org, issue 102, art. 21 (4 Muharram 1433)