An individual wrote to Hazrat Hakeemul Ummat Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanavi ra regarding the marriage of his daughters. He expressed his dilemma about the potential bride-groom. That is, if he was religious his financial circumstances were miserable. And if he was financially well to do his religious adherence was poor.
Hazrat Thanavi ra commented that;
“Finding real religiosity is almost impossible these days, even in the seemingly observant individuals.
However, for the best bride-groom selection the following criteria will be useful;
- He should neither have any doubts about, nor should he ridicule any of the Islamic beliefs and teachings.
- He must have the potential capability to improve. This is evident by his respecting the scholars and pious elderly.
- He should be mild mannered. (Not getting angry very easily and all the time). This is essential for expecting him to fulfill the rights of his dependants.
- He should have the sufficient financial means (to support his family).
If an individual has these characteristics it will be appropriate to accept such a person as son-in-law. Afterwards with increased intermingling and communication with him congeniality (munasabet) will develop. And for a person with all these qualities it will be most possible that his condition improves for better and he becomes a really observant Muslim.
Ma’asir e Hakeemul Ummat ra page 183