Mishkat al-Masabih

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Mishkat al-Masabih (Arabic: مشكاة المصابيح‎)(English translation: A Niche for Lamps) is an expanded version of Al-Baghawi's Masabih al-Sunnah by Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh Khatib Al-Tabrizi. Khatib Al-Tabrizi died 741 AH (1340 or 1341 CE) rendered this version of the original text more accessible to those not having an advanced knowledge of the science of hadith.


  • Whosoever female dies while her husband is pleased with her, will enter Paradise.
    • Mishkat al-Masabih Book I, Section 'Duties of husband and wife', Hadith No. ii, 60
  • Abu 'Ali Talq bin 'Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "When a man calls his wife to satisfy his desire, she must go to him even if she is occupied with the oven".
    • Mishkat al-Masabih, English translation, Book I, Section 'Duties of husband and wife', Hadith No. 61.

Quoted from T.P. Hughes: Dictionary of Islam[edit]

Mishkat al-Masabih book xiii As attributed and quoted by T.P. Hughes. : Thomas Hughes in A Dictionary of Islam: Being a Cyclopaedia of the Doctrines, Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs, Together with the Technical and Theological Terms, of the Muhammadan Religion. W. H. Allen. 1885.  p. 313-4
  • "The best wedding is that upon which the least trouble and expense is bestowed."
  • "The worst of feasts are marriage feasts, to which the rich are invited and the poor left out, and he who abandons the acceptation of en invitation, then verily disobeys God and His Prophet."
  • "Matrimonial alliances (between two families or tribes) increase friendship more than anything else."
  • Woman who will love their husbands and be very prolific, for I wish you will be more numerous than my other people."
  • "When anyone demands your daughter in marriage, and you are pleased with his disposition and his faith, then give her to him; for if you do not so, then there will be strife and contention in the world."
  • "A woman may be married either for her money, her reputation, her beauty, or her religion; then look out for a religious woman, for if you do marry other than a religious women, may your hands be rubbed with dirt"
  • "All young men who have arrived at the ago of puberty should marry, for marriage prevents sins. He who cannot marry should fast."
  • "When a Muslim marries he perfects half his religion, and he should practice abstinence for the remaining half."
  • "Beware! make not large settlements upon women; because, if great settlements were a cause of greatness in the world and of righteousness before God, surely it would be most proper for the Prophet of God to make them."
  • "When any of you wishes to demand a woman in marriage, if he can arrange it, let him see her first."
  • "A woman ripe in years shall have her consent asked in marriage, and if she remain silent her silence is her consent, and if she refuse she shall not be married by force."
  • "A widow shall not be married until she be consulted, nor shall a virgin be married until her consent be asked." The Companions said," in what manner is the permission of virgin?" He replied, "Her consent is by her silence."
  • "If a woman marries without the consent of her guardian, her marriage is null and void, is null and void, is null and void; then, if her marriage hath been consummated, the woman shall take her dower; if her guardians dispute about her marriage, then the king is her guardian."

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