An Abuja-based Islamic cleric, Imam Yahya Al-Yolawi on Tuesday in Abuja urged youths who are of age and have the means to get married and shun fornication.
This, he said, would make them to earn rewards here on earth and in the hereafter.
Al-Yolawi, Chief Imam of Nurul Yaqeen Jumma’at Mosque, Abuja said marriage protects the heart from the evil of unbridled sexual desires and the concomitant dangers.
He said marriage is like an unbreakable fortress which protects those involved from going into hellfire in the hereafter.
“If a person fears the dangers of fornication he or she will prefer to get married.
“Marriage should not be put off or delayed especially if one has the means to do so. Whoever is able to marry should marry, for that will help him to lower his gaze and guard his modesty.
“Marriage encourages reconciliation; the protection of the rights of women and children, and the production of righteous offspring who will be happy in this life and in the hereafter,’’ he said.
Al-Yolawi stressed that marriage signified one’s commitment in following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad.
He quoted the prophet as having said that: “marriage is my teaching. Whosoever keeps away from it is not of me”.