Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saying:
A woman is married for four things; for her property, for her accomplishments, for her beauty and for her religion. Select one having religious temperament. May your hands be rubbed with dust.
- The Hadith urges Muslim men to choose a righteous wife, which is considered the best thing one should seek in this life.
- Following are the effects of seeking a religious woman: the man becomes reassured that he has chosen a good wife who will know all about him; he guarantees that his children will be brought up well and that she will spend his money wisely and keep the good name of the family. These are the cornerstones of the happiness of any family. Therefore, religion is considered the most important criterion in choosing ones wife.