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Since the 20th century and the rise of major feminist movements, polygamous marriages have severely declined. ; and the chaste from among the believing women and the chaste from among those who have been given the Book before you (are lawful for you); when you have given them their dowries, taking (them) in marriage, not fornicating nor taking them for paramours in secret . Some important characteristics in choosing a worthy mate are faith and chastity.
With changing economic conditions, female empowerment, and acceptance of family planning practices, polygamy seems to be severely declining as an acceptable and viable marriage practice within the Muslim world. These traits are pointed out in Quran Chapter 33 Verse 35 "For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise, for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward."‘Forced’ marriages, where consent has not been given by the bride, or is given only under excessive pressure, is considered illegal in the dominating schools of Islamic law.
The family is meant to be “productive and constructive, helping and encouraging one another to be good and righteous, and competing with one another in good works”. ; and hold not to the ties of marriage of unbelieving women, and ask for what you have spent, and let them ask for what they have spent.
In Islam, polygyny is allowed with certain restrictions; polyandry is not. That is Allah's judgment; He judges between you, and Allah is Knowing, Wise.
Hui Muslim female Imam Yonghua Zheng, far left, talks with religious students outside the main Qingzhenshang Mosque on July 11, 2014 in Sangpo, Henan Province, China.
As part of a tradition dating back to the late 19th century and unique to China's 10 million Hui Muslims, Zheng is one of hundreds of female Imams leading all female congregations in the women's only mosques of northwest China.
Within these communities, families, friends, and services are used to help people find a significant other.
However, in non-Muslim countries, like the United States, there is no universal method for matchmaking or finding a spouse.
Marriages within the Muslim community are incredibly important.
The purpose of marriage in Islamic culture is to preserve the religion through the creation of a family.
Islamic institutions like the ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), NOI (Nation of Islam), ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), and MANA (Muslim Alliance of North America), allow individuals to meet others at annual conventions.