Marriage is considered “half the faith” as it protects Muslims from sin. By choosing the sanctity of marriage, Muslims turn away from wrongdoing, such as fornication, adultery and homosexuality. This also protects society, providing the right conditions in which to bring up a faithful Muslim family.
Unlike other religions, Islam does not support celibacy as an expression of faith. Instead, marriage is seen as an act of worship in itself. Islam acknowledges that human desires are natural and sanctions marriage as an outlet for them.