The Suitable Age For Marriage

Question :
What is the suitable age for marriage for men and women, because some young women do not accept marriage from who are older than them? Likewise, some men do not marry women who are older than them. We request a response and may Allah reward you with goodness.

Answer :
I advise young women not to refuse marriage from a man due to his age, such as his being ten, twenty or thirty years older than her. This is not reason, because the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him married 'A'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, when he was fifty-three years old and she was a girl of nine years old. So being older does not harm. There is no sin in the woman being older not any sin in the man being older, because the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him married Khadijah, may Allah be pleased with her, when she was forty years old and he was twenty-five years old, before the Revelation came to him Peace Be Upon Him; that is, she, may Allah be leased with her, we fifteen years older than him. Then he married 'A'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, when she was small - six or seven years old and he consummated the marriage with her when she was mine years old and he was fifty-three years old.
Many of those who speak on the radio or the television deter people from marriage between men and women of differing ages - this is all wrong and saying such things is not permissible for them. It is obligatory for a woman to look at the (prospective) husband, and if he is righteous and suitable, she should agree, even if he is older than her. Similarity, a man should devote himself to finding a righteous, religious woman, even if she is older than him, if she is still young ans still fertile. In short, the age should not be excuse and and it should not be considered something shameful, as long as the man is righteous and the woman is righteous. May Allah reform the situation of us all.
Ibn Baz

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