An image depicting the decor of an average wedding with the phrase “Temporary Marriage”. The image intends to show that despite the objections and misconceptions of some people regarding the practice, it remains a legitimate form of marriage in Shi'a Islam.
The belief in and practice of temporary marriage is one of the major differences between Sunni and Shi’a traditions.
According to Shi’a customs, temporary marriage entails that a Muslim man may marry a Muslim woman or non-Muslim woman (from amongst the people of the book) for a pre-determined period of time.
The man is required to give the woman an agreed dowry. The marriage is conducted by reciting an oral contract, which is recited by both parties entering into the marriage.
Apart from the length of the marriage, the main difference between a temporary marriage and permanent marriage is that no divorce is necessary to dissolve the relationship and the wife in a temporary marriage doesn’t have the same inheritance rights granted to a wife in a permanent marriage.