Marriage in Islam is neither an imprisonment for a woman that is forced upon her as a punishment, nor enslavement that makes her subservient to man. Marriage is a covenant of faith and consent, and a bond of love and concern. (Mawdudi, 1992). Forced marriage is the absence of free and full consent of one or both parties. Law and Human rights documents generally describe forced marriage as a union that lacks the free and full consent of both parties.
STATEMENT OF THE RESEARCH PROBLEM
Young people forced into marriage often become estranged from their families. Sometimes they become trapped in the cycle of abuse with serious long-term consequences including self harm and suicide. To the best of my knowledge, no serious studies within the frame work of Islam have been done so far to look into this problem, hence the intent to conduct a research and fill the existing gap.
OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The objectives of the study are:
1 to examine the major factors responsible for forced marriage.
2 to determine the implication of forced marriage on Muslim Ummah.
3 to outline position of Islam on forced marriage.
4 to educate and guide parents on the dangers that are inherently encroaching the Muslim societies through forced marriage.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The significance of this research lies in its attempts to study the problems associated with forced marriage and its implications on the Muslim Ummah and provide possible solutions to them. It will therefore be of great benefits to the Muslim Ummah, policy makers, other researchers as well as general readers.
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The scope of this study is limited to Maiduguri Metropolis and parts of Jere Local Government Area of Borno State. Fifteen (15) Wards of Maiduguri Metropolis and four (4) Wards of Jere Local Government Area will use for the study.
To carry out this research, the instrument for data collection will be administered structured Questionnaire