First of all, it should be clear that a Muslim should seek a righteous spouse for marriage. Religion and good character should be the top concern of every Muslim when looking for a spouse. This is compatible with the Prophet’s guidance: “A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty, and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman; (otherwise) you will be a loser.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari)

Therefore, we advise Muslim men to concern themself first of all with the morals and characters of the would-be wife, in shaa’ Allah. For more information regarding the qualities one should look for in the spouse. Moreover, men are highly encouraged to offer Istikharah Prayer to seek Allah’s guidance before taking any decisions.