Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).
Must a man have financial stability before getting married?
This is not necessary and it is only customs and illusions that have made it an obligation. It is not a necessity according to the Sacred Law or rationally. In fact marriage is a means of facilitating one’s provision. One should take the means to attaining stability according to what is easy. “Marry in a state of poverty and Allāh will provide for you.” Allāh says: Marry those among you who are single, and the virtuous ones among your slaves, male or female. If they are in a state of poverty, Allāh will give them a means out of His grace.1 People differ in the degree of their reliance in Allāh but if both potential partners have a portion of this, then there is no need to be overly concerned with financial stability.