We often think of love when it comes to marriage. But love without compassion may be an illusion of love but not love. Allah SWT mentions two important qualities that are the essence of marriage: love and compassion.
Marriage is often made a subject of jokes and teasing. No wonder it is the beginning of a series of responsibilities, but it is also a source a stability and security if the two essential components of marriage mentioned above are found.
And among His Signs is this, that He created for you spouses from among yourselves, that you may find relaxation in them, and He has put between you affection and compassion. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect. 30:21
وَمِنۡ اٰيٰتِهٖۤ اَنۡ خَلَقَ لَكُمۡ مِّنۡ اَنۡفُسِكُمۡ اَزۡوَاجًا لِّتَسۡكُنُوۡۤا اِلَيۡهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيۡنَكُمۡ مَّوَدَّةً وَّرَحۡمَةً ؕ اِنَّ فِىۡ ذٰلِكَ لَاٰيٰتٍ لِّقَوۡمٍ يَّتَفَكَّرُوۡنَ ﴿ ۲۱﴾