Women: Marriage - an obligation?

Q688 :Is it true that it is obligatory for a Muslim woman to get married and to have children?

A688 : No, it is not obligatory that a Muslim woman should marry. Some women never get married although they would love to do so. Certain circumstances may interfere to prevent their marriage. We cannot say what a woman must or must not do about getting children, because to get children is not a matter decided by her. It is Allah who creates. Many are the married couples who have been assured by doctors that there is no medical cause to prevent the woman's conception, yet they go through their long lives without ever conceiving. With the case being so, how can we suggest that having children could be obligatory?

Our Dialogue ( Source : Arab News - Jeddah )