I agree, this is all to late for me, but in a way it will benifit the next generation. I will teach my children,that Allah created us to be in pairs and we have a partner out there for us. i want to raise them knowing that marriage is an act of worship is rewarding, and benificial to you and the future an your community.
One shiekh from Egypt spoke to me once, he said Salwa Marriage is about protection... at the start when he told me i said how? He told me a humans number one desire is what?... To reproduce, to have sex. Shiytan knows this, and will play on this even to the most pious brothers and sisters, he gave an example of one of the companions of the prophet who went and confessed to the Prophet, "i have bad thoughts and i feel guilty i feel distraught about this". The prophet SAW said to him this is why we must get married to protect ourselves.
He went on to tell me, in these days when our kids go to university or school, they are hit by sex openly... especially in non muslim lands. Children being quiet sexually expressive.
It is therfore easy for our children, our innocent kids to make mistakes, and fall into temptation and commit acts of zina etc.
This Shiekh had daughter who was 18 at university, and even though he knows his daughter is pure,he also knows she is human and shiytan exists everywhere. He does not doubt his daughter astagfirallah but he wants her to have protection from shiytan. So he allowed her to be married to someone who was also at university. Obviously she approved. But he understood education does not mean you cat have a life, a partner and children. Education shouldalways continue even if you have a family. Just becuase you have kids does not mean you stop seeking knowladge. Seeking knowladgeis something you should do from the day you ar born until the day you die. Regardless of a partner or family or not.
So the big benifit of marriage is to protect your private parts, your mind, your heart, your family, future generations and your community.