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f:629 -    Talking to fianc
Country : Bahadurpura, Hyderabad,
Name : Muhammad Salman
Question:     Can we talk to or meet our fianc?e before marriage.  What does the Shariah say about this?
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Answer:     If a match has been made, then the Shariah treats this as a promise of marriage.  Only this is not considered as Nikah, as long as offer and acceptance of marriage is not made in the presence of 2 witnesses as required by the Shariah.  The boy does not become the husband of the girl only through the engagement.  With the Shariah, they are still non-Mahram for each other as long as they are married.

Thus, freely talking to or meeting the fiancée before the marriage is not allowed.  Without any reason, held valid by the Shariah, their talking with each other is also not correct.  As given Durre Mukhtaar, Vol. 5, Pg. No. 260.

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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