Question

Is a boy/girl allowed to look at girls/boys with the intention of nikah?

Answer

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Islam teaches us that when looking for a partner, we should give preference to piety.
It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, 'A women is generally married either for her wealth, her lineage, her beauty or her piety. Be successful by marrying the pious. (Sahih al-Bukhari Vol.6 Pg.150 ' Dar al-Fikr)

After having found a suitable girl, the boy could either tell the womenfolk in the family to look at the girl and tell him how she is, or the boy could personally look at the face and hands of the girl. However, it will be permissible for him to look at her only once before marriage and on condition that he really has the intention of marrying her.

This is the proper way to look at a man or woman of interest and intention of nikaah. This should only occur IF A SERIOUS INTENTION IS MADE for nikaah. In other cases, looking at a non-mahram (with desires) is not permissible.

And Allah knows best.

Ask Alimah Team

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