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He got to know a girl through correspondence and wants to marry her, but he is confused by the contradiction between some fatwas about getting married in this way

Question: 146708

I am looking for some advice about what I should do with regard to the girl I want to marry, but our relationship began through correspondence on the internet. I looked at the fatwas and found that some fatwas say that there is nothing wrong with that once it is established that the woman is religiously committed and her family are good. But I found other fatwas which warn against getting married in this way and say that it is essential to avoid it completely and cut off all ties and not get married in this way. 

What is the correct opinion, based on the Qur’aan and Sunnah? I hope that you can answer this question in detail because I am sure that many people are faced with this problem today with the increase in communication through the internet. May Allah bless you all.

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

We have to differentiate here between two important matters
with regard to this issue. 

-1-

The ruling on this correspondence between young men and young
women, and entering into relationships in which they get to know one another
and talk to one another. This is something that is haraam. We have drawn
attention to this prohibition in several answers which you can read on this
site. 

It cannot be justified by saying that the intention of one or
both parties is to look for a suitable partner to marry. This is looking in
an unknown world where it is not possible to verify any of the
characteristics that the suitor should be looking for, let alone the lack of
the required seriousness when the matter is approached in this way, and the
lack of honesty in describing the characteristics of each party, and other
matters which anyone who has approached this matter in this way knows. 

-2-

In the event that this has actually taken place, i.e., where
a person has started to get to know someone — whether that was because he
did not know that such relationships are haraam, or because he thought that
the good intention (seeking a suitable spouse) made it permissible, or he
embarked on it as most people do, without paying attention to whether it is
halaal or haraam, or because he was following his whims and desires — if
the person in such a situation asks us whether he can go ahead with this
marriage or not, the answer is:

In general we do not advise these kinds of marriages, because
the element of certainty with regard to the information acquired about the
other party is not present; rather it is information that each party has
given about himself or herself, which may lead to infatuation between the
two parties before it has been established whether they are suitable for
marriage or whether they have the qualities needed for a successful
marriage. 

But despite that there may be some cases in which going ahead
with marriage may be acceptable, despite the fact that the initial steps
towards the marriage were wrong, as they came about because of ignorance of
the ruling, as we have said, or because of a mistake which was out of
character for the individual, and it has been possible to find out the
necessary information about each party. In this case it may be acceptable —
in certain cases — to go ahead with a marriage that started in this manner.
The permissibility is further confirmed if the attachment to one another has
become so strong that it is difficult for them to be separated. In this case
we advise them to repent from this haraam relationship and they should be
reminded to adhere to the commands of Allah, then there is nothing wrong
with them going ahead with the marriage. 

And Allah knows best.

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