Is it permissible to look at the girl for the purpose of nikaah?

Q: When meeting one’s potential spouse before the decision of getting married to the person, what in appearance will the person be allowed to see and what will be haraam to see?


A: A person is allowed to see the face and the hands until the palms.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

(و) ينظر (من الأجنبية) (إلى وجهها وكفيها فقط) … (فإن خاف الشهوة) أو شك (امتنع نظره إلى وجهها) (إلا) (لحاجة) كقاض وشاهد … (وكذا مريد نكاحها) ولو عن شهوة (الدر المختار 6/370)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Motala

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)