Q. Should muslims get engaged before marriage? Is it an option?
If this type of engagement takes place, then it is acceptable in Islam and Muslims can ‘engage’ in this manner. However, this is not essential, it is only a matter of a choice.
There is also another type of ‘engagement’ which is seen among Muslims. In this type, there is an exchange of ‘engagement rings’ along with a reception and other celebrations. Through this, the intended couple is seen together in many places as if they are already married. ‘Courting’, close association and being alone together are seen from the intended couple who got engaged. There is no doubt that this type of engagement is totally haram in Islam and hence, it is strictly forbidden. Muslims must not get involved in this.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan