Premarital relationship

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Q: I recently met a woman through an online service. From what I can deduce, have great compatibility, very similar life goals; we both prioritize our families, and both take our Deen seriously. I performed istikhara after feeling fairly certain about this person, last night before bed, and this morning I awoke to a vague recollection of my dream. It seemed to have taken place in darkness, and I had felt worried or uneasy in the dream. I am wondering how much of istikhara is about dream interpretation, or if dreams are even something one makes a decision from following istikhara. There’s a lot of misinformation online and so I am trying to get a better understanding.


A: All premarital relationships are haraam. If you are interested in marriage speak to your parents and family elders.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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