Breaking off an engagement

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Q: I am a Muslim man engaged with a Muslim girl. My question is “is it permissible in Islam to break the engagement if I want to break the engagement? or is it a sin to break the engagement? Please answer me with the help Quran and hadith and also please let me know about the ayat no 236 of Surah Baqra.


A: If one is not happy with regard to any issue concerning the girl or the family of the girl, it is permissible to inform them that one does not wish to get married.

What do you wish to know regarding the Aayah?

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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