Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil
Question: I recently got engaged. My fiancé and I live in different countries so we are not able to talk in person so we decided to message each other via Whatsapp. Does this count as seclusion?
I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you and your fiancé for having such sincere concern for your deen.
Congratulations! May Allah bless you and your fiancé with a loving and tranquil marriage.
I strongly encourage you and your fiance to read this article to clarify what khalwa (seclusion) is: What Is the Meaning of Khalwa (Seclusion) with the opposite Gender?
In short, it is permissible for you to Whatsapp your fiancé. However, please observe the appropriate limits between an unmarried man and a woman. After your nikah, you are both free to interact without any restraint.
When registration reopens, I encourage you both to complete Islamic Marriage: Guidance for Successful Marriage and Married Life to help you both prepare for the next stage of your lives together.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani