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Is it Permissible to Speak With Multiple Potential Suitors Simultaneously?

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Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: I have been corresponding with one suitor by e-mail in order to get to know him better. My mother has been pushing me to initiate similar correspondence with a couple of other potential suitors simultaneously. Any advice or guidance you could give me would be much appreciated.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

It would be permitted to consider multiple proposals simultaneously, yet you should use discretion in doing so.

Stay within the limits of propriety, and only discuss matters pertaining to compatibility and your future lives. Keep it business-like. Pray the Prayer of Need regularly [see: How Does One Perform The Prayer of Need? (salat al-haja)], and likewise the Prayer of Seeking Guidance when considering prospectives. [see: The Reality of Istikhara]

May Allah bless and facilitate success for you in this life and the next.

See also: Can One Consider Two Marriage Proposals at Once? and: Is it Permissible to Propose to a Sister Who Has Already Been Proposed to By Another Brother? 

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

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