Thursday, 6 October 2011

ISeeing a number of women for the purpose of marriage


would like to know if we are allow to see many women for the purpose of
marriage or do we have to see them one by one I mean if it's not OK with
the first one only I can go to see the second one.

Praise be to Allaah. 

Looking at the woman
to whom one wants to propose marriage has only been made permissible because
of necessity, to be certain and put one’s mind at rest, and in order to follow
the Sunnah, as mentioned in the hadeeth of al-Mugheerah and others. But four
necessary conditions apply:

 The first
is that one should be serious about marriage; the second is that the man and
woman should not be alone; the third is that there should be no fear of fitnah
(temptation); and the fourth is that it should not go beyond the limits set
by sharee’ah, i.e., looking at what usually appears, which is what she shows
to her father, brother and other mahrams. See Question #2572.
On this basis, a man should not look at any woman except the one whom he seriously
wants to marry. If he is pleased with her, (he should proceed with marriage),
otherwise he should move on to another. And Allaah knows best.

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