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Intentions Before Marriage


Salam walaykom w rahmat allah w barakato. Is it permissible for a man to see the hair or body of a women he intends on marrying before marriage (katab el keteb)?

Waalykum Salaam,
Question: Is it permissible to look carefully at the body, with exception of the private parts, of the woman one intends to marry with sexual motivation or without it?

Answer: It is permissible to look at the woman’s features like the face, the hair, and the hands but without lustful intention. And [it is permissible], even if one knows that lustful thoughts will naturally occur [by looking at her]. When a person has come to know about her features by the first look, it is not permissible to look again.
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