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Breaking off a marriage commitment

Fatwaa ID: 1096

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
if a commitment has been made in regards to marriage (both parents agreed the children would be good fit for each other) and either the girl or guy doesn’t have interest anymore in the other person, what is the ruling on this islamically?
would he/she be allowed to break this ‘commitment’ or will it be wrongful for him/her to do so?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Marriage is a long-term lifelong commitment. Before getting married, one must apply his due diligence and decide thoughtfully. If one is not comfortable or does not feel the connection, he/she should not go ahead with a proposal.

A commitment is merely an expression of one’s intentions to get married. It is not a nikaah. Hence, if either of the suitors lose interest before the nikaah and wish to go their own ways, then they should call it off. It is better to keep things clear now than to get married and suffer afterwards.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

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