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Presence of mahram when meeting suitor

Fatwaa ID: 663

Question:
Assalamualaikum, during the stage in which a woman & man are talking for the purpose of marriage & both families are involved & aware, does mahram have to be present on the women’s end?
For example if the man & woman are talking over the phone to ask initial premarital questions, does a mahram have to be present? Or is it okay as long as members of the families know when this call is taking place

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

It is not necessary nor advisable for the mahram to be present in the conservation itself. However, there should be no khalwah between the two prospectives. They should be in a place which is accessible by others. As far as as telephonical conversations, it should be done in the presence of others; it is not necessary that they hear the conversation. Complete khalwah should not be found.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

08/02/1444 AH – 02/22/2023 CE | AML1-7150

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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