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Presence of mahram when meeting suitor

Fatwaa ID: 663

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

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

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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