As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I’m getting married and wanted to know if it’s allowed to exchange gifts with my fiancé before the actual nikaah, during the engagement period. جزاك الله خيرا
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In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-raḥmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
Engagement is merely an assurance of marriage; it is not marriage itself. The engaged couple is not permitted to freely intermingle with one another , as they are still strangers to one another . Furthermore, personally exchanging gifts can lead to Haram. And the principle is, ‘That which leads to Haram is also Haram’ .
And Allah Ta‘ālā knows best
(Mufti) Bilal al-Mahmudi
Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Luqman Hansrot
 Fatawa Rahimiyyah. Vol 7 + 8. Pg. 151. Fatawa Darul-Uloom Zakariyya. Vol 6. Pg. 540
الدر المختار شرح تنوير الأبصار وجامع البحار ص: 655
وفي الشرنبلالية معزيا للجوهرة ولا يكلم الاجنبية إلا عجوزا عطست أو سلمت فيشمتها لا يرد السلام عليها، وإلا لا انت
والسفر لارتكاب معصية معينة لا تتم إلا به مقدمة لأن المعصية تتوقف على حصوله في هذه الصورة، فيكون السفر حراما كحرمة المعصية. لأن مقدمة الحرام حرام
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