Exchanging Gifts During The Engagement Period

Question:

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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Answer:

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 definite marriage. The engaged couple is not permitted to freely intermingle with one another [1], as they are still strangers to one another [2]. Furthermore, personally exchanging gifts can lead to Haram. And the principle is, ‘That which leads to Haram is also Haram’ [3].

And Allah Ta‘ālā knows best       
Maulana Bilal Issak
Fatwa Dept.

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Luqman Hansrot


[1] Fatawa Rahimiyyah. Vol 7 + 8. Pg. 151. Fatawa Darul-Uloom Zakariyya. Vol 6. Pg. 540

[2]

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

[3]

 مجلة مجمع الفقه الإسلامي 9/ 1638، بترقيم الشاملة آليا

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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