Fatwa: # 8693
Category: Misc. Fiqh
Country: South Africa
Date: 22nd May 2003

Title

Is dating allowed in Islam? Can one have a girlfriend or boyfriend?

Question

Answer

It is Haraam (strictly prohibited) for a boy to have a girlfriend and for a girl to have a boyfriend.

Any type of contact including dating between a Ghayr Mahram (not prohibited in marriage) male and female without a valid Shar?ee excuse falls in the category of Zina (adultery) which is a major sin and incurs the wrath and anger of Allah Ta?ala upon the individual.

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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