Halal dating rules

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For many Western audiences and non-Muslims, may be their first introduction to the concept of a temporary marriage.

At Sundance 2016, Screen Prism spoke to Darine Hamze, who plays Loubna, a divorcée who enters into a short-term marriage contract.

Premarital sex in the Muslim religion is strictly forbidden.

Since dating (in the Western sense) involves actions like kissing and touching which ultimately result in premarital sex, Islamic scholars consider that dating is haram (forbidden).

I wasn’t allowed to reenact my silly romantic comedy fantasies, but somehow I would still be married? How was I supposed to find my one true love if I was supposed to avoid interaction with boys?

Islam and Dating The Qur’an makes it clear that Muslims are to avoid fornication in Surat Al-‘Isra’ ‘And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse.

Having watched almost every Hollywood romantic comedy produced after 1995, a huge part of me used to wish that my life would somehow pan out the same way as these lead female characters.

The logic follows that the longer you speak with someone, the better you will know them.

The problem with that premise is that no consideration is given to that time is spent.

Increasingly, young Muslim couples are engaging in “halal dating,” which is basically socializing with each other in the company of friends and/or family.

This includes going out to dinner, watching a movie, playing some sport or other leisure activity, etc.

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