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What is the appropriate way to propose a girl in Islam?

by | Jul 2, 2021

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Islam is a complete code of life, and it covers all the essential aspects of our lives briefly. Especially when it comes to a marriage commitment, we see many references in the Quran to follow. Allah guides us to manage our lives in a respectable and sacred manner. This article will learn about a marriage proposal and propose a girl in an Islamic way.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ asserted:

Nikah is my Sunnah (way); whosoever turns away from my Sunnah is not from me.”

Allah Almighty states in the Quran,

 “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them, and He placed between you affection and mercy.”

So, if you are interested in a girl and practice Islamic ways, the first question that may pop up in your mind is, how to send a marriage proposal in an Islamic way? I.e., not going beyond the limits and displeasing your Creator.



  • A proposal means a request or statement from the man to a woman to marry her, which can be done directly or through a third party. 
  • If you are interested in a girl, you should politely ask her about her lifestyle, plans, and goals in the presence of her mahram. 
  • Always remember marriage is not just about financial and physical commitments but should guarantee that both persons are ready to adjust to the emotional and psychological conditions.

Mostly, when it comes to a marriage proposal, people jump onto the concept that marriage is just about committing oneself financially and physically. However, marriage isn’t just about monetary and physical fidelity; Couples should guarantee that both persons are ready to accommodate the emotional and psychological necessities; this is not a simple task.

So, under this question, we will address the recommended way of the marriage proposal as per Islamic teachings; cast light on the issues like lovemaking before marriage, Its Islamic ways, its etiquettes, and Hadith addressing such matters.

What is Marriage Proposal Supposed to be?

In the first place, for a marriage proposal, you should reference the matter to your own family. Regardless of whether you think they will like her and support the relationship, the primary purpose is to include them if they are not Muslim and anticipate that you should deal on your own with your relations, which makes their contribution less significant in the marriage proposal.

How to move forward For The Marriage Proposal?

For a marriage proposal, you don’t have any slight idea about the lady’s family; you can politely move toward the lady and tell her of your longing to request her family to marry her. But, of course, it relies upon a lady’s way of life and schooling to react to your approach. So, assuming the lady says she isn’t interested, you need to leave it on the spot.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radiyallahu’anhu) narrates that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:

“If someone proposes whose religion (piety) and character is pleasing, then marry him. If you do not do so, there will be chaos on the earth.” ( Tirmidhi, hadith: 1085)

But if she tells about the marriage proposal to her family yet, and they refuse to meet you, at that point, you need to discover the cause of such behavior. On the off chance, the explanation is something that you can change (possibly they anticipate that you should have some work), at that point, you need to stand by persistently, work on their expectation and attempt again later on.

Positive response Of Marriage Proposal

Suppose there is a positive response to the marriage proposal from the young lady’s family. In that case, you or her family can orchestrate a meeting with her to know and define the expectations from one another. Such discussion would occur in the presence of one Mahram of the young lady. Mahram is a Muslim man which a Muslim woman cannot marry, like the father, grandfather, brother, son, etc.

The Prophet (SAW) advised an engaged companion,

“Go and look at her, for that is more likely to increase love between you two.”

(Tirmidhi 1087).

Talk to one another about the important things to both of you about a marriage proposal that there might be seemingly insignificant details with which you may differ. However, issues like whether you need the lady to work after marriage, regardless of whether you need to live with your folks, your profound objectives, assumptions, and so forth, should be discussed during the engagement proposition stage. Then, when the young lady and family agree, the mahr, wedding expenditures, and dates should be settled.

Lovemaking before marriage is a transgression punishable by the Islamic court. If a man and woman are guilty of physical relations outside marriage, they will be respected for punishment as per Holy Quran:

“The woman and the man who fornicate, scourge each of them a hundred whips; and in the matter of God s religion, let no tenderness for them seize you if you believe in God and the Last Day, and let a party of the believers witness their punishment.”

Al-Quran (24:2)

Keeping in mind the commands of The Lord, What you must not do is attempt to begin a romantic connection with her that is secluded from her family. Islam isn’t against your happiness. However, it wants your relationship to embark on a way that will work out for everybody in the long haul, instead of enjoying a short time gaud followed by a year of broken heart and disappointment. The best step is to send a marriage proposal to her home.

Adultery is Evil

Regardless of whether she appears to be keen on such a relationship and needs to stay in touch, it would be best if you send a marriage proposal. It can be tough to act with strict self-restraint when you want to be with somebody, particularly when they also want to be with you. However, this is a pleasant & acculturated approach to carry on, & it is organized in this way for your benefit and her sound, So you both can stay pious, send marriage proposal & get married with the blessings and consent of your families.

Allah says in Quran:

“Do not go near adultery; surely it is an indecency and an evil way [of fulfilling sexual urge].

Al-Quran (17:32)

Instead, The Creator has appreciated a man and woman who tie a knot and become oneself with one respect and one identity, a relation in which both partners strive to protect one another’s dignity and carve grace into the relation. So Lord asserted in Holy Quran:

“They are clothing for you, and you are clothing for them.

Al-Quran (2:187)

Love Making and Etiquettes In Islam:

Islam is a religion of Love, and it promotes all the desirable ways to buff it. Islam prohibits only those ways that can be frowned upon (as described above) once the couple is tied in the Halal relation, all doors to the intimate acts open as they act as a plaster on the wall that has solidarity, care, loyalty, soft-heartedness, dutifulness, and trust, as its building blocks. 

The couple should offer two rakaat nafil together on their wedding night. Predecessors of Muslims prescribe, as in the accompanying two narrations:

First: Abu Sa’eed Mawla Abu Asyad (R.A) who said:

 “I got married while I was a slave. I invited a number of the companions of the Prophet ﷺ, among them was Ibn Mas’ood, Abu Dharr, and Hudhaifa. When Moazzan called the prayer, Abu Dharr began to step forward when the others said to him: ‘No!’ He said: ‘Is it so?’ And they said: ‘Yes.’ Then, I stepped forward and led the prayer though I was a slave possessed. They taught me, saying: ‘When your wife comes to you, pray two rakaat. Then, ask Allah Almighty for the good of that which has come to you, and seek refuge in Him from its evil. Then it is up to you, and it is up to your wife.'”

[Ibn Abi Shaibah and ‘Abdur-Razzaaq]

Second: Shaqeeq (R.A) said:

 “A man named Abu Hareez came and said: ‘I have married a young girl, and I am afraid that she will despise me.’ ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood said to him: “Verily, closeness is from Allah, and hatred is from Satan, who wishes to make despicable that which Allaah has allowed. So, when your wife comes to you, tell her to pray behind you two rakaat.”

In another version of the same story,

“Abdullah said: ‘And say: ‘O Allah give Your blessings on me in my wife, and to her in me. O Allah join us together as long as You join us in good, and split us apart if You send to us that which is better.”

 [Ibn Abi Shaibah and at-Tabaraani and ‘Abdur-Razzaaq: Saheeh]

Ways to Come to Her

It is allowed for a Muslim man to enter his wife the way he finds comfortable and if he likes her it’s better for him to send a marriage proposal to her.

While discussing this, Allah Almighty asserted in Holy Quran:

“Your wives are a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will.”

 [Al-Quran: al-Baqarah 2:223]

However, it is forbidden to enter from the ways that are not a planting ground (it refers to a place where something might grow).

Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said;

“Allah does not look at one who comes to his wife in her anal pore.”

 [an-Nasaa’ee: Hasan isnaad and supported in “al-‘Ishrah”; at-Tirmizi and Ibn Hibbaan].

When a Muslim man has legally come to his wife and then desires to return once again, he should first do ablution, based on the statement of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ: 

“When one of you comes to his wife and then wishes to return another time, let him perform wudhuu’ between the two times (In another version, the same wudhuu’ which he performs for prayer) for verily, it will invigorate his return.”

[Muslim, Ibn Abi Shaibah and others].

After returning, the couple should bathe.

“O you who have believed, do not approach prayer while you are in a state of drowsiness until you know what you are saying or in a state of janabah, except those passing through [a place of prayer], until you have washed [your whole body]. And if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself, or you have contacted women and find no water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and your hands [with it]. Indeed, Allah is ever Pardoning and Forgiving.”

Al-Quran (4:43)

Conclusively, one should be 3P, i.e., patient, passionate, and persevering to succeed in having a favorite lady as one’s spouse. May Allah bless everyone with the best fit – a soulmate.

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