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942 Is “Love Marriage” allowed in Islam according to Islamic Shariah?
Islam allows both a man and a woman choice on who they marry. This is then encouraged on basis of selecting a partner for the sake of Allah (S.W.T) who is best in practice of the religion of Islam. This choice must also take into account your parent’s rights and wishes. Marriage in Islam is a complete concept and hence should be treated as such.
Let’s address what happen in a typical “Love Marriage”!

One needs to look at the opposite sex and desire that which at this point is forbidden for him/her and hence Sin. This addresses the basic point in a love marriage, which is to fall in love before marriage, which can only be achieved by method’s that are Haraam and Sinful.

Islamic teaching as per Holy Prophet (S.A.W) is to lower your gaze and guard your private parts, then how can a Muslim who is discouraged to gaze at a Ghair Mehram, fall in love?

We as Muslim’s should review our lifestyle to come to learn and practice Islam in completeness. When one is ready for marriage one should look for a wife based on her religion, and once an approach (marriage proposal) is made he then can see her in presence of a Mehram to see attraction. Love between them will occur naturally after marriage.

Please also refer to Question 715 and other earlier questions on this subject for a better understanding.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
Category (Marriage / Divorce)