Looking at other than the face & hands of the woman he wishes to propose to

Reference: Fataawa ash-Shaykh al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee fil-Madeenah wal-Imaaraat – Page 246

Question: Is it permissible for a man to look at other than the face and hands of the woman he wishes to propose to, such as looking at her hair and her neck?

Response: That which is apparent to me – and Allaah has the Complete Knowledge [of all affairs] – is that that is permissible without any previous agreement [between the two of them to do so].

He (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – that which means:

«If anyone’s heart settles on proposing to a woman, then he can look at that which will lead him to marry her», [transmitted by Ahmad 3/334, and Abu Daawood 2082.]

As for [this occurring] on the basis of a previous agreement  [between the two], then [in this case] it is not permissible to look at more than the face and hands [of the woman].

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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