Q&A: Can I See Her/His Picture?

Bismillah.

Question:

Is it permissible for someone to show a photograph of a girl (with proper hijab) or a boy to a family for the purpose of marriage? Or is it preferrable to meet up personally?

Answer:

This issue is intrinsically related to one’s position on photographs (which I’ve already elaborated on in a previous post).

In any case, in my humble opinion it is a very wise move to show a prospective suitor a photo of a girl he is interested in (and vice versa). There is no doubt that looks play a major role in deciding one’s life partner, therefore instead of a prospective couple meeting up and then one of them not liking the way the other looks (which will cause much embarrassment and hurt feelings) it is wiser to show a picture first. If the person wishes to proceed, fine, and if not, then not much damage has been done.

At this stage, I think it is wiser that a sister be wearing hijab in the photo, but as I elaborated in a previous post, it is allowed for her to be w/o hijab in front of prospective suitors.

And Allah knows best…

Yasir.

Source – AlMaghrib Forums

This is a very relevant issue to many brothers and sisters who are trying to get married. So in sha Allah, I hope this answer will help.

I’ll try to post some more interesting and relevant Q&As that I find. If you have a potential entry, then please do not hesitate to nominate one.

3 thoughts on “Q&A: Can I See Her/His Picture?

  1. Assalamu alaykum

    Akhi,i am really shocked to know that u find it ok to be without hijab infront of the suitors!
    Brother,it is the limit of Allah (SWT) and we cannot do it so.
    Sorry,if i am wrong in understading ur answer.

  2. Wa’alaikum as Salam

    Jazak Allaho khairan for the comment. The answer given above is by Sh. Yasir Qadhi. You can click on the link (Source) to find out more about him and stuff.

    I don’t recall the exact hadith and where it’s narrated, but it is permissible for the prospective suitor to see the woman as she appears normally in her house. WAllahu alam.

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