What the Qur’an says about dating

Question: What does the Qur’an say about dating and extramarital relations?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Sex is not considered bad in Islam. What is considered bad and low is extramarital relations.

Allah Most High says, ‘And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers.’ [Qur’an 5:5]

Although it is not forbidden to marry someone who one is in a sinful relationship with, such a man or woman is not necessarily the best person for one’s long term success in this life or the next.

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I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language