Can I Date Someone Who Is Accused of Murder?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

I want to date a man who has been accused but not convicted of murder. Is this a sin?

Answer

Thank you for your question. I don’t recommend doing this because dating is impermissible in Islam. If you want to marry this man, it is not sinful to consider it.

However, because he is not yet convicted for this crime, you should wait and see what verdict he gets. You don’t want to get engaged to someone in jail because it’s too unpredictable and not an optimal situation for you.

Do pray Istikhara: The Prayer of Seeking Guidance from now, asking Allah Most High to guide you, and see how his situation unfolds. May Allah give you success and the best-suited spouse to you.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqida, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.