Question: Is dating before marriage allowed in Islam?Answer: Islam does not allow for any physical dating before an actual marriage takes place.
It should not be taken lightly, nor left to chance or hormones.
This includes teachings on the relationship between a male and a female, the ‘halal’(permissible) way, which means something that is approved as religiously proper for a Muslim. Islam directed that a man and a woman should avoid being alone with one another.
Through examples of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and verses of Islam’s holy book, the Quran, there are a few points we can draw from to better understand why dating or unnecessary mixing between sexes is forbidden. The Prophet Mohammad (May peace and blessings be upon him) has said, “No man should be alone with a woman except when there is a (a family member) with her” (Sahih Muslim), This is of course to avoid any sin through action or thought.
It should be taken as seriously as any other major decision in life - with prayer, careful investigation, and of course family involvement.
Although in our society now, men and women date first to find out if they would make a suitable couple for a long-term relationship.