Giving or receiving gifts from fiancé after the engagement

Can the girl accept presents such as Islamic books etc from her fiancé? He is not giving her directly he just giving to her mum. So in shariah   can the girl accept the presents?

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

Answer

An engagement is a promise between two prospective spouses or their families of marriage. The purpose of engagements is a confirmation to marry. At that stage, the boy and girl are still strangers to one another in that they cannot communicate with one another.

Generally speaking, giving or receiving gifts from strange men is allowed if there is no possibility or fear of fitna (current or potentially in the future) and there is an appropriate reason for giving or receiving it.

Regarding your situation, as you will Insha Allah be marrying this man soon it will be permissible to receive gifts from him. However, care should be taken that he in person is not giving you the gift as this may lead to intermingling which is unlawful in Islam.

Saaiduna Jarir Bin Abdullah Radiallah Anhu narrates that I asked the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam about the sudden glance (that is cast) on the face (of a non-Mahram). He commanded me that I should turn away my eyes. (Sahih Muslim)

Saaiduna Uqba Bin Amir Radiallahu Anhu narrates that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam said, “Beware of entering upon the ladies.” A man from the Ansar said, “Allah’s Apostle! What about the in-laws of the wife?” The Prophet replied, “The in-laws of the wife are death itself.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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