Hadith on Nikah: Looking at a prospective marriage candidate

Al-Mughirah ibn Shu’bah reported: He proposed to a woman in marriage and the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Look at her, for it is the best way to make lasting affection between you.

Al-Tirmidhi said, “Some of the people of knowledge adhered to this tradition. They said: There is nothing wrong with looking at her as long as he does not see parts of her forbidden to see.”

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1087

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ الْمُغِيرَةِ بْنِ شُعْبَةَ أَنَّهُ خَطَبَ امْرَأَةً فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ انْظُرْ إِلَيْهَا فَإِنَّهُ أَحْرَى أَنْ يُؤْدَمَ بَيْنَكُمَا

قال الترمذي ذَهَبَ بَعْضُ أَهْلِ الْعِلْمِ إِلَى هَذَا الْحَدِيثِ وَقَالُوا لَا بَأْسَ أَنْ يَنْظُرَ إِلَيْهَا مَا لَمْ يَرَ مِنْهَا مُحَرَّمًا

1087 سنن الترمذي كتاب النكاح باب ما جاء في النظر إلى المخطوبة

1087 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح في صحيح الترمذي