Question of the Day: Courting 24 January 2007Posted by SA'ILA in Culture, SA'ILA.
Dating, as a concept, is generally looked down upon in Muslim communities. Courtship, on the other hand, does not have the same negative connotation and in many Muslim circles, is permitted, with varying rules and regulations, and as defined by the family and particular cultural background.
How different are the two? And how should one refer to the period whereby two individuals are getting to know each other for the purpose of marriage, especially if it is over a long period, where an engagement/marriage may take some time to be announced publicly? Are these two individuals “dating”? Or “courting”? Or are they simply “involved in a process”?
How should these words, these processes, fit into the life of a Muslim?