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Islam and pre-wedding photography

Salam alaikum. Does Islam permit pre-wedding photography?

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

There is no issue with such photography as long as the couple are not alone together and as long as there is no touching between them. However, a couple can perform their Islamic engagement ceremony (nikāḥ) before the wedding. If they do that, then they can do anything that a married couple do in photos without issue.

And God knows best.

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