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'Verily the Creator can only be described by that which He Himself has described Himself, and how can the Creator ever be described anyway, Whom the senses are incapable of perceiving and the imaginations unable to grasp and the ideas unable to confine and the sights unable to contain?! He is too exalted for the description of those who undertake to describe, and too high to be attributed by those who seek to attach attributes to Him.'

Imam Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hadi [as]
Kashf al-Ghamma, v. 3, p. 176

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Question : #353 Category: Marriage - Nikkah
Subject: significance of the engagement ceremony
Question: What is the significance of the engagement ceremony? Boys and girls inter-mingle freely after the engagement (i.e. Mangni) ceremony. Is there any prescribed system in Islam, which will make this inter-action permissible?
Answer: Engagement in itself does not alter the relationship of the boy and the girl. Engagement has no significance in Islam except that they intend to get married to each other in future.
Both remain Na-Mahram and they cannot go out together or hold hands after the engagement.

One solution is to perform Aqd-e-Muwaqqat in which the girl puts the condition that there will be no sexual relationship and she will be married to him for a fixed period, say from today for six months (or till the time they intend to get married) against a Mahr of x dollars (or any amount for that matter).

Hence the dignity of the girl and the boy is safeguarded and they can go out, talk to each other, etc.

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