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I don't really understand why it is haram to have a relationship with the opposite sex (with no sexual intercourse), or even just be friends.

If I meet a girl, I would like to get to know her before getting married, and risk a miserable life with an incompatible partner.

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Sharia sometimes takes precautions. Quran does not say don't do Zina (unlawful sexual intercourse) , it says :

"And do not come near to unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way." http://tanzil.net/#trans/en.sahih/17:32

So Sharia makes haram not only the intercourse , but also touching , speaking (in a flirting/romantic manner) , looking with desire . being alone together .. etc.

"So do not speak too softly, lest the sick at heart lusts after you, but speak in an appropriate manner. " http://tanzil.net/#trans/en.itani/33:32

  • Quran 33:32 is for the wives of the prophet and not for other Muslim women. – Qaisar Khan Sep 4 '17 at 23:45
  • <comments deleted> Comments are intended for constructive criticism, not for argument and debate of controversial points. – goldPseudo Sep 12 '17 at 18:23

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