What people here in Britain call dating, Muslims prefer to use 'courting'.
And while a date is usually focused on 1) Sex 2) New encounters and 3) Good times, Islamic courting has different priorities altogether.
The marital contract is the Nikah and no Islamic marriage is valid without it.
Sexual relationships, or any physical relationship between a man and woman for that matter, is not the initial experience because any physical act requires a spiritual attachment.Remember the ultimate Muslim belief: there is One True God Who creates love and unites people.His laws on interaction and dignity are priority throughout. There is no engagement in Islamic law, as understood by popular culture.In Islamic law, a physical relationship is initiated with a marriage () to gain God's blessings.Physical and deeper emotional attachments are a second or third aim, after this long-term commitment is made.