What Is the Mahr (Dowry)? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum I do not know anything about mahr: What does it mean in Islam? Is it mandatory? What kinds of mahr exist? Answer: Wa’alaykum assalam. Thank you for your question. The Mahr is the dowry given to a woman upon marriage. The ruling on the dowry is that […]

My Fiancé Is Willing to Put Me Into Debt for a Ring. What Do I Do?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Assalam alaykum, My fiancé has asked for an engagement ring (5670 pounds), which I cannot afford unless I take out a loan. Her family is very wealthy, so she is used to a certain level of living. What do I do? Answer: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa […]

Will My Child Be Illegitimate If I Don’t Pay the Dowry of My Marriage?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam’aleykum Is it true that if someone refuses to pay the dowry of one’s marriage or can’t pay it due to death then the child born of this marriage will be considered illegitimate? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, No, what you have mentioned is incorrect. The dowry (mahr) […]

Is It Permissible for a Woman to Demand a Very High Dower and to Condition Its Payment on a Divorce?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As salam alaykum, These days it is becoming a norm for a woman to demand very high dower and some of them stipulate that this amount should be payed only if they end up divorced. Other stipulate for the amount to be payed in installments during the marriage. Is […]

What Would Be an Appropriate Amount to Ask for a Dowry?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: What would be an appropriate amount to ask for a dowry (mahar)? I live in Toronto, but my fiance is from Portland and we will be moving there. From what I understand cost of living in Portland is more affordable. What exactly would be a fair amount to request? […]

How Much Should I Ask to Get for a Marriage Dowry (Mahr)?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: As-Salam ‘alaikum I am getting married soon. I have a decision to come to about the meher. My question is how do you calculate how much I should request? I do not wish to ask for too much, as I feel it will seem inconsiderate. How should a […]

Some Rulings Related to the Dowry

Answered by Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Can gold jewelry be given as part of the mahr in addition to cash?  Is there a sunnah mahr amount? Also, I was given some cash and gifts for our engagement.  Should the cash and the gifts be equally divided? Answer: Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Congratulations […]