Importance of Mahr in Islam


Importance of Mahr in Islam

What is Mahr?

Mahr is mandatory gift that the husband gives to his wife at the Nikah . In Arabic terms, such a gift is called Mahr

Allah says 

“And give the women (on marriage) their Mahr as a gift” (Quran 4:4)

Before the marriage, the Muslim groom must first agree to a financial arrangement with the bride. Mahr is the name of the financial arrangement, which is a gift to her that she is free to use however she sees fit.

The girl can utilise the Mahr as protection if she does not have any belongings from her home. The parties usually enter into Mahr contracts in order to agree on the Mahr payment.

Why is Mahr important?

Nikah consist a few key components that it would be incomplete without following. One of these is the Mahr,  like material or non material gift by the husband to his wife in Nikah.

Allah says in this Hadith,

“So marry the slave girls with their people’s permission. and give them their compensation according to what is reasonable.” [An-Nisa 4:25]

Allah made it necessary for the latter to give them anything when they marry them, Even after their guardian’s agreement. In a similar vein, Allah commanded Muslim men to continue financially supporting their wives’ basic food, clothing, shelter, and maintenance needs after the marriage.

How much Mahr?

Our Prophet [SAW] says, 

“Go and look for something, Even if it is a ring of iron.”

When the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) officiated or assisted in the weddings of his companions, He gave his approval for a wide range of Mahr, From a straight forward iron ring to a chunk of gold the size of a date stone to the mastery of the Quran and Hadith.

Mahr has being referred to dowry under the Islam and it takes numerous form’s. Some of are highlighted below:

  • Jewellery
  • Clothes
  • Material gift
  • Non-material gift

Why is dowry haram in Islam?

Dowry is the amount of money, gold, property, automobiles, and other valuables paid by the bride’s family to the groom and his family in exchange for marrying her. 

However, it is permissible for daughters and sons-in-law to accept presents if their parents freely offer them out of love.

It is permissible for daughters and sons-in-law to accept gifts if their parents freely offer them out of love.

Bottom line

So, Mahr is an obligation according to the Holy Quran. Mahr is a bride’s right that should be provided to her. The gift given by the husband is a symbol of respect to the woman. 

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