What is Mahr in Islam?
The mahr is a traditional gift that is exchanged between the husband and the bride during the wedding ceremony. A gift of this kind is referred to as a mahr in Arabic. On the occasion that Mehr is not precisely mentioned in the marriage contract. The husband is nonetheless obligated to pay the mahr to the wife in an amount that is fair. Both the Quran and the hadith make reference to the need for a Mehr on a number of occasions.
“And give the women (on marriage) their Mahr as a gift” (Quran 4:4)
Before they may be married, Muslim grooms are expected to negotiate a monetary settlement with their future wives. This particular financial arrangement is referred to as Mahr. And it is a present to her that she is free to employ in any manner that she considers appropriate. The Mehr is a type of protection that the girl may employ in the event that she does not have anything else with her from her home. The parties usually sign Mahr contracts in order to reach an agreement on the Mahr payment.
What should be done with the money that was given to them in the form of mahr is a decision that must be made alone by the wife. The husband leaves it entirely up to the wife to decide. How she would spend the money that she has received Mehr? No one outside her has the authority to take any of it away from her, not even herself. The rights to Mahr are not equally split between the woman’s parents and the husband and wife.
In the future, if the woman decides that she wants a divorce, she will give Mehr back to him and instead get a Khula. When a marriage fails for very insignificant causes, the woman is often given the right to retain the Mahr.
Why is Mahr important?
Nikah is missing a few essential parts because of which it cannot be considered fully formed. One of them is the Mahr, which may be a present of either tangible or immaterial goods given by the husband to his wife.
“And give the women [upon marriage] their [bridal] gifts graciously. But if they give up willingly to you anything of it, then take it in satisfaction and ease” (Al-Nisa 4)
Why is dowry prohibited in Islam?
Dowry is the sum of money, gold, real estate, vehicles, and other goods that the bride’s family gives to the groom and his family in return for the bride’s hand in marriage.
Dowry is a non-Islamic practice that is often observed. It has pomp and ceremony in addition to other evil features. Demanding Dowry is forbidden. Consequently, the practice of Dowry must be eliminated.
However, daughters and sons-in-law are permitted to receive gifts if their parents give them out of love.