Dowry in Islam

Salam and Greeting readers,

“The best of mahrs is the simplest (or most affordable).”

Narrated by al-Haakim and al-Bayhaqi, classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3279

Mahr (dowry) is a fiqh term meaning the amount of money paid to the bride during marriage, the goods or the amount of money that a woman deserves by signing the marriage contract.

Mahr is the right of the woman; she does not have to give it to her husband to spend it on the expenses of their home. However, she may give it to her husband on her own accord, without any force.

Islam does not order the woman to save money in order to give it to the man when she gets married as it is the practice in Christianity; on the contrary, it orders the man to give the woman something as a present and as a symbol of his desire for her. Men are obliged to pay mahr; not women in Islam. It is as a result of the respect shown to women.

“According to Imam Malik, the minimum amount of mahr is three Silver Dirhams equivalent to 1/4 Gold Dinar. That madhhab (sect) based that comparison to their own criteria for theft. The minimum amount for the punishment of theft is one dinar gold coin; mahr was compared to that. One dinar gold coin equaled to ten dirhams silver money.

“Abu Hanifah had come to a similar conclusion before him. For he compared the dowry with the cutting of the hand. In his system, the hand cannot be cut, except in a dinar or twelve dirhams and according to him there is no dowry below that” (Qurtubi)

“Imam Shafii and Ahmad b. Hanbal did not determine a minimum limit for mahr. Their evidence is that there is no minimum limit for mahr in the verse regarding mahr”


Women! You are worth no less than a gold dinar or more! ;)

:credit to Sakinah

Curios how much 1 gold dinar is now? Refer:


Myra Arshad (: said...

thanks for the info bro ! ('',)

yArdSty said...


donnatiqa shah said...

tp lahh slalu salah tafsir kn bila bab2 nak bg hantaran ni...pihak perempuan mesti nak letak mahal2...yg pihak laki plak nmpk mcm terpaksa je nak bg...

yArdSty said...

itu sebab kaum Melayu punya adat,
ikutkan tak peru pun hantaran,mas kahwin tu yang penting. kan

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