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Is haq mehr compulsory?

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Answer # 1 #

The Haq Mehr is decided by the Muslim female. If it’s too much, you can bargain and lessen it, but she must agree.

The Haq Mehr knows no bounds. Umar (Ra), the second khalif of Islam, attempted to set a limit until he was accounted for by a woman. She argued that if the Prophet (saw) had not set a limit on him, how could he? He realized his error and changed his mind. Without mahr, the nikah contract is null and void. It is one of the nikah criteria that, if disregarded, will render the nikah null and void. It could be a tiny sum, but it has to be something.

The minimum quantity of Mehr is ten Dirham or the equivalent in US dollars (30.618-gram silver). According to Shariah, Mehr is not valid if it is less than it. There is no upper limit on the number of Mehr. You may fix as much Mehr as you choose with the approval of the girl and her guardians, subject to your financial capabilities. Yes, according to Shariah, it is not permissible to fix additional mehr solely for the purpose of boasting and showing off, or with the objective of not paying it.

There are two types of mehr, depending on the form of payment: mu’ajjal, or quick, and muwajjal, or deferred. Deferred payment is permitted for people who anticipate receiving payments at a later date. However, postponing payment unduly is a breach of contract. Some parents, in an attempt to be devout, claim that they are willing to fix their daughters’ mehr at the rate of the sharai mehr, which some elders have calculated to be the astonishing amount of Rs32.25! It is difficult to say where they obtained this figure. Sharia, or Islamic law, has not established or even recommended any amount that could be referred to as the sharai mehr.

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As you know now Haq mehr is a wedding gift given by a husband to his wife. It may be anything such as property, jewels, or cash. According to Islam, there should be no pressure on the groom when deciding on the Haq Mehr, which should be presented during the marriage. However, our society has shifted the concept. Haq Mehr is now typically handed to the woman following a divorce.

It is not advisable that a large amount of Haq Mehr be demanded.

When you return to the concept’s essential pillars, which are “respect,” “security,” and “means of the spouse,” calculating Mehr becomes simple. The idea of Haq Mehr does not encourage overburdening anyone. The Prophet (PBUH) is said to have advised a poor man to teach his wife to read as her Haq Mehr. What is suggested is that before allocating a budget for any incidental and transitory events of marriage, men should first contribute from their “means” what they feel to be appropriate “security” and “respect” for women of their own family, as Haq Mehr of their prospective wives.

Nobody is exempt from having to pay the mehr. From a common man to the Prophets.

When Hazrat Ali approached the Prophet to ask for Bibi Fatima’s hand in marriage, the Prophet’s first question was, “Do you have anything to give as mehr?” He claimed to own a horse and a saddle.

He sold his saddle and brought it to the Prophet for 480 dirhams. This sum was sufficient to meet the bride’s and the new household’s immediate needs. The concept of jahez, or the bride’s family lavishing her with household goods and gifts, does not exist in Islam. Learn more on this from our post on Dowry in Islam & 7 Reasons Why Dowry is a Curse.

On her husband’s deathbed, the widow is sometimes urged to forgive him. But still, the Mehr remains a liability on the husband throughout his life, and when he dies, his heirs inherit this debt and are obligated to pay it.

The inclusion of mahr in Islamic marriage represents a system that promotes love and respect. Its moral value outweighs its monetary value. In a religion that grants males the freedom to divorce and polygamy, the concept of mahr strengthens a wife’s bargaining power in her marital contract.

Marriages nowadays are handled with tremendous pomp and show, and a great deal of riches is wasted. If instead of spending so much money on meaningless things, the payment of mehr is prioritized, it would signify fulfilling a religious commitment. It would also be more in line with Quranic injunctions and the Prophet’s example and could provide some protection to the bride, particularly if she can invest the money profitably.

Answer # 2 #

Haq Mehar.

In the Islamic marriage contract the Nikah Nama covers haq mehar in clauses 13 - 16. It is a mandatory gift or token of respect given by the husband to the wife.

It is often a monetary amount. But It can be in the form of cash or gold or even property or another financial obligation that solely belongs to the wife. The mehar is in place on every nikah nama because it is something the wife is entitled to as a safety net for herself during the marriage or after if the marriage meets an end, either by circumstances outside of the spouses’ control or termination.

The amount is meant to be decided upon by the bride and groom together, an amount that feels fair and respectful to their present as well as their future goals.

There are two types of mehar, one which is promptly handed over to the bride on signage of the nikah nama, called Mu’ajjal, and then a deferred amount to be paid at a chosen date or time or whenever the wife asks for it, called Ghair Mu’wajjal. And the two are not mutually exclusive, a nikah nama can include both with some gifted now and some gifted later.

For example a monetary amount can be gifted at the time of the wedding ceremony and a year down the road property or jewelry or something else of value could be gifted between husband and wife

But in Pakistan the Haq Mehar’s significance often stops at being a “token” with many families putting down a minimal amount to fill the slot and not taking into account the importance of why it exists.

It is not uncommon to see the value jotted down as PKR 1 or only slightly more.

When couples in Pakistan get married often the first time they come into contact with a nikah nama is at their nikah when the ceremony has already begun. It leaves little time for a bride or groom to whip out their reading glasses and start taking in the contract they are binding themselves through.

But this money is money meant for half of the couple as protection. In fact, some courts in cases of separation and divorce will still award an amount to a wife even if it was not specified on the nikah nama because it is within her right to receive it. The importance of the mehar is such that one can evolve it throughout one’s marriage to match not only your own circumstances but that of the economy. A nikkahnama may be amended to increase the amount of Haq Mehar this is a great way to account for inflation and devaluation of monetary sums as dower.

Before signing the contract and embracing marriage, talking about your financial goals, hopes, dreams and present situation are crucial. The haq mehar plays a role in that and can be a topic that helps you and your new spouse get into the nitty gritty of how you feel about money, the role it plays in your lives and how you wish to handle money together as a unit going forward.

Balraj Talsania
Answer # 3 #


Mahr is an obligatory gift from the husband to the wife (usually of monetary value) for the wife to use as she pleases.

There is room for discussion as to what a bare minimum may be but there is some consensus that is should be no less than 10 dirhams (currently circa £200).

No. The Mahr can be immediate, deferred or a mix of the two. It is however, deemed practice, to give something to the wife before the marriage is consummated.

No. Mahr is a condition in a marriage contract. It does not affect the validity of the Nikkah contract itself.

The answer to this will vary depending on whether the parties have been alone together and whether the marriage has been consummated:

Where the wife is asking for a khula that is not due to the behaviour of the husband, then it is normal for the surrendered or paid back to the husband.

The customary dowry given to female members of the bride’s family should be used as a comparative figure for entitlement.

If the husband refuses to pay the Mahr, there is cause for a breach of contract claim, especially where there is a written Nikkah contract with a stipulated sum.

Where there is a legally recognised marriage in England and Wales, the Mahr can be considered as part of the financial divorce settlement.

If you need help with your financial settlement resulting from a breakdown of your marriage, we would suggest you contact Madia Aslam or one of our specialist Family team members below for more advice.

Immad hkuayip
Answer # 4 #

In the Islamic marriage contract the Nikah Nama covers haq mehar in clauses 13 - 16. It is a mandatory gift or token of respect given by the husband to the wife.

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