Cii Radio | 21 Jumadal Ula 1437/02 March 2016

As the need arises, Muslims considering doing the nuptials scan the wires for the latest ‘Islamic economic indicators’ that provide them with updated figures on what should typically be paid as Mahr to start off one’s marriage the Sunnah way.

The mahr, often misleadingly called “dowry”, is defined as the “money or property etc. a husband must pay a woman at the time of Nikah to marry her [i.e. his wife-to-be].

Whilst these figures today are readily available from Ulama bodies who do all the background research and calculations for the public, it remains a worthwhile exercise to understand how the scholars arrive at such amounts.

In his weekly Fiqh lesson on Cii Radio, Mufti AK Hoosen explained the nuts and bolts of Mahr determination.

Many of the calculations centre around the Dirham, or a classical silver coin said to weigh approximately 3.1 grams

HANAFI MATH-HAB

Minimum amount for Mahr: 10 Dirhams = Approximately 31 grams of silver

MALIKI MATH-HAB

Minimum amount for Mahr: 3 Dirhams = Approximately 9.3 grams of silver

SHAFI’EE AND HANBALI MATH-HAB

There is no stipulation for a lower limit in Mahr according to these esteemed schools of Fiqh. In fact, they also allow for Mahr to take a non-material form

NB. According to all schools of thought, there is no maximum limit for Mahr. However, it is advised that Mahr not be made so high such that Nikah may prove unattainable.

MAHR FATIMI

Mahr Fatimi is that dowry which Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam stipulated for his beloved daughter Sayyidah Fatima radiallahu anha.

This amount is 500 Dirhams = Approximately 1531 grams of silver