Nasihah (Advice): Mahr and Walimah
Sayyiduna Anas Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam saw the traces of Sufra (yellow perfume) on Abdur-Rahman bin Auf Radhiyallahu Anhu and asked, “What is this?”He said, “I have married a woman and have paid gold equal to the weight of a date stone (as her Mahr).” He (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “May Allah bless you. Offer a Walimah (banquet) even with one sheep.” (Musnad Ahmad)
Question and Answer:
Q.Salaams Is it necessary to announce the mahr during the nikah ceremony? Should it be announced as “as agreed between the parties” rather than the actual amount?. The amount of mahr given by a poor person will not match that given by a billionaire or rich persons. Announcements may cause some people to “live with the Jones” and agree to give deferred mahr which they do not possess and which the bride will never get as is the custom in Pakistan. A poor person may feel ashamed if he cannot match the value of mahr announced by the rich. Jazakallah Wslm
(Question published as received)
- The announcement of the Mahr amount at the time of the Nikah is not a requirement for the validity of the Nikah. Hence, it is not necessary to announce the Mahr amount at the time of the Nikah.
At the same time, to announce the Mahr amount at the time of the Nikah serves as an encouragement for grooms to give their brides a reasonable Mahr amount.
However, if this leads to grooms taking debts to compete with each other’s families etc., the Mahr amount should not be announced at the time of the Nikah.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.)