Nasihah (Advice): Mahr (dowry)
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “Whoever marries a woman with the intention of not paying her Mahr (dowry) whether it be a meager amount or a huge amount, and he passes away in that state, he will meet Allah as a fornicator.” (Majmauz Zawaaid)
Question and Answer:
- If a husband gives his wife Mahr at the time of the Nikah, what authority does the wife have over it? If she remarries, does she have to return the Mahr to the previous husband?
(Question published as received)
- The wife is the sole owner of the Mahr she receives and has full authority over it.
If she remarries, she does not have to return the Mahr to the previous husband as it belongs to her.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Ebrahim Desai