The mahr (dowry) is something that is paid by the man to his wife. It is paid to the wife and to her only as an honor and a respect given to her and to show that he has a serious desire to marry her and is not simply entering into the marriage contract without any sense of responsibility and obligation or effort on his part.
It has been referred to by many names in the texts and the books of fiqh:
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Marriage in Islam is a contract. Thus, as in any contract in Islam, there are elements which are considered essential to its existence, called arkan, the possibility of stipulations of different kinds, legal effects of the contract, etc. Each of these should be understood properly in order to ensure that the marriage has been performed in the proper manner and the rightful effects of the marriage are granted to each of the participating partners. Continue reading Fiqh of Marriage – The Marriage Contract
Who is One Allowed to Marry?
Allah mentioned most of the categories of women involved in this question in the following verses:
“And do not marry women whom your fathers married except what has already passed. It was indeed obscene, hateful and an evil way. (22) Forbidden to you in marriage are: your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your father’s sisters, your mother’s sisters, your brother’s sisters, your sister’s daughters, your wet nurse, your ‘sisters’ by nursing, your wives mothers, your step daughters under your guardianship born of your wives with whom you have consummated – if you did not consummate then there is no sin upon you, the wives of your blood sons, two sisters at the same time, except for that which has already passed. Verily, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (23) And those already married except those whom your right hand possesses (through capture). Allah’s ordinance upon you. And allowed for you are all besides these if you seek them with your property seeking chastity not fornication…” [Noble Quran 4:22-24] Continue reading Fiqh of Marriage – Eligibility