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Deferred Dowry

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Q: Could I get married without paying mahar (dowry) in cash? If I pay this in later,is it valid for me to meet with my wife? After marriage without paying mahar (but having intention to pay later), if I die, will it be troublesome on the day of the Qiyaamah?
A. One is allowed to defer the Mahr and pay it later. It will be a debt on you which will have to be paid to her later. You can meet/sleep with her before the Mahr is paid. If it was not paid and she did not make it Maaf, it will be a burden of an unpaid debt on you on the day of Qiyaamah.

Allah Ta’aala knows best. 

Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked by: Mufti Siraj Desai

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