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Dowry has become very common social problem in India. Do we have hadith supporting and or rejecting this very idea of dowry? However, in Saudi Arabia or other Muslim countries dowry is paid back by groom’s side. Why this difference in marriage?

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Dowry has become very common social problem in India. Do we have hadith supporting and or rejecting this very idea of dowry? However, in Saudi Arabia or other Muslim countries dowry is paid back by groom’s side. Why this difference in marriage?

Answer

(Fatwa: 260/260/M=1434)

The permissibility of dowry can be established from hadith only to an extent that the daughter is married simply by giving some necessary things and it should be free from demands, customs, prompt and show and other formalities. The trend of ongoing dowry which involves several evils and atrocity is not supported by any Hadith rather it is condemned by hadith. The current difference between Indian culture and that of Saudi Arabia is due to custom and tradition.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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