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What Arabic words are used for prompt and deferred Mahr?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by DarulIftaBirmingham


Answered by:  Maulana Tahsin Alam​


Question:


Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah


I would like to know quite clearly what Arabic words are used for Mahr which is considered to be prompt and for a Mahr which is to be deferred, along with some brief explanation of those words.


Answer:


 


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


 


‘Mahr,’ ‘ṣadāq’ or ‘ṣidāq’ are the Arabic terms for dowry. There are two types of Mahar:


1.    Mahar Muʿajjal (with a ʿayn): The giving of a partial sum of the dowry to the wife before the marriage is consummated. This is a recommended practice due to the narration; Nabi SAW prevented Ali RA from consummating the marriage with his daughter (Fāṭima RA) until he gave her something before.


 


2.    Mahar Mu’ajjal (with a hamza): The total payment of dowry, to be given to the wife, whose payment was deferred to a later date.[1] 


 


Only Allah Ta’ala knows best


Written by Maulana Tahsin Alam


Checked and approved by Ustadha Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah


Darul Ifta Birmingham


 


 



[1] Mulla ʿAli al-Qāri, Mirqāt al-Mafātīḥ (Pakistan: Maktabah Rashediyah, n.d.) volume 6 pg. 327.


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