Divorce before consummation of nikaah

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I have a question regarding nikah. If we do nikaah during engagement. Due to some reasons girl is asking divorce before the actual marriage function. She didn’t come to our house. Can you please answer whether they will pay back the mehar and other things which we gave to the girl during engagement on nikaah.


A: If there was no consummation then she is only entitled to half the mahr.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)