In-laws taking away daughter in-law’s jewellery and refusing to pay her mahr

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: Is it right for an ex husband and his family to keep all the wifes jewelleries and refused to pay her maher? Last year his parents went for hajj but they still refused to give back what is hers. What’s the Islamic understanding of this matter? She left it upto Allah but doesn’t understand why they would steal her jewellery without her consent.


A: The mahr etc. and jewellery must be given to the wife as it belongs to her. The husband has got no right to demand this.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)