Q. Who has the right to stipulate the Mahr? The girl or the boy? If the Mahr was not stipulated, what is the amount of Mahr that should be given to the girl?
A. It is the right of a woman to stipulate the Mahr amount. Usually, the Mahr amount is mutually agreed upon prior to the Nikah. However, a woman is not forced to accept the Mahr amount offered by the man prior to the Nikah.
If the Mahr amount is not stipulated prior to the Nikah, then the Mahr amount will be equivalent to the average Mahr of other women in the woman’s family. (Al-Muheet-ul-Burhaani 3/84)
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
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