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Mahr of Khadijah (R), Ideal Mahr amount

Fatwaa ID: 1386

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Hope you are in the best state of Health & Imān Dear Shaykh..

I wanted to ask few things regarding Mahr..

  1. Was the mahr given by Rasūlullāh ﷺ to Khadijah R.A before Sharī’ah/Islam?
  2. How much should the mahr of today’s time be..since our Local community (Jamāt) has kept a standard of (5000-10,000 kenya shillings/ 36-70 $) not burdening the men hence making Nikkah easy.

But my in laws to be were demanding 200,000 kenya shillings ( approx 1470 $) since they say that was Mahr e Fātimiyyah even after me preparing to give gifts and jewelry worth more than 500,000 kenya shillings ( 3676 $).

Kindly advice on this what should i do.

Jazākumullāhu khayran.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. Yes. The books of seerah mention that Rasulullah ﷺ gave Sayyidah Khadeejah (R) a mahr of twenty goats or twenty camels.
  2. Mahr is the right of the bride. Whatever she agrees on will be the final. If she wishes to demand more, that is her choice. Nevertheless, Mahr mithl is the ideal amount to decide on. This is the average amount given as mahr to similar women in that family on the father’s side. When determining this, many aspects are considered and compared. Some of the mashaayikh suggest that it is commendable to give Mahr Azwaajun Nabi or Mahr Faatimi. According to today’s rate, Mahr Azwaajun Nabi is $1225.57 USD and Mahr Faatimi is $1176.54.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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