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Wedding ring as mahr

Fatwaa ID: 1129

Assalamualaikum. Can only a wedding ring (diamond ring) be considered ‘mehr’ for the bride (no other monetary amount). Or is that considered separate from the ‘mehr’ responsibility of the groom?

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

In principle, anything can be given as mahr provided that it is worth at least 10 dirhams (according to the Hanafi legal school) and that the bride agrees to it. Mahr does not have to be a monetary amount. Mahr should be something reasonable that is mutually agreed upon by both parties after consideration of his financial condition as well as her family status. In the enquired situation, a diamond wedding ring alone may be given as mahr if the bride agrees to that. The mahr is the right of the bride and she is in her right to demand more. It should also be noted that the groom is not religiously obligated to give any other gifts besides the mahr.

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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