Paying the value of the delayed Mahr in another currency
Fatwa No: 92565

  • Fatwa Date:22-11-2006 - Thul-Qi'dah 2, 1427
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Question

We were married in Pak. The mahar was set at 50,000 sika-e-raijul-waqt. Mahar was not paid in Pak immediately after marriage as should have been. I want to pay mahar now but we live in USA. Am I obligated to pay in US $ 1 for 1 i.e. instead of Pk rupee 50,000 am I obligated to pay US $50,000. Please advise. Thanks.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

The delayed dowry is a debt which the husband is obliged to pay, and a debtor is obliged to pay whatever debts he owes. Therefore, you have the choice either to pay in Pakistani currency (i.e. 50,000 Rupees) or using another currency, provided that this will be at the exchange rate of the same day when you pay the dowry.

Ibn 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that he came to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and said to him: ''I sell camels in Al-Baqee', for Deenaars (golden currency) and take Dirhams (silver currency) for them, and sell for Dirhams and take Deenaars for them." Thereupon, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: ''There is no harm in this provided you take the amount at the current rate of the same day and so long as you do not separate leaving something to be settled." [Ahmad].

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 83231 and 83166

Allaah Knows best.

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