Concept Of Dowry In Islam:
The practice of giving dowry is not a part of Islam. However, it is widespread in Asian countries. It is a practice which Islam does not authorize. Dowry is a simulation of early Hindu culture to not give daughters any share in the family property; But were given payments, part of which might be in the form of goods. Islam granted daughters a rightful share in their family property and inheritance.
Islam does not restrict a father from giving his daughter gifts, money or property, or arranging a wedding feast. But to make anything a demand and a way of exploitation of the bride’s father is, in my view, nothing short of an immoral and corrupt act that is wrong.
Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) About Dowry:
Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) gave his daughter Hazrat Fatimah (ra) various gifts when she married Hazrat Ali (ra). Still, there is no record of given anything to his other daughters on the occasion of their marriages. Moreover, the gifts given to Hazrat Fatimah (ra) were extremely modest household articles.
Haq Mehar to Wife:
Islam directs the groom to give a bridal gift or dower as a token of love and assurance to his wife at the time of marriage. In fact, without payment of this sum, the marriage cannot get solemnized. The Holy Quran instructs the believers:
“And give the women (whom you marry) their dower (obligatory bridal gift) happily.”
Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W) said:
“The best of the marriages is one which is least burdensome in the financial sense to the families of the bride and the groom.”
Thus he paved the way for people of all the times to come to live a life without stress and strain about daughters’ marriages.
“If I don’t kill her today, tomorrow she will kill me financially, or someone else will burn her for the sake of dowry.”
Young adults have to take this issue seriously and do some serious discussions with their parents about what’s Islamic and merely a cultural practice based on exploitation. Dowry is just one of many misconceptions about Islam. Let be clear and make it clear to others that there is nothing Islamic about it.