The Marriage Contract
A marriage must be contracted in the presence of the woman's guardian and two witnesses.
The Mahr, dowry or marriage gift, which is an important element of the Islamic marriage, should be agreed upon before the ceremony. The man should give his bride a marriage gift which should suitably reflect his affection and respect as well as his appreciation that she has chosen and consented to marry him. The dowry or marriage gift can be in the form of money, clothing, jewellery, property or other items of use to her or requested by her and agreed by both.
Going to the extremes in the case of dowry is not encouraged because it leads to the whole of society attaching too much importance to it. Neither should it be treated as a matter of triviality or unimportance but should reflect the respect with which the prospective husband holds his future wife.
Tuesday 21st of May 2013