Divorce Issues: Qur’an as Mahr, Shaykh (Dr) Sharof

QUESTION: If a brother taught his wife verses of the Qur’aan as mahr (dowry) and thereafter wishes to divorce her, what is the wife expected to pay before leaving him?

ANSWER: All perfect praise is for Allaah. According to the Sharee’ah, apart from the Companion that the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) allowed to use the twenty verses of the Qur’aan he taught his wife as Sadaaq (dowry), is it permissible for someone else to say, ‘I will teach you verses of the Qur’aan or I will teach you that which I know of knowledge as Sadaaq (dowry)? Our scholars say it is not permissible except if he cannot find what he could use as Sadaaq (dowry) to get a wife and he is unable to get something; then it will be permissible.

They want to do Khuloo (annul the marriage) in a situation whereby it is verses of the Qur’aan that one taught her to marry her. As for this kind of annulment of marriage, since money is not given out (as dowry) neither is it something which can be transformed to get money; for this reason, she will go freely because you didn’t give her anything that can be paid back as money. She will go without paying anything because according to the Sharee’ah, if we teach someone the Qur’aan, it is not permissible for us to collect money.

[SOURCE: QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION IN THE TAPE TITLED, ‘CONCEPT OF NIKAAH’]

Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey

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