Definitions for MAHR
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A mandatory gift from the groom to the bride upon marriage in Islamic cultures.
In Islam, a mahr is a mandatory required amount of money or possessions, paid by the groom to the bride at the time of marriage, for her exclusive use. While the mahr is often money, it can also be anything agreed upon by the bride such as jewelry, home goods, furniture, a dwelling, or even a viable business that is put in her exclusive ownership and can be run entirely by her if she chooses. Mahr is often mistranslated into English, from a translator's lack of knowledge of the true meaning of the word dowry, or is mistranslated into the word gift. The mahr is not a gift, but a mandatory requirement for all Muslim marriages. The terms "dowry" and "bride price" are sometimes used to translate mahr, but these are misleading. There is no concept of dowry in Islam. The term dowry is inaccurate, as strictly speaking it is the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings forth to the marriage, usually provided by her parents or family. In Islamic marriages, such assets brought into the union by the wife may only be accepted by the husband after the mahr has been paid by him to her.
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