Village’s tradition of charging a sum of money if the husband is not an inhabitant is condemned

Question 1: Your Eminence Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz (may Allaah protect him)
Al-Salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)

We have an old tradition in some villages in the Southern Region. Anyone who marries his daughter or any one of his relatives to a man who is not from his village is obliged to pay two thousand Riyals which is called Maksar to his villagers to attend the Waleemah (wedding dinner) served in the husband’s village. If he refuses to pay the money, none of the villagers, males and females, goes with him or accepts his invitation to Waleemah. Anyone who goes with him will be fined and regarded as disobedient to the villagers.

It should be noted that this sum of money may be taken from the wife’s Mahr (mandatory gift to a bride from her groom) or from the property of the bride’s father. He pays it unwillingly only for the villagers to accompany him to the groom’s village. Please advise! May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: Wa `alaykum al-salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you too). To proceed:

This tradition is Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islaamic law and Muslims of sound intellect) and unjust… read more here.

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