Mahr as working for the father-in-law for a certain period

Question 11: I am poor and cannot afford marriage. A man offered to give me his daughter in marriage provided that I work for him for a one month period, and this shall be her Mahr (dowry to a bride from the groom).The man’s daughter agreed to this offer, is this permissible in Islaam? Could this be a valid marriage?

Answer: If the matter is as mentioned, it is permissible to work for this man for one month and consider this the Mahr for his daughter; and the marriage would be valid... read more here.

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Wife hating her father-in-law

Question 8: I have a wife who lives in a separate house away from my parents whom she deeply hates. She does not even like them to come to the house. It should be noted that she has four children. When my parents visit me, she does not serve them. It is I who serve them food, which I actually buy from restaurants, make them coffee, and prepare their beds. I do not let them feel my wife’s dislike for them. When they ask me about her, I tell them that she and I had a quarrel. I do not want them to feel that she hates them.

Please advise me. What should I do as regards my parents, this wife, and the children who are torn between their motherand me? Since I do not want to offend my wife, I would like to give her advice through your Fatwaa’ (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar). I will give the Fatwaa’ to one of her brothers to read it to her as she is illiterate. Al-salaamu `alaykum warahmatullaah wabarakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)

Answer: Both the spouses should fear Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and do their duties towards each other in kindness. They should both be kind to their in-laws in order to create intimacy and become a close-knit family. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: …and live with them honourably. He (Glorified be He) also says… read more here.