Question 4: A man here in Kashmir has to spend huge sums of money on his daughter’s wedding; he has to give gifts, home appliances, and a car or a refrigerator, for example, to the groom, based on what they ask for. These have become almost a custom. The father also has to willingly give him jewelry and expensive clothes sometimes, and bear the costs of the wedding, which can amount to hundreds of thousands of Rupees. This man may also face problems if he does not offer these requirements, as engagement or marriage break-up.
The question is: Can the money spent on a daughter’s wedding be deducted from her share in the inheritance, and is it lawful for a woman’s share in inheritance to be relinquished?
Answer: In marriage contract, it is obligatory for the Mahr (mandatory gift to a bride from her groom) to be paid by the husband, as Allaah addresses husbands saying: And give to the women (whom you marry) their Mahr (obligatory bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) with a good heart; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, take it, and enjoy it without fear of any harm (as Allaah has made it lawful).... read more here.
All praise be to Allaah Alone, the Lord of the worlds. The best outcome will be for the righteous. May peace and blessings be upon the servant of Allaah, His Messenger and the best of His creatures, Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah and upon his family and Companions and whoever is guided by his guidance until the Day of Resurrection.
I received a query from Pakistan sent by brother Manzur Ahmad, head of the Arabic University, Ginyut, West Pakistan. He wrote, saying:
“What is the opinion of the respected scholars regarding `Eesa’s (Jesus’) life, bodily ascent to the heavens and descent to the earth near the Day of Resurrection and the view that his descent is one of the signs of the Last Hour? What is the ruling on those who deny Eesa’s return near the Day of Resurrection, claiming that he was crucified, but did not die and immigrated to Kashmir in India where he lived for a long time and died naturally? They also claim that he will not return at the approach of the Last Hour, but one who bears spiritual similarity to him will appear. Please answer us, may Allaah reward you!”
Answer: We seek help from Allaah and in Him we put our trust. There is neither might nor power except with Allaah. Proofs from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah affirm that `Eesa, son of Maryam (Mary, peace be upon them) and the slave and Messenger of Allaah, was raised, body and soul, to the heavens. He was neither murdered nor crucified. He will, at the end of time, descend to kill Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal (the Antichrist), break the cross, kill the pig and abolish the Jizyah (poll tax required from non-Muslims living in an Islaamic state)… read more here.