Dowry is one of the major stigmas of KSA which has made marriages very expensive. It is important to clarify here that we are not talking about normal Mahar but exaggerated Mahar or dowry demanded by the relatives of Bride. It exhibits an ugly fact that the men with higher status and wealth can marry any girl without any restriction of age or creed just for the reason because they are able to pay dowry money. Greedy Mahram consider women a source to earn huge wealth by claiming huge amounts from Groom or his family. Recently a man in KSA challenged these local practices by asking Groom to make sure that he will make his daughter memorizeSurah Al Mulk as his dowry and in return he wants nothing else. It was surprising news for everyone as the bride’s daughter took an initiative against filthy trend of getting money.
Surah Al Mulk is famous for escape from Hell fire as Holy prophet S.A.W emphasized to recite it every night in order to stay away from hell fire. The father of Bride mentioned that he wants his daughter to live a happy and calm life and may her life be full of peace and Allah’s blessing after her death. For this reason, he asked his son in law to make her daughter memorize Surah Al Mulk. The other reason behind his act was to challenge the prevailing norms of getting exaggerated dowry on the marriage of daughter in Arab culture. Apparently people claim dowry money from groom for the safety of their daughters and state that it will keep her satisfied for life time as monetary and financial support is necessary in modern era. This is the biggest dilemma of KSA in lieu of Saudi women these days. Even women belonging to wealthy and rich families are facing such issues.
Abdul Rahman Bin Taher Al-Hakmi (the bride’s father) has become one of the initiators who have shown other side of the picture to us. He stated that peace is more important to live life than relying on material assets and financial reserves.
Recently another man in KSA did a strange act by claiming SR 2 as dowry money for groom just to pull down the tradition of dowry money in Kingdom. Steps taken by well aware Mahram have spread a message of wellbeing among groom.
It will also contribute towards dignity of Arab women by creating awareness that daughters and sisters are not source of money or assets. They have all the rights to own their assets and should not be treated like commodities.
Source: Riyadh Connect
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