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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mahar

Definition: payment which the bride is entitled to receive from the groom in consideration of marriage, according to Islamic laws.

How much is the average mahar in Kuwait these days?
I’ve heard Kuwaiti guys/men complain that even though they’d like to get married they can’t afford to pay the mahar. Is it such a large sum?
And does the groom or the groom’s father pay the mahar usually?
What does the bride spend the money on? Does she even spend it usually, or like put it away in a bank account in case she needs it in the future?
And since we’re discussing marriage, who pays for the wedding expenses (dress, reception, food etc)? How much does a wedding cost in Kuwait these days? Once I was told that wedding cakes alone are in the hundreds.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Reema said...

I think most popular or average mahar is around 10 thou dinars but it could be less like 5 thou KD, some who come from very rich families could go over board if you know what i mean, it really depends on both families. Mahar doesn't only include the money some families demand a car plus a house and so on, mostly the father's groom pays it that's if they could afford it.

As for the bride she can whatever she wants with the money, save or spend it. As for the wedding costs again it depends on how rich the family is, some do it at home others in fancy hotels bringing along famous singers and it could cost A LOT. For example my friend's wedding cost about 50 thou KD her family paid it all. Do i think it's too much for 1 night? well yes, even the holy Prophet of Islam said the best women are those with less mahar, in my opinion religion wise i don't think it should be this way.

Unfortunately this has become a major problem with some men because they couldn't afford it.

1:49 AM, February 16, 2006  
Anonymous Pearls said...

'Mahar' i.e. dowry is a traditional practice.

Many men here are able to pay at least two thousand because our government helps out with four thousand; half of which is a gift and the rest should be paid back in installments with no interest taken.

This is true only if the man chooses to marry a Kuwaiti woman. But many girls would request 4-5 thousands max.

It's money, we can do anything with it! It’s always good to invest it in something.

9:36 PM, February 16, 2006  
Blogger Ali said...

LOTS of questions ... i think i'll have an answer whenever i decide to get married ;)

9:12 PM, February 18, 2006  
Blogger TANTALIZE said...

Too much! I'd rather use the cash to buy a nice car instead on 'purchasing' a woman. With so many Kuwaiti women who aren't virgins these days and/or delve in anal (virtual sex as I love to call it) before marriage, it almost defeats the purpose of paying any dowry when the women do not even follow what they are supposed to.

I'd love to see the day when tradition takes a backseat and women start paying some or all of the dowry to men. Maybe then the type of communication and loyalty that women fantasize/expect of men could actually come true. At least for a little while longer! ;^)

6:25 PM, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous Reema said...

I think my DH is a happy man cuz i only asked for 25$ for mahar hehehe i say who cares about the money it's his heart that i bought and vise versa ;)

3:01 AM, February 21, 2006  

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