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Dowry is an amount of money that the groom should pay to his to be wife at the time of marriage contract. It is mandatory by Quran and Sunnah and it becomes wife’s property. It is enjoined by God to honor brides.
Nikah or marriage is encouraged in Islam, it is endorsed in the Qur’an, the Sunnah and the unanimity of scholars because it protects fabric of the family and the Islamic social structure.
Wives should always keep their husband’s secrets, revealing them to no one. Allah says: ‘The righteous women are devout, guarding the intimacy which Allah has ordained to be guarded’ (4: 34).
The Dowry refers to the money the groom must pay to his bridegroom in connection with the marriage contract. Ruling: The husband must pay the dowry to his wife once the contract has been made, and it cannot be written off. This is clear from the Qur’an, as Allah says: ‘Give women their dower as a free gift’ (4: 4).
When a proposal is accepted, even implicitly, no other man may make a proposal of marriage to the same woman if he is aware of the first proposal. It is forbidden to make a direct expression of one’s desire to a widowed woman while she is in her waiting period.
In Islam we are encouraged to meet a potential spouse in the presence of a Mahram and get to know them. Many ahadith encourage looking at and physically meeting a potential spouse.