Lady Declines R59k Bride Price, Demands 40 Days Studying of Holy Book from Groom

Lady Declines R59k Bride Price, Demands 40 Days Studying of Holy Book from Groom

  • A young lady turned down the traditional bride price, opting for a unique alternative that quickly captured widespread attention
  • In the clip, she refused a dowry of R59,304, expressing her sole desire for her spouse to recite a passage from the sacred text for 40 consecutive days
  • The gentleman engaged in discussions over the dowry terms in the presence of others, culminating in their collective departure

In a remarkable turn of events that swiftly resonated across the digital landscape, a young woman boldly rejected the customary bride price, opting instead for a deeply personal and spiritual request.

Captured in a compelling video, the woman stood firm against the offer of a substantial dowry amounting to R59,304.

Woman turns down dowry payment
Lady declines R59k bride price. Images: Allanswart/ Klaus Vedfelt
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Lady rejects bride price, requests spiritual journey

As shared by @imamasad5550, her counterproposal was simple yet profound: she asked her future husband to dedicate himself to the spiritual act of reciting a specific verse from their holy book for a period of 40 days.

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Her request is a testament to her values and her importance on faith and devotion over material wealth.

The scene unfolded with the prospective groom engaged in earnest negotiations over the terms of the dowry, a conversation typically steeped in tradition and expectation.

Watch the video below:

Social Media users react to woman's request

Netizens flocked to the comment section and shared their piece.

Erzadark said:

“It takes 2 hours to read surah baqarah.”

@Zaki Ahmad wrote:

“What an excellent Mehr request. May Allah bless their marriage.”

@Kulow commented:

“That's a nice thing but your Mehr money is supposed t benefit u incase of divorce or he passes. U get less inheritance but u get dowry. men pay dowry.”


“She is testing his patience and love for allah and love for her what a smart women and smart mehr.”

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@Ina ljaabo Cibaad exlaimed:

“Quran is not mehr. These people should learn about the command of mehr. Mehr is for security for the woman in case of divorce.”

@Mohsin Ahmed added:

“This is a beautiful Mehr request. May Allah bless them.”

@Baby vixen said:

“Isn't Mehr to ensure the wife will be okay financially in the case of something happening?”

@George shared:

“I would be honoured if I got a request like that.”

@Aaba said :

“People misunderstand the Quran as being a mahar.”

@April umer asked:

“So dowry is islamic?”

@User7389555721467 reacted:

“Red flag for sure o.”

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While some found the post amusing, it sparked a conversation about cultures and bride price.

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