Explaining the Quranic verse (33:50)

Question

Regarding dowry, what is the meaning behind Surah-al-Ahzab, (33:50) where it says, “…Any believing woman who gives herself to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her; This for thee, and not for the Believers.”

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad, peace be upon him, is His slave and Messenger.

The mentioned verse was revealed about the women who were made lawful to The Prophet peace be upon him in marriage. Among them is a woman who offers herself to the Prophet peace be upon him. It was allowed for him to marry her without bridal money. The verse further says that this ruling was special for the Prophet peace be upon him no Muslim can share this ruling with him.

So, if a woman offers herself to a man to marry her without bridal money, then it is invalid because bridal money is one of the conditions of a marriage to be valid. If one marries without bridal money and consummates the marriage, then she should be granted the bridal money equal to that given to women in her status.

Imam Ibn Kathir, May Allah have mercy upon him, said in the interpretation of the above-mentioned verse that Ikrimah, May Allah have mercy upon him, said: ‘It means that accepting a woman who gives herself in marriage is only allowed except for you (i.e., the Prophet peace be upon him). So, if a woman gives herself to any man in marriage, she will not be lawful for him unless he gives her something (as bridal money).’

It is compulsory upon every man other than the Prophet peace be upon him to give bridal money for marriage, because Allah Says (what means): {And give the women [upon marriage] their [bridal] gifts graciously} [Quran 4:4].

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Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan

Prepared by Mohamad Mostafa Nassar- Australia.

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