Haq mahr is the gift or dower given to the wife by her husband as a mark of respect at the time of marriage and it holds a significant place in Islam. Therefore, a young bride from Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, asked for Rs 100K worth of books from her husband.
Naila Shamal, a young author from Mardan tied the knot with a fellow author. However, for her haq mahr, she did not make the traditional demand for jewellery, money or property from her husband. Instead, she asked for something she values most — books.
The young author asked for Rs100K worth of books in her haq mahr. In a video doing rounds on social media, Naila Shamal can be seen in her bridal attire, explaining why she asked for the unusual haq mahr.
“I asked for books because, firstly, everything has become so expensive. We can’t afford these things [lavish weddings] due to inflation. I did this because we need to put an end to wrong customs. Our lives are getting so difficult due to them.
A bride Naila Shamal in Mardan KPK, Pakistan demanded books in Haq Mehr, worth 100k. The bride and the groom both are writers.
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She further said,
“Every woman wants gold and money, but as a writer I asked for books. If as a writer I myself do not value books, how can I expect ordinary people to value them? This was the real reason I asked for books for my haq mahr — we need to value books ourselves so we can ask others to do so as well.”
Her video is going viral and people are lauding her decision. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.