Huzooraa was asked… whether it was necessary to proclaim the amount of mahr on the occasion of the announcement of nikah.
Huzooraa, in his letter dated 22 July 2019, gave the following answer.
“As far as mentioning the amount of mahr on the occasion of the announcement of nikah is concerned, it is not compulsory because according to the injunctions of the Holy Quran, nikah can take place even without first settling the dowry, as it is said:
لَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيۡكُمۡ اِنۡ طَلَّقۡتُمُ النِّسَآءَ مَا لَمۡ تَمَسُّوۡهُنَّ اَوۡ تَفۡرِضُوۡا لَهُنَّ فَرِيۡضَةً ۚۖ وَّ مَتِّعُوۡهُنَّ ۚ عَلَي الۡمُوۡسِعِ قَدَرُهٗ وَ عَلَي الۡمُقۡتِرِ قَدَرُهٗ ۚ مَتَاعًۢا بِالۡمَعۡرُوۡفِ ۚ حَقًّا عَلَي الۡمُحۡسِنِيۡنَ
‘It shall be no sin for you if you divorce women while you have not touched them, nor settled for them a dowry. But provide for them – the rich man according to his means and the poor man according to his means – a provision in a becoming manner, an obligation upon the virtuous.’” (Surah al-Baqarah: Ch.2, V.237)