Giving the woman half the Mahr if she is divorced before consummating the marriage

A: Anyone who divorces his wife before consummating the marriage is obligated to pay her half the designated Mahr, unless she gives up this right. If the man has not designated a Mahr and has not consummated the marriage, the woman is entitled to the Mut`ah (a suitable gift), (Part No. 20; Page No. 64) based on his financial abilities. The case is not affected by whether the man marries another women or not, or remains married to a woman for a long or short period. Whatever the disagreement, the final decision is with the Shari`ah court. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.