Ruling on Fak Al-Wizrah

Q: After concluding the marriage contract and paying the Mahr (mandatory gift to a bride from her groom), and before the consummation of marriage, the wife stipulates that the husband gives her a sum of money that sometimes reaches 15,000 riyals in return for deflowering her. They call this tradition Fak al-Wizrah. We would like Your Eminence to issue a Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) as regards this tradition that is unfortunately common among some tribes. We also need your advice to those who exaggerate in demanding Mahr so we can send it to the tribal members; as they think this is lawful and even boast of having a large Mahr.

A: The mentioned tradition of (Fak Al-Wizrah) is a bad and impermissible practice. Once a husband concludes the marriage contract and pays the Mahr, he has the full right to have sexual intercourse with his wife. Consequently, it is unlawful for a wife to refuse to allow her husband to have sexual intercourse with her before paying her a specific sum of money in addition to the Mahr. It is a communal duty for the people of the tribe to cooperate and give mutual advice as regards ending this habit and they should adhere to the rulings of the pure Shari`ah (Islamic law) as regards Mahr. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.