Great punishment for taking away a woman’s mahr A woman’s mahr is a serious debt around a man’s neck. Thus, it is a major sin to take it away from her without her consent. Ibn ‘umar (radhiyAllaahu anhum) reported that Allah’s Messenger said: “Indeed, among the greatest sins before Allah is that of a man who marries a woman, and after he fulfils his need with her, he divorces her and takes her mahr; and a man who hires another man but does give him his pay; and a man who kills an animal without reason.” (al-Hakim and al-Bayhaqi. Verified to be hasan by al-Albani (Sahih-ul-Jami’ no. 1567 & as-Sahihah no. 999) This hadeeth also points to a situation that is common in some of the Western countries. Some Muslim men coming from other countries marry Western Muslim women for a slight mahr, enjoy them for a period of time, and often obtain through them citizenship in their countries. Once they have fulfilled their need from the, they divorce them with a clear conscience! Thus, they take advantage of their wives and, furthermore, underpay them their mahrs. They should fear Allah and remember that if they get by with such actions in this life, they will not do the same before Allah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) on Judgement Day.