Returning the mahr back to the wife after divorce

Q: I wish to ask regarding the divorce. One of my friends divorced 3 years back and hooked up with another woman. His first wife was not a good woman. While she was with my friend she was keeping an affair with another guy. My friend got to know this and he divorced her and her parents gave back all the gold and mahr money as well but he is not aware. He would like to know should he return the mahr money or not?

A: If he lived with her for some time, then she is entitled to the mahr. Hence the mahr should be returned to her.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)