Muslim ceremonies are well known for their uniqueness. Every ceremony is a grand celebration of tradition. Apart from these celebrations, one of the most important traditional custom is The Marriage Contract Called Meher. In Islam, a Meher is mandatory.
Even in the Holy Quran, Allah said: (English Translations below)
"And give unto the women, (whom ye marry) free gift of their marriage portions…" (An-Nisa’: 4)
Allah Almighty also says:
"And those of whom ye seek content (by marrying them), give unto them their portions as a duty…" (An-Nisa': 24)
• Meher is a formal statement specifying the monetary amount which the groom will give to the bride. http://www.islamicwedding.com On the Nikaah day, the elder members of the two families of the bride and the groom decide the final amount of Meher. “Haq mahr (Dower) is totally a wife’s right, which the husband pays once the marriage is contracted. It is completely payable after the culmination of marriage. The Meher consists of two parts: The mu’ajjal or prompt is a due before the marriage is consummated and the muwajjal or deferred amount given to the bride throughout her life. Nowadays, most couples use the ring as the prompt because the groom presents it to the bride during the engagement ceremony. The delayed amount can be an actual gift of money, land, jewelry, or even an education! The gift belongs to the bride to use as she pleases. The Meher is considered as the bride's security and guarantees her freedom within the marriage.