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Arguments for Traditional Dowry Islam teaches that the dowry should be reduced and made simple, and

that this is in the interests of both the husband and the wife. As the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said : "The best of marriage is that which is made easiest."

1. It is mostly an African custom (in many parts of the continent). The people expect it. Nevertheless, some parts of the western world still honor this practice. 2. It stabilizes the marriage and prevents the wife running away from her husband (though now quite efficient). 3. Payment of dowry demonstrates that the husband-to-be is capable of caring for and supporting a wife. 4. Payment of dowry makes the wife feel that she is worth 'something' and that her husband considers her valuable; therefore it builds her sense of self-respect. It can be considered a proof of love. 5. Christian missionaries have often supported and encouraged the dowry system as a safeguard to the stability of marriage. 6. The parents of the girl feel repaid for all their expense of caring for her and educating her. 7. Bride Price enables the girl's parents provide similar dowry for their sons to marry wives. Thus the bride price becomes a kind of revolving fund in the family. 8. Payment of the dowry satisfies a deep longing for justice and legality in the eyes of the families involved. 9. In our modern society with marriage breaking down, increased infidelity, pre-marital sex, adultery, and prostitution, the bride price tradition is seen as a factor that links modern African society to the strong moral standards of its precolonial past. 10. Perhaps most important of all, dowry is understood to be an evidence that the man is serious about his intentions to make the marriage stable. 11. dowry was an essential element of ancient marriage. Not needed Dowry 1.Islam strictly prohibit about DOWRY .It is an extra burdan on the girls parents.Our new generation must think that we must accomplish this custom in our society. 2. marital happiness is not achieved by wealth and overspending, nor can expensive wardrobes, gems, golden ware, luxurious furniture, splendid palaces or comfortable automobiles provide a person with marital happiness, contrary to the beliefs of most people.

3.It degrades the woman to the status of a commodity being sold and bought.
4. an economic relationship in which the choice of a wife depends on one's ability to pay rather than on mutual respect and love between bridegroom and bride 5. As bride prices rise higher and higher, enter into negotiations. Thus, a hard spirit enters which is destructive to the love and respect that ought to characterize future relationships between the two families. 4. If parents fail to fulfil the requirement of dowry it becomes more difficult for a love-relationship to develop that would make the marriage truly stable. Selfish economic factors do not build genuine love and fidelity. 6. In modern educated society, young people tend more and more to want to marry the one of their own personal choice based on love. But, parents force him to marry that girl who is wealthy.

7. The dowry system encouraged hard-hearted but wealthy husbands to treat their wives in any way they wish since they have successfully "paid' for them: the system also encourages the wife to consider herself virtually a slave to such a husband. Thus the dowry system contributes to the degradation of women. 7. Some newspapers contain numerous articles and letters from educated people who declare the system to be a modern counterpart of ancient slavery. 9. Opponents of the system point out that it actually encourages divorce, 10. The deep need for a foundation of legality and justice in marriage is better satisfied by the public vows of love and fidelity under God, witnessed and approved by family and friends. 11. Although dowry was a stabilizing factor in marriage in the past, the rapid increase of education has made it no longer in use, but actually a hindrance to modern marital happiness and stability.