Mossa worked for Girls father/Mehr
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
To whom does mohar money belong, the bride or her father? I heard it belongs to bride, but then why did moosa (a.s) work for his father-in-law for 8 years?
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Does Mehr belong to the Bride or the Father?
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The mehr or dowry is the sole right of the bride; unless, she of her own will gives that right to someone of her choice.
Allah Subhanah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 28 Surah Qasas verses 26-27: Said one of the (damsels): "O my (dear) father! Engage him on wages: truly the best of men for thee to employ is the (man) who is strong and trusty"...
He said: "I intended to wed one of these my daughters to thee on condition that thou serve me for eight years; but if thou complete ten years it will be (grace) from thee. But I intend not to place thee under a difficulty: thou wilt find me indeed if Allah wills one of the righteous."
The condition of Prophet Shuaib (a.s.) on Prophet Musa (a.s.) was obviously with the permission of his daughter, and thus was valid and legal.
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Your Brother in Islam,