Ugandan businesswoman and socialite Zari Hassan has for the first time, revealed details of her recent private wedding to young husband.
According to the mother of five, her husband Shakib Lutaaya gave her a Quran as her bride price during their recent Muslim wedding.
Speaking upon her arrival in Tanzania, Zari expressed her contentment with life and her desire to deepen her faith as a Muslim, which led her to request the holy book as her only dowry.
“I have had everything I have ever wanted in this world. God has blessed me with a beautiful life, my kids are okay, and my business is thriving,” Zari said.
“For me, I only asked my husband for a Quran because I’m trying to up my faith game. I’m a Muslim too, and he was even surprised when I told him that.”
Zari’s decision to prioritize spiritual growth and her unique choice of dowry have garnered attention and sparked discussions.
According to Islamic tradition, the dowry, known as the Mahr, is negotiated by the couple or their families at the time of marriage. It is a gift or a promise of a gift from the husband to the wife.
The Quran itself addresses the topic of dowry, stating, “Give to the women (whom you marry) their bridal-due (mahr) willingly and for good; however, if of their own accord they remit any part of it to you, then you are welcome to enjoy it gladly.”