Mutah Fiqh FAQ


Question (Edited for anonymity):

----- Original Message ----- 
From: The Mutah Matchmaker 
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 10:44 PM
Subject: Reciting Mutah Seegha in Advance of the commencement of the actual Mutah

I received the following question from a brother. He requires a response quite urgently. I am forwarding it to you for you to give your learned opinion on this matter.

Thank you.


The Mutah Matchmaker

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Dear Brother Salam,

Please answer my following questions:

Q1) I contracted mutah with a relative of mine in Anonymous Country on phone and agreed that when I reach in Anonymous Country on Anonymous Date (a few weeks in the future) at Anonymous Time or at the arrival our mutah period will start and end when i come back, she pronounced the following

I have made myself your wife for the agreed period and the agreed dowery.

I replied : I accept

is our mutah valid?

Q2) what if the mutah wife asks for the full payment of dowery before the mutah period starts or at the beginning of mutah, or do we just give the maher at the end. 

brother please reply as soon as possible.

Duas and salam

Anonymous Brother



From: Representatives Of Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamenei



Salamun `alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.
The answer is as follows:

Bismihi Ta`ala
1) If the time period of mut`ah marriage being separated from the moment at which the sighah (formula) of mut`ah is pronounced with any period of time, it would not be permissible as based on obligatory precaution.
2) The woman with whom mut`ah is made would possess the dowry at the moment of making the marriage contract and the husband would be obliged to pay it to her if she claims it, although the dowry would be completely established in the debt of the husband for his wife after the marriage is consummated and the wife obeyed her husband's sexual needs for the entire period.

With prayers for your success,



From: Representatives Of Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Seestani




Translation of the Istifta Answer:

In the name of the Most High

Answer-1: The time of temporary marriage should be determined; Exit and entry in your journey are not valid time determination.

2:- She can demand her dowery and receive it but if the man (her husband) thinks that his wife might refrain from being sexually obedient, he can give the dowery little by little so that if at a time she refrains to accept sexual intercourse, he may cut down the dowery as much as to the extent of time.

Board of Istifta

Office of Grand Ayatollah Seestani

*Please, view attachment to read original answer.




From: Ayatullah Fazel Lankarani




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Sun, 8 Sep 2002 21:40:45 +0430


In the name of the most High

Salamon alaykom

1 – The mut’ah period must be certain. If the day of your coming back is fixed and certain, your marriage is valid and of no problem.

2 – The mut’ah wife can ask for full payment of mahriyyeh before sexual intercourse.