240. The reason due to which the Sunnah dowry came to be of five hundred Dirhams

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أبي رحمه الله قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله قال: حدثنا أحمد بن أبي عبد الله عن السياري عمن ذكره عن حماد عن حريز عن محمد بن اسحاق قال: قال أبو جعفر أتدري من أين صار مهور النساء أربعة آلاف درهم؟ قلت: لا قال: ان أم حبيبة بنت أبي سفيان كانت بالحبشة فخطبها النبي صلى الله عليه وآله فساق عنه النجاشي أربعة آلاف درهم فمن ثم هؤلاء يأخذون به فاما المهر فاثنى عشر اوقية ونش.

1. My father said, ‘Sa’ad Bin Abdullah narrated to us, from Ahmad Bin Abu Abdullah, from Al Sayyari, from the one who mentioned it, from Hamaad, from Hareyz, from Muhammad Bin Is’haq who said, ‘Abu Ja’far (a.s.) said: ‘Do you know from where the dowries of the women came to be of forty thousand Dirhams?’ I said, ‘No’. He (a.s.) said: ‘Umm Habeeba, daughter of Abu Sufyan was at Ethiopia, so the Prophet (saww) addressed her, so Al-Najashi (the king) fixed the dower at forty thousand Dirhams. So from then on, they (the adversaries) are taking by it. So as for the dower, so it is twelve ounces of gold, nothing more or less’.