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Cek Plagiat An. Roswita Sitompul : MARRIAGE MAHAR TO MINIMIZE THE LOW RATE OF MARRIAGE IN ACEH PIDIE, INDONESIA

MARRIAGE MAHAR TO MINIMIZE THE LOW RATE OF MARRIAGE IN ACEH PIDIE, INDONESIA

Roswita Sitompul1, Alesyanti2, Nurul Hakim2

1Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara (UISU), Indonesia 2Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU), Indonesia

Abstract

Marriage is a ceremony to worship God, God’s covenant to uphold the law, in order to build household sakinah (peacefull), mawaddah (hope) and wa-rahmah (full of love). Marriage can avoid someone from disobedience, and prevent people from not comply with customary law. But when a person want to carry out an intention to get married, they often hit by costs to be incurred, in the form of higher provisions outlined in mahar (the property given by the groom to the bride at the time of marriage). This phenomenon is also widespread in Aceh Pidie regency, one of Indonesia provinces. The value of mahar in Aceh Pidie occupies the second highest score in Indonesia after Sulawesi. Mahar in Aceh Pidie is attributed to gold measured in mayam. Mayam itself is referring to a kind of gold dosage prevailing in the people of Aceh. If converted with grams, one Mayam is estimated to be worth about 3.33 grams. Now, the price of one mayam is close to one million eight hundred thousand rupiah. Please imagine a marriage mahar provisions in Aceh Pidie set to 50-70 mayam. What a expensive price that should be paid by the prospective bridegroom to engaged a woman. A man should provide funds of 90 to 126 million, and it does not include premium amenities and asoe talam (a set of suit). This is a very urgent problem on customary rules, which can not be regarded as a fairness. This issue needs to be handled very carefully. We can examine and give contribution to handling it. Departing from the fact, this study aims to find an alternative to the concept and application of the marriage mahar in Aceh Pidie. Mahar who arbitrates “shall”, which makes the people of Aceh Pidie choose not to obey much and they choose to the road elope or kawin lari, locked horns with traditional leaders that impact disharmony cultural order within existing communities. The most severe course can also occur, such as sex outside of marriage because the delay time of the wedding, as a consequence of unmet mahar.

Keywords: mahar; marriage; Islamic law

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