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The Condition of the Dowry has the most right to be Fulfilled

Is it correct to pay a part of the dowry at a later date, because I do not possess the whole sum?

It is permissable for a person to marry a woman with a dowry he specifies, whether it be paid immediately or at a later date. He may also come to an agreement with his wife to delay the whole dowry, or to delay some of it. If they agree to this, and make a contract to that effect, then it is incumbent upon each of them to fulfill the conditions imposed on him or her, according to the words of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasalam):

Verily, the condition having most right to be fulfilled is one by which you make the private parts (of the spouse) permissable.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyyah, Darussalam, volume 5, page 303
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