Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Saudi accused of having six wives

That's just like cheating at the Olympics..:)

A member of the Saudi religious police has been accused of having six wives at the same time - two more than allowed under religious laws, reports say.

The 56-year-old was detained in south-western Jizan province, according to the Saudi newspaper al-Watan.

Three of the women involved were Saudis and the other three were from Yemen, just over the border, it reported.

The accused denies the women are all currently his wives and says he has divorced two of them.

Muslim men can keep up to four wives at a time under sharia, or Islamic law, which is applied in Saudi Arabia.

Members of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice are expected to enforce the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islam, particularly regarding relations between the sexes.

Last month, the Saudi authorities were reportedly considering introducing compulsory pre-marriage courses for engaged couples in order to cut the kingdom's growing divorce rate.

2 comments:

Pax Machina said...

Well, it was common practice prior to the 20th century for men to have four wives. As well as a myriad of delectable abyssinian and european concubines/slaves to choose from . Why did he get himself in a pickle and 'marry them.'

The Queen said...

I'm sure that they will find that it was an honest mistake, Come on, I'm sure you know that the Religious Police are perfect and would never do something against sharia! I'm sure he said "I divorce you" three times before he married the next one. All that fancy paperwork isn't even sunnah anyway.

So, where ya been? Don't you realize that there are complete strangers all over the world dying to know what's going on in your life?