Grand Mufti warns Saudis against temporary marriages

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Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh.

Kingdom’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh warned the Saudis against temporary marriages being promoted by marriage brokers abroad, stressing that this marriage is not approved in Islam.

In his Friday sermon at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, he said that some Muslim youth are tricked into marriage with a legal contract and abuse its use. While traveling outside the Kingdom, they get married using these brokers and may even marry a woman who is already married. Some of them remain married for only a few days, he said, noting that this type of marriage is not recognized by our religion.

He said, “This is not a marriage, but is just a contract for spending pleasure times. A Saudi man may perhaps marry four women with one contract and leave them after the birth of their kids,” he said.

“Those women may marry more than one man, and they transport diseases; such marriages are not accepted and are considered a means of exploitation of Muslim women,” he said.

It is noteworthy the charity for the Care of Saudi Families Abroad (Awasir) stressed the need to beware of such marriage brokers, who are usually stationed at airports in some countries and who try to hunt down some of the Saudis and citizens of Gulf countries to trap them into these temporary marriages, particularly during summer vacation.

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