This article, translated by Arab News from the Arabic daily Al-Madinah, notes that through a new law, Morocco is doing more to protect Saudi women and their marriages than the Saudi government itself. Saudi men often marry Moroccan women for a variety of reasons, including the fact that as they are generally not well-educated, they take more abuse than Saudi women. Distressingly, Saudi men will end up marrying a woman in Morocco without every advising their current wives in the KSA, at least until they bring them to the Kingdom as second, third, or fourth wives. Needless to say, this can come as a shock to their Saudi wives.
Now, Morocco requires that any prior wives must be notified and Saudi court approval be granted before such a marriage can take place. That’s a good move by the Moroccans to protect their own female citizens. It works well for Saudi women as well.
Good News to Saudi Wives
Nabilah Mahjoub, Al-Madinah
Some men believe that it is their right to lie and deceive when they intend to get married. They do everything that is against religion just to achieve their objective, even if this includes cheating, lying and depriving others of their rights.
There is good news for worried and terrified women who fear their husbands may be visiting Morocco in the near future. From now on, you can rest in peace and relax even if your husband decides to go for an extremely long trip to Morocco. However, the same is not true if he decides to go somewhere apart from Morocco.
The issue of men taking second wives is worrying not only when they decide to travel abroad but also inside the Kingdom. Marriage is something that is promoted nowadays especially by imams and marriage officials, who are doing a great job in marrying off both old and young married men.
I received an e-mail about a news item published in Al-Jazirah newspaper detailing that the Interior Ministry had issued a memo about the regulations that the Moroccan authorities have put in place for Saudi citizens interested in marrying Moroccan women and the documents that they need to process the marriage.
The memo mentioned that married men are required to obtain a written consent from their first wives besides a court approval. The memo said that the wifeâ€™s consent was very important. Now, husbands cannot deceive their wives. Unless a wife approves her husbandâ€™s marriage, there is no chance of him ever getting married in Morocco. Many countries are working toward helping their citizens by putting in place a set of rules and conditions that govern marital relationships and protect the rights of women married to foreigners.